Singer Nicole Scherzinger - hailed as the best celebrity dancer ever to appear on “Dancing With the Stars” - finally won the mirror ball trophy last night after 10 weeks of grueling competition that saw her wow the judges and fans after every performance.
Scherzinger and professional partner Derek Hough screamed and hugged when their names were announced at the end of the 2-hour season finale that featured most of the eliminated contestants back on the dance floor.
Olympic skating champ Evan Lysacek and his partner Anna Trebunskaya finished in second place, while ESPN correspondent Erin Andrews and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy placed third.
Someone will be holding the mirror ball trophy on “Dancing With the Stars” tonight, but will it be ESPN correspondent Erin Andrews, Olympic skating champ Evan Lysacek or singer Nicole Scherzinger?
Whoever the winner is, he or she will be exhausted by the time the season finale ends. The couples have to perform four dance routines spread over two nights before one of them will be declared the champ.
Last night, each of the couples danced a “redemption dance” (one that the judges felt they should have excelled in but didn’t when they first danced it earlier in the season) and a freestyle routine, in which there are no rules and anything goes.
Skating champ Evan Lysacek was perfection last night on “Dancing With the Stars.” Literally.
A week after suffering a concussion and receiving his first disappointing scores, Lysacek came back big with a stunning Argentine tango that had all three judges flashing their “10” paddles.
Hair slicked back and dressed in an elegant suit with a bow tie, Lysacek seemed to be born to dance the tango, offering some real competition for singer Nicole Scherzinger, who has been dominating the show for most of the season. “You danced like a true alpha male,” said judge Bruno Tonioli after Lysacek’s performance prompted a long standing ovation from the audience. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called the routine refined and sexy.
Scherzinger’s waltz also drew lots of compliments. In fact, all of the couples did so well last night that it’s hard to pick someone who should go home tonight.
ESPN correspondent Erin Andrews’ fun quickstep with professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy was described as “brilliant” by the judges, though the performance was almost overshadowed by the couple’s bright salmon-colored costumes that were revealed during the routine.
Football star Chad Ochocinco, dressed in gauzy white, performed a romantic Viennese waltz that prompted judge Len Goodman to remark that this was the night Ochocinco became a contender for the mirror ball trophy.
Actress Pamela Anderson’s pretty waltz was described by Tonioli as the “pure essence of romance,” while comedienne Niecy Nash’s fun quickstep was called her best dance so far.
Then it was on to the “Cha Cha Challenge,” in which the celebrity contestants were split into “Team Gaga” and “Team Madonna” and danced as groups to hits made famous by the two women: “Telephone” and “Holiday.” Both were fun to watch, though what’s the obsession with some of the stars trying to do splits? Anderson’s seemed painful.
Who do you think should go tonight?
Poor Evan Lysacek. The Olympic skating champ who has been doing so well on “Dancing With the Stars” not only suffered a mild concussion during rehearsals for last night’s show, but also received his first bad reviews from the judges.
Lysacek performed the samba with his professional partner Anna Trebunskaya - a performance that seemed really terrific and showed off his great posture and dancing skills. But judge Bruno Tonioli summed it up this way: “It was pretty to look at, but it wasn’t correct for this dance.” Judge Len Goodman called it Lysacek’s worst dance so far and pronounced it “too balletic.”
Lysacek seemed to take it all in stride, perhaps still recovering from the concussion he suffered while Trebunskaya flipped him over her back as they were rehearsing for the swing dance marathon, prompting him to land straight on his head... a moment the producers showed over and over again. FULL POST
Kate Gosselin, one of the most talked-about contestants in the history of “Dancing With the Stars," was kicked off the show Tuesday night after weeks of drama and not-so-great performances that riled up fans.
Say what you will about Gosselin’s dancing - which often looked more like walking and which the judges described as “catatonic,” “odd” and “hard to watch” at various points of the competition - she boosted the show’s ratings and kept trying despite overwhelming criticism.
In a departure from previous results shows, when producers kept Gosselin’s fate in limbo until the very end of the hour, she and professional partner Tony Dovolani were declared to be in the “bottom two” in the first few minutes. FULL POST
If you happened to tune in late to “Dancing With the Stars” last night, you may have seen Jake Pavelka, a.k.a “The Bachelor,” in his underwear, frantically trying to put on his pants in the middle of the ballroom. No, it wasn’t a horrible wardrobe malfunction.
Welcome to the “movie night” edition of the show, where the contestants danced to music from films and tried to channel big screen characters - thus Pavelka’s unfortunate attempt to mimic Tom Cruise in “Risky Business.” He did finish his cha-cha fully clothed and actually received compliments from the judges, but it will be hard to forget his, um, brief moment in the spotlight.
It will be easy to forget Kate Gosselin’s performance, on the other hand. She danced a lackluster Foxtrot to the theme music from “The Breakfast Club,” yawning in the rehearsal footage (but no tears!), and looking like she might need an energy boost for the main event as well. Her costume – a flowing pink dress - really didn’t help things since it didn’t evoke anything from the movie, and once again she seemed to be walking through the routine. FULL POST
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