The week leading into the semifinals, the pressure was unbearable on "Dancing With the Stars." Amid mounting judge exasperation over his ballroom dancing persistence despite bad scores, Sean Spicer tried to show the world that he belongs in the reality dance competition.
Meanwhile, "Bachelorette" Hannah Brown had a meltdown in her prerecorded dance rehearsal video when she failed to hit her moves to her own satisfaction.
The heat was on for six celebrity couples dancing two dances each on Boy Band/Girl Group Night.
NSYNC member and Season 4 runner-up Joey Fatone brought his unique expertise as a fourth judge in what would ultimately be Spicer's judgement day.
Here's what went down.
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James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater
James Van Der Beek和Emma Slater
The "Dawson's Creek" star has gone dramatic in his past dances, but he threw out all control in his jive to the Pointer Sisters "I'm So Excited." He ended with total flare, nailing a split in the middle of the dance floor. The crowd went wild.
You had to scrape people off the ceiling, said judge Bruno Tonioli, who quibbled about some missed moves. "But I have to say, brilliant."
法官布鲁诺·托尼奥利（Bruno Tonioli）说：“你必须把人从天花板上刮下来。” “但是我不得不说，太棒了。”
First dance: 36/40.
Van Der Beek hit his boy-band fantasy moment during his jazz dance to NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye." He had all the moves in the lead dance position among a bevy of male dancers, with Slater an almost a gyrating afterthought.
范德贝克（Van Der Beek）在NSYNC的《再见再见》（Bye Bye Bye）爵士舞中打出了他的男团幻想时刻。在所有男性舞者中，他的所有动作都处在领舞的位置，而斯莱特则回想了一下。
Judge Len Goodman thought it was too far from ballroom. "It was too much boy band," he said, giving an 8.
Fatone loved it so much: "If I could give 100, I would have," he said, calling it "flat-out awesome."
Second dance: 36/40
Final score: 72/80
Sean Spicer and Jenna Johnson
With his regular partner Lindsay Arnold still out, Spicer stepped it up his fill-in partner Johnson. He showed surprising fluidity, a lime green suit and some complex holds in his Argentine tango to Destiny's Child "Bills, Bills, Bills," He even displayed a new facial expression: Not smiling.
But even with his passion face, the judges were ready to pounce, looking for new ways to describe bad dancing.