November 23rd, 2010
11:04 PM ET
.... "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey! Here's a recap of how tonight's show went down:
The 11th season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" began with a dance routine featuring all but two of this season's competitors - Michael Bolton had a concert in London, while Audrina Patridge came down with a mystery illness.
After a quick run-through of what happened on last night's show, host Tom Bergeron brought out Jennifer Grey, who admitted that she ruptured a disc Monday night, but would try to complete the finale's two required dances.
The first round of dancing involved the favorite ballroom dance of the competitors, with the three judges deciding who's best on a 10-9-8 scoring system. Kyle Massey delivered a fiery tango that drove the crowd into a frenzy and pleased the panel. Bristol Palin also went the tango route, once again channeling her inner air guitarist to the delight of the audience. Len Goodman noted that while Kyle had the "wow," Bristol had the "how." Is that a compliment or an enigma wrapped in a riddle?
Jennifer then attempted a waltz, bad disc and all. She appeared to hold her own, despite a possible stumble midway through her routine. Nevertheless, the dance made "Activia Woman" happy, and that's what counts. In the end, the judges gave Jennifer perfect 10s. Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli each gave Kyle 9s, while Len awarded Bristol a 9.
The final dance was a cha-cha performed to the Pink tune, "Raise Your Glass." Kyle danced first, followed by Jennifer and Bristol.
But before the cha-cha, it was time for a song-and-dance by German pop legend David Hasselhoff, who sounded quite tone deaf behind the mike. Germans may know beer, but pop music? Not so much.
Kurt Warner and Rick Fox then faced off in a routine set to Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger." (Did anyone else think Kurt's shirt looked like something he bought at a "Mork and Mindy" estate sale?) Margaret Cho and Florence Henderson came out to boogie to "Copacabana."
Then we had a "Situation" on stage, as Mike Sorrentino basically walked around and flirted with three female dancers. In the audience, Mary Hart was impressed, at least. Brandy, who some thought would skip the finale after last week's surprise elimination, showed up to perform a quickstep to the "Friends" theme.
Now we get to the final dances of the season or, in Len's words, "the brawl for the Mirrorball." First up was Kyle, who got the crowd going with a high-energy cha-cha. Jennifer came out, showing no issue with the ruptured disc she talked about earlier. Bristol was the last competitor out, and she appeared to hold her own as well. But what did the judges think of these dueling cha-chas?
Bruno called Jennifer's dance "perfection," adding that Bristol "saved the best for last." And according to Carrie Ann: Kyle is joy, Bristol is hope and Jennifer is perseverance. "Dancing with the Stars" is not just a show, it's one big motivational speech. In the end, Kyle and Jennifer each got 28 points, both getting 10s from Bruno, while Bristol earned 27 points.
It's now time to pick a winner and runners-up: First up, was the third-place finisher, Bristol Palin. Bristol said she was grateful for the experience, and Tom Bergeron saluted her for making it so far in the competition. Meanwhile, America searches for something new to get frustrated about.
Finally, we have a winner, and it's Jennifer Grey, who seemingly took control of the competition in the final weeks and never looked back. And for professional dancer Derek Hough, it's his third victory on the show, previously taking Nicole Scherzinger and Brooke Burke to the Mirrorball Trophy.
What did you think of the "Dancing with the Stars" finale? Did the right competitor win?
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