Anywho, it was the Finale (Part I) of a season that has been exciting due to the lack of ringers. Barring the "Winner Takes All" gimmick from two weeks ago, designed to keep some of the most skilled dancers in the competition as opposed to less skilled crowd favorites, everything went swimmingly.
And speaking of the "Winner Takes All" little gimmick (which from now on we shall call the "Bristol Palin Rule"), while I understand the concern of the judges that sometimes the best dancers get voted off in favor of the aforementioned crowd favorites, and while Bristol drove me nuts and I mourned losing Macks and Brandy, I am cool with the fact that if that's what people want to see, that's exactly what the show should give them.
DWTS is more than a dancing competition. It's a popularity contest and it's up to the contestants to charm the audience and work for those votes. So if in this season people wanted Kirstie, Hines and Ralph in the finals, they should have gotten Kirstie, Hines and Ralph.
Then again, it's only a tv show and Chelsea and Mark gave some very good performances.
Having said that, let's move on to our review of the night, shall we?
Every couple did two dances. The first one was Judges' Choice, and the second the much anticipated Freestyle. As we all know, whoever wins the Freestyle, wins the competition.
I know who won my vote last night. Let's see what happens tonight.
Chelsea and Mark:
It was a good, fun dance, but nowhere near the hip-hop freestyle that won the mirrorball tropy to Julianne Hough and Apolo Ohno; or even Kyle Massey and Lacey's runner up Tootsie Roll Freestyle from last season. If you're going to do hip-hop, you need to take those into account and top them. Just sayin'.
But it was a really cool dance and it earned them tree 10's. I am sure that a lot of people enjoyed it a lot. As a matter of fact, I did too and I do hope that they use it as an encore tonight so that we can watch it as originally intended and without any wardrobe malfunctions.
Kirstie and Maks:
Hines and Kym:
So, who do you think will win the Mirrorball Trophy? The young guns, Mark and Chelsea? Fan faves Kirstie and Maks? Or the awesome Hines and Kym?
Tune in tonight to find out. In the meantime, you can kill some productivity by clicking on this totally pointless survey.
So who are you rooting for to win this season of DWTS?
Kirstie and Maks
Chelsea and Mark
Hines and Kym