May 25th, 2010
11:03 AM ET

TV recap: 'Demented' and 'dazzling' on 'Dancing'

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.

So let’s talk about the freestyle routines, which are the most fun and can often make or break a couple’s chances of winning the whole competition.

Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy took a risk by choosing a routine that portrayed a turbulent romantic relationship and involved two pretty big props – a couch and a bed. This was a weird choice and I sometimes felt as if I were looking at an IKEA showroom with two people thrashing about on the furniture. They rolled on the bed, did lots of complicated lifts and pouted at each other. The routine was very passionate and technically difficult, but was it a great freestyle? I’m not sure.

“It was a mix of emotion and commotion,” said judge Len Goodman, adding that he “didn’t love it.” Judge Carrie Ann Inaba, on the other hand, was impressed.

Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya also seemed to miss with their freestyle, going for a high-spirited, somewhat manic routine set to the music from “Footloose.” Lysacek looked like he was going to burst with energy, bouncing all over the dance floor and beaming a high-voltage smile, but he does so much better as an elegant, passionate dancer, not a goofy, bouncy one. Nothing about the dance really stood out – it was more of a mish-mash of styles and it prompted lots of negative comments from the judges. “You looked like you were bitten by a tarantula,” said judge Bruno Tonioli, calling the routine “demented.” (Ouch.) Inaba proclaimed the dance odd, while Goodman said it was not what he wanted to see.

Finally, Scherzinger and Derek Hough took over the dance floor and they wowed the crowd with a fun routine set to Elvis Presley’s “A Little Less Conversation.” Dressed in sparkly black suits and lime green shoes, they bounced, twirled and jumped around so much that they were barely breathing by the end of the dance. (The dark suits came off, by the way, to reveal more of the lime theme.) They had a bit of a slip on the last lift, which probably kept them from getting a set of perfect scores. “That’s the freestyle we’ve been waiting for,” Inaba said. Goodman also praised the routine’s “dazzling creativity.”

The couples will dance two more times during tonight’s season finale before the mirror ball trophy is given out. Unless there’s an upset, it seems Scherzinger is on her way to a triumphant, well-deserved finish.

Who do you think will win?

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  1. KylieKoyote

    I was out so I had to watch the show today on Hulu – so I couldn't vote. The trophy belongs to Nicole for sure. She has been spectacular from the start – hardly any misses – absolutely dazzles on the floor. She and Derek are perfect together. I think second place should go to Erin and third place to Evan.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. supersonicBLASTman

    Listen – I've never watched one moment of the show on TV – I've seen snipits of the show from when Ochocinco himself was on. Does this devalue my opinion by not watching the show? I hope not. In any case, Nicole will win, Evan will be second, and Erin...poor Erin...(hey, what a year she's had, eh?) will be third. At least her fan base will appreciate her more by seeing her make the top three. Besides, her appeal has always been with her clothes on. Always has, always will. Good luck and see you on the sidelines.

    May 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. COurtney


    May 25, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. denon

    nicole was the best the first night and every night since hope she wins,erin does not even come close to nicole!!

    May 25, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lauratj


    May 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Victor

    Nicole all the way. She already had dancing experience and she's killed every dance so far.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    I loved last night's show. Nicole was awesome and I hope she wins! I was really bummed about that lift at the end of her Rumba. Derek was a little premature in lifting her...the music was still going. And I was equally bummed about the slip on the last lift of the freestyle. Without those she probably would have had a perfect 30 for both dances. I loved Erin's Samba, but not sure about her freestyle. Evan's Viennese Waltz was really good, too. They are all fun to watch, but I voted for Nicole.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |

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