Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, Nov. 16, 2009

Dancing with the Stars' semifinal action sees the final four hit the floor with three individual dances: two new ones and a previously prepared knockout dance. How did they do? Find out below!


Oh, show. You never fail to make life more difficult for everyone involved. For the first time ever, couples have to perform three routines on the show. The good news: One is the 30-second knockout dance everyone has had in their arsenal the past few weeks. The bad news: The stars need to do a solo in their Latin numbers. Give and take, you know?


Round 1


Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson: Tango

"You work me so hard this week," Donny orders Kym, disappointed they tied for last place last week. Gilles Marini visits to help with their tango because he got 10s for his last season. He tells Donny it's about making everyone uncomfortable. So far, I feel perfectly comfortable, except for the fear that Kym's boobs may pop out at any second. Let the ladies breathe! OK, now I feel uncomfortable - because they've effed up badly and obviously as they both get caught in Kym's dress. Unlike past flubs, Donny can't cover this up. It's actually kind of hard to watch this dance self-destruct. The slip-up has completely zapped any and all drama and intensity out of the tango. They're basically just getting through it. Donny's pissed when they're done and and lets out a primal scream. Dude really needs to get a better game face. Break down after you get offstage. You don't do yourself any favors doing it before you get your scores. "I saw Marie," he explains. "That's enough to put everyone off," Len says. Bruno says he was not a master of disguise here. Carrie Ann says there was no push-and-pull.

Score: 21


Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough: Viennese Waltz

Derek gets tough on Joanna and starts attacking the wall. So Brooke Burke drops by to lighten the mood and suggests some roleplay. No, not like that. J. and D. play imitate each other and everything's fun and cute again. They start off with a beautiful twirling sequence up top. Joanna looked like one of those music-box ballerina dolls come to life. Her posture is perfect and they look great in hold, but there's still a little bit of uncertainty in her steps. Bruno says it has the grace of angels in heaven, but it wasn't perfect enough to send him to paradise. On a related note, when can these metaphors go to hell? Carrie Ann thinks she's grown into a statuesque beauty, but wants her to find meaning in her arm reaches. Len loves the choreography and the holds.

Score: 27


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