Last night we reached the finals of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ 2012. I can hardly believe it but we have just three dancers left in the competition: Katherine Jenkins, Donald Driver, and William Levy. Who are you rooting for? It’s all very close with hardly a point dropped.
Their finals performances called upon them to dance a judges’ choice of a dance they have previously performed and the freestyle. To keep things fresh, the couples could add new music or new choreography to the judges’ choices, which curiously meant we might not recognize the routines at all!
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd danced the Argentine Tango, William Levy and Cheryl the Cha Cha Cha and Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas the Paso Doble.
Here’s what happened:
First up in Round 1 were William Levy and professional dance partner Cheryl Burke dancing the Cha Cha Cha. Len thought it was fantastic. ‘As good a Cha Cha as [he has] seen in 14 seasons.’ Bruno called in an ‘intoxicating Cuban cocktail of lateral forward movement’ with great hip action and excellent placement. Carrie Ann noted how William wasmore sophisticated since the first time he presented this dance, and had ‘ perfected everything.’
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 10 Bruno: 10 TOTAL 30/30. Perfect score!
Katherine Jenkins and her professional dance partner Mark Ballas danced the Paso Doble next. Bruno said it was perfect and he fell in love with their artistry. Technically perfect, as both Bruno and Carrie Ann remarked. Len said ‘it was like a plate full of tapas. Very satisfying fabulous!’
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 10 Bruno: 10 TOTAL 30/30. Another perfect score!
Next, Donald Driver and his professional dance partner Peta Murgatroyd danced the Argentine Tango. Carrie Ann loved it again, although not much more content had been added, in her opinion. But Len felt there was and he thought the lifts were great too, although it was ‘a tad careful.’ Bruno liked how they went for ‘subtle and intimate.’ He called it ‘very very effective.’
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 9 Bruno: 10 TOTAL 29/30. So bizarrely, dropping just one point put them in last place.
Then it was on to the really exciting Round 2, the Freestyle.
William Levy and Cheryl Burke went first. Len found it a little predictable, as if it was made up of a limited repertoire of moves that William does well. He liked the lifts, though he didn’t really want them in the Samba routine. ‘But for me it was too predictable all you do is shake your butt.’ He wanted to see something else and so did I. Bruno was more enthusiastic about this ‘Latin extravaganza’ which was ‘simple but elegant.’ In Carrie Ann’s opinion this was ‘exactly what freestyle should be.’ Hmmm – I’m not so sure but the scores were great.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 9 Bruno: 10 TOTAL 29/30 Total 59/60
Next was the dance I have been looking forward to for weeks, Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas’ freestyle. Bruno said ‘that was fast and flamboyant. I’ve never seen so much content, so fast and so well executed. You were on the money all the way.’ Carrie Ann called her a champion and I really hope she is at the end of the results show on Tuesday evening. Len seemed carried away with it too, saying, ‘if I am asleep and dreaming don’t wake me up. This was a freestyle!’
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 10 Bruno: 10 TOTAL 30/30 Total 60/60. Double Perfect!
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd danced their freestyle last, and it was quickly obvious this was Carrie Ann’s favorite freestyle on her favorite finals. Len said they took a chance and it worked. Bruno thought it was wild, ‘a country inspired triumph.’
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 10 Bruno: 10 TOTAL 30/30 Total for the evening 59/60
I thought the whole night was amazing and I can’t believe how few points were dropped. It almost seems a shame that someone has to come third on Tuesday night. But who’s your winner? Who deserves to lift the 2012 ‘Dancing With The Stars’ mirror ball trophy.