“Dancing With the Stars: All Stars” finals week competition show aired Monday, Nov. 26 with three couples left in the competition for the mirrorball trophy. Starting with a dance that they enjoyed from earlier in season 15, each couple was then allowed a second dance dubbed the Supersized Freestyle.
Kelly and Val chose the sizzling Paso Doble as their first dance of the evening, and but for one minor slip, they nailed it again. Anything that starts off with Val Chmerkovskiy without a shirt on is bound to be a hit with the audience and fans, and of course judge Bruno Tonioli.
The choreography was set to traditional music; it was dramatic, quick and sharp. The costumes complemented the theme beautifully, with Kelly’s red dress covered with a black sequin and lace overlay paired with Val’s traditional bolero wardrobe. Executed with the precision that is required of the Paso Doble, the judges shared their pleasure:
Len: Week 3 Paso Doble that was your best dance to date; week 10 I’m saying it again, that was your best dance.
Bruno: Kelly you burn he floor like an awesome fire angel, fueled by passion, driven by desire, artistry and polish. Even covered a slight mishap with the hand.
Carrie Ann: I’m so proud of you … your lines were exquisite, a little slip up, I have to be honest because I saw it, but that was absolutely your best dance.
I thought the slight mistake where Kelly missed Val’s grip would have cost them more points, but it only accounted for a half-point loss, giving them a score of 29.5 for the Paso Doble.
Moving on to the Supersized Freestyle portion of the finals competition, the couple chose the hit song from “Dirty Dancing”, incorporating aerials with Kelly floating in on silkwork while being serenaded by Val on the violin. The song didn’t appear to be the original version of “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life”; it started off slower, almost dragging, but increased in speed and tempo as it progressed. It didn’t seem to affect the couple on the floor, who gave a stellar performance accompanied by a group of choir-robed singers and the dance troupe.
I was a bit concerned that Kelly’s boobs were going to pop right out of her costume in a wardrobe malfunction at the end, but the girls behaved and Kelly remained fully clothed. The judges were equally impressed with the performance, giving the couple their second near-perfect 29.5 of the evening.
Len: I thought the opening was special, loved the lifts. The salsa lacked a little bit of originally, but the actual dance was spellbinding.
Bruno: Loved the blend of Cirque du Soleil with Dirty Dancing …the interpretation of the dance was superb. Patrick (referring to Patrick Swayze), I’m telling you, is smiling on you.
Carrie Ann: Kelly, I think the truth is we’ve all been watching you as a couple to grow … don’t know if it’s a true couple. You told us a happy ending to a beautiful love story and it was wonderful.
DWTS showmance or romance?
During a rehearsal clip, Kelly said that the most amazing thing she’s got out of season 15 is the bond she shares with Val.
I am so grateful to have made it this far in the competition, but it’s bittersweet. I don’t want my time with Val to end.
Will it? When Brook Burke-Charvet posed the showmance/romance question after the competition, Kelly was close-lipped on the topic, saying only that there was still another day of interviews to get through. Will their true relationship be revealed on Tuesday’s show along with the final results?
Shawn and Derek scored a total of 57 out of 60 points on Monday, leaving a little wiggle room, but Melissa and Tony danced off with a perfect score for both dances. Will Team Monaco’s fans pull through for them one last time?
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