"Dancing with the Stars" is a week away to the finals and most of the pairs continued showing improving skills. The five remaining pairs were all out in two rounds featuring different dances in the Monday semifinals, but one team clearly had the least chance to return next week.
The May 13 show was kicked off with Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough's Argentine tango. Len Goodman said it "was fantastic," while Bruno Tonioli gushed that "it was superb." Carrie Ann Inaba added in amazement, "It's absurd that you can attain that level of perfection." The judges gave her a perfect score of 30.
Coming next, Ingo Rademacher couldn't show the same level of skills to that of Kellie's with his samba. "You're the underdog, and you have to step it up a hair more," Carrie Ann told him, but Bruno praised his "determination." The soap opera star earned 24 points.
Aly Raisman, on the other hand, showed that she's a strong competitor to other frontrunners. Her tender and lyrical rumba with Mark Ballas earned 30 points as Bruno admitted, "You had us all enchanted." Len agreed, saying, "It had a lovely story and it was told beautifully."
Jacoby Jones danced a tango with Karina Smirnoff, who didn't show any sign of being in pain after her face hit the floor during rehearsal on Sunday. They did the flip nicely and Len enthused, "That's what I'm talking about, mood, intensity!" Bruno declared it the "best performance ever" from Jacoby. The NFL player also earned a perfect score of 30.
Usually showing consistent performances, Zendaya Coleman didn't charm the judges this time with her unconventional quickstep. Bruno called it a "quickstep for the next generation," but noted, "You were hardly able to breathe." Carrie Ann commented that "it was kind of a mess" as noting that it was "innovative," but it was "off." The Disney star only earned 25 points.
In the second round, the teams danced a routine picked by fans who voted on Twitter. Kellie got a flamenco, which Derek never had done before. Len exclaimed, "You've just booked your place in the final," while Bruno and Carrie Ann noticed that she "tightened up" in some moments. The country music star got 28 points.
When he returned to dance a Charleston, Ingo redeemed himself. Bruno described the routine as being "frothy, bubbling, inebriating, slightly mind-bending," and Carrie Ann commented, "You hit a grand slam with that one! I thought it was fantastic you made us all smile." The actor earned 27 points.
Aly's second dance was an afro jazz and the judges loved it. Carrie Ann and Len said she was "in perfect sync," with the former adding, "It was just fantastic!" Bruno declared, "If you don't make it to the final, I'm going to judge in Speedos!" The Olympic gymnast earned 29 points.
Jacoby's lindy hop was "high energy, full on, action-packed," Len said, though he noticed that Jacoby danced on the wrong foot early on in the routine. Bruno tought the athlete nailed it, while Carrie Ann dubbed him "the number one entertainer of season 16." Jacoby also earned 29 points.
Zendaya's hip-hop number closed the night, and she was clearly experienced in this genre. "So cool you gave me chills," Bruno commented. Len liked the "cheekiness" and Carrie Ann loved it, too. The judges gave her 30 points.
On Tuesday, one of these pairs will be eliminated, while the four remaining teams will go through to the finals next week.