Closing out round one of the semi-finals are Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess, dancing a contemporary routine to “Stand By Me” by Bootstraps. Norman chose his four brothers as his MVPs.
Len Goodman praises the fluidity and lifts, while Bruno Tonioli calls it “loving and reassuring.” Carrie Ann Inaba says it was very peaceful and guest judge David Ross calls it smooth. They score a 36.
Watch Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess’s Touching Contemporary Routine
Welcome to the semi-finals! On Monday, the six remaining athletes will dance a foxtrot, quickstep, rumba, Viennese waltz or contemporary routine inspired by their personal MVP. In round two, the couples will compete against each other in a dance-off. The winners of each dance-off round will receive extra points for the evening. Season 24 finalist David Ross serves as a guest judge tonight. The first-ever triple elimination will take place at the end of the episode. Jennie Finch and Keo Motsepe and Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess are currently at the bottom of the leaderboard with 63 points. At the top of the leaderboard are Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten and Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson, who earned 74 points total for their dances last week.
Dancing with the Stars Social Media Reactions
Lovely Contemporary Josh and Sharna! #DWTS
— Ann Marie Pincivero (@ampincivero) May 15, 2018
Woooww Josh & Sharna tho ugh so gorgeous #dwts
— Michelle (@ShellyBaby_13) May 15, 2018
sharna and josh’s dance was sooo good, i’ll be surprised if they aren’t in the top three #dwts
— kaitlyn misses harry :( (@mxdnightharryy) May 15, 2018
WOW! That was stunning! Bravo Sharna and Josh! #DWTS
— Talk Nerdy With Us (@TalkNerdyWithUs) May 15, 2018
Josh and Sharna’s dance was beautiful! WOW! #DWTS
— Erica (@lilsushigirl) May 15, 2018
— Kadey Joh (@kadeyobe10) May 15, 2018
Norman is a cornerback for the Washington Redskins. According to ABC, he “became the highest-paid NFL cornerback in 2016 upon signing with the Washington Redskins after spending his previous four seasons with the Carolina Panthers. As he enters the seventh season of his NFL career, he proves to remain one of the most elite athletes at his position.”
“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The judging panel is composed of ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine who gets to stay and who is sent home as couples vie for the coveted Mirrorball trophy during the special, four-week season.
The remaining athletes include Olympic figure skaters Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu, luger Chris Mazdzer, softball pitcher Jennie Finch, NFL star Josh Norman and former figure skater Tonya Harding.
The finale of this season’s all-athlete edition of “Dancing with the Stars” airs next Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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