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Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 The Finals

by Brett Love, posted Nov 25th 2008 12:10AM

Dancing With The Stars Finalists
(S07E20) After two and a half months, and nineteen episodes, it all comes down to this. Our remaining three couples made their way back to the ballroom for what Tom called, "The most closely contested finals ever." That was an apt description after what we saw in the semi-finals. With Lance & Lacey wrestling the lead away from Brooke & Derek as we neared the end of the season, it really looked like season seven could go to anyone. How would it play out? Would it all come down to the big freestyle numbers? And, oh yeah, which dancing kids team won? The answers to all of those questions, and a look at the rest of the finals performances, after the jump.

Dancing' Show Photos

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 After ten weeks of entertaining drama, camaraderie and dazzling performances, Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas, were crowned champion of "Dancing with the Stars," in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 After ten weeks of entertaining drama, camaraderie and dazzling performances, Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas, were crowned champion of "Dancing with the Stars," in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19 and concluding Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Samantha Harris, Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance - one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Samantha Harris, Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Tom Bergeron, Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 After ten weeks of entertaining drama, camaraderie and dazzling performances, Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas, were crowned champion of "Dancing with the Stars," in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19 and concluding Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 After ten weeks of entertaining drama, camaraderie and dazzling performances, Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas, were crowned champion of "Dancing with the Stars," in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19 and concluding Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

    ABC

Before we get started, let me just set your mind at ease. If you were caught up in traffic on the way home, had to pick up the cat from the vet, or were shuffling Junior around to sports practices, and arrived home a half hour late, you didn't miss anything. I usually give the show a lot of credit for doing a good job filling time on the results show, while still keeping things interesting. But the beginning of this one was terrible. Each couple picked their favorite Latin and ballroom numbers so we could watch a replay of them?

I can't imagine it has any bearing on what we'll see in the final vote, but here are their choices, in case you are curious. Brooke & Derek chose the quickstep and the paso doble. Lance & Lacey settled on the tango and the mambo. And Warren & Kym decided that the Viennese waltz and the paso doble were their best performances. The only thing notable in the first half hour was that we found out Craig and Samantha won the dancing kids contest. A round of applause for them.

Group Samba Smackdown

Then, it was time to get down to business. They drew randomly for the order, which found Brooke & Derek leading off, followed by Lance & Lacey, with Warren & Kym closing things out. We got a quick peak behind the scenes at rehearsals where strategy was already in play as the teams didn't want to reveal the big tricks from their solo spots.

Getting to the performance, Brooke and Derek led things off as solid as ever. It lacked the one big wow moment that we have come to expect from a finals performance, but there wasn't anything you could really complain about. It was fast, and Brooke continues to impress with the way that she moves. Lance & Lacey followed up, and for me, actually had the best showing in the group number. All the promise Lance showed in the semis was back on display here, with the addition of some very clever footwork. Warren bounced out for his solo spot and looked as light on his feet as he ever has. The only thing that held him back was falling into the trap of standing in place while Kym danced around him in the middle of their turn. The entire group assembled for the finish, and their spinning circle with the girls all flying up in the air was fantastic. All things considered, it was a very good finals performance.

Moving to the judges, Len thought all of them performed better than when they did the samba on the show. Warren had much more content, although he is still concerned about those feet. He loved Lance's energy and noted that there was a lot going on in their performance, but did tell him to work on the finesse. Of Brooke, he said she was the one to beat in week one, and she's still the one to beat in week ten. Bruno said Brooke is sexy and dazzling and, rather crudely, added that everyone would like to drive that model. He praised Lance for being so tight and clean. And he called Warren irresistible, saying the fun makes up for the lack of technique. Carrie Ann said that every time Lance gets out there, it's better and better. She called Warren the most improved. Technically the weakest, but a great connection to the audience. For Brooke, she thought it was a little ambitious with her lines getting a little awkward at times.

The Scores:

Brooke & Derek 28 (9,9,10)
Lance & Lacey 26 (9,8,9)
Warren & Kym 25 (9,7,9)

Freestyle:

Brooke & Derek - Last week Brooke earned her lowest scores of the season, and she was determined not to make the same mistake twice. Keeping with the theme of the season, Derek was having trouble with his back. To combat this, they trained in the swimming pool. I was a little put off at first by Brooke's costume, being all too reminiscent of Marie's doll dress. Fortunately, that didn't last long. They had a big lift right off the bat, signaling that all the stops were being pulled out for this one. They covered the entire ballroom, even the judges table, in a high energy number. The lifts were many, and they were pretty amazing. It was just the kind of performance you expect to see in the finals.

Bruno said, follow that. He called the lifts spectacular, describing them as positions that he's only seen in the kama sutra. He finished by telling them it was one of the best freestyles he's ever seen. Carrie Ann said they always nail the dance, and tonight they brought it. Len didn't need to qualify it, saying it was the best freestyle he's ever seen.
Score: 30 (10,10,10) Total 58

Lance & Lacey - Opposite of Brooke, Lance had his best week of the season in the semis. In the training video, Lacey liked their chances, saying Lance has the showmanship of Warren and the technique of Brooke, with a little something of his own. I completely agree with her on that point. Just as much as I disagree with her on her choice of dance styles. They chose hip hop for the freestyle, and opted to not do any lifts. Those two decisions could very well be what costs them this competition. It wasn't a bad performance, and it certainly had its moments, but it was clearly a step below what Brooke & Derek had shown just before them. The smarter move would have been to go with some sort of a jive, or even a swing number, As it was, when they did try to put a little bit of ballroom in the middle of the dance, it just looked odd and out of place. It was not nearly what I was expecting.

Carrie Ann loved the beginning and the end, but added there was one little section that just kind of threw it off. It was when they went into the cha cha. Len quoted the song, "It's Tricky." He went on to tell them that he likes hip hop, just not during the Latin and ballroom numbers. In something of a surprise, he finished telling them he was really pleased. Bruno called it youthful, vibrant, and exciting, noting that they always make smart choices.
Score: 27 (9,9,9) Total 53

Warren & Kym - Last week the judges said Warren's number didn't have enough content, so this week he said, "Kym's killing me." As they trained, it was obvious that they would be taking advantage of Warren being the strongest man ever on the show. It looked like we could look for lots of lifts. Getting to the number, it didn't take long for them to get into just that. The performance started out slow, and then changed gears. More huge lifts followed, and there was certainly a great effort to show off Warren's hard work on the footwork. He finished the season in that familiar place of being a step behind the other two on technique, but it was still a great showing.

Len started off, commenting on how each season someones come along out of the blue and is an absolute star. This show is about entertainment, and as an entertainer, nobody touches Warren. Bruno said that with Warren, all resistance is futile. Just enjoy the ride. Carrie Ann finished up telling Warren that out of all the routines, that one was her favorite.
Score: 28 (9,10,9) 53

And that will do it. I have to say, I'm not feeling good about my prediction for Lance & Lacey to win it all. I really expected something big from them in the freestyle, and what we saw wasn't it. Barring something very strange happening with the final performance on Tuesday, they've managed to dig quite a hole with the judge's points. But I'm more worried that they could have lost a chunk of the fan vote with that one. Things are looking good for Brooke & Derek, but then, you never really know what will happen when they start counting the viewer votes. We'll find out Tuesday night. Along the way, Miley Cyrus and Alecia Keys will perform, and Jeffrey Ross will roast the finalists.


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kevin

Brooke,hands down!!!

November 26 2008 at 12:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

No contest. The trophy goes to Brooke.

November 25 2008 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
karen

Did anyone else have DVR issues with this show? My DVR only recorded the pre-show and didn't get any of the dancing!

November 25 2008 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
orrfour

I dont really have a comment.. And i am undecided whether i want Brooke or Lance to win.
However i have a question: What is the name of the song Lance and Lacey danced their Mambo to?

November 25 2008 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lslgal

I really don't understand why some people are bad mouthing Brooke, she has been the most consistant dancer all season long. Has anyone ever noticed that the judges are harder on female contestants, than the males ??? Lets see the male contestants do routines like the females do, the judges expect the females to be as good as the pros, but not the males. The males don't even come close to the pro males !!!!
Lance and Lacey didn't do any lifts because Lance wasn't strong enough, lets face it Lacey is as big as him, the week before, he jumped into her arms !!!! What does that tell you ??? They more than likely lost by doing the Hip Hop dance number, which was just ordinary, nothing special.
Warren is a good entertainer, but I disagree with Len, the show is DANCING WITH THE STARS, not entertaining with the stars. There is some room for the entertaining factor, but the focus should be on DANCING !!!! Warren is like a train wreck waiting to happen. Sure he has come a long way, but he should have been gone a long time ago, there were more talented dances that should have remained longer than Warren. Warren's improvement doesn't bring him even close to the other finalists. I wasn't really impressed with their free style, Warren is a very strong man, so lifting his partner was no big deal for him, he tossed her around like a sack of potatoes, there wasn't really any smoothness in the movements. I was really scared for his partner, and by looking at her after the dance, she wasn't to sure herself.

November 25 2008 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ewandae

I, too, think it was wrong for L&L to be graded down because L danced around L, while K always dances around W, and they receive high scores. On the other hand, Lacey thinks she is the star. When she said she was going to dance barefoot all over Len's face, that was enough for me. Brooke was picked right away, by the judges, to be the winner, and fortunately, she probably should be the winner. W is entertaining, but the show is DWTS, not EWTS. L's hiphop choice cost him the title.

November 25 2008 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Seriously dude

Wow... Brooke in the lead to win... who knew? Oh wait, that's right, the judges picked them week one and, just like last season with Kristi, they scored everyone to meet that goal (except Kristi was a better dancer).

What confuses me, besides the blatant judge bias, is how, weeks ago, L&L got knocked down for Lacey "dancing around" Lance... and for Warren and Kym, who do that EVERY SINGLE ROUTINE, they got a 10 out of Len. A TEN? Seriously?

I think L&L's pick of hip-hop was essentially them thumbing their noses at the judges, who have been so blatantly against them, and doing something fun for the fans. I think L&L know there is no way the judges will LET them win over their handpicked Brooke.

With cranky old, biased Len, Bruno (the most reasonable of them all) and CarrieAnn, whose biggest "credential" is she was a Fly-Girl on "In Living Color", I've just watched my last DWTS til there is a judging change. Won't even watch the results tonight. Why bother... they picked the winner in week one and, come hell or high water, they're going to make sure SHE wins.

November 25 2008 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craig

Len has consistently contradicted himself. He needs to go. Please!!!

November 25 2008 at 9:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mollie Fales

Dancing with the stars is our favorite program. We vote for Lance to win!!!!

November 25 2008 at 9:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
susanmterry

well let me see i thought they all did well. I think len gave warren a too low of a score. he should of aleast given him an 8 he said he was good. so why did he give warren only a seven. out of the three free style dances i liked warren and kims. brooke and derrick were good. why did lacey and lance choose to do hip hop in the finials. not a good choice especially when they know len doesn't like it . so i think that is why they got a lower score. they should have done the jive or something like brooke did. i am afraid brooke is going to win. but time will tell. i voted for warren i would really like him to win but i think brooke has done it. i like lacey i hope she returns next year. and as for the comment about the show don't watch it if you don't like it. it going to be a exicting night. can't wait.

November 25 2008 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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