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Closing out the first round are Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater, dancing a rumba to “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur. The couple was paired up with Bruno Tonioli for the Judges’ Challenge. He challenges Rashad to control his hands and clean up his footwork.

Carrie Ann Inaba points out how much more refined and elegant Rashad danced, adding that it felt like he was “painting a canvas with his body.” Len Goodman says he loved his fluidity, while Julianne Hough says she loved the subtleties in the dance. Tonioli says Rashad exceeded his expectations. They score a 38.

Watch Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater’s Dazzling Rumba

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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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.”

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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