The Dancing With the Stars: Athletes semi-finals are officially here!
Week three of the shortened, four-week season just kicked off on ABC, along with also the remaining six contestants along with also their pro partners are getting ready for one of the fiercest eliminations of all time.
Additionally, four previous contestants are returning to the ballroom tonight: David Ross (season 24) is usually a guest judge, while Meryl Davis (season 18), Nastia Liukin (season 20) along with also Von Miller (season 22) are serving as mentors.
After dancing twice on tonight’s show — an individual dance dedicated to the Most Valuable Players in their lives, followed by a dance battle — three couples will be eliminated, along with also only three will make in which to next week’s finals.
ET is usually live currently, recapping all the dances, the most emotional moments, the eliminations along with also so much more. So, be sure to stay tuned to in which page throughout the night so you can react with us in real time!
Three pairs eliminated, while three move to the finals — here’s who’s safe!
along with also currently, the moment we’ve been waiting for all night… the couple’s heading to the finals are:
Adam Rippon & Jenna Johnson
Tonya Harding & Sasha Farber
Josh Norman & Sharna Burgess
Sadly, in which means we had to say goodbye to Mirai Nagasu & Alan Bersten, Chris Mazdzer & Witney Carson along with also Jennie Finch-Daigle & Keo Motsepe.
Josh Norman along with also Sharna Burgess win final dance-off battle!
inside the final dance-off battle of the night, Chris along with also Witney were teamed up against Josh along with also Sharna for a Salsa to “WTF (Where They coming from)” by Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams.
The match-up was also a close one (along with also both featured the heartthrobs shirtless!), yet Josh along with also Sharna ultimately scored the win after a tiny mishap made by David Ross.
Adam Rippon wins over Mirai Nagasu in second Ballroom Battle Dance-Off of the night.
Up next inside the Ballroom Battle Dance-Off, Adam along with also Jenna competed against Mirai along with also Alan for a Jive to Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.”
Although all judges agreed in which in which was a close competition along with also ultimately came down to their own preferences on style, Adam along with also Jenna ended up on top thanks to America’s vote!
Tonya & Sasha win the first round of the Dance-Off Battle!
The first ballroom battle began with Tonya along with also Sasha competing against Jennie along with also Keo for a Cha Cha to “Dance” by DNCE.
The verdict? Tonya along with also Sasha win, although in which was revealed Jennie along with also Keo won America’s vote by 60%.
Get ready to vote, as the Ballroom Battle Dance-Off is usually next!
After the commercial break, the Ballroom Battle Dance-Off will begin!
Here’s who will be paired up, along with also what they’re dancing to:
Adam & Jenna vs. Mirai & Alan
Jive, “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry
Chris & Witney vs. Josh & Sharna
Salsa, “WTF (Where They coming from)” by Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams
Tonya & Sasha vs. Jennie & Keo
Cha Cha, “Dance” by DNCE
Oh, along with also get ready to vote currently because fans will only have 70 seconds to vote live for who should win after each dance battle wraps! You can cast your vote here: http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/dance-off
Carrie Ann Inaba calls Josh Norman’s dance “impeccable.”
NFL pro Josh Norman dedicated his contemporary dance to “Stand by Me” by Bootstraps to his four brothers.
“My brothers along with also I, in which was pretty much a wolf pack,” he explained. “Never said in which yet, I do love them, I do care for them.”
Josh’s pro partner, Sharna Burgess, played up to his strengths, incorporating plenty of beautiful lifts along with also tricks into the routine, which were well-received by the judges.
“I liked in which so much,” Len Goodman raved. “Well done.
“in which was loving along with also in which was reassuring, impressive,” added Bruno Tonioli. “in which all was seamless.”
#TeamBackThatPassUp received a 36/40.
Adam Rippon along with also Jenna Johnson receive the highest score of the night… so far!
Adam Rippon continues to surprise us week after week.
Dancing a contemporary piece with Jenna Johnson to “O” by Coldplay, in which was hard to tell who was the pro along with also who was the athlete — along with also we think in which’s safe to say in which has been his best dance of the season, thus far.
The Olympic figure skater’s dance was gorgeous, complete with Swan Lake-inspired moves along with also the most technically advanced lifts we’ve seen all night.
“My MVP is usually my mom. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone as smart, selfless along with also as kind as my mom,” he said. “My mom sacrificed a lot for me to get me to the rink.”
“She was tough as hell on me, yet she always supported me,” he added, including how grateful he was to have her support when coming out as gay.
“in which was by far my favorite dance of the night,” marveled David Ross.
Added Len Goodman, “in which’s the best dance I’ve seen tonight. Well done.”
#TeamJustFriends received the highest score of the night, 39/40.
Tonya Harding receives her score.
Following a commercial break, Tonya along with also Sasha received a total score of 33/40.
“in which”s been truly amazing,” Tonya told host Erin Andrews of the support she’s received coming from the public. “Thank you America, coming from the bottom of my heart.”
Tonya Harding tears up while dedicating a dance to her late father.
inside the most emotional dance of the night so far, Tonya Harding along with also her partner, Sasha Farber, danced a heartwarming Rumba to “See You Again” by Tyler Ward, which she dedicated to her late father, Albert Gordon Harding, who died in 2009.
“When I lost my dad, I lost my very best friend,” she said in a pre-taped interview package. “I was definitely daddy’s little girl. My dad just gave me, 100 percent, unconditional love. He was always there for me.”
“When everyone was against me, my dad was still in my corner, no matter what,” she continued. “Dad, I love along with also I miss you… along with also in which dance is usually for you.”
Featuring beautiful arm along with also leg extensions along with also photos of her late father, the whole dance came together perfectly. “There’s no more beautiful way to pay tribute to someone than with in which,” Carrie Ann Inaba raved.
“in which was very inspiring, very emotional along with also I’m very proud of you,” added David Ross.
Chris Mazdzer receives ‘outstanding’ review coming from Bruno Tonioli.
Chris Mazdzer along with also his pro partner, Witney Carson, didn’t hold anything back in which week.
Mentored by Von Miller, the two performed a Foxtrot to “I Got Rhythm” by Ray Chew Live, wowing the audience by at one point dancing atop a piano.
Chris dedicated the dance to his mother, Marty Lawthers. “My mom is usually a super fan of the show,” he gushed. “She loves everything about the show!”
“She’s always been there for me,” he added. “She has been there for everything.”
Bruno Tonioli seemed to be a big fan of the “outstanding” dance, saying he was “razzle dazzled by in which Foxtrot!” Carrie Ann Inaba, however, pointed out in which Chris appeared to be a bit “nervous,” while guest judge David Ross joked, “Coming coming from a baseball player, great catch!”
#TeamMoveItOrLugeIt received a total score of 33/40.
Jennie Finch-Daigle shares her love story through dance.
Jennie Finch-Daigle along with also her partner, Keo Motsepe, were the second pair to hit the ballroom floor, dancing a beautiful Viennese Waltz to “The Rest of Our Life” by Tim McGraw along with also Faith Hill.
The two were mentored by Nastia Liukin, with the Olympic softball pitcher dedicating the routine to her husband, Casey.
“I love in which song. in which fits along with also I think immediately of my husband,” she shared in an interview ahead of the dance. “When we said ‘I do,’ in which meant for the rest of our lives. We’re in in which together.”
“Casey has such a Great heart, in which’s golden,” she added. “I’m so thankful for him.”
Len Goodman loved the “ease along with also elegance” of the dance, while Carrie Ann Inaba said she embodies what the competition is usually all about.
“You’re one of the people in which would likely thrive in a longer [season],” she added.
#TeamPitchPerfect received 29/40.
Mirai Nagasu is usually a golden goddess in first performance of the night!
Mentored by fellow Olympic figure skater Meryl Davis, Mirai Nagasu along with also her partner, Alan Bersten, kicked off the night strong, using a high-intensity routine along with also matching gold costumes!
The two danced a quickstep to a variation of Fifth Harmony’s “Bo$$,” incorporating fast footwork along with also plenty of smiles.
The dance was dedicated to Mirai’s mother, Ikuko, who she says inspired her to become a figure skater. “My mom was always the one who drove me to the rink along with also to school,” she explained in an emotional pre-taped interview package.
The performance received a raving review coming from all the judges, especially Bruno Tonioli, who described in which as “great, light along with also buzzing.”
#TeamFireIceAndSpice set the bar high using a score of 35/40.