JAMES HINCHCLIFFE

Kicking off the semifinals are James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess, dancing an Argentine tango, with Burgess blindfolded, to “Santa Maria” by Gotan Project.

Julianne Hough calls it “absolutely sensational,” adding that they truly embodied the Argentine tango. Bruno Tonioli commends the trust and skill in their partnership, while Carrie Ann Inaba says they really nailed the risks, but messed up a few times. They score a 29.

Watch James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess’ Tango for Semifinals

The semifinals have arrived! Couples will perform a solo routine for the first part of the competition in a dance style that they have yet to do, while the second half will bring an extra dancer into the mix. Couples will take on the Trio Dance for the second half of semifinals, with the five remaining couples adding a troupe member to their second dance for the evening. One couple will be sent home tonight and four couples will head into the finale next week. The Mirrorball trophy winner will be announced in the season 23 finale next Tuesday.

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According to ABC, “James Hinchcliffe is arguably one of the most popular drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Currently in his sixth racing season and second for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, the affable Canadian has four Indy car wins, 10 podiums and one pole position to date. He was voted IndyCar’s Favorite Driver in 2012 by the fans and was 2011 Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year.” He suffered life-threatening injuries in a practice run for the Indianapolis 500 last year and is the self-proclaimed Mayor of Hinchtown.

Now in its 23rd 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.

The remaining contestants include Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez with Val Chmerkovskiy, former NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson Jr. with Lindsay Arnold, reality TV star Terra Jolé with Sasha Farber, country singer Jana Kramer with Gleb Savchenko, and IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe with Sharna Burgess. This season’s star-studded line-up included Jake T. Austin, Rick Perry, Vanilla Ice, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Amber Rose, Maureen McCormick, Ryan Lochte and Marilu Henner.

“Dancing with the Stars” airs every Monday night starting at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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