Time for the semi-final results! The night when we find out who will be the top three celebrities on this season’s Dancing with the Stars! Which stars will make it to the finals? And who will be eliminated?

I honestly have no idea. Some guesses, but not much in the way of firm ideas. Very frustrating. Also, kind of fun!

Who do you expect to leave?
Much like the speculation swirling around the web, our predictions are close and unsure this week. While a slim majority of BuddyTV readers think that Bristol and Mark will go home (55 percent of those voting), a sizable minority have chosen Brandy and Maks (40 percent of the votes) as the ones to go home. Kyle and Lacey and Jennifer and Derek seem safe, at least in our minds, but is anybody really safe at this point?

Not so much.

Did you miss anything?
We can’t have that! So, if you were unfortunate enough to miss even one second of the action on last night’s Dancing with the Stars, we can help. Want to read all about the dances? Then you should check out our week 8 live performance recap! It’s a lovely thing, I assure you. For the more pictorially incline among you, may I suggest the performance rankings?

Or you can just keep reading for the briefest of recaps.

This week, each pair was responsible for two fully choreographed and rehearsed dances. All proved up to the challenge — when the lowest score of the night is a 26, you know it’s pretty good.

In the tough crowd, Jennifer and Derek emerged triumphant in the eyes of the judges — perfect 30s for both their cha-cha and waltz! Kyle and Lacey were not far behind with their two dances, each of which earned 29 points from the judging table. Brandy and Maks didn’t quite match the leaders with their initial paso doble (27 points), but they came back with a vengeance for the waltz and earned a perfect 30 of their own. Bristol and Mark came out strong to a 27-point paso doble, and then kept up the effort with 26 points for a waltz.

Close scores for a semi-final! Which is why this could go to anyone.

So why don’t we all go to the show and find out what’s coming our way? It’s time for The Results Show!

Everyone’s out of the stage — Brandy looks completely freaked out. I mean, she’s in danger, but not worth freaking out yet.

Tonight’s encore will be… Brandy and Maks doing the Argentine tango. Cool — I liked that one. Maybe that’s why Brandy was looking so scared. Brandy and Maks so often look like people you’d actually see on a dance floor — only way better than most of such people. That was still pretty.

Time for Annie Lennox to sing. Apparently, this is from a Christmas album or something. We’re also getting some interpretive dance — that’s a little different…

The stars talk about the experience. It’s about what you’d expect. Hard work, growth, great journey, etc. etc. etc.

Hey, we get some RESULTS!!!

Jennifer and Derek get to find out their results first. If they’re not safe, I’ll be a little surprised. Probably the least likely elimination tonight and all.

Jennifer and Derek are SAFE!!!

We have our first finalists! Not a huge shock, but nice nonetheless. Too bad we’ll have to wait forever and ever and ever for anymore results.

Time for the Macy’s Design-a-Dance thing. It seems to be a 50s-themed jive. There’s a neat car involved. Does the winner get the car? That’d be cool. Derek changed awfully fast.

Annie Lennox is back. Interesting costumes.

The pros are talking about the stars now. Maks doesn’t sound like he likes the finalists. Oh Maks… It’s a good thing you’re cute, since you always manage to offend as well. And yet I still kind of love him.

Are we getting more results? Already? Yay! Assuming of course that these are actual results and not just a tease.Results9-Kyle.jpg

Anyway, Kyle and Lacey are waiting for RESULTS!

Kyle and Lacey are SAFE!!!

Enrique Inglesias is singing now. The judges are very into it. That’s different.

I love that Lacey insults Kyle all the time. Insults with a smile are always a fun thing to see, since they obviously adore each other.

Coming up on the final results… Not the most surprising dancers to be left at the end, but I still have no idea of which way it will go.

OK, we’re past the commercials and we’re running out of minutes. Which means…
It’s time for the final RESULTS!!!

Bristol and Mark are SAFE!!!

Which means Brandy and Maks have been eliminated!
Because why would you get to stay on the show with a perfect score? And if anyone has a DVR or way of going back and wants a laugh, go look at Derek Hough’s face right after the announcement. Safe to say he was surprised.

So that’s that. We have our finalists — Jennifer, Kyle and Bristol. Who will win it all? Tune in next week!

So what do you think about the results? Do you agree? Disagree? Are you happy or angry? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Laurel Brown

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

Laurel grew up in Mamaroneck, NY, Grosse Pointe, MI and Bellevue WA. She then went on to live in places like Boston, Tucson, Houston, Wales, Tanzania, Prince Edward Island and New York City before heading back to Seattle. Ever since early childhood, when she became addicted to The Muppet Show, Laurel has watched far too much TV. Current favorites include ChuckModern FamilySupernaturalMad Men and Community. Laurel received a BA in Astrophysics (yes, that is possible) from Colgate University and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and History of Science from Columbia University before she realized that television is much better than studying.