Well, dance fans, it was the semifinal of Season 24 tonight and for drama alone, it didn't disappoint.
But the real stunner of the night came with the announcement of who would be going to the finals next week. Now, all eyes are on the remaining four contestants - retired Chicago Cubs player David Ross, Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, and National Football League star Rashad Jennings.
After Simone Biles' frustration with the Dancing With the Stars judges last week, the Olympic gold medalist returned with a vengeance this week, delivering an fantastic performance that won the judges over like never before. He manages to get those muscle arms a little more fluid, but in doing so, he loses a bit of detail in his feet. Overall, the judges were impressed by his improvement, but Len Goodman wasn't totally happy with some of Jennings' footwork. Her challenge is for David to tuck that catcher's butt in, so Julianne brings him lemons to keep between his butt cheeks.
Before she took to the stage with her pro partner, Sasha Farber, the gymnast first addressed her less-than-stellar feedback from the judges last week.
Biles has been on an emotional roller coaster all season, and Monday was no different as the tears flowed before Inaba said she "wanted to find the other side of Simone that's not so flawless ... and let those emotions show through". He's made it much farther than anyone expected (I was predicting him to be the first one gone), but this may be the end. I've seen a lot of support for her in the wake of the judges' comments, people who think they were too mean.
Before the episode ended, DWTS co-host Erin Andrews could be heard saying, "Unreal. Take a minute and listen to the audience (applauding)".
"Smiling doesn't win you gold medals.""You can have all of the time".
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The Fifth Harmony singer opened up about some of the more emotionally challenging aspects of her childhood, including her mom's diagnosis with breast cancer when Kordei was only five years old, and living through Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which damaged her home and displaced her from everything she'd grown up with. "I'm just so proud of Simone, and she's grown into this handsome woman and she's a dancer now". "I've matured and I can't wait to go home and I'll be back next week for the finale". Bruno said, "I really love the way that you let the dance flow out of you, effortlessly". "That dance was outstanding", Julianne gushed, while Carrie Ann praised their teamwork. Rashad Jennings: 1st dance: 38 out of 40; 2nd dance: 39 out of 40.
National Football League free agent Rashad Jennings and partner Emma Slater claimed second place on the leaderboard with 77 total points. Score: three 10s and a 9 from Len for 39 out of 40. Total: 77 out of 80 Bruno Tonioli gets to have his way with Rashad in the rehearsal room.
Farber had more than a few nice things to say about his petite partner. "You were a torpedo in a tuxedo".
And while it was between the last four hopefuls, the resulting elimination was still a surprise to everyone in the studio. I don't know if I should feel that way or not, but I do.
(CNN) - We did not see this one coming.
Next week is the big finale.