On the 'DWTS' Scene: Who Will Triumph in the 'Dancing With the Stars' Finale'?
by Michael Maloney, posted Nov 23rd 2010 10:10AM
They still have a few more dances to complete before the season 11 mirrorball trophy is handed out on 'Dancing With the Stars,' but the three finalist pairs have performed their highly anticipated freestyle routines.
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough paid homage in their freestyle to a song ('Do You Love Me?') from 'Dirty Dancing,' the classic film from 1987 which Grey starred in opposite the late Patrick Swayze.
Teen activist Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas danced to a tune ('Cell Block Tango') from 'Chicago,' while Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer did a hip hop-inspired freestyle to the '69 Boyz' song 'Tootsee Roll.'
Grey and Hough's 'Dirty Dancing' gamble paid off; the couple earned a perfect score of 60 (read our final performance recap for full details). However, scores don't mean everything (or sometimes anything) as the low-scoring Palin, who's still in the competition, has proved.
Why does the teen activist think she deserves to win, despite her low scores all season? "Because we've been working our butts off!" she told TV Squad on the post-show press line.
Ballas remained more philosophical. "Everyone deserves to win," he said . "We'll all be supportive of the couple who takes it home."
The couple focused on their final dances -- not the media attention that's surrounded their being in the finals. When TV Squad told Palin that 'View' hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg had a bet whether or not she'd win, Palin responded, "Joy is betting that [I'll win]? Great! I wasn't aware of that."
Before their performance, he showed Palin a clip from the film 'Chicago' on YouTube to prepare for the routine. "I think if we'd come out and done a hip-hop dance, it might not have gone well," Ballas said. "We've worked on bringing out Bristol's personality. I thought it'd be cool to do something [that would include] the tango and paso doble, which have been our strongest dances."
On the other side of the leaderboard, Grey and Hough were pleased with their perfect score. "I couldn't be happier with how our dances went, our scores and the judges' comments," Grey told TV Squad.
"Tonight, we did everything we possibly could," Hough said. "That's all I wanted. The rest is whatever happens happens."
Going into the final results show with a perfect score and legions of fans who love her from 'Dirty Dancing' might give Grey the edge, but the actress said she doesn't like to imagine winning.
"It's bad Juju to think about that," Grey cautioned.
While Palin might seem unstoppable and Grey has had the best scores, that mirrorball trophy could go to underdog Massey.
"This whole season we've had a blast," Schwimmer says. "Kyle and I have had no fights, no injuries, no drama. Kyle makes fun of me if I try to get too serious."
"The relationship that Lacey and I have established [during the course of this show] can take years to get going," Massey said. "We're not worried."
"We have a one in three shot of winning," Schwimmer said.
And if they do win, how will they celebrate their achievement? "It's so cliche," Massey said, "but we're going to Disneyland."
"It's been such a fun journey," Schwimmer added. "I'm sad it's ending. I won't miss all the rehearsals, but I'll miss hanging out with Kyle and performing."
Hough and Ballas each have won the mirrorball trophy twice. "It's time for a lady to take it," Schwimmer said. "One who hasn't won it before!"