Return of Maks, new dance challenges, new elimination set for 'Dancing with the Stars' semi-finals

The bad boy is back on "Dancing with the Stars."

Pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy will serve as guest judge for Len Goodman Monday night – which also just happens to be the semi-finals – in which the couples must perform two songs – with a twist.

Deep breath. Get all that?

The five remaining couples will perform the "plugged/unplugged" challenge. That's when they will perform two unlearned dances to the same song. The first time the song will be the original song; the second time the song will be acoustic.

Actor Corbin Bleu and Karina will do a tango, then a rumba to the same song. Those demanding dances should be no problem for him.

Corbin tweeted, "Wait till you see what me & @Karina_Smirnoff have for you on Monday night! #DWTS #semifinals #rumba #tango..."

Actress Amber Riley and Derek are working on a jazz and a Viennese waltz. I trust Derek will come up with some fun choreography for the injured Amber.

Amber tweeted, "Got through camera blocking, I'm always more nervous at those more than the actual show! Rehearsal after definitely helped with nerves."

Reality star Jack Osbourne and Cheryl are practicing a jazz and the Argentine tango. These could prove challenging, but Jack always seems to rise to the challenge.

Jack tweeted, "Holy crap!!! I'm going to the semi finals! That is just craziness. Aaaaahnhhhhh! Ok game face...time to rehears. Thanks for all the support."

Actress Leah Remini and Tony are touching up a paso doble and Argentine tango. Spicy – that should suit her well.

Comedian Bill Engvall and Emma are rehearsing a cha cha and the Argentine tango. I suspect he might struggle – but that will not keep viewers from voting for him.

Bill tweeted, "Thanks for all your support, no matter what happens I have the greatest fans on the planet. @EmmaSlaterDance #engvalldwts @DancingABC."

So, who's likely to get eliminated? I wish I could still predict as impressively as I have in prior seasons, but this season is like no other. Sure, we get the occasional surprise elimination of a high-scoring star here and there… but four this season – Christina Milian, Nicole Polizzi, Brant Daugherty, and Elizabeth Berkley. Sigh. What fun is a dance show with mediocre dancing?

I just hope Corbin and Amber make it into the finale. I get it – we all appreciate charming Bill's underdog storyline. But he needs to go. His dancing ranks amongst the lowest-scoring this season, and he simply cannot do justice to the essence of this show for its finale.

Besides Corbin and Amber, I would have loved to see any variation of Christina, Brant, or Elizabeth in the finale. Alas, it wasn't meant to be.

Don't let me down, DWTS – make these lackluster stars sweat! Hopefully Maks will judge extra critically. Although, harsh judge critiques always backfire with tons of sympathetic viewer votes. Ahh, the statistics and science of DWTS.

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