May 15, 2012 02:35:24 GMT
The 'Extra' co-host earns praises from judges with a flawless Argentine tango and a non-traditional jive, while William Levy gets 30 points for his samba.
A week before the finals, the race is getting more intense on "Dancing with the Stars" season 14. All four remaining pairs got flying marks for their routines in the Monday, May 14 semifinals where each team must perform two dances.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke kicked off the competition with their dark tango. Len Goodman admitted he was excited to see the dance, giving a positive review, "I though overall it was terrific." Bruno Toli said, "It was ace!" Carrie Ann Inaba noticed, "There was one over-rotation on the drop," but "everything else... was amazing." The telenovela star got 28 points.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas danced the quickstep. "In order to make it to the finals, you have to bring your A game and I don't think you brought it... You brought your A+ game!" so Carrie Ann commented. Bruno praised her "amazing technique," while Len pointed out "a little foot-fault thing," but said it was "a fabulous number" overall. The opera singer earned 29 points.
Next, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd danced the waltz. Bruno thought it was "a fantastic job," while Len called it "charming." Carrie Ann said, "It's so dreamy," and liked it that the dance was so emotional, but noticed, "There was just a few times when your feet didn't quite finish the step." The NFL star got 28 points.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough danced the Argentine tango which was flawless. "I'm totally caught up in the whole thing... It was a silent fabulous," Len gushed. Carrie Ann simply said, "I'm so proud of you!" The "Extra" co-host earned a perfect score in this first round.
The judges gave another perfect score for William and Cheryl's samba in the second round. "I saw lots of basic steps mixed up in all that," Len commented. "Do not adjust your sets, you've entered the sexy zone," Bruno said before adding, "I'm going to die from bum envy!" Carrie Ann chimed in, "You, like, had me at hello! You lived up to every expectation. Your bounce was more like a thrust." William's total score was 58.
Katherine and Mark later danced the salsa. Carrie Ann said, "That was just fantastic... I love seeing you push your boundaries. I was so bummed at the ending." Len and Bruno had nothing but praises, but the Welsh mezzo-soprano only got 27, or two points less than what she got for her first dance. She collected a total score of 56 that night.
Donald and Peta's second dance was a samba. Len told them, "Here and there a little bit careful, but the bottom-line, I liked it." Carrie Ann called it an "A+ game." The athlete/author got 29 points. Added with the score from his first dance, he got 57 that night.
Maria and Derek wrapped up the second round with their jive. Len said, "It wasn't a traditional jive... but it didn't matter. I liked it!" Bruno agreed as saying, "It shouldn't work, but it was brilliant!" Carrie Ann declared the TV hostess "a winner tonight." Maria got additional 29 points, making her leader of this week's scoreboard with a total of 59 points.
On Tuesday, one of the four pairs will be sent home while the other three will move on to the finals. Carrie Underwood and Alanis Morissette are billed as musical guests, while Julianne Hough will return to the stage to perform with her "Rock of Ages" co-star, Diego Boneta.