DWTS 2019 Recap: Week 10 - The Semi-Finals

DWTS 2019 Recap: Week 10 - The Semi-Finals

After nine weeks of intense competition, the coveted Mirrorball Trophy was in-sight for the five remaining celebrities and their pro dancer partners as Dancing with the Stars 2019 entered its Semi-Finals. With scores so close between the remaining couples, it was still anyone's competition to win as they once again danced for judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. This week, each couple had the chance to redeem themselves by performing a routine from earlier in the season that the judges considered their weakest. They then had to take on an all-new routine to finish the night and earn their spot in the Finals. Who went home on Dancing with the Stars? Keep scrolling for the full recap and results!

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Lauren Alaina & Gleb
Lauren and her pro dance partner Gleb Savchenko were in the bottom two last week, so they knew for their redemption dance, they would need to work extra-hard. In Week 2, they did a Paso Doble and Len wanted to see stronger shaping and more recognizable steps. Here in Week 10, Len loved the mix of expression and aggression and Bruno and Carrie Ann saw improvement in her shaping.

Watch Lauren Alaina and Gleb's Redemption Paso Doble

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 9; Len – 9; Bruno – 9; TOTAL: 27 out of 30

Kel Mitchell & Witney
Kel and Witney Carson's Week 1 Tango was their lowest scoring dance of the season, so Bruno wanted to see them tackle it again as their redemption dance. Bruno felt like Kel was a little too up-and-down on his first try, but this time was so much better. Carrie Ann told Kel and Witney that she feels like they have come the furthest, and Len loved the intensity and enthusiasm.

Watch Kel Mitchell and Witney's Redemption Tango

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 9; Len – 9; Bruno – 9; TOTAL: 27 out of 30

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Ally Brooke & Sasha
Ally and her partner Sasha Farber had a lot to celebrate after getting two perfect dances in a row last week. For their redemption dance, Len wanted to see them return to the Viennese Waltz, which they last performed in Week 2. Len was impressed to see much improved technique, Bruno called it "a joy to watch," and Carrie Ann praised her phrasing.

Watch Ally Brooke and Sasha's Redemption Viennese Waltz

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 10; Len – 9; Bruno – 10; TOTAL: 29 out of 30

Hannah Brown & Alan
Emotions were high as Hannah and her partner Alan Bersten rehearsed for their redemption dance, a return to their Rumba from Week 3. Carrie Ann, Len and Bruno all saw serious improvement in the hip action and the steps, and the judges' past critiques definitely helped shape Hannah into an even better dancer.

Watch Hannah Brown and Alan's Redemption Rumba

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 9; Len – 9; Bruno – 9; TOTAL: 27 out of 30

James Van Der Beek & Emma
James surprised his partner, Emma Slater, when he told her that he'd like Len to be their judge for their redemption dance. Back in Week 2, they did a Cha Cha that Len felt was a little too full of gimmicks. Unfortunately, this time he had the same issue, Bruno felt like James was off timing quite a bit this time, and Carrie Ann felt like his posture had some real problems.

Watch James Van Der Beek and Emma's Cha Cha

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 8; Len – 8; Bruno – 8; TOTAL: 24 out of 30

Lauren Alaina & Gleb
Lauren and Gleb's second dance of the night was the Viennese Waltz to Tim McGraw's "Humble and Kind." Len called it "elegant" and "graceful" and Bruno called it "sophisticated" and "classy," calling out the chemistry between Lauren and Gleb.

Watch Lauren Alaina and Gleb's Viennese Waltz

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 9; Len – 9; Bruno – 9; TOTAL: 27 out of 30; 54 out of 60 for the night.

Kel Mitchell & Witney
Kel and Witney's second dance of the night was a Contemporary routine to Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," a song Kel has a personal connection with. Bruno called the performance "an achievement" and "art." Carrie Ann was overwhelmed with emotion over the storytelling. And Len just gave a standing ovation.

Watch Kel Mitchell and Witney's Contemporary

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 10; Len – 10; Bruno – 10; TOTAL: 30 out of 30; 57 out of 60 for the night.

Ally Brooke & Sasha
Ally was so excited to hear that their song for the Charleston was "Sing, Sing, Sing," but she was definitely feeling the nerves about making it to the Finals. Sasha pulled out all of the stops in the choreography and Carrie Ann called it a "showstopper." Len called it a "joyful performance," and Bruno exclaimed it was "barnstorming fun!"

Watch Ally Brooke and Sasha's Charleston

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 10; Len – 10; Bruno – 10; TOTAL: 30 out of 30; 59 out of 60 for the night.

James Van Der Beek & Emma
Before their second dance of the night, James told us in the package that he and his wife Kimberly lost the baby they were expecting since Week 4. Despite the sadness and emotions that he and his family were going through, Kimberly told James that she wasn't done watching him dance, so he danced for her.

Watch James Van Der Beek and Emma's Foxtrot

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 9; Len – 9; Bruno – 9; TOTAL: 27 out of 30; 51 out of 60 for the night.

Hannah Brown & Alan
To prepare for their Contemporary dance, Hannah opened up to Alan about her heartbreak after being The Bachelorette and how her relationship with Jed didn't work out. They channeled those emotions into their routine and the judges came away impressed.

Watch Hannah Brown and Alan's Contemporary

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 9; Len – 9; Bruno – 9; TOTAL: 27 out of 30; 54 out of 60 for the night.

Seventh Elimination
With the judges' scores in and America's votes counted, it was time to determine which couples were facing elimination in the bottom two. This week, Ally Brooke & Sasha and James Van Der Beek & Emma faced elimination, which meant it was time for the judges to decide who to save for the Finals. Carrie Ann chose Ally & Sasha, as did Bruno and Len, so it was time to say an emotional goodbye to James Van Der Beek.

Watch the emotional seventh elimination of Dancing with the Stars 2019!

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