September 14th, 2010
10:18 AM ET
Last night's season (or series) finale of "Bachelor Pad" began with host Chris Harrison bringing the three remaining couples together to announce the "most important competition" of the game - a ballroom dancing showdown.
The couples headed to some random dance studio, where they were paired with a pro from "Dancing with the Stars" to learn a dance in less than a day. We watched them practice, practice and practice some more, and realized they won't make it to Carnegie Hall anytime soon.
When it was time for the dance, the couples had to perform before a panel of "celebrity" judges. And by "celebrities," I mean three former "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" stars who also performed on "Dancing with the Stars" - Melissa Rycroft, Jake Pavelka and Trista Sutter. (What, you actually expected real celebrities?)
The first couple to hit the dance floor was Kipytn and Tenley, who performed some kind of foxtrot. They received 26 out of a possible 30 points.
Next up was Kovacs and Elizabeth, who performed a rumba featuring music from what appeared to be the Casio keyboard I got for Christmas 25 years ago. One opposing contestant described the routine as "Bambi on Ice." They got 24 points.
Then came David and Natalie, who performed the cha-cha to something that sounded straight out of "Dance Dance Revolution." The two received 25 points, meaning Tenley and Kiptyn advanced to the finals, and got to choose the couple that would join them. It was like "Big Brother," but with sequins.
Tenley and Kiptyn opted to keep David and Natalie, kicking Kovacs and Elizabeth to the curb. Chris congratulated the two remaining couples by throwing them out of the house.
We moved to some studio in southern California, where Chris and Melissa welcomed back the 15 contestants eliminated this season. The 15 became the show's jury, and they had to decide which couple would advance in the game. Kind of like "Big Brother," only with a larger jury pool.
After Chris caught up with the eliminated contestants (Wes and Gia try to be a couple! Kovacs and Elizabeth opt not to date! Michelle's still angry!), the jury questioned the two remaining couples on game play, strategy and personal beefs. The couples then made one final plea for support before the voting.
After much deliberation, as well as way too much number crunching by Chris, the jury gave David and Natalie the eight votes needed to advance (for some reason, three of the 15 votes were not revealed).
The final game had David and Natalie taken to separate deliberation rooms. They were presented with cards that said "Keep" and "Share." If both players chose "Share" cards, they would split the $250,000 prize. If one player chose "Keep" and the other chose "Share," the one that picked "Keep" would get the $250,000. If both players chose "Keep," they would get squat and the 17 eliminated contestants would split the prize money. If you remember the short-lived GSN quiz "Friend or Foe," it's essentially the same concept.
After a pointless ethics debate by the jury, Dave and Natalie returned to the studio to reveal their decisions. Dave chose "Share," while Natalie hinted that she would go her own way before revealing that she also chose "Share." Both went home with $125,000 each, and we presume that they lived happily ever after.
What do you think of last night's "Bachelor Pad" finale? If the show returns next season, what changes to the game would you like to see?
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