DWTS: Recap- What's More Delicious Than Len's Grandma's Apple Pie?

The remaining four couples are in the home stretch of the competition with this week's semi-finals episode. Yet again, each duo performed two routines each, trying to prove to America and the judges that they deserve a spot in the finals.

Going into this week's competition, I see Chad as being on the bottom of the totem pole...but we'll see how his performances go tonight!

The adorable partners Erin and Maks were up first performing a Viennese Waltz. Their pre-performance video was more on the serious side this week, but I can forgive them because I enjoyed their routine. My lip reading skills sensed Erin saying "I was so nervous" at the end of their dance.

Despite nerves, the judges were full of positive comments for Erin. Len said she made a giant step through the door to the finals while Bruno called her a "symphony in blue." All the judges gave out 9s, although Bruno accidentally held up a 10, causing false excitement in Erin and Maks.

Also, during their interview in the Celebriquarium, Erin called Maks "babe!" Totally dating.

Last weeks' perfect scoring pair Nicole and Derek had a lot to live up to after their 50's Paso Doble- on top of that, Derek had a neck injury during rehearsals. Dancing the Argentine Tango, both of them still looked amazing. As Tyra would say, it was fierce.

Bruno called Nicole a "divine enchantress" who enslaved him, while the routine brought Carrie Ann to tears. Len gave out what he said was the best compliment he could give, that the dance was "more delicious than my grandmother's apple pie." While their dash to the Celebriquarium resulted in Derek taking a tumble, Nicole and Derek scored another perfect 30!

Chad and Cheryl were next, and he was definitely an improvement from previous weeks. Carrie Ann said he nailed the waltz, while Len called him fantastic and pointed out the fact that he's the only dancer left with absolutely no prior experience. Bruno ended the judging by calling him a star. Their dance resulted in three 9s from the judges.

Evan and Anna were next, trying to get Evan to show his personality and happiness while he dances. Dancing the Foxtrot, Evan was much more upbeat and bouncy than usual. My one fear was that the judges would think it was a little too over the top, but I thought Even still showcased a lot of dancing talent.

Luckily, the judges loved it. Len was happy to see the fun and happy go lucky side of Evan while Bruno called him "high as a kite," and loved the vitality and vivacity. Tom had a witty comment, telling Bruno, "You haven't seen anything like that since you last looked in a mirror," zing! Evan and Anna came close to a perfect 10, but Len held back and gave them a 9.

Erin and Maks' next dance was a Paso Doble, and the routine started off with a nice solo by Erin and then an awesome costume conversion. It looked like the nerves were gone, and Erin seemed to be having a great time!

Bruno started out saying, "You are a hot chick with an attitude," and then proceeded to say something that needed to be bleeped out. Carrie Ann called Erin "amazing," and "in your power," while also complimenting Maks' choreography. Bruno on the other hand was confused by what he called a "funky monkey Paso Doble." The scores were again 10s from Bruno and Carrie Ann and a 9 from Len.

In a video package about Nicole's life, it was so cute how Nicole's grandfather said "Nee-cole," and how Nicole pronounced all the Hawaiian words. Nicole and Derek's next routine was the Cha Cha Cha (is it really 3 Cha's?) This routine also started off with a solo. I loved how much Nicole and Derek were singing along to the song throughout the dance. Nicole really can't do wrong, her routines are always spot on. My one problem is that she's a Pussycat Doll. Obviously she's had extensive dance experience in the past.

Carrie Ann commented that while she knows it doesn't, it seems that everything comes so naturally to Nicole. Len said that she has to be there for the finals, and Bruno said some tongue-twister as usual- long story short-he loved it too. For a third time, Len prevented the perfect score by giving out a 9. Tom proceeded to call him a buzzkill.

It was SO CUTE seeing Chad with his kids! Chad and Cheryl's next routine was a Samba to Gaga's "Alejandro," and featured a solo by a shirtless Chad. Len compared his chest to Chad's, saying they were pretty much the same but that he personally had a few more tattoos. Bruno was torn between admiration and bitter envy while Carrie Ann commented that Chad makes everyone smile and lights up the room with his charisma. The judges gave thEm Low scores for the night, two 8s and a 9, but Chad definitely proved something with his two performances.

Evan and Anna wrapped up the night with a Paso Doble. The song ("Wake Me Up Inside" by Evanescence) was a flashback to the angsty middle-school days. The end of the dance, when Evan grabbed Anna, was so intense I didn't know what to do!

Bruno called the routine strong yet artistic and ended by proclaiming, "You're got balls!" Carrie Ann called his movements guttural and powerful and Len said he was successful in dancing the Paso Doble! The night ended with a perfect score from the judges.

At the end of the semi-finals, Evan and Anna and Nicole and Derek were tied for first place, with Erin and Maks in 3rd and Chad and Cheryl in last.

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Hosted by Tom Bergeron ("America's Funniest Home Videos"), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, who all return for their tenth season together.

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