Kicking off the semifinals are Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy, dancing a Viennese waltz to “Desperado” by Rihanna. The couple was paired with head judge Len Goodman for the Judges’ Challenge. He challenges them to be in proper hold and have perfect frame throughout the whole dance and adds that he wants to be “transported back to Vienna.”
Goodman says Normani made him proud, adding that there was only one little “stutter.” Julianne Hough says she loved the black-and-white concept and calls them a “magical team.” Bruno Tonioli calls the dance a “thriller.” Carrie Ann Inaba says she loves the fluidity in Normani’s movements. They score a 36 out of 40.
Watch Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy’s Sexy Viennese Waltz
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.
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Len is the perfect person to give Normani and Val their challenge since he's always critical with them. #DWTS
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According to ABC, Kordei “is one-fourth of one of the most popular girl groups in the world, Fifth Harmony. The release of Fifth Harmony’s sophomore album, “7/27,” is the latest in a series of record-breaking accomplishments for the group. “Work from Home,” the album’s 3x-platinum certified first single, earned Fifth Harmony their first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, notching the top spot on both the Billboard Rhythmic and Pop Songs charts.”
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.
The remaining contestants include Simone Biles with Sasha Farber, Normani Kordei with Val Chmerkovskiy, David Ross with Lindsay Arnold and Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater.
“Dancing with the Stars” airs every Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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