Return of Maks, new dance challenges, new elimination set for 'Dancing with the Stars' semi-finals
Colin McDermott, newsnet5.com
6:22 AM, Nov 18, 2013
The bad boy is back on "Dancing with the Stars."
Pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy will serve as guest judge for Len Goodman Monday night – which also just happens to be the semi-finals – in which the couples must perform two songs – with a twist.
Deep breath. Get all that?
The five remaining couples will perform the "plugged/unplugged" challenge. That's when they will perform two unlearned dances to the same song. The first time the song will be the original song; the second time the song will be acoustic.
Actor Corbin Bleu and Karina will do a tango, then a rumba to the same song. Those demanding dances should be no problem for him.
So, who's likely to get eliminated? I wish I could still predict as impressively as I have in prior seasons, but this season is like no other. Sure, we get the occasional surprise elimination of a high-scoring star here and there… but four this season – Christina Milian, Nicole Polizzi, Brant Daugherty, and Elizabeth Berkley. Sigh. What fun is a dance show with mediocre dancing?
I just hope Corbin and Amber make it into the finale. I get it – we all appreciate charming Bill's underdog storyline. But he needs to go. His dancing ranks amongst the lowest-scoring this season, and he simply cannot do justice to the essence of this show for its finale.
Besides Corbin and Amber, I would have loved to see any variation of Christina, Brant, or Elizabeth in the finale. Alas, it wasn't meant to be.
Don't let me down, DWTS – make these lackluster stars sweat! Hopefully Maks will judge extra critically. Although, harsh judge critiques always backfire with tons of sympathetic viewer votes. Ahh, the statistics and science of DWTS.
See what happens Monday night at 8:00 Eastern on ABC.