Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy Get Perfect Score After Maks’ Advice on Dancing With The Stars — WATCH!
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy got a perfect score on Monday’s “Dancing With The Stars,” and perhaps some of the credit should go to Maksim Chmerkovskiy, the competition’s reigning champion, who returned to the show this week. Check out the videos below!
Parrish and Val, riding high after being at the top of the leaderboard last week, had to prep two routines for this week’s semifinals, starting with a paso doble. Maks, who won season 18 with Meryl Davis earlier this year, stopped by rehearsals to give the pair some advice, and even took to the floor with Val, which was actually quite a sight to see. “You’re a big b*tch to move,” Maks told his younger brother, prompting him to quip in reply, “I’m the bi*gest bitch.” For her part, Parrish told the camera, “Maks won last year. I know how much winning would mean to Val. I want him to win, and I want him to win with me.”
Well, they certainly have a great shot, as proven by their routine to “Blame” by Calvin Harris. Julianne Hough told Parrish and Val, “I felt like you guys were one…. And girl, you are in it to win it.” Bruno Tonioli declared, “Fierce, bold, powerful. Like an untamed force of nature. You really set the stage on fire.”
Carrie Ann Inaba (happily) complained, “I wanted more! That was over way too soon.” She went on, “It was so dramatic, it was so dynamic. Fabulous.” And head judge Len Goodman said, “Just enough of everything to keep me satisfied. Good technique, it was a great performance, and a fabulous routine.” He admitted to the Val, “I was concerned your brother would set you back,” but said the duo “came out and nailed it!”
With comments like that, it was no surprise Parrish and Val received 10s from each judge for a perfect total of 40 out of 40. Unfortunately, they didn’t quite match that feat in the second round, in which they had to perform an Argentine tango to an “unplugged” version of the same track. While Hough and Tonioli were full of praise and both gave 10s, Goodman and Inaba weren’t happy with the less-than-perfect lifts, giving 9s for a score of 38 in all.
That’s a total of 78 out of 80 for the semifinal night, allowing them to keep their spot at the top of the leaderboard. Parrish and Val survived the elimination at the end of the episode, and that means they will compete in next week’s finale on Monday. These points and the viewers’ votes for tonight will determine whether they go on to Tuesday’s part two, where they could finally win the Mirror Ball Trophy. Check out the videos below, and tell us what you think! Note: Videos are no longer available.