Double elimination tonight! Finalists! Whee!
Apolo & Karina get the encore with their rumba to "Man in the Mirror."
Footage from last night: During Shawn & Derek's "Knight Rider Bangra," Len shouted, "I love it! I love it!" So, are they safe or are they out? They're going to the finals, to the surprise of absolutely nobody who knows how big Derek's fan base is.
As the show returns from commercial break, the audience continues its applause and Tom tells them, "You don't have to keep clapping; this isn't that interesting." I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.
Melissa repeats the line Shawn used earlier in her interview, "We left it all out on the floor." I feel sorry for the janitors.
Paris Goebel is a young woman from New Zealand and interspersed with her interview is footage of clips of her dancing as a kid and she was totally cute. She later found hip hop dancing, formed her own dance troupe at age 16, and founded her own dance studio at age 17. Don't you feel like a slacker?
It's interesting and all, but I just picture my mom watching this right now and saying, "I don't get it." It doesn't help for me that she's dancing to Alicia Keys' song "Girl on Fire" which I mostly recognize as the song from the commercial with the loser who gets dumped by his girlfriend and uses his credit card rewards program to attempt to have a semblance of an interesting life.
And now it's The Wanted with their hits "I Found You" and "Glad You Came." These look like nice young men in their tight fitting and color coordinated suits. I appreciate the tailoring.
Footage from last night: Apolo & Karina have to relive the slip during their first number. Before their rumba, Len yells at Apolo to "Go get it, Sunshine." I like when Len says "Sunshine."
Melissa & Tony got a "She's bloody good, this girl" during their Argentine tango. One of these couples is going to be eliminated right now. As they're drawing out the announcement, Apolo gives a subtle, reassuring wink to Karina. It's really sweet. And it's Apolo & Karina going home and Melissa and Tony headed to the finals.
Hey, guess what? Neither Shawn & Derek or Melissa & Tony know what they're doing next week.
Paula Abdul is here to do a medley of four of her songs. Some of it's virtual and some of it's live. She's calling it a "dream medley" because anything can happen in a dream, especially "Paula's dream."
She starts with lines from "Straight Up" and "Forever Your Girl" so it's safe to say those are two of the songs. And then it's into "Cold Hearted Snake." If she's singing any bit of this live, I'll eat my shoe.
Oh, hey, there's MC Skat Cat projected into the background and then onto the floor next to Paula. Who's wearing a different outfit than she was during "Cold Hearted Snake," so not only is this not live, it appears to be stitched together.
Oh, right, there was a little bit of "Opposites Attract" in there and now we're back to "Straight Up." And then Maks shows up to groom his eyebrows. And then there's a triceratops floating on the bedsheet background. And yet, still, this feels less weird than Team Gangnam Style. Sometimes, just as I'm about to fall asleep, that Gangnam Style number flashes behind my eyes and I'm up for another hour.
Derek is now doing a "contemporary/modern" piece with four other dancers to music that's his own. So, basically, it's All Derek All the Time for this routine. I'm just about ready for Derek to move on from this show -- he's definitely got "Big Headed Fish in Small Pond Syndrome." It's all black and arty and overwrought and ends with them getting rained on.
Three of the four dancers are "So You Think You Can Dance" alums -- Melanie Moore, Allison Holker, and Kathryn McCormick. Jessica Lee Keller is the fourth dancer.
Footage from last night: Kelly & Val got drenched at the end of their "surfer flamenco." In the post-dance interview, Val's giving great booty pop, and Kelly acts like she's polishing it so that it squeaks. And then in the interview after their rumba, she admits she's never spray-tanned in her life, but if they make the finale, she's going to be "so [expletive deleted] orange they have to give her a 10." I like the mouth on this girl.
During Emmitt & Cheryl's tango, Bruno leaned over to Len and said, "The feet, Len." I like these glimpses of the judges' candid talk during the performances.
So, of Kelly & Val and Emmitt & Cheryl, who's going home? Ooh, it's Emmitt & Cheryl, which means Kelly & Val are in the finals. Gotta love that soap fanbase. And Emmitt just didn't really catch fire this season like he did Season 3. Oh, and guess what? This means Kelly will be orange like a cheese puff next week! Can't wait!
Oh, and look, it's an all-female finale! I don't think that's ever happened before. Someone else go check Wikipedia and let me know if I'm right.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun