It was the final attempt to win votes from “DWTS” viewers as the three “All-Stars” took to the dance floor on November 26, 2012 hoping to wow the judges and fans alike with two rounds of competition. The first round consisted of a favorite dance performed earlier in the season and the second round was the freestyle “super sized” meaning the all-stars had free reign with choreography and extra people could be added to the routine. Did one particular finalist emerge as “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” champion material?
Here’s how they scored.
Topping the “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” leader board this evening were Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani. Neither Melissa Rycroft nor Tony Dovolani have ever won a mirror ball trophy but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a chance this “All-Stars” season. The two gave new life to a Samba they performed back during week three of competition upping the three nines to a perfect score for the “DWTS” finals. The judges found tonight’s Samba “fabulously brilliant”, giving the two a perfect score of 30 out of 30 points.
Rycroft’s contemporary freestyle was just as amazing, filled with breath taking lifts and plenty of frills and thrills. The “DWTS” judges loved it giving the two yet another perfect score. Carrie Ann Inaba told the couple, “You took a humongous risk this evening but with risks come rewards. You hit the jackpot.” Tonight’s “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” score total for Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani was 60 out of 60 points.
Coming in second place for tonight’s “DWTS: All-Stars” finals were Kelly Monaco and partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. These two had yet to earn a perfect 10 from the judges this “All-Stars” season, until tonight. The two delivered a powerful and passionate Paso that was only marred by the slip of a hand. However, “DWTS” judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli chose to ignore the mishap awarding the couple perfect 10’s. Carrie Ann Inaba penalized the two by docking one half point from their score.
Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced a riveting freestyle to the theme song from “Dirty Dancing” complete with a few of Patrick Swayze’s signature moves. Carrie Ann Inaba thought, “This was the perfect dance for the perfect ending to the perfect love story.” Bruno Tonioli felt the dance was “a blend of Cirque de Soleil and ‘Dirty Dancing,'” while Len Goodman thought the lifts lacked originality and took one half point from their score. Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy earned 59 out of 60 points for their “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” finals performances.
Shawn Johnson and partner Derek Hough came in last place tonight with a judges score of 57 out of 60 points. Their freestyle was wonderful. The two were joined by the US women’s gymnastics team performing a fierce freestyle that the “DWTS” judges found flawless giving Shawn and Derek a perfect score. The two encountered a problem with their Quick Step. Perhaps they shouldn’t have performed the same exact dance that they were penalized for last time. Or perhaps Derek should have listened to Johnson and changed the choreography so the two didn’t break hold.
Instead of changing the choreography of the Quick Step Hough opted to keep the dance the same and hope for the best. Well guess what? The “DWTS” judges were not pleased with the two breaking hold and penalized them once again. Head judge Len Goodman told the couple, “You broke the rules leaving me no where to go.” Their score, a 27 out of a possible 30 points. “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” finals was not a great time to take such a gamble. Those three little points could cost Shawn Johnson the “All-Stars” title.
So, which of these three “DWTS” finalists will be crowned “All-Stars” champion?
Honestly, any of these three lovely and talented “All-Stars” celebrity contestants deserve to be crowned the best-of-the-best with each one as deserving as the other to be the recipient of the “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” mirror ball trophy.
All three are winners in my book.