The finale of Dancing with the Stars is always exciting and usually comes down to the no-holds-barred freestyle routine. While lifts and unexpected moves are actually expected, Hines Ward and his partner Kym Johnson took the biggest risk of all three couples through their music selection. They chose to dance to band music because Ward said that he never got to enjoy a halftime show. “I was always in the locker room,” he said on tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars.
For their first routine, Len Goodman coached the team on a Samba. The last time Hines and Kym performed this dance, Goodman gave the pair a score of “7” because of Ward’s lack of footwork. Therefore, the head judge coached the football star on how to sharpen it. After their first dance, the judges said…
- Carrie Ann Inaba: “That was so much fun.” Score: 10.
- Len Goodman: “It was a vast improvement, but not quite there yet.” Score: 9.
- Bruno Tonioli: “It was like watching a major production on Broadway – full of excitement and entertainment.” Score: 10.
For their second dance, Hines Ward and Kym Johnson were a little hesitant to go with all-out lifts in their freestyle routine, due to Kym’s scary injury last week. So, to distinguish themselves, the dancing duo decided to take a risk with their music selection. It can’t be easy to a piece of band music, but they did just that. After running through a “tunnel” of black and gold balloons, the drum major and the cheerleader led their fans through an exciting routine. In the end, Hines Ward and Kym Johnson did indeed produce exciting lifts and an extraordinary routine. The judges loved their performance and said…
- Carrie Ann Inaba: “That was risky. That wasn’t a halftime show, it was the whole Super Bowl!” Score: 10.
- Len Goodman: “This competition is all about give and take and you just gave it your all.” Score: 10.
- Bruno Tonioli: “You pulled out all the stops and created a crowd-pleasing event.” Score 10.
Here’s a look at the leaderboard from the finals of Dancing with the Stars:
- Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 29 + 30 = 59
- Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 29 + 30 = 59
- Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 27 + 287 = 54
The three finalists still have one more dance to perform. Their score from tomorrow night’s performance will round out the overall judges’ score and will be combined with the public’s vote.
The final results show will feature musical performances by Sara Evans, The Black Eyed Peas and The Go Go Girls, plus a mystery guest. All of the competitors from season twelve (minus the three finalists) will return to the ballroom to perform a new dance routine and fans will get to see this season’s Design-a-Dance.
In the end, one finalist will be awarded with the coveted mirrorball trophy and be named the season 12 winner of Dancing with the Stars. Be sure to catch all the action tomorrow night on ABC from 8:00-10:00 ET.
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