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Dancing with the Stars: The Finale

by Michael Pascua, posted May 20th 2009 1:02AM
dancing with the stars finale(S08E21) The night started with a grand swoop of the set, something I wished that would be used more often. Unfortunately, the episode really dragged on until the last hour. I guess I'm now prepared for the long results show for American Idol tomorrow.

I get to make my final jab at Samantha Harris for the season: someone has to fire her stylist. That dress was ugly.

The outcome was a little bit of a shock, but I would appreciate a win from any of the three contestants. We start (and end) the night with Lady GaGa, and she didn't do half bad.

Dancing with the Stars' Photos

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Ty murray and Chelsie Hightower star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Ty murray and Chelsie Hightower star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Ty murray and Chelsie Hightower star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Ty murray and Chelsie Hightower star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Mark Ballas and Shawn Johnson star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Mark Ballas and Shawn Johnson star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Mark Ballas and Shawn Johnson star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Mark Ballas and Shawn Johnson star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS - "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals of "Dancing with the Stars," the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round, on MONDAY, MAY 11 (8:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/KELSEY MCNEAL)MARK BALLAS, SHAWN JOHNSON

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    DANCING WITH THE STARS 8 Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke star in the "Episode 810" - During the semi-finals, the remaining celebrities and professional dancers performed a dance discipline for the Ballroom Round and another for the Latin Round. Airs Monday, May 11, 2009.

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Lady GaGaJust Dance – I'm a little confused that Lady GaGa didn't use "Poker Face" as her opening song, but I realize that it must have been because she sang it on American Idol. I appreciate that she lowered the key of the song so she could sing live without breathing funny. I also think that fire and last night's steam should be used more often on the show. Do these shows give seizure warnings? I love the effect of strobe lights, but it may seize a random viewer.

The First Four Eliminations
- All these people were on this show? I appreciate that Steve Wozniak and Steve-O were taken out early in the season. Denise Richards definitely lost all credibility after going on this show. I guess it can't ever get more complicated.

Belinda & Jonathan
Salsa – I don't think she really improved eleven weeks later. She looks a little younger, though. I appreciate that they cut out that upside-down split.

Denise & Maksim
Quickstep – She's still thinking too hard and whoring to the camera. I still imagine her dance sequence in Drop Dead Gorgeous where she's dancing with Jesus.

Holly & DmitrySamba – Out of the first three, Holly had the most potential. She had more hip action tonight. She should have survived the two Steve's and would have had more room to improve a la Ty.

Steve & Karina
Quickstep – On the potential level, Steve Wozniak was pretty low. We was the Cloris of the season. I congratulate him for surviving four weeks and losing a chunk of weight. Apparently, being able to survive the first four weeks allowed Steve do a full performance. In the end, he attempted a worm where he basically fell on the floor and kicked.

The Fifth, Sixth Eliminations and so on - Back in the day, Ty broke from the bottom of the pack. Gilles got a 10 and then continued to remove clothing to keep the audience's interest. Melissa struggled with injuries, and Lil Kim channeled her inner cop.

David & KymWaltz – David still looks quite awkward in the face. I was disappointed that I couldn't see the peeing kick. The shaved graying hair wasn't attractive on him either.

Steve-O & Lacey - Foxtrot – Steve-O could have survived a little longer if he could remember his steps. It's like watching a little kid that wants to impress his parents. Luckily, he didn't slam into the stairs, even if he tripped on the way to the steps.

Former Dancer Analysis
– Everyone from Tia Carrere to Jane Seymour offered positive comments. Jewel looks horrendously jealous as she continues to glare at Ty as he jokes around. Nothing informative comes from this fluff except for the fact that many celebrities still want camera time.

Pro Dancer Competition
– For the past few weeks, Mayo and Anna competed to be the next professional. They made both Maurice and Lisa look amazing, then made Maks and Kym look great. After the votes, our newest professional is Anna. I guess Len was right. She's really excited and thankful; let's just hope that she gets a decent celebrity (or Chelsie's patience). She dances the quickstep quickly after winning, and you can feel the excitement. It's nice to see the song fitting her mood. An earring slips off from one of her intense spins, but she doesn't twist an ankle on it.

Even more Eliminations - Competition heated up; well, except for the fact that Lawrence tried to clothe Edyta. That led to his downfall. The combination of Melissa's supportive fan base and Ty's intensity in the Team Tango led to the downfall of Chuck.

Lawrence & Edyta
Jive – Edyta can make any partner look good. Lawrence loafed around in most of the dances. He messes up steps this time around, probably because he was thinking of tee time.

Chuck & Julianne
Samba – The knock-off Samba reappears again. This dance was basically the start of Chuck attempting to wear silk and satin to get votes. He then messes up in the middle and laughs; luckily, the performance wasn't for a score.

Jeffrey Ross
Roast – After this season, I don't think that ABC should invite Jeffrey back again. I applaud him for having the balls to call Bruno "flaming." The show never mentions that Bruno is gay, but everyone knows. He makes a no star joke calling the show Dancing with the Vaguely Familiar. He goes there with Lil Kim and community service jokes. There's a point where making fun of 17-year-olds is mean, but a Space Mountain joke is funny.

The Final Weeks
– The solos were mostly hot, but Jewel laughed a lot at her husband. I'm a firm believer that Lil Kim would have been eliminated fourth anyway if she survived past Ty. After seeing Cheryl's costume, I realized that Shawn looked just like Cheryl for her Argentine Tango.

Lil Kim & Derek – Jive – Yeah, it was too Broadway, but it was compelling television. Anything with leg warmers is sexy.

Ty & Chelsie
Lindy Hop – The Lindy Hop was one of Ty's best dances, it showcased that he could hold his own with speed, but also showed his strength in lifts. Chelsie was definitely the breakout professional dancer of the season. I hope she lasts as long next season

Final Three Cross-Analysis – The three repeat the same things we hear every results show: Shawn is young but technical, Melissa is graceful and beautiful, and Gilles is a great performer.

With the beginning of the second hour, the three enter from the other side of the stage which should be used at least once pre-finale, just so that no one will fall down the stairs.

Favorite Dance Round


Shawn & Mark Cha-Cha - We get a montage of Shawn's growth: It was mostly giggles, awkwardness, and being young. She then broke down, but Mark helped her succeed. Shawn's Cha-Cha is better this time around because she seems smoother and excited to dance. She's sharp tonight and it's nice to see her invigorated. Again, I wouldn't pick a Cha-Cha in the finals, especially with Melissa doing her Samba, because the Cha-Cha isn't as compelling. But Shawn did great.

Len loved her athletic strength, technique, and precision, and her Latin moves have improved. Bruno loved her evolution and technique. Carrie Ann underestimated her and knows that she deserves to win. Score: 30 (10, 10, 10) Combined Score: 88/90

Melissa & Tony
Samba – Melissa had the least amount of training, but she really made for great television. Tony considers Melissa a little sister, and their teamwork worked wonders. Kudos to her for persevering past the rib injury. Luckily, she admits to being an unknown, and Tony feels lucky to have her. Her solo has more passion this time around. Although her hair got stuck in her face, she kept going, trying to get the hair out with intense spins (It didn't help). She improved her hip actions. Luckily her top didn't go loose this time around.

Bruno loved her "appetizing" dance and wants more. Her body is ideal for dancing and she sustained her energy through the dance. Carrie Ann thinks that she's become Tony's dance muse. Len loved her presence, her style and elegance mixed with the Latin rhythm. Score: 30 (10, 10, 10) Combined Score: 86/90.

Gilles & CherylArgentine Tango – Gilles never danced, but Cheryl saw potential. She trained him hard and he became a real dancer. There was a real hectic nature in Cheryl's choreography, but it fits with the emotion of the dance. The stoic nature of Gilles' face was great. I could have sworn he botched one of the last steps in the dance, but the audience applauded so loudly that I assumed that the judges would ignore it.

Carrie Ann knew that he's very special because he has a special artistry. Len thought that the two were the best to watch the whole season. He was reminded of the first time he saw an Argentine Tango watching the two dance. Bruno liked that he played each step like an actor plays every word. Score: 30 (10, 10, 10) Combined Score: 88/90

Lady GaGaLoveGame – I love watching what Lady GaGa comes up with for her performances. I've never seen two performances with the same outfits. She went from American Idol (singing "Poker Face") to this show and no one challenged it; she fit on both shows well. In DWTS she increased the dance moves, whereas on Idol she made sure she displayed her vocal chops.

After all the hoopla with voting and scores, the third place team was Melissa & Tony. The two points probably didn't help. At least she wasn't runner up again. Melissa has changed, but yet has maintained this dorky/cute attitude. Tony has another third runner up under his belt. Let's hope he gets a good partner next year.

Voting actually made a big difference between Shawn and Gilles, since the scores were equal. According to Tom this was the closest finale since the votes had less than a one percent difference between the two. Sure it's not American Idol announcing billions of votes, but that is tighter than any Idol season.

After eleven weeks, the winners are Shawn & Mark. I think Mark was more floored than Shawn winning. The Ballas-Hough alliance quickly supports the two: Derek lifted Mark and Chuck lifted Shawn.

Although I'm excited for the fall season, I'm really hoping that season ten is an all-star season. I'd like to see several of the celebrities with actual potential have a second chance. From this year's cast, I'd definitely suggest Lil Kim and Holly Madison (because she needed the extra weeks of preparation).


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holdup

Lady Gaga did NOT, and does NOT lip-synch. Ever. And she has no need to. A great, powerful and husky, classically trained vocalist, she puts it down live. Each and every time out. Check your facts, trolls.

May 20 2009 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
deebopalula

"I get to make my final jab at Samantha Harris for the season: someone has to fire her stylist."

Better yet, kill two birds with one stone and fire Samanta Harris. I cannot bear to watch her.

And what is it with you and leg warmers, Pasqua? ;-)

May 20 2009 at 6:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michael Pascua

Re: The Legwarmers

As a child of the 80s, I have an inadvertent love for legwarmers, but I don't like when people use it unnecessarily.

The only time I accept legwarmers in cannon is with dance. Sure it's supposed to be for ballet, but I give leeway for any dance. If legwarmers were to show up on say, Project Runway for example, I would probably bash the idea.

May 20 2009 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

Sorry, gals, but shawn deserved to win,

She is trully a competitor and her dancing is right on the money

My only comment was with her costumes, they made her look shorter and heavy

The designer really missed the boat on this season for everyone, even the men

Many of the costumes looked too unprofessional and silly.
The girls costumes, if you could call them costumes, were
to slutty, latin dancing should be sultry not slutty,

Even the smoot dresses were a little to frilly, very old lady and silly looking, they should have been elegant not
silly looking

The men, do have it a little easier in the sense that the women have to dance a little harder to make the team look good, but surely mark ballas is remarkable, just like his father and mother (several times world latin champ)

I think this show defeats the purpose, it gets too showy
and unrealistic for the average person to want to take dancing lessons, and that is what is suppose to do, bring back some good old fashion dancing and I think more people would respect the sport more.

When Jerry Springer did his simple waltz, it brought many people to tears, it was simple, on time, beautiful and very lovely to watch.

That number would bring more people to a studio then all this sexy, slutty, naked dancing, which sometimes does look like the beginning of a pole dancers routine,
I think we should see more of the basic dancing done beautifully and with dignity

May 20 2009 at 5:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robyn

I think the women celebrities have a much more difficult time learning, their part of the routines are the core of the dance, too often the male celebrities are nothing more than a lifter and a pivot point for the female pro.
Gilles, yes, sexy, but he turned into a stand there and make Cheryl look good dancer at teh end. Shawn turned it on 100% every week.
What is it with these Olympians! They are more than athletes, or else more athletes would have won so far. Anton Apollo, Kristi, now Shawn! Very impressive!

May 20 2009 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Tom

I said it in a previous post, the Olympians know how to win.

May 20 2009 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rodney

Yes, I agree about the costumes

Most of the look like circus costumes, for clowns and magicians

If you are trying to get everyday average people interested in ballroom dancing you need to make it look like they can do it and wear the approriate grab to do it in

Most of your costumes are too revealing, too little and too not your average ballroom attire.

I have been to most of the competitons around the country and your professionals dont usually wear this
kind of no costume look. Most of which look pretty silly.

Get back to basic lines and colors, sultry but sexy, not pole dancing look, elegant not over done, some of shawns costumes made her look shorter than she is and a lot bigger, in the wrong places than she is.

Get with it

May 20 2009 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ric

Who the hell is designing the costumes this year,

They are all awful, Shawn's costumes made here look fat
and old especially the last black and white paso dress,
there was so much fabric in the skirt, you think she was hiding the bull under it

The costumes sure dont look like they did over the past previous shows, most of them looked like the kitchen curtains or loving hands at home

I hope that changes this next season

May 20 2009 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davidm3825

I thought Jeffrey Ross was hilarious. Everyone knows how flamboyant Bruno is so it's not alright to call him flaming? There were many off color jokes made by others. Lawrence Taylor mentioning lap dances and someone else talking about Gilles being naked in the movie with his young son in the audience.

May 20 2009 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maria

Giles was robbed! This is a joke. As usual this "competion" isnt one-its a "popularity vote/judges pick" from the start! There is no way that Shawn should have been in the top two-let alone win it!! She is good, but sooooo not smooth at all. Giles should have won it hands down.

Now about Cheryl. Thank you, thank you thank you!!! Yes, I cant stand her. I find her truly arrogant and in it soley for herself. She doesnt support her partner at all. She is in it to win it...for herself.

I thought the roast was tacky at parts but atleast it wasnt filler.

May 20 2009 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LAW

Does anyone know what song was used for the group Paso last night?

Also, is there a list somewhere that shows what music they dance to?

May 20 2009 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

I agree with you Jen. Cheryl seems to be in it for herself mostly. I honestly think that with the exception of Maks, most of the professional guys do a better job of showcasing and working for the celebrities.

May 20 2009 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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