DWTS Season 30 Semifinals Spoilers & Live Recap: Who Was Eliminated?


UPDATE: The three couples in the bottom were Melora Hardin and Artem Chigvintsev, Suni Lee and Sasha Farber, and Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten. Melora and Artem were sent home first as the lowest vote-getters, then the judges voted unanimously to save Amanda and Alan, sending Suni and Sasha home as well.

So the finale couples are Amanda and Alan, Cody and Cheryl, Iman and Daniella and JoJo and Jenna.

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It’s semifinals time on “Dancing With the Stars” and it is another brutal double elimination, as there are six couples left and only four can continue on to the finale on November 22.

Follow along with our live recap and elimination spoilers below but be warned of spoilers for the elimination.


Cody Rigsby & Cheryl Burke, Salsa

Cody Rigsby and pro Cheryl Burke have an excellent redemption dance — the salsa they only got to perform via rehearsal footage because of their COVID diagnoses. They are dancing to “Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar and Lucenzo. They do a great job, really high energy and lots of fun tricks. The judges are very complimentary, though they do point out there were some mistakes here and there. They earn three 9s and an 8 from Derek Hough for a 35 out of 40.

Melora Hardin & Artem Chigvintsev, Rumba

Melora Hardin (“The Bold Type”) and pro Artem Chigvintsev are performing a rumba to “I Don’t Want To Wait” by Paula Cole for their redemption dance. They look incredible and perform a very sensual, romantic rumba. Great hip action, lovely lines. The judges really liked it, though Carrie Ann Inaba docks them for Melora’s feet coming off the ground. They earn an 8 from Carrie Ann, a 10 from Len and two 9s from the other judges for a 36 out of 40.

Suni Lee & Sasha Farber, Foxtrot

Suni Lee and pro Sasha Farber’s redemption dance is a foxtrot to “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Bublé, which is kind of a speedy song for a foxtrot. They do miles better than their first foxtrot, Suni is really coming into her own. They earn three 9s and a 10 from Carrie Ann for a 37 out of 40.

JoJo Siwa & Jenna Johnson, Argentine Tango

The redemption dance for JoJo Siwa and pro Jenna Johnson is an Argentine Tango to “Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)” by Gotan Project. They are super sexy, full of the “ooziness” that coach Len wanted them to have. Also, Jenna’s choreography has been on fire lately. The judges absolutely go nuts over it, awarding them a perfect 40 out of 40.

Iman Shumpert & Daniella Karagach, Tango

Iman Shumpert (“We Got Love Teyana and Iman”) and pro Daniella Karagach’s redemption dance is a tango to “Telephone” by Martynas. Once again, he manages to do so well despite his size. This is so much better than their first tango, Iman has really grown over the season. The judges love it, giving them three 9s and a 10 from Derek for a 37 out of 40.

Amanda Kloots & Alan Bersten, Tango

The redemption dance for Amanda Kloots and pro Alan Bersten is a tango to “Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia. It is full of dramatic moments and attack, though for whatever reason their “connection” just isn’t there for me. I don’t feel the heart in her dancing like I do with some of the other dancers, but technically, she’s very good. They earn three 10s and a 9 from Carrie Ann for a 39 out of 40.

Melora & Artem, Contemporary

For their second dance, Melora and Artem are doing a contemporary to “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons. Ahead of the dance, Melora tells this incredible story about befriending a woman whose childhood was greatly affected by one of Melora’s earliest works, a Saturday morning show for kids. Anyway, it’s a lovely contemporary. Bruno compares it to Jerome Robbins, who choreographed the original “West Side Story.” The judges give them straight 9s for a 36 out of 40, which brings their total to 72 out of 80.

Cody & Cheryl, Argentine Tango

Their second dance is an Argentine tango to “La Cumparsita” by Forever Tango. It is an incredible dance, possibly my favorite of theirs all season (right up there with their paso doble). It was full of drama and technical difficulty, great job. Len praises Cody for coming so far on the show, going from getting 6s to now being in the semifinals. They earn four 9s for a 36 out of 40, which brings their total to 71 out of 80.

Suni & Sasha, Contemporary

Their second dance is a contemporary to “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles. The style and choreography really favor Suni’s strengths because she can really show off her gymnastics skills in a way she can’t on regular ballroom dances. This is an excellent piece. They earn two 9s from Len and Bruno and two 10s from Carrie Ann and Derek for a 38 out of 40, bringing their total to 75 out of 80.

JoJo & Jenna, Contemporary

Their second dance is a contemporary to “Before You Go (Piano Version)” by Lewis Capaldi. The dance is absolutely breathtaking, so artistic and so athletic. JoJo is doing some really talented lift work this season, which she doesn’t get enough credit for, but she’s being “the man” in the pair and she’s doing some really hard stuff. Derek calls it the best contemporary they’ve ever seen on the show, which — I don’t know that I’d go that far, but it was really good. They earn 40 out of 40 for a perfect 80 out of 80 for the night.

Iman & Daniella, Jazz

Their second dance is a jazz to “Dark Fantasy” by Kanye West, which is a song that actually features Iman’s wife Teyana on the vocals. It’s a very weird routine, but in a good way, like their horror week contemporary. Very visually striking, full of powerful moves and cool lifts. The judges loved it, with Derek praising Daniella’s choreography — YES. Her choreography is so good. They earn two 10s (Carrie Ann and Derek) and two 9s (Len and Bruno) for a 38 out of 40 for a total of 75 out of 80.

Amanda & Alan, Contemporary

Get out the tissues because their second dance is a contemporary to Amanda’s late husband’s original song, “Live Your Life” by Nick Cordero. They do a really lovely job, it is incredibly emotional and beautiful and of course, they receive a 40 out of 40 for a total of 79 out of 80.

When it came down to revealing who was safe and who was in danger, the three couples that were safe were JoJo and Jenna, Iman and Daniella and Cody and Cheryl, leaving Melora and Artem, Amanda and Alan, and Suni and Sasha in the bottom three.

The couple with the lowest votes was Melora and Artem, so they were out automatically. The judges’ votes came down to choosing between Amanda and Suni and they voted unanimously to save Amanda.

“Dancing With the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times on ABC.

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