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Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 results (season finale)

by Brett Love, posted May 21st 2008 1:00AM

Jason, Kristi, and Cristian - Dancing With The Stars
(S06E20) Episode 20. The big show. We've followed these three couples for two and a half months and it's finally time to crown a champion and put season six in the books. As Tom called them out, we have the Olympic gold medalist, the one-armed hero, and the grid-iron god. You could make a case for any of them taking home the mirror ball, and the title of season six champion. But first, there was one more round of dances to get to. We'll have that, the winner, and so much more, after the jump.

Alright, before we get started, I'm going to change things up a bit this week. I've said before in my results show reviews that one thing I'm always impressed with is how much content they put into the results show. There is the occasional taped package that smells of filler, but for the most part, the shows are pretty entertaining. When I saw that tonight's big finale was going to be two hours, I started to question whether or not they could pull it off. And in the end, no, they couldn't. Two hours was too long. And as I sat down to start hammering my notes into a coherent recap of the nights events it occurred to me that I was doing the same thing. If you just wanted to get to the details of the final competition I was going to put you through a good 3000 words before you found out who won. Nobody wants that, so we're going to lead off with the last half hour. If all you want are the results, here they come. If you want to hear about the rest of the show, it's coming up after we have a champion.

We were told early in the going that Cristián & Cheryl finished in third. And after 90 minutes of, other stuff, our two contenders were finally brought out for their final performances. Kristi & Mark were up first and we were treated to a walk down memory lane, looking at their path to the championship. Watching all of their performances, it was great to see how Kristi changed. The great technique was there from the start, but her emotional connection to the dances grew as she progressed through the season.

They chose to reprise their jive. There really were a number of dances that they could have picked to bring back out. I'm happy with that choice though. It was a really fun number that really showed Kristi letting go and having a good time. It also served as one last reminder about just how difficult the routines that Mark choreographed for her were. We've said it, the judges have said it, everyone has said it, Kristi is the best technical dancer on the show, without a doubt.

Throwing it over to the judges, Len said that she was the most consistent dancer on any season of the show. He called it a great performance and a fantastic job. Bruno called the performance another great achievement form the great achiever. He added that Kristi didn't miss a beat and agreed agreed with Len that she was the most consistent. Carrie Ann said that Kristi & Mark set a standard for the competition right from the start and throughout it all Kristi grew as a performer.

Backstage, waiting for her scores, Kristi said it has been a dream and she thanked Mark for everything he has done for her. Mark said he was so proud of her for how far she has come. Score: 30 (10,10,10) A perfect 90 for the finals.

Jason and Edyta were up next. As we watched their journey through the competition, Jason said that when he first met Edyta he thought he was the luckiest guy in the competition. It was very telling when Jason talked about how uncomfortable he was with dancing when they started. It really shows how far he has come over the course of the season. I still think Kristie was a step ahead of him with the dancing, but watching the review oh his season, it was clear that he was a contender. He is such a likable guy that it's easy to understand why people would vote for him.

They chose to bring back their quickstep. Another very nice choice. That dance really shows off the grace that Jason has. It was probably the most surprising thing about him through the competition. He's such a huge guy but he floats around the stage with such ease. They even finished the dance off the same way as their original performance, with Jason tossing all of Len's papers in the air.

Bruno led off for the judges, saying that the term heavenly bodies was coined for Jason and Edyta. He called them two speed racers and said this was their best performance to date. Carrie Ann thought it was fantastic, and what makes Jason so special is that his elegance of spirit shines through. Len said that every season someone comes along unexpected with their dancing and personality. He added that Kristi may be the judge's champion, but Jason is the people's champion.

Backstage Jason said that being on the show has been outstanding. He said Edyta pushed him to new limits. Edyta said it really wasn't that difficult to coach Jason. Score: 30 (10,10,10)

And then, it was time to reveal the champions. After the usual starts and stops, a series of dramatic pauses, and the when will it end pulsing drum beat, the new champions of Dancing With The Stars are KRISTI & MARK! Kristi said that this was the icing on the cake. She thanked the fans, and everyone involved with Dancing With The Stars. Mark thanked Kristi, the rest of the cast, and the crew. Jason said he never thought he would get to this point, and he added that Kristi very much deserved to win it. To finish it off, Jason and Cristián hoisted Kristi up on their shoulders and gave her a victory lap.

I'm happy with the result. But then, I would have been just as happy had it gone the other way. Kristi was the more accomplished dancer, but Jason showed himself to be very capable and he has such a great personality it's hard not to root for him. Also, I really would have liked to see Edyta win, simply because she is my favorite of the professional ladies. All things considered, it was a great end to what ended up being another great season of Dancing With The Stars.

Ok, now that the big news is out of the way, read on for a rundown of what led up to it. Tom kicked things off by tossing us to a recap of performance night with some quotes from the couples. Jason said dancing head to head against Kristi was like going the wrong way down the freeway. Cristián let us know that going from the cha cha to the freestyle was exhausting. Jason thought the freestyle fit his style much better than the cha cha. Kristi said she was proud of what they've done.

The couples were backstage with Samantha next and looking back on the series. Kristi said it was a once in a lifetime experience. Cristián said it's been a journey about dance, and learning that everything is possible if you work hard for it. Jason said it's been great and that he's found a new part of himself through the show.

Usher was up next with the first of two musical performances. It was more of a flashy production than we have seen from most of the musical guests. That's to be expected: it's Usher and it's finals night. As far as the performance aspect of it, I wasn't that impressed. The song wasn't anything special, and there was a lot of not dancing going on through the first half of the performance. They did get a bit of a group performance going later, but if we are going to measure it against the pro numbers that have accompanied other musical guests, it fell a little short.

It was time for stars from the past to make their predictions. Drew thought it had been an intense season. Joey Lawrence called Jason the front runner, and Joey Fatone added that Jason was coming out of his shell. Vivica said Jason knows how to shake that thing, but she wanted Kristi to win. Jayne thought that Kristi must have been a dancer in another life, while Leeza chimed in saying she has been fantastic. Wayne was also back, and even though he thought Kristi had been fantastic, he was picking Cheryl and Cristián. Two points for loyalty. Lisa joined Wayne in that prediction.

After that, Tom revealed that third place would go to Cristian & Cheryl. They joined Tom and Samantha on the dance floor. He gave credit to Cheryl for helping him make it through the injury. Tom said when he learned Cristián was continuing he thought it was nuts, but now he's learned that Cristian is amazing. He said Cheryl has been a good friend and a great dance partner. Cheryl said out of all five of her seasons, she's had one of the best times with Cristián. Even though they were out of the running, Cristián & Cheryl still did the pasa doble that they had planned for their final competitive dance. It was a nice repeat of the performance we had seen before, and a nice way for them to put a cap on their season.

The fist of many recap packages walked us through the first two weeks of the season, giving us a look back at Steve Guttenberg, Monica Seles, and Adam Carolla. They also touched on Kristi's first round 27, the highest first round score ever. We also saw Len going after Penn again, and calling Adam brilliant. And once again we were reminded what a nice guy Steve is.

In the first of the returning competitors performances, Penn and Kym were back to dance their cha cha. It didn't do much to change my mind about how far in the competition Penn should have gone. But it did serve as a showcase for what a fun guy he is. I don't think there was ever going to be enough time for Penn to really contend, but he did what he could with it, and the hard work is appreciated. Asked if he missed all of this, he joked that it was the greatest time of his life, and the Penn and Teller show is now going to be all dance.

They were followed up by Monica & Jonathan with their mambo. I think Monica's elimination was the most disappointing for me. I've been a fan of her for so long, and still consider her the greatest women's tennis player ever, so I really would have loved to see this go better for her. Watching her again though, it was pretty clear that ballroom just isn't her thing. She said her mom had an amazing time watching her on the show, and added that it is a lot harder than it looks.

Steve & Anna were up next with their tango. I thought Steve looked like he might have improved a little in the time off. He did have trouble keeping in his tango character though. he's just such a happy guy. They added in a little lift that was fun. Steve said his favorite moment of the show was right now. He's with his friends, and his favorite dancing partner, and having a good time. Pressed, he didn't really have a least favorite moment. He added that he's looking forward to next season.

Another package ran us through the highlights of week three and four. Steve with a pan on his head. Carrie Ann calling Marissa boring, and Adam sexy. And of course, the man-go. That one will go down in DWTS lore. It was also the scene of Derek's neck injury and Adam's unicycle number. They also had the best line of the season, Adams "I lost twenty pounds of fat, and gained 110 pounds of angel."

That was followed by Adam and Julianne returning for another performance of their unicycle fueled pasa doble. Looking back at it, it was a fun dance and probably Adam at his best. Really though, the thing that stuck out to me is that Julianne's outfit might have been my favorite of the season. The red dress with the white top was so simple compared to many of the outlandish costumes, and it suited her well. Not that I'm going to start protesting Edyta and her outfits that take roughly the same material as my left sock. It was very pretty though. Afterwards, Adam joked that he had some lipo and a seaweed wrap to get back into shape and then moved on to plugging his radio show and Julianne's new album. Then he explained that DWTS is why the terrorist hate us. "We have black, white, and hispanic. We have gay, straight, and Guttenberg. All working together..." Adam's a funny guy.

The dancing kids were up next. I wasn't sure about this idea when I first heard about it, but it's been a nice addition to the show. Without much of an attempt to drum up suspense, Samantha announced that Brandon and Brittany were the winners. They even got a trophy, presented by the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. It was very cute. Although, I can think of about five different taped pieces that I would have gladly exchanged to watch the kids dance again.

Another package headed back to week six. That was the scene of Marlee getting tripped up, and Priscilla disappointing Len. Kristi and Mark also had a 30 that week. It also kicked off the Shannon controversy, with Bruno's "hip action, none." and the waterworks that led to the controversial confessional tape where they called out the other couples.

Priscilla and Louis were up next with their tango. That was a good choice. Their tango was one of Priscilla's nicer moments on the show, but this is the point in the night when I started thinking that maybe the two hour finale wasn't the best idea. Some of the performances are really good, but if you are a fan, and you've been watching all season long, you have seen all of these before, and if you showed up to see the big finale showdown, they can start to weigh on you a bit.

And if you hadn't started questioning the two hour length there, you probably did with the next taped package. It was a tribute to the friendship of Jason and Cristián. Or, as Cheryl called it, their bromance. It really is great that the two of them get along so well and everything, but that's really stretching to fill time.

Back out on the dance floor, Marlee & Fabian returned with their mambo, which struck me as an odd choice. I expected to see the waltz. I don't know if it came from the fact that she wanted to take another crack at the mambo, or if it was just because there were no judges this time. The dance did suffer from some of the same technical difficulties as before, but it was great to see Marlee. She looked absolutely fantastic. She said the people have been nothing but supportive of her everywhere she goes.

They were followed up by Shannon & Derek, who were back with their quickstep. It was another good choice as this was a fun performance that showed off Shannon's spunky side. Before the season in the preview post of the women on the show I predicted that Kristi would be the one to come out of the group, but I thought Shannon had a chance if she could catch on with the dancing quick enough. It seemed like she just never quite caught up to it and got her body under control, but it was still a nice run on the show. In their mini-interview Samantha tried to push the relationship question, but Shannon dodged it and just thanked the judges.

Mario & Karina were also back to perform again. They chose to go with their mambo. Mario is a smooth guy and that performance probably showcased his abilities as well as anything they did. I still feel like the biggest thing that might have held Mario back was his fan base. He just didn't have the same crossover with the show that someone like Marissa had, and it ended up knocking him out a little sooner than he might have otherwise gone.

Off to the side of the dance floor, Samantha was talking with former champs Drew, Kelly and Helio. Drew said this point in the competition is nerve wracking and the couples have to just enjoy it. Kelly added that the courage that it takes to do this, in front of everybody, on television, means that everybody is a winner. Helio also dodged the who will win question, saying he didn't know who was going to take the DWTS trophy, but he'll be taking the trophy at the Indy 500 this weekend. You can catch that Sunday, on ABC, starting at noon EST.

With the last returning performance of the night, Marissa & Tony were back with their pasa doble. As with the others, it was a nicely done recreation of their earlier performance, maybe with a couple more iffy bits. It was a pretty amazing run that Marissa had on the show. There must have been at least four or five weeks where I thought there was a very good chance that she was going home, but she just kept hanging in there. Marissa said that with the support from everyone, and working with Tony, she feels more confident than she ever did before coming on the show.

And that brings us to the second musical performance of the night. Usher was back to perform again. This time he was joined by his dancers, and the DWTS pros. It turns out that Usher is just not for me. I didn't care much for his song, and the dance had far too much standing and posing, and far too little of the DWTS pros. Perhaps I was just expecting too much with it being the big finale, but Usher is way down on my list of musical guests for the season.

Alright, and there you have it. Another season of Dancing With The Stars is in the books. I have to say, I'm very happy with how it all played out. It was a fun group of celebrities this season, and the pros were as good as ever. I'm looking forward to the return of the show in September. Before we lock up the DWTS booth for the summer, let me just thank all of the readers for visiting the site and joining in the conversation over the last couple months. And, of course, a thank you to my partner in crime, Erin. Let's all meet back here in September and do it all again. Until then, check out AOL's extensive Dancing With The Stars coverage, which includes photo galleries, polls, and a live chat.

Kristi & Mark! Are you happy with the way it all ended?
Yes, a nice end to a great season.364 (81.8%)
No, a good season, but the wrong winner.62 (13.9%)
This season just didn't do it for me.19 (4.3%)

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The win by Kristi and Mark has had me smiling all morning. They deserved to win and it was nice to see the three final contenders in good, happy, harmonious spirits. Plaudits to all of them!

May 21 2008 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If anyone has really watched closely, the men do not have to hardly move because their professional partner is doing all the dancing while the men mostly pose. Therefore, the females have it much harder. Not only do they have to really dance but they have to wear high heels doing it! The professional females are dressing way too sleezy.

May 21 2008 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When you watch any of the couples, who do you look at more? Personally, I watch the women because they tend to be flashier. I really believe this is why the men have been winning. We watch their professional partner and think the couple is fabulous, then we vote for them. I think the women have a harder time in this competition because they are the focus...even if it's because they have cooler costumes.

With that said, Kristi & Jason each had their strong points and I would have been happy to see either of them win. For that matter, I would have been fine with any of the final 3 winning.

May 21 2008 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Didn't watch the show but LOVE Kristi. After seeing her skate in Houston when she won the gold, I started skating then named my dog after her. She rules.

The end.

May 21 2008 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Anyone who saw Kristi dance her first dance in the first episode knew she was going to literally wipe the floor. She is like a robot, so technically proficient, it was almost scary to be that good.

May 21 2008 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Kristi is a beautiful dancer and worked hard for her win. Congrats to her. I also love Christian and Jason, their 'bromance' and their great sportsmanship. Watching them carry Kristi on their shoulders and the comraderie, watching Jason take Cheryl under his wing when Christian got hurt was wonderful. What a comparison to the piss poor sportsmanship of Mario Lopez and Karina when they didn't win, huh? That's one of the reasons I believe this season's Mario did not win. Lots of fans simply do not like Karina and at this point its about the pros as well as the celebs.

May 21 2008 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Last season, a lot of people bemoaned the fact that Sabrina was too good and must have been a ringer. She got voted off and then the focus of supposed unfairness shifted to Mel B. She didn't win either. If the fix is in for a woman to win, as has been alleged for the past two or three seasons, a woman would have won before now.

The fact that women tend not to do well on DWTS is a demographic reality. Three-quarters of the viewing audience consists of women. Women tend to go for charm and good looks in their dancing stars, namely charming, good-looking MEN. It took a popular, beloved, non-threatening figure skater with high name recognition to overcome the natural tendencies to vote for the hot, charming guys.

I'm glad Kristi won, not because she's a woman but because she was the best dancer. She could have used whatever supposed advantages she had and coasted through doing the same level of routines as the other competitors. Instead, she set the bar higher for herself. She worked hard. She conducted herself like a lady. She was humble. She didn't resort to cheap tricks to win votes. She let her dancing and hard work speak for itself. Maybe that's old-fashioned, but I admire her for it.

May 21 2008 at 8:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree, 2 hours was way too long. I did, however, enjoy seeing all of the contestants dance again. I would have liked to see the junior champions dance again. Usher was horrible. Horrible! He's way too self-absorbed for me. His dancers were horrible too. Kristi and Jason did an excellent job with their dances. Both deserved the trophy, but it's nice to see a woman take it home again.

May 21 2008 at 8:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to K.B.'s comment

Two hours......NOT! I record everything I watch (DVR or TiVo) and fast forward through the BS.

I watched all I needed to see in less than an hour.

May 21 2008 at 9:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Finally, the best dancer won! Kristi was a pleasure to watch this season.

I wonder how much grief Jason will get when he goes back to football. Probably a lot.

May 21 2008 at 8:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

my hart really hurted when Cristian and Cheryl was in 3rd place. And when Cheryl started crying. But congrats Kristi!

May 21 2008 at 6:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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