It's hard to believe that this season of Dancing With the Stars is about to come to a close, and boy -- did the remaining three contestants go out with a bang or what?
The super-sized freestyle routines were totally off the charts tonight, and all three ladies brought everything they had to the table and proved even further that they deserve to be competing in the finals.
Let's start with Kelly Monaco -- how freakin' awesome was it to watch her and Val Chmerkovskiy bring that epic scene from Dirty Dancing to the ballroom? (God I love those two. And they'd better be dating, because I might cry if they aren't.)
And Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani's routine was nothing short of incredible. That girl is solid as a rock, and she was definitely born to dance. (And don't even get me started on her buff post-baby bod. Yes, I'm kinda jealous.)
Lastly, Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough delivered a freestyle that made the judges go wild and had the audience cheering -- though Len's comments about the performance being "unexpected" seemed a bit off. Um, wouldn't you kind of expect an Olympic gymnast to include her teammates in her routine and do a bunch of fancy flips and stuff? (I'm just sayin'.)
But while Shawn and Derek's freestyle earned a perfect score, choosing to do their quirky quick step as their repeat dance of the season turned out to be a pretty big mistake -- and also earned them the lowest scores of the night. And I know they like to take risks and all that, but choosing to do the exact same routine and break hold, which disappointed the judges the first time they did it, wasn't a very smart move.
They probably would've tied Melissa and Tony for 1st place if they'd followed the rules, and odds are good that they're really regretting choosing to break the rules now. (Hindsight is 20/20, I guess.)
And as for who will win the mirror ball trophy tomorrow night? My votes went to Kelly and Val and I'm praying to the DWTS gods that they pull off a win. But if they don't wind up as king and queen of the ball, my gut tells me they'll lose to Melissa and Tony -- not Shawn and Derek.
Who are you voting for tonight?
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