Part one of the two-night ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ season finale offered a handful of unexpected moments.
Final Three Shawn Johnson, Melissa Rycroft and Gilles Marini faced off to the same song (Pink’s “So What”) for a spectacular paso doble that Bruno called “three facets of a jewel and each side was splendid!”
Gilles and Cheryl once again scored three 10’s for their portion of the number. Melissa and Tony held strong with a 29, while Shawn and Mark may have been a bit underscored with their 28.
Watch Highlights of the Finale Performances Here
Then it was on to the fan favorite portion of every season finale: The Freestyle Routines.
This is what can seal the deal for a celebrity…and this is where things got dicey last night. Going into the performance I would have ranked the gang, Gilles #1, Melissa #2, and Shawn #3.
Then just like that everything changed.
And you know what that means, a perfect score for Shawn and Mark’s freestyle. Seeing Giggles looking like a serial killer in a creepy mask, white gloves and black outfits was jarring at first. Then I realized it was awesome.
But the real surprise was that Gilles and Melissa found the worst time to choke. They both failed to impress with their freestyles! They weren’t bad, per se, but after weeks of perfection, they didn’t quite meet expectations.
Melissa and Tony went old school (always ill-advised) to C&C Music Factory’s “Everybody Dance Now” in a number that wasn’t Len’s cup of tea, was low on lifts and a bit “disjointed,” according to Carrie Ann. But at least she loves Melissa’s newfound attitude–is that what attributed to Melissa giving Tony a black eye during practice!?
Meanwhile, Carrie Ann said Gilles’ “Flashdance”-themed routine was “an odd choice.” Bruno said he “wanted more actual dancing from you,” but Len said, “You are a real dancer.”
Because you know, how it is: When Len is up, Carrie Ann and Bruno are down; when they are up, Len is down.
So basically, it is anybody’s disco trophy tonight!
What do the dancers really think about the judges’ outrageous comments? Find out in my exclusive interview with one half of DWTS’ favorite power couple, Karina Smirnoff.
Shawn and Mark: 58
Gilles and Cheryl: 58
Melissa and Tony: 56
Who do you think should win the mirror ball trophy?