It was a night of emotional dances and shocking eliminations. Last night was the semi-final competition on the All-Athlete season of Dancing with the Stars. Six contestants competed in hopes of making next week’s finale. But at the end of the night, three were sent home. Two of the season’s top dancers made it through, but many will be surprised to find that one of the lower scoring dancers will also be competing for the Mirror Ball trophy.
It’s no surprise that Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon and partner Jenna made it to the finale. They got all 10s and one 9 for their beautiful, artistic contemporary dance. He danced equally as well as his pro partner. Their moves were completely in sync, and his technique and placement were perfect. No other stars in this competition even come close to matching his dance ability.
NFL star Josh Norman and pro Sharna also earned one of the three finale spots. He has such a natural ability to move to the music with an ease and grace. Their contemporary dance was emotional, and their chemistry is undeniable when they dance. They are definitely fan favorites, and it’s safe to say that Americas votes helped put them over the edge and into the finale.
Former figure skater Tonya Harding has not been one of the best dancers on the show, so it was a bit of a shock that she is one of the three moving on. She is definitely the most controversial star on the show. While some fans greatly support her after the recent movie about her life, others still see her as an accomplice to a crime committed during her ice skating days. Clearly her fans came out in full force to help her make it through. There is no doubt she is working very hard to improve her grace and her dance skills. She will have to continue to work on her technique and finesse to truly compete with the other finalists.
One of the biggest shocks of the night is that Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu and partner Alan got cut. She has showcased a high level of dance throughout the competition, and may have shown too much confidence a few weeks ago when she said she anticipates competing against Adam Rippon in the finale. She certainly deserved to move on, but apparently she did not make the connection with America to earn the votes that get combined with the judges scores.
Olympic luge medalist Chris Mazdzer and former softball star Jennie Finch-Daigle were also eliminated.
The Dancing with the Stars finale is next week on ABC 22!