All right guys, we're down to the wire: On last night's episode we found out which dancers are one step closer to the finale. That said, I expected things to be more high-energy than they were last night—the choreography just felt a little bit safe. Maybe everyone's saving their energy for the end. That said, I still found lots to like. Read on for my Top 5 moments.
Casey Askew and Jessica Richens perform a Disco routine to "Dim All The Lights" choreographed by Doriana Sanchez. (Photo by Mike Yarish, Courtesy FOX)
I think that counts as a moment. And if it doesn't, her hair sure needs it's own moment—you can't really contain a perm like that. Between Ray Leeper's weird 90s club-kid jazz routine and Jessica and Casey's Disco routine, choreographed by Doriana Sanchez, I definitely preferred the Disco hair. Hello Olivia Newton John!
Seriously, what is he doing? (Photos courtesy FOX)
Ricky's Solo Performance
Not that I needed a reminder that he's perfect, but—oh yeah, he's perfect. I'm not entirely sure what happened, but I think it was something like Ricky repeatedly levitating off the floor and just hanging out in the air.
Valerie Rockey (R) and all-star tWitch Boss perform a hip-hop routine to "Yeah" choreographed by Will "WilldaBeast" Adams. (Photo by Mike Yarish, Courtesy FOX)
Valerie and tWitch's Wedding Dance
I love me some old school hip-hop, and Will "WilldaBeast" Adams did not fail me. I loved watching Valerie break it down, and I expected nothing less since we all know that tWitch brings out the best in his partners.
Jacque LeWarne and all-star Will Wingfield perform a Contemporary routine to "99 Red Balloons" choreographed by Sean Cheesman. (Photo by Mike Yarish, Courtesy FOX)
Jacque and Will's Contemporary Routine
Even though the ending of Sean Cheeseman's contemporary routine was a little—sorry—cheesy, I loved the amazingly unique way they were moving with that ball! Will's roll over the ball, which looked completely weightless, and the partnering in the rest of the dance which looked completely effortless, were both lovely. As we say at DS, snaps for no arbitrary props!
Zack Everhart Jr. and all-star Fik-Shun perform a Hip-Hop routine to "Sail (Unlimited Gravity Remix)" choreographed by Phillip Chbeeb. (Photo Mike Yarish, Courtesy FOX)
Zach and Fik-Shun's Rorschach Dance
Okay, that was amazing. This one was easily the best dance of the night, and I was really surprised at Zach's swagger. He was a little bit sloppy in Phillip Chbeeb's choreography, but it didn't matter because the concept—making the equal and opposite shapes of an ink-blot—and the overall execution were just so darn good.
The final four, Valerie, Ricky, Zack and Jessica. (Photo by Mike Yarish, Courtesy FOX)
Now we just need to batten down for the final episode, try not to get too emotional, and make it through next week. We said goodbye to Jacque and Casey. Zach, Ricky, Jessica and Valerie went on the finale. I'm not sure I'm surprised, but at this point everyone is so good it just comes down to personality and voter appeal. See you next week!
P.S. Did I not say that Jessica has what it takes to go all the way?
There's a reason Mia Michaels' nickname is "Mama Mia." The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they're competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance," members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.
And that's a wrap on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 24, ladies and gents! It's certainly been one for the books. From injuries to shocking eliminations, let's just say Season 24 has had its emotional ups and downs. But despite all that, the season made for some seriously phenom dancing and some killer performances. And as usual, we've loved watching every second of those cha chas, foxtrots, and waltzes.
Let's get right to the exciting stuff, though: Last night's winning couple of "Dancing with the Stars" is...
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On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
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