The Dancing With the Stars: Athletes semi-finals are officially here!
Week three of the shortened, four-week season just kicked off on ABC, as well as the remaining six contestants as well as 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) can be a guest judge, while Meryl Davis (season 18), Nastia Liukin (season 20) as well as 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, as well as only three will make the item to next week’s finals.
ET can be live today, recapping all the dances, the most emotional moments, the eliminations as well as so much more. So, be sure to stay tuned to This specific 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!
as well as today, 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, that will means we had to say goodbye to Mirai Nagasu & Alan Bersten, Chris Mazdzer & Witney Carson as well as Jennie Finch-Daigle & Keo Motsepe.
Josh Norman as well as Sharna Burgess win final dance-off battle!
inside final dance-off battle of the night, Chris as well as Witney were teamed up against Josh as well as Sharna for a Salsa to “WTF (Where They via)” by Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams.
The match-up was also a close one (as well as both featured the heartthrobs shirtless!), although Josh as well as 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 Ballroom Battle Dance-Off, Adam as well as Jenna competed against Mirai as well as Alan for a Jive to Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.”
Although all judges agreed that will the item was a close competition as well as ultimately came down to their own preferences on style, Adam as well as 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 as well as Sasha competing against Jennie as well as Keo for a Cha Cha to “Dance” by DNCE.
The verdict? Tonya as well as Sasha win, although the item was revealed Jennie as well as Keo won America’s vote by 60%.
Get ready to vote, as the Ballroom Battle Dance-Off can be next!
After the commercial break, the Ballroom Battle Dance-Off will begin!
Here’s who will be paired up, as well as 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 via)” by Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams
Tonya & Sasha vs. Jennie & Keo
Cha Cha, “Dance” by DNCE
Oh, as well as get ready to vote today 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 as well as I, the item was pretty much a wolf pack,” he explained. “Never said This specific although, 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 as well as tricks into the routine, which were well-received by the judges.
“I liked the item so much,” Len Goodman raved. “Well done.
“the item was loving as well as the item was reassuring, impressive,” added Bruno Tonioli. “the item all was seamless.”
#TeamBackThatPassUp received a 36/40.
Adam Rippon as well as 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, the item was hard to tell who was the pro as well as who was the athlete — as well as we think the item’s safe to say This specific has been his best dance of the season, thus far.
The Olympic figure skater’s dance was gorgeous, complete with Swan Lake-inspired moves as well as the most technically advanced lifts we’ve seen all night.
“My MVP can be my mom. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone as smart, selfless as well as 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, although she always supported me,” he added, including how grateful he was to have her support when coming out as gay.
“that will was by far my favorite dance of the night,” marveled David Ross.
Added Len Goodman, “the item’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 as well as Sasha received a total score of 33/40.
“the item”s been truly amazing,” Tonya told host Erin Andrews of the support she’s received via the public. “Thank you America, via the bottom of my heart.”
Tonya Harding tears up while dedicating a dance to her late father.
inside most emotional dance of the night so far, Tonya Harding as well as 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 as well as I miss you… as well as This specific dance can be for you.”
Featuring beautiful arm as well as leg extensions as well as photos of her late father, the whole dance came together perfectly. “There’s no more beautiful way to pay tribute to someone than with that will,” Carrie Ann Inaba raved.
“that will was very inspiring, very emotional as well as I’m very proud of you,” added David Ross.
Chris Mazdzer receives ‘outstanding’ review via Bruno Tonioli.
Chris Mazdzer as well as his pro partner, Witney Carson, didn’t hold anything back This specific 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 can be 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 that will Foxtrot!” Carrie Ann Inaba, however, pointed out that will Chris appeared to be a bit “nervous,” while guest judge David Ross joked, “Coming via 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 as well as 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 as well as Faith Hill.
The two were mentored by Nastia Liukin, with the Olympic softball pitcher dedicating the routine to her husband, Casey.
“I love This specific song. the item fits as well as I think immediately of my husband,” she shared in an interview ahead of the dance. “When we said ‘I do,’ the item meant for the rest of our lives. We’re in This specific together.”
“Casey has such a not bad heart, the item’s golden,” she added. “I’m so thankful for him.”
Len Goodman loved the “ease as well as elegance” of the dance, while Carrie Ann Inaba said she embodies what the competition can be all about.
“You’re one of the people that will would certainly thrive in a longer [season],” she added.
#TeamPitchPerfect received 29/40.
Mirai Nagasu can be a golden goddess in first performance of the night!
Mentored by fellow Olympic figure skater Meryl Davis, Mirai Nagasu as well as her partner, Alan Bersten, kicked off the night strong, having a high-intensity routine as well as matching gold costumes!
The two danced a quickstep to a variation of Fifth Harmony’s “Bo$$,” incorporating fast footwork as well as 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 as well as to school,” she explained in an emotional pre-taped interview package.
The performance received a raving review via all the judges, especially Bruno Tonioli, who described the item as “great, light as well as buzzing.”
#TeamFireIceAndSpice set the bar high having a score of 35/40.