A number of things were on viewer’s minds Monday night on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” One of which were recent reports stating Alfonso Ribeiro suffered a severe injury. Will he dance or won’t he during these crucial semifinals? Another question remained if Alfonso cannot dance will Tommy Chong go to the finals? The mystery was solved in this week of plugged and unplugged music.
The theme refers to songs that are accompanied with a full production of varied instruments and other recording techniques. On the flipside unplugged simply means a stripped down version with usually one vocalist. It also includes one or two stringed instruments such as an acoustic guitar or violin.
In the first half of the show featured the couples dancing to an original arrangement of their chosen song, either as a recording or live by the Ray Chew house band. The second half showcased the very same song that was a radical departure. It featured a vocalist(s) and minimal musical accompaniment. However, the couples did two unlearned dances to the same song.
These highlights included Sadie and Mark started off the night to Ariana Grande’s big hit “Problem.” They danced a brilliant quickstep routine by adding some contemporary elements to it.
When Alfonso and Witney hit the dance floor this was the moment many fans were on the edge of their seat for. How would he do when he’s in so much pain? To answer that question Alfonso remarkably got through his challenging Argentine Tango. There were times you could see his pain from the body language. He worked through it like a pro. Afterwards during a commercial break a physical therapist was working on Alfonso’s back muscles.
This round went to Janel and Val with their paso doble to the fierce song “Blame” by Calvin Harris. They scored yet another perfect 40. It was a shame their routine was so short, because you didn’t want it to end. Their chemistry is getting stronger and stronger.
During a different version of the couple’s same songs in this last round featured the following musicians: Time for Three, Christine Grimmie, and Noah Guthrie. Before they all took to the dance floor, a biographical video was presented for each celebrity. Each one told an extraordinary journey they have all traveled for their illustrious careers and being on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Tommy and Peta’s rumba was the telling of a lovely holiday tale to an acoustic “Tainted Love.” Once again Alfonso and Witney continued to amaze the in-studio audience, viewers, and judges with a contemporary dance number to One Republic’s “Love Runs Out.” It was quite breathtaking to watch while Christine Grimmie sang at the microphone in the background. This time you just knew Alfonso would be alright. It was like he wasn’t even in pain this time. His physical therapist certainly worked wonders.
Sadly it was inevitable Tommy Chong would be eliminated. He gave it his all and committed wholeheartedly to his time in the competition. Alfonso, Janel, Bethany, and Sadie are all in next week’s finals. Next Monday night will be their two dances which includes the popular freestyle. Tuesday night is the season finale and the crowning of a new champion.