"DWTS" Week 10 Recap: A Semi-Finals Showdown

November 13, 2017

We’re coming down to the wire on “Dancing with the Stars,” and it’s getting harder and harder to decide which of the remaining couples should hang up their dancing shoes. This week, the contestants were put to the test with two routines: one required the pros to choreograph a dance to a song that they felt best represented their partner; the other required them to redo an old “DWTS” routine that’d received a perfect score (talk about setting the bar high). The five celeb semifinalists didn’t disappoint–but some had a better night than others.

It looks like Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson have the best shot at catching runaway favorites Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold. While Frankie’s technicality was a little lackluster in his basketball-themed routine, the choreography was creative and brought a ton of energy to the stage (kudos to the brilliant Witney Carson). Frankie’s lack of confidence continues to thwart the otherwise stellar performances by this darling duo. We hope Frankie can fix that issue in time for next week’s finals.

At the semi-finals anything can happen–including Drew Scott in a kilt. He and partner Emma Slater opened the night with a tango to “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” and though we’re still scratching our heads over the performance, we will say that Drew has shown major improvement in a very short amount of time. Add that to his charisma and enthusiasm, and you’ve got a surprisingly formidable contestant.

One of the most moving performances of the night was Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy’s contemporary piece, which told Victoria’s story through the eyes of her parents, who took care of her during her paralysis. The emotional piece was one of her best performances of the season, and proved just how far Victoria has come as a dancer who is willing to open up to the audience.

Sadly, Victoria and Val’s inspired performance wasn’t enough to keep them from going home. The elimination didn’t sit well with a lot of “DWTS” fans who felt that Victoria outperformed Drew. But frankly, at this point in the competition, it’s hard to see any of the contestants leave the dance floor for good.

Stay tuned for next week, when we find out who’ll take home the mirror ball trophy!