We are now down to the final three on “Dancing with the Stars,” meaning that our remaining three contestants are going to have to get their sequins moving into high gear in order to take home the coveted (and rather garish) Mirrorball Trophy.
There were two dances stuffed into this shorter one-hour show — a repeat competition along with the freestyle.
Repeat Dance: She started the show as a favorite when it came to technical skill, and certainly continued the trend during her opening samba. There was energy! There was skill! There was Mark Ballas taking off his shirt! More than anything, the dance managed to deliver on everything this show’s voting block wants to see. Score: 29
Freestyle: Here’s the real question — would this dance be just as good if it did not have the glow-in-the-dark devices on the hands and feet? While this was a creative (and even brilliant at times) performance, it didn’t really create the magic of Drew Lachey, Donny Osmond, or even (controversy alert!) Erin Andrews. Nevertheless, the judges loved it. Score: 30
Repeat Dance: After watching Chelsea perform, the differences between her and Kirstie are obvious. Chelsea is obviously a more talented dancer, but Kirstie has a sense of fun about her that probably leads to her getting some scores that are in the same sort of stratosphere. Who would have thought that someone who has cursed, screamed, and kicked things over the course of the competition would suddenly become America’s sweetheart? Score: 27
Freestyle: In a way, it’s appropriate that Kirstie and Maks danced to the song about imperfections since this was a beautifully imperfect dance. Was it technically as good as Chelsea’s performance? No, but the fact that Kirstie managed to come out, show off gymnastics, and showcase her transformation on this show was truly a beautiful thing. Score: 27 (plus some boos from the audience)
Repeat Dance: This was a dance that Hines succeeded at the first time, and his quickstep was once again solid. Len Goodman did have a point, though, in that this dance really did not have any sort of “wow” factor that you need for a final round. When every vote counts, you really have to turn heads. Hines, instead, gave a performance that would have been great two weeks ago. then again, the judges seemed to mostly love it. Score: 29
Freestyle: Now this is what we’re talking about! This may be the best freestyle the show has seen since Donny’s dance a few seasons ago — there was energy, a sense of fun, and also creativity. Seeing the marching band theme played out reinded me of my drum major days (ahem) … and it was also just a blast to watch. Sheer perfection, and it could give Hines the victory. Score: 30
What was your favorite dance from part one of the finale?
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