'Dancing with the Stars' recap: Semifinals end with a shocking twist

Find out who made it to the finale.

November 29, 2023, 10:15 AM

Things were heating up on the dance floor Tuesday night as the final five couples went head-to-head in the semifinals for "Dancing with the Stars" season 32.

This week saw each couple tackling two all-new dances -- one ballroom-style routine and one Latin-style routine -- as they all fought for a spot in the finale.

Amid the competition there was also a special performance by the professional dancers hitting the road for the DWTS LIVE 2024 Tour, set to Janelle Monáe's "Make Me Feel" and choreographed by Mandy Moore.

There was no special guest judge this week, leaving Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough -- and viewers at home -- as the ones with all the power to determine who stayed and who would be eliminated.

Read on to see how the rest of the evening unfolded.

Who was eliminated

In a jaw-dropping conclusion, nobody was eliminated at the end of the night -- which means all five couples will move forward and compete in the finals.

"That's right. No one is going home tonight," Julianne Hough said after Alfonso Ribeiro revealed everyone had made it through. "For the first time ever, we'll see five couples dancing for the trophy."

Julianne Hough then noted that the judges' scores and votes by viewers will carry over to next week's scores to determine who will win the Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy.

"Vanderpump Rules" star Ariana Madix -- who said she has an injury where her ribs connect to her spine -- reacted to the surprise non-elimination after the show, telling "GMA" it was "amazing but truly shocking."

"It's going to be amazing. I'm so excited to see everybody's dances," the reality star said. "Literally thought I was going to throw up just now."

"It feels really incredible to have made it to the finals. This has been a truly transformative experience -- not just physically, not just with dance, but mentally and emotionally as well," the reality star added.

Top score of the night

Marvel star Xochitl Gomez topped the leaderboard this week.

The "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" actress and pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy earned a perfect score of 60 for their two routines, a samba to "Samba" by Gloria Estefan -- which had Inaba calling Gomez "a star" -- and a waltz to "La Vie en Rose" by Lady Gaga -- which Derek Hough called "absolutely perfect."

Gomez reacted to making it to the finale when chatting with "GMA" after the show, with Chmerkovskiy looking ahead at the "bittersweet" realization that their journey together on "DWTS" is almost over.

Lowest score of the night

Actress Alyson Hannigan was sitting at the bottom of the leaderboard at the end of the night after a tough round of competition.

The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alum and pro partner Sasha Farber performed earned a score of 51 for their two routines, a jive to "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins -- which, despite a few errors, had Tonioli remarking on the "unbelievable" growth Hannigan has shown since she first danced on the show -- and a waltz to "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones, which Derek Hough called her "best dance."

Hannigan told "GMA" it felt "unbelievable" to make it to the finals. The "How I Met Your Mother" alum also recalled telling someone before the season began that the only way for her to make it to the finale was "for everyone else to drop out."

"And that didn't happen but I'm still here," she added. "Amazing!"

Who's left, and what were their total scores tonight?

Xochitl Gomez and Val Chmerkovskiy - 60
Charity Lawson and Artem Chigvintsev - 59
Ariana Madix and Pasha Pashkov - 58
Jason Mraz and Daniella Karagach - 57
Alyson Hannigan and Sasha Farber - 51

"Dancing with the Stars" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and Disney+, streaming the next day on Hulu.

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