It was finale night on Dancing With the Stars and the three remaining celebrities pulled out all the stops in order to win the coveted mirror ball trophy. Will it be the natural performer Disney star, the underdog TV actress or the cool, competitive footballer who hoists the trophy in the end? There is no doubt that Pittsburghers are rooting for hometown hero Hines Ward for the win and he’s proven to be as fierce a competitor on the dance floor as he is on the football field.
Each contestant performed twice on Monday night. The first dance was a “Judges’ Choice” and the second was a freestyle. Hines and Kym’s first dance was the Quick Step and judge Len was at rehearsal- with Terrible Towel in hand- to give them some advice. He said Ward needed to really concentrate on his footwork in order to pull off a proper routine. Even though his Kym was still rehearsing in a neck brace, the pair was determined to hit all their marks.
Cheered on by a studio audience that included Steelers past and present including Franco Harris, James Farrior, Jerome Bettis and Lynn Swann, Hines and Kym were “Puttin’ on the Ritz”. They capped off the amazing performance by popping a champagne bottle full of confetti. Carrie Ann called their performance fun and Bruno said it was like watching a major production on Broadway. Len, on the other hand, felt it was a vast improvement upon their last Quick Step but felt they were “not quite there yet.” They awarded the pair a 10, 10 and 9 respectively, tying them with Chelsea Kane and her partner Mark for the lead.
As the last couple to perform their freestyle, Hines and Kym knew they had to be perfect. Although Kirstie Alley and her partner Maks only received a total of 28 for their routine, Chelsea and Mark earned a perfect score of 30. For their performance, Team HineKym wanted to recreate a football halftime performance. Hines said that as a football player, he never got to see the halftime show because he was always in the locker room. Decked out in a black and gold drum major costume, Hines paraded out onto the dance floor with fire in his eyes. Dancing to a song from the movie “Drumline,” the pair performed a risky routine full of tricks, lifts and funk.
Carrie Ann proclaimed that what they did wasn’t a halftime show, “it was the whole damn Super Bowl!” Len said dancing was a lot of give and take and that with that routine, Hines and Kym gave it their all. Good thing Hines mentioned having a place at home for the trophy because the judges awarded him a perfect score of 30 for his free style.
Tune in Tuesday as the couples perform one more routine to complete the judges’ score portion of the finals and keep voting for Hines and Kym to win!