Dear DWTS Fans:  Welcome back!   Welcome to Week 9 of Season 25–Monday, November 13, 2017! 

Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli judged.  It’s Semifinals Night!



  1. “Property Brothers” Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater (1-800-868-3404)
  2. Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly “Malcolm”) & pro Witney Carson (1-800-868-3405)
  3. Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher & pro Lindsay Arnold (1-800-868-3406)
  4. Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas* (1-800-868-3407)
  5. Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy (1-800-868-3413)

*(2-Time MBT winner)


Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Argentine Tango, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba, Paso Doble.  “Learn the dance, learn the steps, then learn the character of it.” — Len Goodman

Mon., Nov. 13, 2017:   Each couple will do two dances.  The pros were allowed to choose their first dances.  For each, the second dance will be performed as a reinterpretation of sorts of an iconic song that was done in a previous season; I say that this is unfair to current contestants whose dances will be compared with those of contestants who won their seasons involving this dance.

  1. Drew Scott + Emma: Tango (“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” The Proclaimers). Judges: 8. Me 8.  Drew wore a kilt and the rest of the Scottish getup to represent his heritage for this song/dance.  He always gives his all. The tempo of the song threw off his technique/posture and such; this usually happens when he dances to something other than a slow number. Also, this dance held none of the required obvious intensity, sexual or otherwise, between the two.  He’s due for:  Jazz, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Rumba.
  2. Victoria + Val: Contemporary (“To Build a Home” [feat. Patrick Watson], Cinematic Orchestra).  Judges: 9.  Me: 9.  Creative, cohesive, graceful in representing her journey back to health with the amazing support of her parents.   She’s due for:  Waltz, Jive, Jazz; Samba, Salsa, Rumba.
  3. Jordan + Lindsay: Argentine Tango (“Brother” [feat. Gavin DeGraw], NEEDTOBREATHE).  This dance represents Jordan’s track record as a loving, supportive sibling in the family who adopted him and in his journey with Lindsay.   Judges: 9,9,10. Me: 9.5.  Loved it! He’s due for:  Waltz, Jive, Jazz; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa.
  1. Lindsey + Mark: Contemporary (“Head High,” Alexander Jean).   Judges 10,9,10.  Me 10.  They danced about triumph through adversity and freedom to be one’s self.  Talk about dancing, moving from primal instinct and the core! Raw, emotional vulnerability with extreme stretching/extensions, lifts, and more that really challenged her to be recovered from her rib injuries. Magnetic and fabulous!  MY #2 Dancing With The Stars DANCE OF THE NIGHT!  She’s due for:  Waltz, Tango, Jazz, Charleston; Salsa, Rumba.
  1. Frankie + Whitney: Salsa (“Shake,” Yin Yang Twins & Pitbull). Judges: 8,8,9. Me: 8.5.   A cute street type of a dance with several other males. Good beat; I did not see him get off timing or do anything wrong. They appeared to have fun. He didn’t really show required hip action, though.  He’s due for:  Waltz, Jive, Charleston, Cha-Cha, Rumba.



SECOND DANCE:   Reinterpretation of an iconic dance from a previous season.

  1. Drew Scott + Emma: Jazz (“Yeah!” [feat. Lil Jon, Ludacris], Usher [Season 17, Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff]).  Judges: 8.  Me: 9.  He showed some hip action, good/sharp kicks, a  graceful yet fast trip down the stairs without looking at his feet, consistent on-target timing and footwork, strong lifts; and great fun.  Excellent job! He’s due for:  Tango, Contemporary; Samba, Salsa, Rumba.
  2. Victoria + Val: Charleston (“Bang Bang,” will.i.am [Season 17, Amber Riley & Derek Hough]).   Judges: 9,10,10.  Me: 9.5.   A peppy, proper, jazzy Charleston that even included the crossing-knees move that I always want to see.   A fine job!  She’s due for:  Waltz, Jive, Jazz; Samba, Salsa, Rumba.
  3. Jordan + Lindsay: Jive (“Proud Mary,” Tina Turner [Season 22, Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas].  Judges: 10. Me: 10.  WOW! Outstanding job again, including the double cartwheel (both of them, one at a time)! Loved it! Perfect in everything that was required and much more.  All this was done with Lindsay having a hurt knee and Jordan having an injured eye.  MY #1 Dancing With The Stars DANCE OF THE ENTIRE NIGHT!  He’s due for:  Waltz, Arg. Tango, Jazz; Cha-Cha, Samba.
  1. Lindsey + Mark: Tango (“Feel So Close,” Calvin Harris [Season 18, Meryl Davis & Maks Chmerkovskiy].  Judges 9,9,10.  Me 10.  SO accurate, intense, sharp, flowing, and beautiful with gorgeous extensions but without true and obvious sexual tension, which this cute couple just hasn’t had all season long.
    She’s due for:  Waltz, Charleston, Contemporary; Salsa, Rumba.
  2. Frankie + Whitney: Paso Doblé (“Carnival De Paris,”  Dario G [Season 4, Apolo Anton Ohno & Julianne Hough]).  Judges: 9,8,9. Me: 9.   It was determined, proper, sharp and intense, mostly large (except when he was lifting arms above head—chest should have been fully open and shoulders down a bit more), rounded and flowing, and well-done.  He’s still sort of too cute for a Paso.  He’s due for:  Waltz, Charleston, Cha-Cha, Salsa, Rumba.


WHO WAS IN JEOPARDY?  Frankie and Victoria. 


NEXT WEEK:  Finals!  Julianne Hough will be the 4th judge for the Finals next week.

WHO SHOULD WIN NEXT WEEK?  Jordan Fisher or Lindsey Stirling, clearly the best!

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