Dancing With The Stars: Week 10 The Finale
(S07E21) In the grand tradition of Dancing With The Stars, everyone came together for the glorious task of turning 3 minutes of results into a two hour ratings bonanza. If you have seen the finale before, you know how it all went down. Take a couple of musical numbers, interviews or dances with all the eliminated contestants, and add in a whole lot of replays as the show looks back at all that has gone on. It's not the greatest recipe for a two hour show, but after 20 episodes of top ten numbers, I suppose they've earned it. I'll not spoil the big surprise before the jump, so hit the link for a brief look at all that went on, and to find out who took home the mirrorball.
Keeping with the spirit of the show, I'm going to shuffle the results off to the end of the post. If that's all you need, scroll on down to the last two paragraphs. That said, let's take a quick look at the other 1:57 of the show.
Starting with the musical guests, it was what I would call a good night, stopped from being great by the old song choice conundrum. I'm a fan of a lot of Alecia Keys songs, but the new one, "I Need You", isn't one of them. Unfortunately, promoting the new album lost out to playing the hits, once again. As to Miley Cyrus, I couldn't really tell you if that was one of her hits or not, because that is about as far from my musical wheelhouse as you can get. It was a good performance though, and I'm sure the Miley/Hannah fans were pleased.
Of the rest of the show, the only thing that stood out for me was Jeffrey Ross and his all too brief roasting of the finalists. The recap of the season, Cloris interviewing people on the street, and even the return of the eliminated guests just feels tired by this time of the season. Jeffrey Ross, on the other hand, was at least something a little different. If you have seen his work on the Comedy Central Roasts, you'll know that this was the kinder, gentler Jeffrey. He did still manage a couple great lines. After commenting that it looked like Corky was just dragging Cloris around the dance floor he said watching them dance was like Weekend At Bernie's, The Musical. And after taking a shot at Lance Bass he added, "Seriously, what can you say about Lance Bass that hasn't already been said about Clay Aiken."
That left just the final performances from the couples. And, really, I was a little disappointed in all of them. Warren & Kym made a smart choice with the hustle, as that was one of his better performances, but it just didn't seem like he was fully rehearsed for it. Lance & Lacey were on the verge of having the performance of the night, also making a great choice with the jitterbug. Unfortunately for them, they made a gaffe on one of the lifts. Brooke & Derek performed well, but I would have much rather seen any number of different performances. The Viennese waltz was the smart choice for the competition, because there are none of those tricky lifts to get tangled up in, but it lacks the excitement that the big finale demands.
The scores for the final performances looked like this:
Warren & Kym: 27 (9,9,9) Total: 80
Lance & Lacey: 28 (9,9,10) Total: 81
Brooke & Derek: 30 (10,10,10) Total: 88
Finally, it was time for the results. In third place, Lance & Lacey. I could only have been more wrong if I picked someone that was already eliminated to win. Lance was very gracious in his final remarks, and Lacey thanked him for getting her to the finals. I hope she gets a chance to return for the next round of the competition.
In the end, Brooke & Derek are the season 7 champions. I'd love to tell you what they thought about it, but right after the announcement is when my east coast feed died, so I missed it. I'm guessing they were both thrilled, and grateful. It's a good result. I was certainly pulling for Lance & Lacey to win, but Brooke & Derek were so strong for the entire competition that they are deserving champions.
And with that, it's all over but the crying. The crying starts next week when a plethora of ABC executives have to start filling the huge holes left in the schedule by the absence of DWTS. Fortunately for them, the show will be back in March for season 8, to save the network from the ratings of Scrubs, According To Jim, and True Beauty. Thanks for playing along all season. We'll do it all over again in the spring.