LOS ANGELES — Season 24’s final four dance up a storm during the semifinal round of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Each couple was tasked with learning two complete routines. The first was a style of dance they had not yet performed and the second was assigned by one of the judges.
And in the end: a shocking elimination. No, that is not a cliché. It really is! Read on.
Here’s a rundown of the semifinal round, from highest score to lowest:
Simone Biles: 1st dance: 40 out of 40; 2nd dance: 40 out of 40. Total: 80 out of 80
Well this judge’s challenge could have been awkward! Last week, Simone showed a little sass after a comment she didn’t appreciate from Carrie Ann Inaba. So naturally, they send Carrie Ann into Simone and Sasha’s rehearsal! This gives Carrie Ann the opportunity to explain what she means when she’s been telling Simone she needs to tap into a more vulnerable, honest part of herself. And they just plain get goofy and dance like no one’s watching. It works. Simone’s jive is fast and fun, with head judge Len Goodman calling it sharp and filled with personality; Carrie Ann said her heart was warmed by this breakthrough; and Julianne Hough asked Simone to “name” the character she channeled in the dance.