We're only one week away from the semifinals on DWTS, and the contestants are DEFINITELY stepping up their game!
There are only six teams remaining and only five can move on to next week, but the dance floor was unusually crowded as each couple got a chance to pick a troupe dancer to do a trio routine!
Corbin Bleu picked Witney Carson to help out with his performance, and while they seemed to hit things off during rehearsals, Karina Smirnoff was worried that there were too many cooks in the kitchen! Or should we say dancers in the studio?
Regardless, her worries were silenced as they earned a perfect score for a jazz dance that Carrie Ann Inaba called the best routine she had seen in all 17 seasons! Combined with the 28 they earned from their couples dance, Corbin and Karina were the top-scoring team of the night with a 58!
Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy teamed up with Gleb Savchenko to pull of a super steamy salsa that earned them the only other 30 of the night! However, despite being the second highest-scoring team of the evening, the duo was sent home and missed the cut for the semifinals!
Have you ever heard that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? Well that's what Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani were thinking when they decided to give a shout out to the judges! The couple recruited Henry Byalikov as they danced to We're Not Gonna Take It and expressed all the frustration the judges feel! The hilarious routine might not have earned them a perfect score, but they still got a 27 to bring their total up to 54!
Jack Osbourne almost sparked a cat fight on stage as Cheryl Burke and Sharna Burgess competed for the married man in a hilarious routine! The judges praised the trio for the overall silliness of their samba, however they said the technique still needed a bit of work! Still, Jack and Cheryl earned a respectable 25, and combined with the 29 they earned with their couples dance, they notched a total of 54!
Amber Riley and Derek Hough were in rare form as they found themselves near the bottom of the barrel after they only earned a 24 for their couples dance! However, they managed to pick things up as they recruited Mark Ballas for their trio routine! The Glee star had a hard time keeping up with the two sexy dancers at first, but it paid off in the end as they earned a 27! Amber and Derek were still one of the low-scoring couples of the night with a totally of 51!
Who can take a rainbow? And wrap it in a sigh? Soak it in the sun and make a tasty lemon pie? Bill Engvall can! The veteran comedian and Emma Slater teamed up with Peta Murgatroyd for a Willy Wonka inspired salsa, and while they only earned a 21 for their fun routine, they reminded us why the fans and judges alike have fallen in love with these two! The couple once again avoided elimination despite being the lowest scoring team of the week with a 42!
The competition has already gotten pretty heated on DWTS, but now that we're moving on to the semifinals, contestants are REALLY gonna have to step up their game!
Ch-ch-check out the routines (below)!
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