Another one bites the dust.
After a Dancing With the Stars semi-finals night that saw what must’ve been the record for perfect score performances (TK in total!), as well as the season’s most emotional moment when Laurie Hernandez revealed that her beloved grandma had passed away, it was time for Tom Bergeron to dash someone’s dreams of winning the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. That someone? Terra Jole.
The Little Women: LA star found herself in jeopardy alongside Calvin Johnson after earning two perfect scores and heaps of praise from the judges. Did the right person go home? We’ll leave that to you to decide.
Before we can look to the finals, where Calvin will face off against Jana Kramer, James Hinchcliffe, and Laurie Hernandez, let’s break down each of tonight’s dances.
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: 29/30
James was finally back with his original partner after Sharna was sidelined by her scary knee injury. They kicked things off with the Argentine tango, during which Sharna was blindfolded the entire time. All we can say is: Wow. His footwork. Her trust. His hand stand on that chair at the end. Just wow. We’re not sure what “wobbles” Carrie Ann Inaba was talking about because we were too mesmerized by the oozing sexiness of the whole thing. Talk about starting the night on a high note.
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: 30/30
The story told at the beginning of Terra and Sasha’s rumba, as well as the decision to perform to Alessia Cara‘s “Scars to Your Beautiful,” were touching in the way they represented Terra’s struggle in life. It was lovely, but we weren’t quite as enamored with it as the judges were. Maybe we had to be there?
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: 28/30
These two looked like they were having a blast during their quickstep, and those white-to-pink ombre costumes might be some of our favorite things we’ve ever seen. Was the dance our favorite, too? Not quite. But it was fun.
Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold: 26/30
That bizarre wall o’hands and the aggressive attitude required for this tango never really synced up with Calvin the Charm Monster. And that wonky slip-up during the turn towards the end certainly didn’t help matters. Good thing Calvin had another chance to dance tonight.
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: 30/30
We could barely see Laurie and Val’s foxtrot through our tears after learning that Laurie’s beloved grandmother passed away this week. But what we did see was beautiful. The emotional highlight of the evening, by far.
James, Sharna and Jenna Johnson: 30/30
For the trio round, it only made sense that these two chose Sharna’s fill-in to join them in their jive. If you showed this dance to someone with no DWTS knowledge, they’d probably have a hard time figuring out who wasn’t a pro. It was just that good. James hoped people would just keep their eyes on the car on the dance floor, but we couldn’t take our eyes off his feet. That footwork was impeccable.
Terra, Sasha, and Artem Chigvintsev: 30/30
It can’t be easy to do the tango as a trio. It must be even harder to keep it sexy. But that’s what Terra and her boys pulled off. She completely owned that performance, ruling the dance floor with a fiery snap of her fingers.
Jana, Gleb, and Alan Bersten: 30/30
Jana went full Black Swan for her powerful paso doble, a complete 180 from her earlier performance. The concept Gleb designed for his partner was outstanding, possibly one of our favorites of the night. We didn’t want it to end.
Calvin, Lindsay, and Witney Carson: 30/30
Calvin’s trio salsa was so much fun and much more in line with his bright personality, but after the massive performances that came in between his first and second dances, this couldn’t help but feel a bit slight in comparison. Those lifts were out of this world and the enthusiasm was infectious, though.
Laurie, Val, and Maks Chmerkovskiy: 30/30
What’s better than one Chmerkovskiy brother? Two, of course! This samba was a blast, and the decision to highlight the wonderful chain of dance mentorship these three share was lovely. Knowing the loss Laurie’s suffered this week, to watch her dance so triumphantly was incredible. It seems to us that she’s the one to beat in next week’s finals.
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.