Who will lift the mirror ball trophy in the Dancing With The Stars 2011 season? Is the title J.R. Martinez’s to lose with his professional dance partner Karina Smirnoff? Will his ankle injury allow Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke, or Ricki Lake and Derek Hough to sneak up on them and steal the title? ButRob Kardashian has been the undoubted dark horse of the season, just like he is the dark horse among the fame hungry women of his family. And Ricki Lake has Hough, the show’s first three-time champ, in her corner.
The dancing trio will face off this Monday and Tuesday with four dances: an unlearned dance, their favorite dance, the Instant samba and, of course, the freestyle.
It should be a spectacular couple of shows, but who has the edge in Dancing With The Stars 2011? Let’s size up the opponents:
Rob Kardashian is undoubtedly the most improved dancer of the season but he has a long way to go. He is the only one of this year’s finalists not to score a perfect thirty, which has to place him as the underdog for the title, but he is peaking at the right time and he embodies the spirit of the show: someone who is not a natural dancer who gradually takes the show seriously and gets down to some hard training. He did win the cha-cha relay last week too, and he doesn’t seem to have been taken down by the backlash against his sister Kim Kardashian. His confidence is improving but he needs to really put it out there this week to impress the crowds for the finale, especially in the show dance.
Ricki Lake has been the darling of the dance floor this year. Even with Martinez’s two perfect thirties, Lake has the edge over him in the numbers game due to her consistency. She has topped the leader board most weeks. Her downfall in the finale may be that she is not such a flashy dancer as J.R. Martinez and the audience will want to see plenty of pizzazz in finale week, especially for the show dance. Her partner may be her secret weapon, as three-times-winner Derek Hough obviously has what it takes to get a talented celebrity to the top spot, and Ricki certainly has talent. The freestyle should be something truly spectacular, if their little hints are anything to judge by.
J.R. Martinez as the edge in back story, personality and even in musicality over all the other DWTS 2011 finale contestants. He is good at getting an audience to their feet and in bringing them to tears. His twisted ankle could pose a problem this week but that would be a shame after such a successful season. He has the talent and charm to win and he and partner Smirnoff have a chemistry that sizzles on the dance floor. Martinez doesn’t need to rely on sympathy votes to win but he will no doubt get those too.
So, will it be Rob, Ricki or J.R . who raises the glitter ball trophy with their professional dance partner tomorrow night?