Welcome to the Finals of “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars!” Tonight, November 26, the final three couples will perform two dances: the first one will be a favorite of theirs that they have already performed this season, and the second will be the all-important Freestyle round.
Kelly and Val performed first tonight, and they chose their paso doble to repeat. It was very good, much like their first time except I did notice a little bit of a misstep near the beginning of the dance. The judges liked her lines and thought it was her best dance to date. They received a score of 29.5 points out of 30.
Melissa and Tony were second out onto the floor, and their samba was chosen as their redo dance. Their weird, complicated movements that had nothing to do with samba took away from a very good dance. The thing in the beginning with her neck sliding down his leg, and then two weirder arm things made the dance a little awkward for me. The judges thought she was super confident and fabulous. They scored a perfect 30.
Lastly in round one, Shawn and Derek performed their rehashed version of their quickstep. While it was just as good as the first time around, it was a little risky for me because they knew they weren’t going to get good scores because it wasn’t a proper quickstep. That could mean the difference between winning and losing. The judges were disappointed she didn’t follow the rules for the second time even though the routine was fantastic. They broke a lot of rules, and received 27 out of 30.
In what is probably the best round every season, Kelly and Val performed their freestyle first. The “Dirty Dancing” theme song was good for them, and they performed well, but it didn’t have the “Wow” factor that most freestyles require. The judges thought it lacked originality, but very graceful and the perfect end to a beautiful love story. They scored 29.5 again which makes their total for the night 59 out of 60.
The only non-winner of the group, Melissa, and Tony were second to perform their freestyle. It was very lyrical and graceful, but yet a little boring. Definitely no “wow” factor in this dance either. The judges thought it was a gem, amazing, and very passionate. They scored another perfect 30, giving them a perfect 60 for the night.
Closing out the freestyles, Shawn and Derek were last. I expected power, pure craziness, and a lot of fun. They performed with the Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team, and was very acrobatic. Even though her dance wasn’t fantastically entertaining, I still think there is no question she will win this season’s mirrorball trophy. The judges thought it was sensational, gold medal performance, and flawless. They scored a perfect 30, giving them 57 out of 60 for the night.
The finale airs tomorrow at 9/8c on ABC. The couples will perform one more dance each before a winner is crowned.