Jason Mraz has barely put a foot wrong during his stint on Dancing With The Stars.
The two-time Grammy Award winner stayed true to form Tuesday night (Nov. 28), for the semi finals of ABC’s DWTS.
Fresh from topping the leaderboard with a perfect score, Mraz and his dance partner Daniella Karagach had two bites at the cherry. First up, a Viennese Waltz, a routine performed to his own song “I Won’t Give Up”. The performance was “refined,” remarked Carrie Ann Inaba. But it wasn’t perfect, earning a score of 27 out of 30.
Next up, the duo did the double with a Paso Doble, dancing to “Diablo Rojo” by Rodrigo y Gabriela. The pressure was on, but they didn’t show it as their efforts landed a perfect 30 out of 30. Inaba said she was “looking for magic,” and “that dance was magic.”
Bruno Tonioli remarked that Mraz was so good, he looked like a “man possessed by the devil”.
Would dancing like the devil be enough to get Mraz to the finals? Well, the short answer is yes. The 57/60 scorecard was enough to place Mraz and Karagach in fourth place. The longer answer involves a twist, which sees all five groups of contestants advance to the finale, with the judges’ scores from the semis carrying over.
Last week, the 46-year-old singer did the business on Dancing With The Stars, now in its 32nd season, as the celebrity dance-off paid tribute to Taylor Swift. After voicing his concerns on an early exit, Mraz and Karagach nailed it, earning a perfect score of 40 from the judging panel for their Argentine Tango to “Don’t Blame Me.” And in the “Relay Dances,” the pair bagged the additional three points for a perfect night out — and a spot at the top of the leaderboard.
In a recent interview with GLAAD, Mraz recounted his performance with Swift during her Speak Now world tour in 2011, and praised her work as an ally to the LGBTQ community. “It’s beautiful,” he said of Swift’s kinship. “If you want your music to be popular, you’re going to hopefully have it be heard by all ears. Therefore, you’re representing all ears, and you should be inclusive of all ears.”
Dancing with the Stars airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and Disney+.