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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 11, Episode 19 Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 23rd 2010 5:15AM
Derek and Jennifer Paso on DWTS['Dancing with the Stars' - 'Finale, Night One']

So, the perhaps unlikely trio of Bristol Palin, Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey has made it to the finale of 'Dancing with the Stars'. Night One consisted of a redemption dance of the judges' choosing, and the crowd favorite, Freestyle. Every season, I hope to see something as insane as Marie Osmond's doll routine, but tonight didn't bring anything that original. Lacey's routine looked similar to the one she did with Lance Bass, Derek's looked like his freestyle with Brooke Burke, and Mark's Broadway Freestyle was previously attempted by both Mya and Donny Osmond.

Who was the person that not only gave tickets to Omorosa, but sat her next to Kyle Massey's family? Omorosa should stop sitting in the audience -- she must be convinced that her face in the audience will be enough pressure for the producers to put her on next season. If we needed a reality star, there's a long list of reality contestants who are at least relevant that I would rather have on my television. If the producers wanted a celebrity that wasted their time sitting in the audience, they should ask Jamie Lee Curtis, who's been there supporting Jennifer Grey for weeks.

Round 1 - Redemption Dance

Kyle & Lacey - Foxtrot - Lacey wanted to make sure that the foxtrot didn't have a silly Disco theme, but did have the all the technique that Len would be looking for. Luckily for them, Len showed up and taught Kyle better technique, pointing out his toes and lowering his shoulders. As the music began, Kyle had a maturity that I was happy to see unleashed at the finals. It may not have been entertaining, but it was something the foxtrot needed. The dancing was leagues better than the 'Charlie's Angels' theme and had all the foxtrot elements needed. I loved Lacey's split and death spiral at the end of the routine.

Len understood that the foxtrot was the most demanding ballroom dance, but Kyle improved. Bruno saw improvement in his technique. Carrie Ann agreed about the technique, but said he suffered from not having the entertainment factor he normally did. Score: 27 (9,9,9).

Bristol & Mark - Jive - Bristol was under stress from the media this week, and she pointed that she had the same paso doble score as Brandy. (Hey, if she wants to go down that route, Brandy had a better waltz than Bristol the week before.) Bruno arrived to try injecting character into Bristol's routine, and an ounce of Bruno would have helped. The little nod to the gorilla suit was cheeky. Bristol actually had facial expressions this week. The dancing wasn't as bouncy as I would love a jive to be, but she got into character really well. Now, if only Mark could drop his Michael Jackson obsession. ... I thought the jumps and tricks were an interesting way of trying to get the jive spirit, but I wished it was used throughout the routine instead.

Bruno actually thought she showed a fun factor and everyone enjoyed it. Carrie Ann loved how it was brighter and vibrant, but she did criticize Britol's toes. Len thought she was a thriller and it was a vast improvement. Score: 27 (9,9,9).

Jennifer & Derek
- Paso Doble - The last time the couple danced the paso doble, their paso was out of control. Carrie Ann arrived and pointed out that since Jennifer was petite, she needed to round her shapes to create size and drama. This was probably the first time that Carrie Ann actually made sense and gave real technique criticisms that were understandable (instead of just screaming "Uh-Maze-Ing"). I loved that the couple got a classic song that fit the spirit of paso doble better than Pink's 'So What,' and they captured the moment beautifully. Jennifer had control and flow in her movement. Her kicks were wonderful and she looked like a professional, keeping up with Derek at every step.

Carrie Ann thought the dance was the definition of redemption. Len loved the mix of expression and aggression; he got up and applauded her. Bruno came up with some random story of passion, but I'm sure he said that he loved the performance. Score: 30 (10,10,10).


Mark and Bristol's Freestyle on DWTSRound 2 - Freestyle Round

Kyle & Lacey - Kyle picked the "Tootsie Roll" because it's his favorite, while Lacey decided to work up his entertainment value. Lacey wanted to attempt a lift into a flip and Kyle was unsure; it looked in the end like most of Lacey's suggestions didn't make it. Kyle started on the judges' desk to the delight of Carrie Ann. They followed the instructions of the song at first, but started to diverge after the commands to dip. Surprisingly, Kyle kept up with the tempo and Lacey, even though he was winded during the interview with Brook. He did The Worm, which -- remember Steve Wozniak's version in Season 8? -- may just be the kiss of death. Lacey was smart because she slipped in segments of actual couples' dancing steps, guaranteeing that Len would at least give them a seven.

Len joked about loving the song, but he felt the confidence and loved the entertainment. Bruno thought it was explosive entertainment. Carrie Ann loved it and called him "The Fresh Prince of the Dance Floor." Score: 29 (10,9,10).

Bristol & Mark - Mark picked 'Cell Block Tango' from 'Chicago' and Bristol didn't understand it. She felt defeated because she thought the routine would be disastrous since she knew nothing about Broadway. Bristol started in a cell and did some sexy movements, and then she returned to that blank face. Mark was smart, because for most of the routine he placed Bristol in either a hold or with a prop. I thought the one lift they did looked like Mark was lifting and dragging a ham. The rope work was very intricate and interesting to watch as they got in and out of entanglement.

Bruno gave credit for aiming high, but it wasn't at the level of the song. Carrie Ann was happy about Bristol breaking out of her shell, but she didn't live up to the Bob Fosse style. Len looked at the dance as a performance, and he thought it was fantastic. Score: 25 (8,9,8).

Jennifer & Derek - Jennifer was worried about tricks and flips because of her neck, but Derek wanted to make sure that she was comfortable so he slowly got her to try out different tricks. We basically knew that Jennifer was going to pick something from 'Dirty Dancing' from week one. Derek must be really lazy in his styling because Jennifer's outfit looked like a skirted version of Brooke's freestyle outfit. The two peformed a routine that had both a laugh-factor and daring moments as Jennifer and Derek danced on the judges' table. Derek's final lift was a great choice because it looked dynamic, but all of the pressure was on Jennifer's arms.

After Jennifer kissed her family, Carrie Ann thought it was perfect and amazing. Len loved the consistency and called her a juggernaut. Bruno loved the dancing and versatility; he thought both dances were brilliant. Score: 30 (10,10,10)

Judges Scores - Night One

Jennifer & Derek - 60 (30 + 30): 35.71%
Kyle & Lacey - 56 (27 + 29): 33.33%
Bristol & Mark - 52 (27 + 25): 30.95%

It seemed as though the judges were trying their hardest to give Jennifer as much of a cushion on their half to balance out the viewer's votes. Bristol's scores were on the high side, but were in proportion to how they scored Kyle. Although Kyle has the entertainment factor, it's going to be between Jennifer and Bristol.

Who do you think will win? Leave your comments below.

'Dancing With the Stars' airs Mondays, 8PM ET on ABC. Results show airs Tuesdays, 9PM ET on ABC.

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Miss stein

I think the show was very fair, after all Jennifer Grey is a professional dancer and Eric has won 3 times before,take it down to another step,- Kyel has had some experience in dancing also, now if Bristol was never Bristol & someother person and had never danced before ,I would give her a trophy for the most improved Dancer of all time,-in such a short time. I think they all did well.
Is this fair,to compete with pro's? not so.

November 24 2010 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kelly

bristol has no natural rythem or grace. it just isn't there for her.but i think they are going to let her win. and she'll think she's a hot talent. then maybe there will be a tea party for her.

November 23 2010 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ginger

When the playing field starts even, the scores will make sense. These dancers aren't starting with the same experience, rhythm, ability, talent, whatever you call it. It's like penalizing the talented contestants for being talented. Watch Jeopardy. The cream rises to the top and is rewarded. Here, the cream rises and gets voted off. Everylthing about the system here sucks. It's happened before and it will happen again unless the playing field is even when the season starts. BTW, what's wrong with the best dancer winning?

November 23 2010 at 10:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

You don't have to be a professional dancer to see that Bristol isn't very good. We are voters same as you, we just prefer to vote for someone who's actually good at dancing.

November 23 2010 at 8:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Johnnyonegirl

Jennifer has to win..Palin isn't a dancer by no means. Shes come a long ways but not for the biggy

November 23 2010 at 8:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mitch

I was one of the only people who vowed not to watch this show until Palin was voted off and stuck to my guns. Not only do I believe ABC rigged the votes to gain interest but the judges were definitely instructed to give her much higher marks than she deserved. Lets hope next year they can actually bring in stars and then just vote on how well they do but then that would not be reality would it?

November 23 2010 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David E.

If Bristol Palin wins that show has no credibility and they have no RESPECT for the viewers.

November 23 2010 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patrick

It amazes me, the amount of Professional Dancers that comment on TV Squads web site. All these comments about such and such being much better, and this one was stiff or that one didn't kick high enough. Obviously, this freakin' web site is Tops when it comes to Dance Professionals who have granted us their wisdom and scoring prowness. Gosh, stupid me... I just like to see the couples twirl around and stuff. It's a shame my 5 votes counted for Bristol, just the same as your 5 votes counted for (your favortie dancer not named Palin here). And I could swear some of these commenters are the same ones that said they'd never watch the show again, the last time! Keep it classy, Palin Haters!

November 23 2010 at 1:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
virginiaanderson

Bye,bye, Jen and friends.

November 23 2010 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jean

I have to say, I always loved this show and often agreed with the results, but the way this one is headed, I may not be a fan anymore. If Bristol beats Jennifer. I am officially DONE !!!!!!!!

November 23 2010 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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