There have been a number of cases over the years where couples on the ballroom floor of Dancing With the Stars have become couples off it, albeit not quite as many as the rumours would have us believe, but most of those haven’t lasted too long, and I do believe Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson are the first ones to tie the knot. No surprise, perhaps to those of us who watched them compete last spring, when their clear connection to each other was their biggest strength on the floor, and tonight, let us celebrate by reviewing the stronger half of their ten dances:
Always got to up things for the Finale, so this season the opening includes not only a bit at the neighboring Grove Hotel, but also on the adjoining roofs! Other normal elements of the finale are also present, such as the return of all the eliminated celebrities, and Erin getting herself onto the floor and surrounded by hot guys. But another new thing: longtime show choreographer Mandy Moore(not to be confused with the late 90s teen pop star of the same name), makes an on camera appearance!
It’s effectively week two of the first two-week finale in DWTS history, what with last week’s scores carrying over to the final totals. They actually might or might not make the difference: according to Tom, the combined score/vote totals of the three finalists differed by less than 3%, which wouldn’t seem like much most seasons, but this one’s another matter(and hey, it’s more than the margin at least one couple won their trophy by). First round tonight are Redemption Dances, where each couple gets another crack at a style they didn’t do well enough the first time around.
The intro to the semi-finals this season isn’t too long: an opening montage, and then the celebrities and their partners dancing out to each other on the floor. So there’s time for not only a reminder of the double-elimination but yet another announcement from Tom: scores and votes from this week will carry over and count towards the final winner-determining totals next week! Well, if they don’t eliminate anyone next Monday night, that actually makes sense; they’ve got to do something with them, after all. Another new thing this season: it’s trio night, and the trios will open the show this time:
It’s Judge’s Challenge the week before the semi-finals and no one is safe, declares the opening montage, before we have an opening number full of fog and flashy glowpoles. Except for the first time this season, they’re calling results as they go, and turns out one pair of people are safe right after intros: the first couple to perform:
A week after famous dancers come famous singers, and on Icons Night, the dancing to musical icons starts with the opening number, which is to Donna Summer’s “Last Dance.” It’ll be the last dances for two couples, Tom reminds us, before the remaining eight couples start their individual dances:
Famous Dances Night from last season is back, and they open the night in the style: the opening number is to “Putting on the Ritz,” and includes a Busby Berkley moment, dancing on a walk-on piano, and Val is sparkly short-shorts! Now the competitive dances have to live up to that, as well as to the famous numbers they’re based off of:
They’re free to do what they want, declares the opening number. They’re free to do what America wants anyway; it’s switch-up week, and the pairs as America voted on them first team up to dance with each other before being officially presented. A little flirting between Erin and her former partner and current guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy(though that’s nothing compared to what Bruno will do shortly!), and we’re underway:
For the third edition of Disney Night on Dancing With the Stars, they have a new version of the Mirrorball Disney logo. They don’t have the explosion of Disney characters that swarmed the ballroom during the last opening, but they do show up throughout the night(especially during the bumpers), starting when Mickey & Minnie join the pros for the opening number to “Be Our Guest,” and they and other classic characters escort out our the judges, which include Season 16 runner-up and Disney Channel alum Zendaya. We also get a list of movies everyone’s doing: they range from Cinderella to the newly-released Zootopia(and yes, The Jungle Book’s included; gotta get all the promoting done).
The Dancing with the Stars signal is in the sky, and BatLen has seen it. We then get a flashy city montage to introduce all our stars, but the star of it is enforced when the football players and their sparkly silver football are joined by the head judge in a dressy referee shirt, declaring, “I’m Back!”