“This is both the most amazing thing that I love more than anything and my biggest nightmare every week,” said “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Frankie Muniz about the conflicting emotions he feels whenever he steps out on the dance floor. He’s done well on the show — he just made the finals — but he continues to feel self-doubt, so his pro partner Witney Carson chose to choreograph their semifinals salsa this week to “Shake” by Yin Yang Twins in order to force Muniz to break out of his shell. It was the kind of song where you have no choice but to demonstrate confidence — and yes, Carson got Muniz to take his shirt off. Watch their routine above, and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Judge Bruno Tonioli called it “a salsa with street cred. Witney, you transformed the new kid on the block into the leader of the gang, with a touch of the boy band down to the abs. I loved the originality, and I loved the spirit of it.” Carrie Ann Inaba added, “I don’t know if the song necessarily matched you … but I love that you do not mess around. You give it all … However, it is semifinals, so I’m going to give you some advice: you need to make sure that you stay in the beat, not ahead of the beat or on top of the beat.” And Len Goodman concluded, “You come out with so much enthusiasm. Always watching you for me is a joyous experience. For me it was too much hip-hop and not enough hip action.”
The result wasn’t one of Muniz’s best scores. He received two 8s and a 9 for a total of 25 out of 30, and for the night overall he finished second to last on the leaderboard when you combined this performance with his later “Iconic Dance” in which he recreated a paso doble made famous by Apolo Anton Ohno in season four. Do you think Muniz deserved better? Vote in our poll below to let us know if you think he deserves to win the Mirror Ball Trophy.
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