Dancing With the Stars

Season 8 Episode 18

Episode 810

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 11, 2009 on ABC
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Episode 810
The semifinals have arrived! Ty Murray, Gilles Marini, Shawn Johnson, and Melissa Rycroft must tackle a new Ballroom and Latin dance that they haven't done before.

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  • Semi-finals week with each Star to perform a Ballroom & Latin Dance, they have not done before.

    Opening the Semi-final show was a very entertaining, quick & lively group dance, performed by three couples, of the Dancing with the Stars Professionals. It was a great way to start the night. We heard from each of the Stars and their partners what they felt was their breakthrough Ballroom and Latin dances. It gave us insight into the process they went through, to get to the semi-finals. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani, performing the Quick Step, scored a 28. Len loved it and scored it a 10. Carrie Ann & Bruno both agreed, it was a good dance, but didn't see Melissa having fun with it. Each scored it a 9. I scored it a 29. Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke, performing the Viennese Waltz, scored a perfect 30. Len said: "I'm giving you a sitting down standing ovation". Nothing else needed to be said. They deserved the 30. Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas, performing the Argentine Tango, scored a perfect 30. It had passion and intensity. Len said: "it showed maturity & was her best performance of the competition". Carrie Ann loved the lifts and said: " Shawn you delivered on the emotional content". Bruno, always off on a tangent, I was not sure, if his comments were appropriate for her age. Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower, performing the Viennese Waltz, scored a 25. I would have scored them a 27. Len gave them a 9 and said: " It was fabulous and well done". Carrie Ann scored it an 8 and said: " It was not his best dance". Bruno scored it an 8 and said: "Ty looked like he was chasing flies". Before the next round of dances, by the Stars, we heard from each Star about their hometown. We heard from family & friends about their growing up. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani, performing a ChaChaCha, scored a 27. I would have scored it a 28. Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke, performing the Salsa, scored another perfect 30. Len said: " I wish I had an 11 paddle". Carrie Ann gave him a standing ovation. Bruno said: Lil'Kim was there in his pants." It was a great performance. Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas, performing the Jive, scored a 26. It was a crowd-pleaser and should have scored a 29. Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower, performing the Samba, scored a 23. It was not a good dance. You saw him lose his concentration and miss some of the steps. Score was better then I thought. I scored it a 20. The combined scores, for the night, showing first to last are: Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke with 60, Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas with 56, Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani with 55 and Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower with 48. It is now up to the fans to decide who will be eliminated, Tues May 12. They all deserve to be in the finals but Ty Murray should be the Star to go.moreless
  • The Semi-finals have finally arrived! =D Who will make it to the finals next week?

    This episode was a little weird because of the first half hour. I wasn't sure what was going on because the couples came on stage like they were going to dance, but then they just ended up talking about their breakthrough dances. That was a trifle odd...the dances were great! Ty Murray has really kicked it into gear this week! He was much, much better than last week. Speaking of his dance, I loved their samba. Chelsie's outfit was adorable! =D Gilles got a perfect 60. His dances were okay, but they didn't really hold my interest like Shawn and Melissa's did. One thing I really liked about this episode was the little excerpts they had about the stars and where they were before the show. Melissa's was awesome because I was filled in on what happened on The Bachelor (I don't watch that show, Shawn's was cool because it showed her in gymnastics when she was little, and Ty's was cute because it showed his baby pictures XD Gilles's was good too, but it wasn't really as interesting as the others....no offense Gilles! XDmoreless
  • Penultimate episode

    Four couples, eight dances.

    Starting things off this week were Melissa and Tony. They started with the quickstep. I thought it was lively and wonderful. Bruno and Carrie Ann felt it was a bit off. Their cha cha cha failed to impress. Melissa was not consistent in her steps, Bruno said. This landed them in a disappointing third place.

    Gilles and Cheryl were next. They floated across the floor in an elegant waltz. The judges felt it was flawless and I had to agree. The salsa did not appeal to me as much, but the judges felt it was better than the first dance. They ended up with the only 60 so far, only 3rd and 5th perfect score of this season.

    Shawn and Mark are hot off their best score with the Paso Doble last week. They followed up with another strong performance doing the Argentine Tango. It earned them their only perfect score. The jive was fun, but had too little content for some of the judges. Their total put them only 1 point above Melissa and Tony.

    Ty and Chelsie rounded out the evening. Their Viennese Waltz was adequate, but compared to Gilles, it was clearly substandard. The Samba was just awful. Again, they are the bottom couple. After months of work, the loser does not make it to the finals next week. It was high pressure tonight. I am not sure everyone responded well. Only Gilles and Cheryl were sharp for both of their dances. We shall see who makes it to the top three.moreless
Ty Murray

Ty Murray

Season 8 - Celebrity Dancer

Gilles Marini

Gilles Marini

Season 8 - Celebrity Dancer

Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson

Season 8 - Celebrity Dancer

Melissa Rycroft

Melissa Rycroft

Season 8 - Celebrity Dancer

Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke

Professional Dancer

Chelsie Hightower

Chelsie Hightower

Professional Dancer

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Leaderboard for Week 10

      60 - Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke
      56 - Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas
      55 - Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani
      48 - Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower

    • Dances, Music, and Scores - Week 10:

      Ballroom Round

      Melissa & Tony - Quickstep
      "I Got Rhythm" by Judy Garland
      Carrie Ann...9, Len...10, Bruno...9
      Score: 28

      Gilles & Cheryl - Waltz
      "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones
      Carrie Ann...10, Len...10, Bruno...10
      Score: 30

      Shawn & Mark - Argentine Tango
      "Asi Se Baila El Tango" by Bailongo
      Carrie Ann...10, Len...10, Bruno...10
      Score: 30

      Ty & Chelsie Viennese - Waltz
      "Tuesday's Gone" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Carrie Ann...8, Len...9, Bruno...8
      Score: 25

      Latin Round

      Melissa & Tony - Cha Cha
      "Save the Last Dance" by Michael Bublé
      Carrie Ann...9, Len...9, Bruno...9
      Score: 27

      Gilles & Cheryl - Salsa
      "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" by Pitbull
      Carrie Ann...10, Len...10, Bruno...10
      Score: 30

      Shawn & Mark - Jive
      "Reet Petite" by Jackie Wilson
      Carrie Ann...9, Len...8, Bruno...9
      Score: 26

      Ty & Chelsie - Samba
      "Concrete & Clay" by Unit 4 + 1
      Carrie Ann...8, Len...7, Bruno...8
      Score: 23

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Gilles Marini: I believe I'm a very chilled guy, I'm cool and funny. When we did the Paso Doble, the challenge was having to kill Cheryl! But I went into character and I did.

    • Chelsie Hightower: One thing that was so good about the Lindy Hop is that you were really able to show your physical strength and you were able to do these lifts that, you know, not a lot of the competitors could actually do.
      Ty Murray: And I got even stronger because I had to lift you over my head like three thousand times in practice!

    • (after Gilles and Cheryl's Salsa)
      Len Goodman: I know I'm supposed to talk now but I am almost speechless. I'll just say this, I wish I had an 11 paddle.

    • Jewel: (about Ty Murray) What you're seeing show up every Monday is the man I married. He's very macho, very strong, but he's also really tender and really sweet and I'm really glad that America's getting to see that whole side of him.

    • (Some of the judge's comments on Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas' Argentine Tango)
      Len Goodman: This is the most fantastic semi-final. It was honestly without a doubt, your best performance.
      Carrie Ann Inaba: Precision is your middle name sister.

    • Gilles Marini: Lil' Kim is gone. Someone else has to shake their booty, and it should be me.

    • (Some of the judge's comments on Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani's Quickstep)
      Len Goodman: Your feet are much improved. The whole thing was a delight. It was just gorgeous.
      Carrie Ann Inaba: I don't feel a real connection. It doesn't look fun all the time for you.

    • (Some of the judge's comments on Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani's Cha Cha)
      Len Goodman: I liked it, but not as much as I was hoping to.
      Bruno Tonioli: I like my cha cha full thrust and full on. But at times, you didn't sustain that energy you need.

    • (Some of the judge's comments on Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke's Salsa)
      Len Goodman: I wish I had an 11 paddle.
      Carrie Ann Inaba: That was Gilles Marini at his best. I want to see you here in the finals next week.
      Bruno Tonioli: Lil' Kim is alive and well and she's hiding in your pants.

    • (Some of the judge's comments on Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas' Jive)
      Len Goodman: For me, there was too much messing about instead of dancing going on.
      Carrie Ann Inaba: I thought you lost a little steam toward the end, but it was still a wonderful performance.

    • Len Goodman: (Commenting on Ty Murray's Samba) In the Latin dances, you're like Murray in a hurry.

    • Ty Murray: The Samba is supposed to be like a party, but it's more like a pain the ass with a whole lot of steps you have to remember.

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