The semifinals of Dancing With the Stars season 29 featured a double elimination after a night of performances from the remaining 6 celebrity contestants and their professional dance partners.
So, what happened during week 10 of DWTS, and which two couples were sent home at the end of the night? Read on to find out!
BEWARE OF SPOILERS BELOW. Scroll to the end of the article to find out who was eliminated.
‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 29 Week 10 Recap
After AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke were eliminated last week, the 6 couples competing in the semifinals were: Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev, Nev Schulmann and Jenna Johnson, Justina Machado and Sasha Farber, Nelly and Daniella Karagach, and Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart.
First up for the night were Skai and Alan; their “redemption dance” was the Cha-Cha, and Bruno Tonioli joined them in rehearsals to help Skai improve from last time. The judges applauded her second attempt at the Cha-Cha, especially after a major error slipped her up the first time around. They scored 27 out of 30.
Justina and Sasha got to dance the Tango again for their redemption dance. Carrie Ann Inaba told her she was “on fire,” adding that she was “oozing sensuality.” The dance got two 9s from Bruno and Carrie Ann, and a 10 from Derek Hough for a total of 28 out of 30.
Johnny and Britt got coached remotely by Carrie Ann Inaba ahead of their salsa redemption dance. The judges agreed that it was “much better” than their first salsa, and gave them a 27 out of 30.
Nelly and Daniella, after being coached by Bruno, got a second chance at the paso doble. They got a 26 out of 30 for the performance.
Nev and Jenna performed a re-do of their lowest scoring dance of the season, which was the foxtrot (they first danced the foxtrot on week 1 of the competition). Derek Hough said it was a pure, classic foxtrot, and Bruno said Nev had an “instinct to interpret the music so exactly right.” Carrie Ann said he’s become a “true ballroom artist.” With praise like that, it was no surprise they got a perfect score of 30 out of 30.
Last up for the redemption round was Kaitlyn and Artem, coming off the high of last week’s perfect score. With Carrie Ann as their judge, she chose to have them dance the paso doble, which they originally performed on “Villains Night.” They got a perfect score from the judges: 30 out of 30 points.
In tribute to their partnership, Justina and Sasha danced contemporary to “Holding Out For a Hero.” The judge praised how emotional the performance was, and how it proved their connection to one another and told a story; they earned a perfect 30 out of 30.
Skai and Alan danced their second dance of the night to “Lonely” by Justin Bieber. Skai said she’s matured a lot throughout the season and become more confident in herself. The judges gave her a perfect score of 30 out of 30.
Johnny and Britt reflected on what the competition has meant to them ahead of their second dance of the night: jazz. Carrie Ann told Johnny he’s struggled the most out of anyone in the competition and that he continues to soar. They got a 30 out of 30.
Nev and Jenna‘s second dance of the night, which Nev called his last chance to prove himself for the finals, was a contemporary dance to “If the World Was Ending.” The judges said they were so captivated watching the dance that they forgot to judge, and also praised Jenna’s choreography. They got 30 out of 30, for a perfect semifinal score of 60 points total.
For their last dance of the semifinals, Nelly and Daniella danced the jive. They got a standing ovation from the judges for the high-energy performance. The judges gave their dance a 30 out of 30.
The last performance of the night was a contemporary dance from Kaitlyn and Artem. They dance to “Cowboy Take Me Away,” which played at the funeral of her best friend who died when she was 18. They got a 30 out of 30 for a perfect 60 semifinals score — all of the second dances of the night got perfect scores from the judges.
The 2 Couple Sent Home in the Semifinals’ Double Elimination Were…
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… Johnny Weir & Britt Stewart and Skai Jackson & Alan Bersten.
Landing at the bottom due to viewers’ votes and judges’ scores were Johnny and Britt, who were immediately sent home.
In the end, one more couple had to be eliminated and it was up to the judges to decide if they wanted to save Skai and Alan or Justina and Sasha. Derek voted to save Justina and Sasha, and Carrie Ann and Bruno agreed, sending Skai and Alan home.
Making it into next weeks’ final were: Nelly and Daniella, Nev and Jenna, Kaitlyn and Artem, and Justina and Sasha.
New episodes of Dancing With the Stars season 29 air on Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.