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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 Finale: Who Will Win?

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 22nd 2011 4:20PM
dancing with the stars season 13 finalsWhen Season 13 of 'Dancing With the Stars' premiered, hardly anyone thought Rob Kardashian would make it to Week 4, let alone the finals -- but he did. And perhaps even more surprising? He deserved to.

But just because he's leading the pack heading into tonight's grand finale (Tues., Nov. 22 at 8PM ET), doesn't mean that you should count out J.R. Martinez and Ricki Lake just yet.

Ricki's been Season 13's ringer. She has the performance background, the technique and, from Week 1, she was in it to win it. Did I mention that she's also had the biggest physical transformation?

J.R. was the relative unknown with the heroic background. He's relied on his natural talent and personality to get him through week to week, winning the hearts of millions of Americans. Then there's Rob. Every season has an underdog, and this season, it was Rob. Sure, he may have millions of fans and tons of celebrity support, but he's had to fight for his spot in the finals. Do any of you remember his disastrous Week 1 waltz?

So who will take home the Mirror Ball and become the Season 13 'Dancing With the Stars' champion? Let's discuss ...

When it comes to Twitter support, Kardashian is king.

Say what you want about the Kardashian family, but they do have a lot of Twitter followers -- over 26 million followers combined, to be exact. So it should come as no surprise that Rob Kardashian has it covered in the fan support department, especially with a little help from his super famous sisters rooting for him.

Last night, Kim Kardashian tweeted to her 11 million-plus followers: "Just pulled up to Dancing With The Stars to see @RobKardashian & @CherylBurke! They need your votes tonight! Please vote 800 868 3402."

Meanwhile, Khloe Kardashian tweeted to her 5 million followers, "I am so proud of Rob!!!!!!!! Please vote West coast!!! 800 868 3402."

There's nothing wrong with Rob's famous family showing their support -- that's all part of the game -- but he's got to have the most online support of any 'DWTS' contestant ever. Twitter has exploded with #VOTE4ROB hashtags and overwhelming fan support week after week.

At this point, we all know that 'Dancing With the Stars' is more of a popularity contest than a dancing competition, so will the Kardashians' millions of fans help Rob win the coveted Mirror Ball? Maybe.

Just because J.R. Martinez and Ricki Lake don't have international Twitter campaigns doesn't mean that they haven't built up their own fan bases. Let's face it: Even though the Kardashians have millions of fans, they also have millions of people who want to see them fail. Not to mention that J.R. and Ricki have been fan favorites since Week 1.

Ricki has gotten this far on talent and progress alone, but after her underwhelming freestyle routine, I think that this race for 'Dancing With the Stars' glory is mainly between Rob and J.R. It's not that I don't like Ricki, but finally having to rely on votes the one week she underperformed probably won't help her.

So it's between the Kardashian and the war hero. I think it's pretty obvious, right? As much as Rob has improved -- and as much as the Kardashians have been tweeting for votes -- I just don't think he's going to win this one.

J.R. has inspired millions with his story, given a voice to the often unheard veteran population, faced his own struggles throughout the competition and has triumphed against the odds. In the end, is there anyone that deserves it more? I don't think so.

So who should win? J.R. And who will win? I have to believe that it's J.R. What do you guys think?

Tell us: What are your predictions for tonight's 'Dancing With the Stars' finale? Take our poll below.

Who Should Win Dancing With the Stars?
Ricki Lake4109 (16.9%)
J.R. Martinez15789 (64.8%)
Rob Kardashian4451 (18.3%)



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marianneevans11

I wasn't able to stay up to watch the last half hour of DWTS. My friend text me at 11 pm when JR WON! I slept like a baby all night after that knowing my prayers were answered. JR was the best and he inspires so many with his great personality. I am so happy for him and for Ms. Smirnnoff, her first win! And the beginning of many more!

November 23 2011 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ColorMyWorld2011

I didn't watch a single episode this season. Don't think I missed anything. Hope there will be really 'big stars' next season. I would like to see Goldie Hawn.

November 23 2011 at 1:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

I am happy for JR and Karina!! I was pulling for Derek and Ricki because Derek is my eye candy every week. LOL! I love him! But he has won 3 times and Cheryl's won twice. Karina got SCREWED the season she and Mario Lopez danced in the finals! (no PUN INTENDED!) Ha! Ha! I was happy for her to finally win one tonight and JR was incredible fighting through that ankle injury and he is a Hero and wonderful guy all around!!!

November 23 2011 at 12:21 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Sonja

Please explain to me how Rob Kardashian is a "star". He and his family are a bunch of pathetic cockroaches who just won't go away. Kardashian overload....enough already!

November 23 2011 at 12:08 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jwoolman

Have to admit my druthers were ABAK (anybody but a Kardashian). Rob was in it only to promote the Kardashian empire, pushed by his annoying mother. A young man like him should be busily building his own real (non-show-businessy) career, putting his college education to proper use, not having the time to do DWTS and hang out all the time with his annoying sisters in front of a camera, displaying the purposelessness of his life. Plus Kim K. really did cheat - she tweeted the voting number for Rob as an info line about Justin Bieber at some point. She passed it off as a joke later, I assume when someone pointed out to the clueless KK that this was unethical and would not be well received.

November 22 2011 at 11:48 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
biggbear08

They should end the Kardashian TV shows. They are all "FAKES" This wedding between kim and kris was all a set-up to get ratings. Lets say enough is enough with the whole "KARDASHIAN"

November 22 2011 at 11:45 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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nanrol4

MY GOD TURN OFF THE TV IF YOU DON.T LIKE THEM.

November 23 2011 at 7:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wolhlga

I thought Rob would be out in two or three sessions, talk about two left feet, but he worked hard and did great. But my heart was with JR, not just for insperation but he put his heart and soul in to dance, even with his injury. Those two deserved first and second. Great job guys and your partners.

November 22 2011 at 11:30 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
kappa3

they got it right he was the best dancer

November 22 2011 at 11:20 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
topmind

Dancing with the stars... First, there are no stars in sight. Second, in between almost peaceful commercials, we have screaming people trying to make themselves heard over a crowd that sounds like it is being tortured for state secrets. Third, this program is unbearable.

November 22 2011 at 11:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sugrbaker52

Then don't watch it

November 22 2011 at 11:46 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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nanrol4

AMEN! WHY are people so hateful. If I see something I do not like I change the channel. What can the K family do that would directly affect us?If you hate them so much it is only hurting you not them. People that have no affect on my life mean nothing. I watch tv for entertainment not to hate people. Get a life .For the first poster who said they never watch the show then WHY are you on here commenting?No life?

November 23 2011 at 7:06 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
Hi Jean

Rob, Good job but a hero is a hero. Love you J. R. Kim, get a real life instead of waddling that big buttocks of yours. You are gong to fade out just like Paris Hilton.

November 22 2011 at 11:13 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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