Semi-Final Performance Live Thoughts

The semi-finals are finally upon us! The Dancing with the Stars field has narrowed to just four out of the original 13 celebrities who took the challenge to become accomplished ballroom dancers. I'm saying right now that it's going to be a nail-biter. Each of the four contestants has a viable chance at winning the mirror ball trophy, so which is it gonna be?

Stay with me tonight as I share with you my live thoughts. Also, you can keep up-to-date with the goings-on of Dancing with the Stars by following BuddyTV's own Dancing with the Stars Twitter.

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The episode opens immediately with a performance by three pairs of professionals dancing a medley of styles which we will presumably see the four remaining contestants perform in the first hour of the episode tonight. The piece was choreographed by Louis van Amstel.

The couples will once again have to perform one ballroom and one Latin style tonight.

Since there are only eight performance tonight but a full 122 minutes of programming, we're going to need a lot of filler. Tonight, much of the filler takes the form of each couple looking back on some of their best performances from previous weeks. First, Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani take a look back at their foxtrot from week 3, and then the samba from last week, for which they earned a perfect 30. Tonight, Melissa and Tony will be performing a quickstep and a cha cha.Tom Bergeron makes a joke about how bright white Melissa and Tony's teeth are.

Now, it's a trip down memory lane for Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke. This is the highest-scoring couple. They haven't scored lower than a 24. They talk about their foxtrot from last week. Their favorite Latin dance was the paso doble from week 5. This dance is notable for several reasons: it started with a shirtless Gilles, ended with Gilles sticking it to Cheryl in an uber-sexualized motion, and they earned an almost perfect 29 for it. (Thanks for catching my mistake, JulieLove!) Tonight, they've got the waltz and the salsa. Onstage, Tom Bergeron makes some observations about Cheryl's crankiness, and I totally agree! Has she gotten crankier over the seasons?

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