By Erica Abbott
Closing out the semifinals are Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater, dancing a quickstep to “Yes I Can” by Superhumans.
Carrie Ann Inaba calls Rashad and the quickstep a match made it heaven, but Len Goodman says there were quite a few missteps throughout the dance. Julianne Hough says he was light on his feet, adding that it was “brilliant.” Bruno Tonioli commends Rashad’s charisma and swaying movements. They score a 39.
Welcome to the semifinals! The four remaining couples will perform two dances: one for the Judges’ Challenge in which each judge has been paired with a couple during rehearsals to challenge them with a specific dance and song. The second round will feature a dance style that the couple has not yet performed in the competition. Featured dance styles include jive, rumba, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, quickstep, tango and jazz. Three couples will earn their spots in the two-night finale next week.
Dancing with the Stars Social Media Reactions
— L.R. Olson (@AuthorLR_Olson) May 16, 2017
Can i get my dream Top 3?! That’s all i care about right now, i don’t care who wins tbh Normani, Simone and Rashad are #DWTS
— Rositara is endgame (@LovaticGleekDR) May 16, 2017
RASHAD, SIMONE, AND NORMANI BETTER BE THE FINAL 3 #DWTS
— Eliabeth. (@degrasshole) May 16, 2017
Rashad… I just don’t have any words of endearment left. He’s all of them. ALL OF THEM. #dwts
— Q. (@xoxo_tanikka) May 16, 2017
Rashad’s story is beyond inspiring. #DWTS ❤️❤️
— Kale Chips (@fancyfeet07) May 16, 2017
According to ABC, Jennings “was one of the top NFL running backs in 2015. In that breakout 2015 season, he started every game and set career highs in carries, rushing yards, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He was drafted in 2009 in the seventh round by the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he spent four seasons, was signed by the Oakland Radars in 2013 for one season, and signed a four-year contract with the New York Giants in 2014. Jennings set a Big South Conference record while at Liberty with 3,633 yards, 42 touchdowns, and averaged 5.7 yards per carry.”
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Now in its 24th season, “Dancing with the Stars” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The judging panel is composed of ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine who gets to stay and who is sent home each week as couples vie for the coveted Mirrorball trophy.
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