Who will win the Season 21 Dancing with the Stars Mirrorball trophy? Four couples will compete in the semi-finals on Monday night, just one week before this season’s winner is revealed.
UPDATE: See the full leaderboard from Monday night’s semi-finals below
According to ABC, the format of the semi-finals had to be modified due to the departure of Tamara Braxton. The semi-finalists normally perform a two dances, but this season they add a third — a dance-off — to the lineup. The network also confirmed that there won’t be an elimination on Monday night, and all four celebrities will dance their way to the finale next week. See a full lineup of dances and songs below.
— Official DWTS (@DancingABC) November 15, 2015
Alexa PenaVega was eliminated last week, just one day before Tamara withdrew from the competition. Although there was speculation that Alexa might return to fill Tamara’s spot, People confirmed earlier this week that the show will go on with just the four remaining celebrity dancers —Nick Carter, Bindi Irwin, Alek Skarlatos, and Alexa’s husband, Carlos PenaVega.
Coming into this week’s semi-finals, Bindi Irwin and her partner Derek Hough topped the leaderboard with 60 points. Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess took second place with 55, followed by Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson (51), and Alek Skarlatos and his partner, Lindsay Arnold (48).
Update: The leaderboard for semi-finals night puts Bindi and Carlos at the top, Alek in third place and Nick Carter in fourth place this week.
Bindi Irwin – 60
Carlos PenaVega – 60
Alek Skarlatos – 57
Nick Carter – 54
Next week, one couple will be declared the Season 21 Mirrorball trophy winner. Throughout the season, there has been speculation that Bindi or Nick will win, but don’t be surprised if there is a big shake-up and the frontrunners don’t pull off a win.
Both Carlos and Alek, currently in third and fourth place, have proven to be fantastic dancers this season, and both have a strong fan following. Carlos could see an increase in votes this week with his wife Alexa’s fans giving their votes to Carlos and Witney, otherwise known as Team Brown Sugar.
As far as Alek goes, Lindsay Denninger from the Bustle states that although he came into Season 21 as the “dark horse,” he has a good chance of winning the Mirrorball trophy because he has proven himself on the dance floor — and his fans adore him.
“That twinkle in his eye. That smile. His humble demeanor, whether at a press conference or standing in front of the judges. The fact that he doesn’t think he’s all that is precisely what makes him all that, and at-home voters and tweeters alike totally love it.”
— Official DWTS (@DancingABC) November 14, 2015
Monday night’s two-hour semi-finals show will start out with all four couples doing their individual routines. Alek and Lindsay will dance the Waltz to “America the Beautiful,” and Bindi will dance a Salsa with Derek to “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.” Nick and Sharna will do a Tango to “Stars,” and Carlos and Witney Carson will perform a Contemporary routine to “Drag Me Down.”
The trio dances will be fun to watch with four pros returning to the dance floor, including Mark Ballas, who was eliminated last week with Alexa Pena Vega. Mark will join Bindi and Derek’s Jazz routine, followed by Emma Slater, who will dance the Argentine Tango with Alek and Lindsay.
Peta Murgatroyd returns after being out this season of an ankle injury. Fans will see her dance what is still an unconfirmed dance style with Nick and Sharna. Rounding out the trio dances is Karina Smirnoff, who will dance the Samba with Carlos and Witney.
The final performances of the night will be the dance-off. Nick and Sharna will go up against Bindi and Derek (Samba), and Alek and Witney will compete with Lindsay and Carlos (Cha Cha).
Tune in to watch the Dancing with the Stars semi-finals at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, November 16 on ABC.
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