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Review: Dancing with the Stars - Performance 10 Results (season finale)

by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 25th 2009 2:00AM
The final three are excited that they finished the group megamix.
(S09E21) Dancing with the Stars is down to three finalists, two hours, and one winner. We re-welcome the thirteen eliminated celebrities. Donny & Kym, Mya & Dmitry, and Kelly & Louis emerge from the other side of the stage and run past the eliminated contestants. Louis got a lot of butt slaps; he giggles and continues walking.

We get a recap of last night, ad in the middle of the recap we have the back of Miss Piggy's head. Was that the spaghetti cat of DWTS? The recap played again right after a commercial break.

The best part of the night wasn't the results, it was Miss Piggy laying the smackdown on Samantha Harris.

Musical Guest - Whitney Houston - "Million Dollar Bill" - Whitney is looking good, but she will never be the same as she was in the early '90s. She had breathing problems, but wasn't moving much to justify it. So You Think You Can Dance/America's Best Dance Crew alum Ryan Conferido was one of Whitney's backup dancers.

The Loser's Club - Jeffrey Ross inducts Ashley Hamilton into the Loser's Club. Luckily Ashley takes the joke. Ashley dances with Edyta and leaves her on the floor to dance with Jeffrey instead.

Eliminated Celebrity Performance - Kathy & Tony, Macy & Jonathan, and Debi & Maks perform a new routine. Kathy's Argentine Tango was sub-par, slow, and weak on the leg action. Macy's section proved why she was the first woman eliminated. Debi did well with both character and keeping up with Maks. There was one point where Maks dragged her around.

Tom & Cheryl - Texas Two Step - The two step still isn't audience friendly, but Cheryl spun around as much as possible to add pizazz. Tom looked like he was having fun, even when he messed up the steps

Chuck and Mark Dance-off - I don't exactly understand why the two are battling, but Chuck is still as awkward as he always was. Mark continues to do flips. Then the two have a really stupid scuffle and pose at the end.

Coach Adam Corolla - Adam gives the smackdown to the final three poking the most fun at Donny. Donny sneaks away during prayer.

Natalie & Alec - Rumba - I still think that Natalie didn't deserve to be eliminated that early. It's as if the production tried to sabotage her the week she was eliminated. She's all smiles and she gets a standing ovation.

Melissa & Mark - Salsa - Melissa gets to do her dance-off salsa. It could have beat both Louie and Michael. I was amazed that she did that great split at the end.

Final Three Dances

Kelly & Louis - Viennese Waltz - Kelly was scared in the beginning and was embarrassed by herself. She had problems with confidence and being beige, but has evolved. It was smart for the couple to pick a dance where Kelly was mostly in hold. This time around, there's a confidence and a sparkle that wasn't there in the first week.

Len loved watching Kelly every week, he is drowned out by the audience's screams. Bruno believes Kelly earned her place on the ballroom floor; she gained a new confidence. Carrie Ann is in tears because of how touched she was watching Kelly; she was a real person growing.

Mya & Dmitry - Jive - Mya was crushed by the early low scores from Len, but she broke through. Dmitry calls Mya his perfect partner. This time around Mya's dancing has more abandon to it. There is a brightness to her face and she's all smiles.

Bruno calls her sharp and slick. She had very high standards for all the dances. Carrie Ann calls Mya the front runner and she's evolved into a star. Len mentions that there were ups and downs, but he knows that she was fantastic.

Donny & Kym - Argentine Tango - Donny and Kym laughed their whole way through the season, even past all the struggles. Donny kept a very serious face throughout and got to touch Kym's leg again. The timing was a little off at the end, but it didn't matter.

Carrie Ann loved the performances, the dance was artistry in motion. Len points out his performance factor and he finished strong. Bruno believed him as a character and he used the dark side well.


1st - Donny & Kym (30)
2nd - Mya & Dmitry (28)
3rd - Kelly & Louis (26)

Louie & Chelsie - They dance to "Puppy Love" sung by Donny Osmond. I'm almost shocked by how well Louie did. They switch over to a jive and this time, not only do they ace the lift, Louie did a great tumbling pass.

Michael Irvin vs. Jerry Rice - Paso Doble Battle - Michael had passion, but I have to admit that Jerry was doing more work. Michael then tries to lift and spin Anna T. and drops her. Clearly Jerry should have won just because of the drop.

Len discussed with the judges. They believe that someone had to be the game winner and that is Michael, however they gave Jerry a ring for having a better body.

Aaron & Karina - Quickstep - We get the return of Animal dancing the drums. There's a degree of silliness that Aaron has, but he was dancing the quickstep too hard as if it was a jive.

Competition Mambo - Cloris & Corky, Steve & Karina, and Jerry & Edyta battle Joanna & Derek. As the music begins, Cloris doesn't do much, Steve plays with a boa, and Jerry doesn't do half bad. Steve does the humping dance with Karina in the background and then does the worm. With only Joanna and Steve left, the two do a partner switch and Derek attempts the worm with Steve. In the end, Joanna & Derek win and do the reverse hump (Derek was horizontal) at the end.

Musical Guest - Whitney Houston - "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" - The key has been lowered to something that Whitney can actually hit, but again she sounds like she's out of breath for no reason. The professionals are out and dancing in full force. I was shocked about the flexibility of Lacey. Whitney's vocal runs were weak and a shell of her former self.

We find out the third place team: Kelly & Louis. They were so far behind in scores that she couldn't win. Kelly thanks America for the opportunity to dance the whole season.

After the commercial break, we find out the champions of season nine: Donny & Kym. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. The Osmond clan runs and fills the floor in cheers. He grabs Marie and cheers in excitement.

How did you think this season ended? Leave comments below.

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Joyce N.

Sorry, but it was OBVIOUS that Whitney lip-synced that first song. Bobby Brown, the drugs and her obvious lack of keeping her vocals in shape all those years have done damage. Saying that, I truly hope that somehow it will come back to her. She's had one of the best voices of our era and I'm rooting for her.

November 25 2009 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Extremely disappointed....but happy for Kim Johnson. Like previous stated, the better dancer came in 2nd place again. Included with Mario L, Mel B. & & Gilles, is the 1st season, John O'Hurley (Mr. Peterman from Seinfeld),who should have won. I've been watching from the beginning and personally, now I prefer the pros over the stars, so I'll keep watching. But can't ABC finally give Edyta a decent dancer so she doesn't get cut so early? They should re-vamp for next season, though, to keep viewer interest, like the addition of the dance competition segment done this season, but they need more. All in all, this season had no real drama & was pretty boring.

November 25 2009 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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What is it with everybody saying Giles should have won last year? Shawn Johnson danced incredibly and had the best freestyle of any season- not just high energy but actual dancing, incredible synchronization, great showmanship, and fabulous lifts and tricks. It was everything that was lacking this season in the freestyle especially for Mya and Kelly. Giles freestyle was a letdown even bigger than Mya's; all he did was look sexy, yes damn sexy, but that's not dancing. Mario Lopez was the biggest travesty of all the seasons. He was clearly the best dancer and had everything- the hips, footwork, musicality, charisma and charm, and sexy, sexy, sexy. Bring on an all star season and bring Mario back.

November 30 2009 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


November 25 2009 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Have you all forgotten that Whitney was liip synching when she sang the National Anthem? She definitely looked healthier last night, singing was sub-par. And, I'm sorry, but the hair in the eyes was distracting.

November 25 2009 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was so happy that Donny won! He worked so hard and danced very well. And his attitude was always great. No whining from him. He accepted low scores, said he deserved them and tried harder the next week. He was my favorite from Day One!

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November 25 2009 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

I am thrilled that Donny won. Kelly did improve much but her lack of grace did her in. Mya is a wonderful dancer but played it safe far too often and really lacked excitement. Donny worked so hard for this and I believe he totally deserved to win. His attitude and work ethic were outstanding.

Joanna and Derek were cheated out of their chance to shine and I agree that Natalie should have stayed longer.

As for Whitney, I can only hope her voice will improve. I truly miss those wonderful vocals. It was sad to hear how unready she is for this comeback.

I think that "All Star" idea is a great one and hope it can happen soon.

November 25 2009 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just have to weigh in regarding Whitney. True, her vocals are no where near what they used to be, and she looked visibly winded while singing both songs. She will never regain the voice she once had - too much damage has been done. In her defense though, the 2nd song she came out with when she was 23 years old - not surprising that it would not sound the same as it did back then. Not a great performance for sure, but like one of the other posters mentioned, she always sings live (at least the parts she does sing) - no lip synching for her.

November 25 2009 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another travesity at DWTS, again the wrong person got the trophy. Donnie dancing ability or should I say disability was horrible the entire contest except for last night. Joanna was robbed, she should have been in the final 3 along with Mya and Kelly. Kelly was the most improved dancer and she has no prior dancing background, so if it was about improvement, she should have won. Since it was about talent, and Joanna did not make it..... then Mya should have Won by a landslide. But I guess since Donnie had the whole state of Utah, his excessively large family members and the Mormons, what chance did the REAL WINNER, Mya have. This is the 3rd time the REAL WINNER did not get the trophy!!! My family and I; as well as other loyal fans of DWTS, will not watch DWTS next season nor any other season. One more thought, I think the actual fan votes should be shown during the actual show like the Telethon shows; that way we the viewers would know for sure WHO REALLY WON!!!! JMO

November 25 2009 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mediocre season at best. Looking forward to a more star-studded cast of celebrities next season. Hopefully Johnathan will get a better partner. Michael, enjoyed your reviews this season. Well done.

November 25 2009 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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