EXCLUSIVE: Val Chmerkovskiy Dishes on Normani Kordei's Emotional 'DWTS' Semifinals Performance

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Normani Kordei's upcoming performance on the Monday's semifinals of Dancing With the Starswill most certainly be a powerful one.

The Fifth Harmony singer's pro partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, dished to ET during Saturday's Steve Irwin Gala Dinner at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, about what the two are planning for the big night. The 31-year-old dancer shared that Kordei wanted her upcoming performance to center around how her family relocated to Houston, Texas, in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Chmerkovskiy explained that the 20-year-old musician wants to show how that experience "has played in motivating her [to] make her family proud because of all the sacrifices they made for her."

Chmerkovskiy is confident that Kordei could go all the way, and end up with the coveted mirror ball trophy. "I'm very proud of how far she's come," he gushed. "I think she's made a really strong case to be the winner this season, but we will see."

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As for Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess being eliminated last week, Chmerkovskiy noted that he thought the bull rider had a good run on the show. "I think that he showcased himself to be an awesome young man," he told ET. "I'm proud that he was on our show."

Bolton also seems to be rooting for Kordei and Chmerkovskiy. After declaring that he's "definitely 100 percent single," he dished to ET during a Facebook Live chat that it "would be an honor to go on a date" with Kodei. Here's more of our interview with the 29-year-old heartthrob:

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