With merely three couples left, we’re down to the wire on “Dancing with the Stars.” You know how the story goes. The couples dance their booties off. The judges tick us off with their finicky critiques. But we ultimately have the final say—choosing the Mirror Ball winner (at least we think we do). In reality TV world, anything can happen. If you’ve been following along throughout Season 15’s All Star edition, it seems pretty obvious how this whole thing is going to go down.
Third Place – Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy
These two sure have kept us entertained with all their kissy-face behavior. Clearly the designated lovebirds of the competition, Kelly and Val haven’t been shy about their attraction to one another. However, all that chemistry may not be enough to make them real contenders for that Mirror Ball. Getting too comfortable with one another means they could get sloppy. Their racy surfer/Flamenco dance may have been a crowd favorite. But Kelly lost the necessary tension in her arms to capture the dance’s precise accents. She’s still a strong dancer. Alas, these two are probably so in love by now that they don’t care if they win.
Second Place – Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough
You’re probably thinking that these guys are pretty much front-runners in the competition. At this point, you might be right. But the judges have presented quite the mixed bag of critiques for this pair. While Shawn’s athleticism is often praised, it’s Derek’s creative risks that have gotten them in hot water. Their trio dance in Week 8 was a sore spot for the judges, who wished their tribal routine contained more Samba and less raunch. (We know how Len despises anything “too” sexual.)
But there’s another reason why these two probably won’t win: Derek has already won the Mirror Ball three times. A fourth time would just be overkill. We know that in the end it’s up to the voters. But some might think it’s time to pass the torch.
All-Star Mirror Ball Winners – Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani
Carrie Ann was right when she referred to Melissa Rycroft as this season’s underdog. The TV personality has improved so much throughout the competition that she’s now become the one to beat. She probably has the late Michael Jackson to thank for helping to propel her into the spotlight. Her fiery Argentine tango to Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” shone new light on her true dancing abilities.
She’s earned 10s frequently throughout the competition, nabbing her first perfect score for her Quickstep in Week 8. In addition to her dancing skills, Melissa has that underdog thing working for her. Although poor Tony Dovolani probably should have won a prize for his brutal experience with Kate Gosselin in Season 10, he still has no Mirror Ball to his credit.
Who were your favorite picks for the Mirror Ball trophy?