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Dancing With the Stars: Athletes recap: Which three couples were eliminated before the finals?

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It’s week three of DWTS: Athletes, and also the semi-finals. Wrap your sparkly head around it folks, because we have some dancing to do! The six remaining couples will each dance an individual routine dedicated to the MVP in their lives and then they’ll be paired off to dance in the Battle of the Ballroom round, hoping to score an extra two points to add to their total. Hey, every point counts in this baby.

Plus, we have season 24 runner-up David Ross sitting in as guest judge, and former athlete contestants Nastia Liukin, Von Miller, and Meryl Davis are here to mentor the celebs before the battle round. Really, it’s an excuse to have them dance with the pros one more time, but sure, mentor away!

If that isn’t enough fringe and sequins for you: Three couples will be eliminated at the end of the night. That’s half the cast. Who decided a four-week season was a good idea, again?

Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten
Quickstep, “Bo$$” by Ray Chew Live
We are all blessed to have Mirai on this season of DWTS, dropping partial shade on her competitors at every turn. It is glorious! More important, her quickstep is also glorious. She dedicates the routine to her MVP, her mom. Her mom is definitely an MVP, driving Mirai to practice and school and encouraging her to plow through the hardship. Mirai and Alan glitz up the dance floor with a fun, classic quickstep. Mirai has such confidence in her movement and the whole golden spectacle is glamourous. The judges note that she lost her posture and top line as the routine went on, but other than that, she nails this routine.
Judges Score: 35/40

Jennie Finch Daigle and Keo Motsepe
Viennese Waltz, “The Rest of Our Life” by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Jennie brings Keo back to the woods of Lousiana to have him spend some time with her MVP: her husband Casey. Should every rehearsal take place in the forest? Discuss below. Jennie and Casey are v. in love and say things like “she’s part angel” and he “has a golden heart.” Good for them, I guess? I’ll just be over here, stuffing peanut m&ms into my mouth. The judges can see that Jennie is much more at ease this week. She finally trusts Keo, and as Bruno notes, that’s the biggest hurdle on the way to winning this thing. She still lacks fluidity in her arms and has some balance issues, but she is enjoying herself, so it evens out.
Judges’ Score: 29/40

Chris Mazdzer and Witney Carson
Foxtrot, “I Got Rhythm” by Ray Chew Live
Chris’ MVP is one of the biggest DWTS fans on the planet…who also happens to be his mother. Marty is a delight and Chris makes us all look like terrible children by making his mom’s dreams of being on the show come true for Mother’s Day. Chris and Witney perform a fun foxtrot with an old Hollywood vibe. The judges are harsh on Chris for his opening solo section, telling him he was stiff and not dancing big enough, but it didn’t read that terrible on TV. And David is right, dancing solo is scary — this is week three! Regardless, they make up for the whole thing with a fabulous group hat choreography, that I’ll surely be replaying all week. Hats win mirrorball trophies.
Judges’ Score: 33/40

Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber
Rumba,“See You Again” by Tyler Ward
Tonya and Sasha are feeling good after their quickstep last week, but knowing half the field will be eliminated is a lot of pressure. As if Tonya needs any extra emotion piled on this week, while dancing a tribute to her late father. He was her biggest supporter and best friend. Sasha choreographs a very moving rumba and you can see Tonya get emotional as soon as it begins. It only enhances her dancing. Her movement is so fluid and Bruno is happy to see her lines are much improved. Len would’ve liked more hip action but enjoyed the light and shade in the routine. Carrie Ann loves how Tonya dances with authenticity. So overall, nothing to worry about.
Judges’ Score: 33/40 (Recap continues on next page)

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