Bobby Bones made a, shall we say, strong first impression at the beginning of the season of “Dancing with the Stars” in September. No one knew what to expect from the country radio personality, but his wild jive and his over-caffeinated celebration after it was over immediately endeared him to the judges and to fans at home. It all came full-circle during the Semi-Finals, when judge Len Goodman challenged him to revisit that dance style. So how did he do? Watch it above and decide for yourself.
The “DWTS” semifinalists had to perform two dances on Monday night: a Dedication Dance for someone special in the contestants’ lives and a Judges’ Choice routine that would hopefully improve upon a previous dance. Goodman wanted Bones to take that irrepressible energy from his first dance and clean it up a bit, get it under control.
Much to Bones’s credit, he did improve on that premiere night routine. He’ll never be the most technically proficient dancer in the competition, but he did show a lot more control, and he executed his steps with far more precision this time around. Goodman thought Bones’s flicks and kicks were “pretty good.” Bruno Tonioli called him a “golden cricket gone berserk” — not sure if that was a compliment, but okay. And while Carrie Ann Inaba thought it was still a little “wild,” she did note significant improvement.
And that improvement was evident in the scores. He received 8s across the board for a total of 24 out of 30. That was far behind most of the other contestants in the Semi-Finals — he even finished behind the historically low-scoring Joe Amabile — but he nevertheless made it to the final four who will compete for the Mirror Ball Trophy in next week’s season finale. However, he did that at the expense of Juan Pablo Di Pace, who was eliminated despite being the season’s highest scoring contestant, so does Bones really belong in the finale? Vote in our poll below to let us know who you think should win the Mirror Ball Trophy.
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