May 22nd, 2012
09:35 AM ET

Down to the wire on 'Dancing with the Stars'

It's "Finals Week" on "Dancing with the Stars," which means only one thing - the show won't be coming back until at least September.

The three remaining teams will perform three dances over the course of two nights: the "judge's choice" and freestyle routines that were featured on Monday's show, and a third dance that will take place tonight.

William Levy was first up, and judge Bruno Tonioli wanted to see a cha-cha. And a cha-cha Bruno got as William and pro partner Cheryl Burke performed a high-energy routine that delighted the crowd. To the ladies in the audience, William can do no wrong. But what'd the judges think?

Len Goodman said William's cha-cha was one of the best he's seen in 14 seasons (not sure if he can remember the first 12), while Bruno called the dance "intoxicating." Carrie Ann Inaba said William brought the magic and sophistication to the dance floor.

William Levy: 30/30

Katherine Jenkins was next, looking to bounce back after last week's salsa misstep. Len wanted to see Katherine try her hand again at the paso doble, as her attempt at the dance during "Rock Week" failed to impress the judges.

Monday's paso was much more stylish and classical than the aggressive routine Katherine and pro partner Mark Ballas performed during "Rock Week." It looks like Katherine may have conquered her weakest dance.

Bruno thought the routine was artistically and technically brilliant, while Carrie Ann said Katherine moved like a prima ballerina. Len compared the dance to a "buffet of Spanish tapas," meaning he either liked it or forgot to eat before the show.

Katherine Jenkins: 30/30

We're now up to football star Donald Driver, who's been challenged by Carrie Ann to perform an Argentine tango. The last time Donald did a tango on the show, he got a "10" from Carrie Ann but only an "8" from Len. Can the receiver get "perfect harmony" the second time around?

Donald's dance with Peta "Heavens To" Murgatroyd showed slightly more aggression than his last tango, with Donald demonstrating strong lifting abilities. There was also just enough sensuality to get the crowd and judges going.

Carrie Ann said she loved the routine, noting the crispness of his moves, while Bruno enjoyed the storytelling. As for Len, he loved the intensity of the dance, but thought it was too "careful." That garnered plenty of catcalls from the crowd.

Donald Driver: 29/30 (Carrie Ann Inaba 10, Len Goodman 9, Bruno Tonioli 10)

Then it was freestyle time, meaning anything and everything goes on the dance floor.

Cheryl promised a freestyle routine with William that would feature plenty of  lifts, and I'm actually a bit disappointed with their direction. I was hoping William would listen to my proposal from the first week and just stand around while Cheryl did all the dirty work. He'd still win over the fans regardless.

The dance was on, with William lifting and tossing Cheryl around like yesterday's garbage to maximum effect. Add to that plenty of hip action and you had a routine that wowed everybody. Well, almost everybody.

Len said he liked the dance, but thought it was too predictable, noting there was too much, uh, "butt wiggling." I'm thinking Len wishes he were 50 years younger right now. Bruno said the routine was "sinful, but ever so good," while Carrie Ann spent most of her time either doing "the robot" or arguing with Len, who may need to take a nap. Host Tom Bergeron openly wondered if Len suffered from "bum envy."

William Levy: 29/30 (Inaba 10, Goodman 9, Tonioli 10); 59/60 overall

Katherine's freestyle began with her taking the microphone and humming a few notes. I'm surprised she didn't try that weeks ago. That was followed by a high energy routine that combined several swing styles.

Bruno said the freestyle was on the money, while Carrie Ann called it the "dance of a champion."  Len said Katherine's routine was a "proper" freestyle.  Guess Len knows his "bum" limit.

Katherine Jenkins: 30/30; 60/60 overall

Donald pledged to "bring out all the tricks" with his country-tinged freestyle. He even brought out Cowboy Troy, the "hick-hop" rapper whose 15 minutes of fame came and went a few years ago, to perform his signature song.

Donald and Peta's dance was different, yet exciting, and the two deserve credit for dressing in Green Bay Packers colors for the routine. Donald also went very lift-crazy with Peta near the end of the routine, which pleased many.

Carrie Ann, who stood on the judges' table after the dance, said this was her favorite routine of the season. So it was better than the previous "dance of a champion"?  Len said Donald took a risk, and it paid off.

Donald Driver: 30/30; 59/60 overall

Tonight, we'll see the third and final dance, and a winner will be crowned.

What did you think of last night's "Dancing with the Stars" episode, and who do you think will win it all tonight? And don't forget to watch the above video to hear what the three remaining teams had to say about their routines!


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    June 2, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. ron evans

    Katherine got robbed. She has been the best dancer all season by far. The only reason Donald won was all the Packer fans. Shows that show has become a popularity contest, not who is the best dancer.

    May 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brenda

    William should have won, I will never watch this show again the only reason I watched it was because of William.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Glenda Barber

    Of course DWTS is a popularity contest. I thought Donald, Katherine and Maria were all great dancers but being a true Packer fan I had no choice but to vote for Donald. I wouldn't have watched the show at all if he wasn't on it. Unlike American Idol, where the singers actually become recording stars, none of these contestants will actually make their living dancing professionally. They all won . . . they got the exposure they were looking for.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. mars

    Catherine should win, best in dance.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jujubeans

    Carrie Ann is still HOT!

    May 22, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Leon David Peris

    Len is really very talented.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Anne Geraldine Urkowitz

    len Goodman Rocks.

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    I might enter next season.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. 1st!

    :)

    May 22, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |

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