As always, first the episode wrapup which are than followed by the opinions.
Things start off with a look back at all three of Kyle Massey’s, Bristol Palin’s, and Jennifer Grey’s journey to the finale and soon all three are on the floor and ready to go in Part 1 of the finale which are each contestants Redemption Dance along with a freestyle dance. Kyle Massey is up first with partner Lacey Schwimmer and their Redemption Dance which was the Fox Trot. Len Goodman visits the two when they were preparing and the highlight was Len dancing closey with Kyle. Lacey noted a BroMance could be in the offing.
Both soon hit the floor and they get it on with a crowd pleasing Fox Trot. Len was up first with his critique and he thought they greatly improved and noted only some footwork issues. Bruno agreed saying their technique was solid. Kerry Ann was not so impressed as she thought he could do better due to the fact she didnt see the fun, exuberant Kyle from the past. As far as the scores go, Kerri, Len, and Bruno all gave them a 9.
Up next was Bristol Palin who with partner Mark Ballas was asked to perform the Jive. During warmpups Bristol seems upset as she feels no one is giving her credit for being in the finals. Bruno comes in to coach them and he is determined to get the wild child out of her. Off they go as they get to their Jive with two wearing bright blue outfits. Once again though Bristol seems a step slow and is showing little enthisiasm or emotion unlike Ballas. Off to face the music, Bruno goes first as he feels he got something out of her and he notes he enjoyed it. Kerri Ann talks about how bright she was and gave her a “great job.” Len sums it up by saying it was fun, had high energy, and was much improved. As far as the scores were concerned, it was nine’s across the board as well.
Finally we get Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough (who is going for his second straight title). The Pasa Doble is their Redemption dance and we are shown a clip of Kerri Ann telling her to calm down the last time they tried it. She shows up to their practice and coaches them on the finer points. Soon the dance begins and both are deked out in black outfits and get it started in the dark. Soon the tempo picks up and the crowd goes nuts. Upon completion, Kerri Ann goes crazy and embraces Grey as she tells her how proud of her she is. Len goes next and he stands up and applauds as he says its fantastic. Bruno also stands up as usualand again praises them for their work. Needless to say they got straight 10’s like last week.
It was than time for Part 2 which was the ever popular Freestyle portion of the competition and to underscores its importance, we are shown clips from past top level celebrity performers offering their take such as John O’Hurley, Stacy Keibler, and Apolo Ohno. First up in their freestyle was Lacey and Kyle and they were dressed in yellow hip hop outfits dancing to the song Tootsie Roll. The two rocked it and the judges sucked it up as Len notes how much he likes the candy and how he loved it. Bruno and Kerri suported Len’s critique. Their scores went 10, 9, 10 as Len was the only one who didnt give the perfect number.
Next up was Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas who are doing Tango from Chicago. Bristol has terrible body language during the rehearsal but is determined to prove the naysayers wrong. Soon its action time as they both seem well in sync and mommy dearest Sarah Palin roared her approval from the front row. Bruno talks about how she gave it a good go but not enough for what the songs requires. Kerri Ann agrees but she is also proud of her. Len finished by talking about how he thought it was fantastic. The scores come down 8, 9, 8. with Len giving her the best mark of the judges.
Finally Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough are up last as they try to push the envelope. They dance to the song from Dirty Dancing “Do You Love Me” as the repeat the elements from the song. Once again they got praise up and down from the judges as they hit the straight 10 mark once again.
So there you have it. The first portion of the finale is finished and after today the rest of the competition will be in the judges’ hands.
Now for the opinions:
-This is Jennifer Grey’s to lose and its not even close in my book. Right from the start of the season, Grey has separated herself from the pack and even though Kyle Massey has proven to be a worthy foe, it will be a travesty if she doesnt take home the trophy.
-If Grey does win, than this will be the second title in a row ofr Derek Hough who in my opinion is THE BEST male pro on the show. Mark Ballas is not far behind though as he has totally made Bristol Palin look better than she really is.
-As much crap as she has taken from the press, Palin didnt embaress herself tonight. In fact she did pretty well. Her freestyle was much better than her Redemption but overall she was solid. We all know she shouldnt be in the finale and that she likely got help from mommy Sarah as far as getting the votes to stay but you cant say she didnt make it interesting.
-If there was an award for the most likable dancer in Dancing With The Stars history, than Kyle Massey would win it without peer. The kid was fun in every dance he performed in and he was a must watch every week.
-By the way I just have to say that Lacey Schwimmer is ridiculously hot. I wish she would go back to the black hair though.
-Loved when Bruno started dancing during his prep work with Bristol. He is the a riot to listen to as far as the judges are concerned. The way he always slowy rises out of his chair in building to a critique crescendo is classic.
-Len totally screwed Kyle and Lacey with that 9 on the freestyle and he didnt it solely because he doesnt like that type of tune.
-Brooke Burke is so robotic every week that she is almost unwatchable. Get Leeza Gibbons in there. She would be perfect.
All right thats it for now. Check back for more tomorrow as we find out who the champion is. Get ready Jennifer. Its yours in my book.