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'Dancing With The Stars' Semi-Final recap

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The 12th season of Dancing with the Stars reached its semi-final stage tonight as the four remaining couples took to the dance floor for the ninth time in the hope of becoming the ultimate champion.

Tonight's episode, which was without a theme, saw the celebrities dance in two brand new individual routines as well as a 'winner takes all' cha cha for 15 additional points on their score.

Here's what judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba had to say:

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff - Argentine tango

Len thinks that it lacked emotion but loves the set-up and his "sharp and precise" movements, admitting that he did a really good job all in all. Bruno says that he seemed "cold and slightly detached" and wants to see more of the "Latin lover" side of him as it was "too flat" and needed more personality. Carrie Ann agrees with Bruno, urging him to use the emotion in his face in all of his movements as his performances would improve if they were more connected.

Score: 25 out of 30



Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Viennese waltz

Bruno thinks that Kirstie "set sail beautifully" and was "like a crest on a wave" and congratulates her for completing difficult passages without losing timing. Carrie Ann is likewise impressed, telling Kirstie that she is magical and manages to transform the stage with every performance. Bruno admits that he assumed that she would be a "cling on" to Maks but instead had beautiful posture, "beautiful, sweeping movements" and great rotation. "Great job, well done!" he adds.

Score: 27 out of 30



Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas - Argentine tango

Carrie Ann says that while Chelsea is a fantastic dancer, it was not up to par as her leg motions were not sharp and her movements weren't complete. "Tonight, it wasn't there," she laments. Len concurs that her legs "lacked authority" throughout but loves that it was clean and precise with lifts that were in character as well as being an all around good performance. Bruno thinks that she played it well and made it "fascinating" but still restrained. "They didn't get it but I got it!" he adds.

Score:28 out of 30



Hines Ward and Kym Johnson - Argentine tango

Len feels transported by the performance and finds it sexy, comparing it to something from the Kama Sutra. "Now that was a tango!" he adds. Bruno loves that every emotion was "out there for the taking", describing it as "group sex" and admitting that he didn't want it to end. Carrie Ann is visibly emotional that Kym is okay following a potentially serious neck injury earlier in the week during rehearsals. She congratulates the pair not only for a beautiful performance but for Hines's partnering skills as he was there for her in a profound way.

Score: 30 out of 30



Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff - Salsa

Len loves that he is totally committed but thinks that it lacked rhythm and was too "harsh and in your face" and seemed wild. Bruno agrees with Len but says that he was "too reckless" and needed to reign it in. Carrie Ann likes it as there was something "so bizarre and uncharacteristic" about it despite having some pitfalls in terms of technique.

Score: 23 out of 30



Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Pasa doble

Bruno compares Kirstie to an erupting volcano, describing her as a force of nature who is able to perform anything. Carrie concurs, calling her the Queen of the Pasa Doble, calling it "fantastic" and congratulating her for coming out on top. Len thinks that while she had two incredibly difficult dance genres tonight, she's managed to come out and "dance fabulous".

Score: 27 out of 30



Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas - Rumba

Carrie Ann is impressed with its "full range of motion, passion and commitment to movement", while Len loves that it had mood, was expressive and demonstrated good leg movement. "Tonight, you've lived up to your potential. You're there!" he adds. Bruno says that it was beautifully linked, remaining romantic and erotic while still being perfectly pitched. "It was stunning!" he gushes.

Score:30 out of 30



Hines Ward and Kym Johnson - Salsa

Len loves it and the fact that he dances with joy and is able to share that experience with the audience. Bruno says that he is "just beautiful", has great ability and presence and is "supremely watchable" every week. Carrie Ann praises him for not taking the competition too seriously and making sure that having fun was his first priority every week.

Score: 30 out of 30



'Winner Takes All' Cha Cha round
Hines and Kym square off against Ralph and Karina while Kirstie and Maks face Chelsea and Mark for the contest's first round. The first wins go to Hines and Kym, who move onto the second round and go up against Chelsea and Mark, who won their respective heat. The finalists only hear their musical selection for the final round before the commercial break after which they are to perform. Chelsea and Mark are then unanimously declared the winners and earn 15 points towards their total score for the evening.

Leaderboard
Chelsea and Mark: 58 out of 60 + 15 = 73 points
Hines and Kym: 60 out of 60
Kirstie and Maksim: 54 out of 60
Ralph and Karina: 48 out of 60

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC.

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