This is it…the final dance will hit the ballroom floor…the audience will hold their breath as the judges vote…and a new “Dancing with the Stars” winner will be announced with the Mirrorball Trophy finding a new home on someone’s mantle! Who will sparkle as the disco ball rotates overhead?
This has been one of the most entertaining, accident prone, and fiercely competitive seasons with a remarkable collection of natural talent which has been honed in to true ballroom professionals. Tonight, as the final three take to the floor for the last time in the speed round, they will have to bring everything to the table and leave it on the boards if they hope to walk away with the coveted mirrorball. Many have danced but few have succeeded, so in the end, who will it be tonight?
Last night, the judges were a little soft in the scoring but made it clear who they felt should be the overall winner even if subconsciously through the scoring! Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas, who were the clear leaders from the get-go, received two perfect scores last night after having just hit-and-missed the entire season with no score of “10” from Len Goodman until last night. Her paso doble was indeed far better than her first with her character more fiercely competitive than the sweet and innocent portrayal at the start; the freestyle, although it included many of the dance genres showcased throughout the season, I did not feel was especially hitting in the “WOW” factor one would expect during the final performances (at least for me)!
On the other hand, however, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd, who have been the dark horses coming on strong at the end, really brought down the house last night with the final performance which paid tribute to Driver’s southern roots; the country hoedown was a show throwdown and arguably the best performance of the night which even got Len Goodman to profess his amazement with the statement that it is those who are unafraid to take risks who win! Could it have changed the mind of Carrie Ann Inaba who had just previously made the (foreshadowing?) statement to Katherine that she danced like the champion she is?
This brings us to the final evaluation of William Levy and Cheryl Burke who have been consistently the audience favorite through the season and by far the most improved as indicated by form and ability William brought to the performance stage last night with the fabulous cha-cha-cha which perfect execution and an over-the-top freestyle salsa almost too hot to handle! Even though Len Goodman wanted more variation than just lifts to the standard salsa, it was clear the other judges (confirmed by the wild audience) felt his opinion was unwarranted and his score off base! While the final viewer votes are tallied and the winning vote in the hands of the judges tonight, we here at CMR would like to know your thoughts about who should win the mirrorball this evening~