‘Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars’ Semifinals Recap: Kelly’s Flamenco Misses, But Val’s Speedo Is a Hit! (VIDEO)

Shawn & Derek talk about what the trophy would mean to them.
Len Goodman slams Shawn Johnson's samba
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars Semifinals is here, bringing us one step closer to crowning the Season 15 Mirror Ball champion. At this stage of the game, the bar is set higher than ever as the remaining five couples compete for just three spots in the finals. This means another double elimination this week!

The semifinals featured two rounds of dancing, including the wacky “unique” dance theme and a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s album “Bad.” Out of 10 dances, there were only three perfect scores of 30, which tells us not everyone brought their A game. One couple in particular had a particularly “bad” night, and not the way Michael meant it.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you didn’t watch Monday’s episode.

Melissa Roycroft kicked off the unique dancing with a “Caveman Hustle” which was hurt by sloppy turns, but great in its caveman concept. The judges called her out on her lost footing and she received a 27.5. But later, it was her Argentine Tango to “Dirty Diana” that brought the house to its feet and was justly awarded a perfect score of 30. She and partner Tony Dovolani cried tears of joy afterward and with good reason. Tony had injured his back badly during Sunday’s rehearsals and wasn’t sure he’d be able to dance. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba offered up the head-scratcher of the night when she said Melissa’s dance was so good she “can’t believe she’s the underdog.” She is? Melissa’s been at the top of the leaderboard a couple of times and never in the bottom, so we’re not sure what the hell Carrie Ann is talking about, but are we ever?

Shawn Johnson’s “Knight Rider” Banghra/Indian folk dance was the first perfect score of the night, receiving a standing ovation not only from the audience, but probably from everyone watching at home. Other than partner Derek Hough’s black leather jacket, there didn’t seem to be a David Hasselhoff/Knight Rider concept within the dance itself. But, hey, don’t hassle the Hough. For their Argentine Tango to Bad, the dynamic duo slipped from agrace a bit and earned a 29. Carrie Ann felt that while technically precise, the performance lacked the passion of Melissa and Tony’s Argentine Tango.

Apolo Ohno and partner Karina Smirnoff had some trouble with their “Big Top” Jazz routine, and it could be the dance that sends him home. While the judges loved the concept, which in Judge Bruno Tonioli’s words was a blend of A Clockwork Orange and Cirque du Soleil, the other two judges’ noted that the dance was disjointed and out of sync with sloppy dismounts. They scored only a 27. The couple redeemed themselves later with their rumba to “Man in the Mirror,” which with its perfect blend of “sensuality and romance” earned them a perfect score of 30.

Emmitt Smith’s “Espionage” Lindy Hop was a far cry from his performance last week when he hardly danced at all. Dancing out of his comfort zone with a cartoonish spy theme, he did a lot more than just shuffle his feet. The judges all enjoyed his character reach, though Judge Len Goodman would have preferred more lindy hop. It wasn’t worthy of a semifinals dance, because he and partner Cheryl Burke received only a 27. His tango to “Leave Me Alone” didn’t score any higher, because his footwork wasn’t precise and his hold was too broad. Emmitt finds himself at the bottom of the leaderboard, but he has company.

Kelly Monaco’s “Surfer” Flamenco seemed to lack any surfer content until the last 10 seconds. Forget Kelly stripping down to a one piece bathing suit, it was partner Val Chmerkovisky’sstrip down to a speedo that made the audience (and Bruno!) go berserk. And if you need to see his incredibly buff bod for yourself, please see the video above. What the dance did indeed lack, however, was flamenco content. The judges said it was a paso doble, not a flamenco, and were brutal in calling out this tremendous oversight and they scored a low 25.5. How embarrassing is it for a pro dancer to hear that he basically choreographed the wrong dance and realized he hurt his partner’s chances? Hopefully, people will have forgotten this after their rumba to “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” which earned them a 28.5. Their rumba was “smoldering and driven by desire,” said Bruno. It was also true to life, because Val admitted that their song is exactly the way he feels about Kelly. Cat’s officially out of the bag now!

Semifinals Leaderboard
Shawn & Derek 59
Melissa & Tony 57.5
Apolo & Karina 57
Kelly & Val 54
Emmitt & Cheryl 54

Tuesday night will see the elimination of two All-Star couples and performances by Paula Abdul and The Wanted.

Which two couples do you think will be sent home?

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