'DWTS' Janet Jackson Night: Fans root for Iman Shumpert as he enters semifinals

The NBA star might have had a rocky start, but has soon built quite the reputation as a dancer


                            'DWTS' Janet Jackson Night: Fans root for Iman Shumpert as he enters semifinals
Daniella Karagach and Iman Shumpert on 'Dancing With The Stars' (Twitter/DancingABC)
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If there is anyone who proved to be a wildcard on this season of 'Dancing With The Stars', it would have to be Iman Shumpert. The NBA star might have had a rocky start, but has soon built quite the reputation as a dancer. Each week, his improvement is noticeable and as the judges and fans agree, he's been an all-round joy to watch.

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For 'Janet Jackson Night', Shumpert was certainly feeling the pressure, as his wife Teyana Taylor happens to be a huge fan of Jackson. Apart from this, a lot was riding on his performance, as the semi-finals are near. Shumpert and pro Daniella Karagach danced the Cha Cha to 'Rhythm Nation'.

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Bruno Tonioli was all praise for Shumpert's performance, noting that it was a great tribute to a great artist. Carrie Ann Inaba pointed out that while the choreography was intricate, Shumpert managed to nail it. Len Goodman wasn't too impressed, however, he did not that the coordination in the group sections of the song were well done. Derek Hough stated that he delivered a memorable performance overall. When it came down to score, Shumpert bagged 35 out of 40. Shumpert faced off against Melora Hardin and Artem Chigvintsev, as they both performed to the Foxtrot to 'Again' and were judged by Derek Hough. While he didn't get the additional two points, Shumpert was voted safe, making his way to the semi-finals. 


While some fans argued that he should have been eliminated, the majority was as supportive as always. 
"Iman is a prime example of how choreography can really make a huge difference if he had been with Peta Chip he likely would’ve been out weeks ago. Once Daniella gets a ringer it’s over for almost everyone." tweeted a user. "Iman Shumpert is still in the competition!!! I’m so happy for him! #DWTS" added another. "Me waiting for Iman to do his freestyle and shut these judges up. #DWTS" stated a fan. "@imanshumpert and @DKaragach they are such an iconic duo!! Iman has improved so much, he’s a dancer for sure. Daniella’s choreography is literally top notch. I just love watching them dance every Monday night.  #DWTS" tweeted another. "Iman Shumpert is the first NBA player to qualify for the semi finals in this shows history. Give him his praise #DWTS" celebrated a fan. 

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Do you think Shumpert will survive the semi-finals? Sound off below! Catch Season 30 of 'Dancing With The Stars' on Monday at 8/7c on ABC. You can also stream the episodes on abc.com and Hulu.

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