“Dancing with the Stars” season 25 enters the semifinals this coming Monday night as the five remaining couples will each perform twice. Each routine will have a unique twist. The first will be a brand new dance in a previously unlearned style, but in this case the pros get to pick the music. Then the second routine will be an “Iconic Dance” in which the couples recreate a famous dance from a previous season of the show. Finally there is expected to be another elimination based on the scores and viewer votes from “Trio Night.”
This list of dances could be good news for violinist Lindsey Stirling, whose first-round will be a contemporary routine. This is her first time performing in this dance style, which is choreographically looser and more interpretive that other styles with more rigid requirements. As a result, it often leads to a spike in scores from the judges, like Jordan Fisher‘s contemporary on “Most Memorable Year Night” and Frankie Muniz‘s contemporary on “Halloween Night.” And it could be good for Stirling’s health as it may be lower-impact, giving her a chance to recover a little more from her recent rib injury.
But how will the competitors compare to their predecessors on their iconic dances? The pressure is on for Fisher and his partner Lindsay Arnold, who will recreate a season 22 routine by their closest rival, Mark Ballas, and his then-partner Paige VanZant. But Ballas has his work cut out for him too as he and Stirling will have to perform a tango that Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed on the way to their season 18 Mirror Ball Trophy.
The first dances of the night are as follows:
Drew Scott and Emma Slater – Tango – “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson – Salsa – “Shake” by Yin Yang Twins & Pitbull
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold – Argentine Tango – “Brother” (feat. Gavin DeGraw) by NEEDTOBREATHE
Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas – Contemporary – “Head High” by Alexander Jean
Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy – Waltz – “To Build a Home” (feat. Patrick Watson) by Cinematic Orchestra
Then the contestants will take on the following iconic dances:
Drew Scott and Emma Slater – Jazz – “Yeah!” (feat. Lil Jon, Ludacris) by Usher (Season 17, Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff)
Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson – Paso Doblé – “Carnival De Paris” by Dario G (Season 4, Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough)
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold – Jive – “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner (Season 22, Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas)
Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas – Tango – “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris (Season 18, Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy)
Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy – Charleston – “Bang Bang” by will.i.am (Season 17, Amber Riley and Derek Hough)
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