For the past week, news wires and the Internet has been abuzz with the surprise elimination of Brandy from the semifinals of “Dancing with the Stars.” Some commenters theorized this grand conspiracy to get Bristol Palin to win while others thought the judges were too generous of their scores for Bristol. Some commenters even stated that revisions should be made to scoring.
No matter what the public believes, though, the finals were unchangable. Bristol remained the underdog. Jennifer and Kyle rounded out the finals, no surprise to many. This week, couples got to repeat a dance they didn’t do well (chosen by the judges) and the much-anticipated freestyle. The judges also visited the remaining couples.
The finals began with Kyle Massy and Lacey Schwimmer redoing their foxtrot. They received a visit from Len Goodman, who provided Kyle with tips on how to improve his footwork and posture. Instead of doing another disco-inspired foxtrot, they did a traditional dance. Kyle’s improvement demonstrated his dance maturity. They received a 27 for the dance. Kyle and Lacy followed their nearly perfect foxtrot with a hip-hop freestyle, complete with moves from the 80’s and 90’s. It reminded me of Shawn Johnson’s freestyle without the cartwheels. Carrie Ann and Bruno, who’ve danced for pop stars, gave the couple 10s. Len, a traditionalist, gave them a nine. Total score: 56 out of 60.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas performed a jive to redeem themselves of the whole gorilla suit debacle. In my opinion, it was better but still boring. There was a lot of bouncing and not enough jiving. The judges, though, gushed way too much for me. I thought Len would be a little more critical because of the lack of jive lifts. They gave her three nines. I honestly, though, didn’t think it was on the same level as Kyle’s foxtrot. For their freestyle, Mark picked a Broadway-inspired performance to “He Had it Coming” from “Chicago.” I thought I saw the lack of enthusiasm on Bristol’s face, but hey, she danced in a cage. Freestyles are always better when the celeb has input. Len gave her a nine, too high. Total score: 52 out of 60.
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough were the picture of perfection again for their paso doble and freestyle. Carrie Ann visited the couple, and basically told Jennifer to do bigger movements than she did the first time. I loved it. They followed with a “Dirty Dancing” inspired freestyle to “Do You Love Me.” Jennifer even carried a watermelon at the beginning. While I liked this dance, I’d really come to enjoy her elegant dances. Total score: 60 out of 60.
With Brandy gone, my dream finalists would be Kyle and Jennifer. Of course, the way things have been going, Kyle will likely be eliminated, and Jennifer will be up against Bristol. I’ve been disappointed with the judges this season when it’s come to Bristol. While I acknowledge her improvement, they’ve treated her with kid gloves. I’ve never seen them so nice. It’s like they’re afraid to make her cry. When her mom’s in the audience, they’ve been even nicer. I usually gage how much the audience likes a performance by the volume of the applause. Bristol didn’t bring crowd to its feet.
It will be close. Periodically during the show, I tried calling the vote lines and kept getting a busy signal. By the time, I got though one of the finalists’ numbers, the phone lines were closed. On a side note, “Why was Omarosa there? Is she vying for a spot next season?” The winner of “Dancing with the Stars” will be announced Tuesday, November 23 on ABC.
Scores and Rankings:
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough = 60 out of 60
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer = 56 out of 60
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas = 52 out of 60