Double the dances on the “Dancing with the Stars” semifinal means double the YouTube plays we have to look at. It’s not that much different at the top, but one of the two people eliminated was definitely nowhere near the bottom on this list.
Again, some caveats:
1. Needless to say, not everyone who watches a contestant’s dance on YouTube is voting and vice versa.
2. Not every star or dance is created equal. Some people already come in with major notoriety and a fan base, which could boost views. Some pros have a bigger fan base than the stars they’re teaching. Some people accrue fans as the season progresses. Sometimes a performance is just flat-out amazing or a complete hot mess or meme-worthy that everyone is going to be Googling it the next day so they don’t have FOMO.
3. These are the plays as of press time, so they will have changed by the time you finish reading this sentence.
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten
Alexis is on top once again — this time by a super wide margin. How much of this is propelled by the showmance? It’s hard to say since she’s always been in the top three of YouTube views, but since she’s also made the final, it’s clear people are buying what they’re forcing down our throats.
Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke
Argentine tango: 131K
The good news: Juan Pablo got his most plays since his 30-scoring samba way back in Week 3. The bad news: He was eliminated. Perhaps the outrage over his exit despite two 30s on Monday spurred people to check out these routines.
Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess
Bobby dropped out of the top three for just the second time this season. But unlike Week 4, when he had the second fewest views, these numbers are on par with what he usually pulls; it’s just that Juan Pablo’s views shot way up.
Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe
Evanna put in one of the best performances of the night with her contemporary and received another perfect score, but her play count still didn’t experience a major hike. But she made the final, which is all that matters.
Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile and Jenna Johnson
It was probably hard to imagine back in Week 1, but Joe is dead last here. But we knew this was coming with his downward view trajectory the past few weeks. The schadenfreude was over and now so is his time on the show.
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