Tonight’s Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars Finals were unlike any other. This season made history – not only are all three finalists female, but they also were allowed to created super-sized Freestyle dances, where they could incorporate extra performers to enhance their routines. In the first round, the couples danced the favorite dance of the season that they thought would get them the most points from the judges.
Kelly and Val chose to re-do their Paso Doble, as they felt this was a huge turning point for them this season. Their goal (obviously) was to go all out and make it the best Paso possible. Len took a moment to thank the band, the singers, and Harold Wheeler. He then went on to tell Kelly it was her best dance to date. Bruno called Kelly a fire angel fueled by passion and driven by desire. He liked that he saw artistry and polish. Carrie Ann told Kelly she was so proud of her – she added to Bruno’s comment on a slight mess up, but she also felt it was her best dance. (Carrie Ann: 9.5/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 29.5/30)
Melissa and Tony were up next, with a repeat of their week three Samba. They got a 27 the first time and felt they had room to move up. Bruno called Melissa a deliciously irresistible Brazilian bombshell and was glad to see her confidence have grown so much. Carrie Ann complimented Melissa’s abs and told her that her solo was fabulous and brilliant. Len said they kept the party feel of the Samba, had great rhythm and technique, and it was fabulous. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 30/30)
Shawn and Derek chose their Quickstep from the week of iconic dances. Shawn was nervous that breaking hold would give them poor scores again, but Derek convinced her to keep the routine the same. The audience certainly didn’t care about them breaking hold and gave them a lengthy standing ovation. Carrie Ann said it was a fan favorite and fantastic routine, but she was disappointed they still broke the rules. Len echoed Carrie Ann and said they broke hold and did lifts, so they gave him nowhere to go. Bruno said they were bound by their scores, but it takes nothing away from their achievements. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 8.5/10; Bruno: 9.5/10; Total: 27/30)
Kelly and Val decided to take risks with their Freestyle. They chose to dance to “(I’ve Had the) Time of My Life,” from Dirty Dancing, along with the Troupe. Their dance opened with Kelly doing aerial moves while Val serenaded her with a violin. They also made some tweaks and sped up the melody. The couple spent a whole lot of time copying moves from the movie and didn’t seem to do much dancing, but the judges didn’t seem to notice. Len thought the opening was spectacular, he loved the lifts, and he thought the dance was spell-binding. Bruno thought the interpretation of the dance was superb. Carrie Ann thought this was the perfect dance and said it was wonderful. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 9.5/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 29.5/30)
Melissa and Tony wanted to contrast their Samba from earlier with a Contemporary dance. They also wanted to erase their awkward Freestyle routine from Season 8. As usual, they included plenty of lifts and even had dancers coming down from the ceiling in square-like shapes, spinning around and around. Bruno thought it was the perfect setting to showcase all of their talents and said Melissa was a gem. Carrie Ann said they took humungous risks and would receive great rewards. Len said it had passion and was wonderful. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 30/30)
Shawn and Derek brought the Fierce Five U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team in for their Freestyle routine. Their dance included plenty of gymnastics tricks, along with some dancing from the team. Carrie Ann jumped up and said it was super fun and sensational and told Shawn she didn’t disappoint. Len felt this was totally unexpected and called it a medley of Derek and Shawn’s greatest hits – it was a gold medal performance. Bruno called it fearless, flawless, exciting, explosive brilliance. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 30/30)
- Melissa and Tony: 60/60
- Kelly and Val: 59/60
- Shawn and Derek: 57/60
Tomorrow night’s season finale will air at 8:00 p.m. on WISN 12 in Milwaukee, during which each of the final three couples will dance one final Instant Dance to help increase their scores from the judges, and all the couples will return to make one final appearance. What were your favorite and least favorite performances of the night? Who do you think is going to win tomorrow night? Leave a comment below!
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