Kaitlyn Bristowe and Nev Schulman didn’t put a foot wrong on Monday’s semifinals episode of Dancing With The Stars.
Both celebrities earned perfect scores from the judges for their two dances on the show, placing them squarely at the top of the leaderboard.
Astoundingly, all six of the remaining contestants earned at least one perfect score during the two-hour episode.
Perfect scores: Kaitlyn Bristowe and her pro partner Artem Chigvintsev performed two dances that each earned perfect scores on Monday’s episode of Dancing With The Stars
‘This has been an incredible night,’ Carrie Ann Inaba, 51, told them. ‘We’ve never, ever seen dancing at this level, ever.’
The competition was so tight, it was anyone’s guess as to who might be sent home, and the rapper Nelly, 45, was at the bottom.
A double elimination loomed, but his solid dancing saved him and partner Daniella Karagach, 28, who sank to her knees in disbelief when they were announced as the first pair advancing to the finals.
Johnny Weir, 36, and Britt Stewart, 31, were then eliminated, as they had received the lowest combined total of viewer votes and judges’ scores.
Also perfect: Nev Schulman and his pro partner Jenna Johnson also earned perfect scores for both of their dances
Good run: Johnny Weir, 36, and Britt Stewart, 31, were eliminated during the two-hour episode
Skai Jackson, 18, and Alan Bersten, 26, were subsequently let go by the judges, who opted to save the more ‘consistent’ Justina Machado, 48, and Sasha Farber, 36.
‘Tonight, you were a princess, my darling,’ Bruno Tonioli, 64, told Skai. ‘Never forget that.’
As the show began, the celebrity dancers called DWTS fans at home and chatted with them about their odds.
Judges voted: Skai Jackson, 18, and Alan Bersten, 26, were let go by the judges
Viewer votes played a vital role in determining which pairs made it to next week’s finale.
For the first round, celebrities had to do a ‘Judges’ Redemption Dance,’ performing in a style chosen by one judge based on a dance they needed to improve.
The second dance was a more personal choice, which allowed them to play to their strengths.
Skai and Alan went first, dancing a cha-cha to Junior Senior’s Move Your Feet, which got them 27 points.
‘My little golden girls brought some extra bling to the cha-cha-cha!’ crowed Bruno, their coach. ‘Twenty-four-karat hip action!’
Redemption dance: Skai and Alan went first, dancing a cha-cha to Junior Senior’s Move Your Feet, which got them 27 points
First round: For the first round, celebrities had to do a ‘Judges’ Redemption Dance,’ performing in a style chosen by one judge based on a dance they needed to improve
Extra bling: ‘My little golden girls brought some extra-bling to the cha-cha-cha!’ crowed Bruno Tonioli, their coach. ‘Twenty-four-karat hip action!’
Skai and Alan’s second dance, a Viennese waltz to Noah Cyrus’ Lonely, brought them a perfect score of 30 points, with Bruno comparing its poise and elegance to ‘a Vogue cover.’
Justina and Sasha next received 28 points for their tango, which they danced to a song chosen by Derek Hough, 35—El Tango de Roxanne, from the 2001 film Moulin Rouge.
‘Justina, that was what I was waiting for!’ Bruno cried, praising her ‘total change of intention.’
Tango time: Justina Machado and Sasha Farber received 28 points for their tango
Unique rendition: They danced to a song chosen by Derek Hough called El Tango de Roxanne, from the 2001 film Moulin Rouge
The pair’s second dance was a contemporary routine to Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out for a Hero, a deeply felt take that moved the judges and earned them 30 points—their first perfect score.
Justina was understandably proud of herself, saying, ‘I’m a 48-year-old Latina woman and I have been killing it on this dance floor! Anything is possible, mi gente!’
Johnny and Britt performed a salsa to Ex by the Jonas Brothers, selected by Carrie Ann.
New judge: Derek Hough picked out the song for Justina and Sasha
Redemption dance: Johnny and Britt performed a salsa to Ex by the Jonas Brothers, selected by Carrie Ann Inaba
Tough dance: Britt and Johnny did not hold back as they took on a tough dance
‘That was a difficult routine,’ Derek told Johnny as he earned 27 points. ‘The fact that you were able to do that with such power and finesse was really fantastic.’
The duo’s second routine, a jazz dance to OneRepublic’s I Lived, emphasized the love at the heart of their partnership, and so impressed the judges they also scored 30 points.
Nelly and Daniella garnered just 26 points for their first round, a paso doble to Woodkid’s Run Boy Run, which they navigated with Bruno’s help.
Redemption routine: Nelly and Daniella garnered just 26 points for their first round, a paso doble to Woodkid’s Run Boy Run, which they navigated with Bruno’s help
After their second dance, a jive to The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Jump Jive an’ Wail, the room exploded in applause.
‘I can’t believe it, Nelly—you nailed it!’ Bruno said, as the singer got 30 points.
Nev and Jenna Johnson, 26, wowed with their foxtrot to Harry Styles’ Sign of the Times, adding 10 points to their Week One foxtrot score of 20.
Wonderful red: Carrie Ann looked wonderful in a bright red dress
‘Talk about mastering the technique,’ Carrie Ann said to Nev, who’d been coached by Derek. ‘You have become a true ballroom artist.’
Nev and Jenna’s contemporary dance, set to JP Saxe and Julia Michaels’ If the World Was Ending, was so good an awestruck Derek said, ‘I forgot to judge.’
‘There wasn’t a detail, there wasn’t a nuance that wasn’t exactly on point and on purpose,’ Bruno marveled. ‘I was totally, totally with you.’
Dressed up: Bruno, Carrie Ann and Derek were all dressed up for the semis
Perfection again: Nev and Jenna Johnson, 26, wowed with their foxtrot to Harry Styles’ Sign of the Times, adding 10 points to their Week One foxtrot score of 20
Once again, the pair earned 30 points, leading Derek to joke, ‘We’ve gotta come up with some bigger numbers.’
Kaitlyn and Artem Chigvintsev, 38, whipped out a flawless paso doble to Spanish guitar music, also nabbing 30 points.
‘That was amazing!’ applauded Carrie Ann, their coach. ‘It was passionate, it was powerful. You were so in the zone!’
Flawless performance: Kaitlyn and Artem Chigvintsev, 38, whipped out a flawless paso doble to Spanish guitar music, nabbing 30 points
The duo’s contemporary routine, set to The Chicks’ Cowboy Take Me Away, helped them obtain their second perfect score.
As the show ended, Nev and Kaitlyn were tied at the top of the leaderboard with 60 points, while Nelly and Daniela placed at the bottom with 56.
Nelly stayed, but Johnny and Skai went home.
Dancing With The Stars will air its finale next week on ABC.
Fierce competitor: Skai overcame shaky performances earlier in the season to make it to the semifinals