Usually, in these finales all of the eliminated contestants make an appearance and do a little dance just to add to the show. This year, they made it a point of presenting them one by one with some memorable segments of the time in which they were in the show.
Moreover, usually eliminated contestants are not very good dancers and it shows. Not this season. With very few exceptions (Psycho Mike for instance), the contestants did even better than when they were in the show. And those who did not, (Psycho Mike!) were so much fun that their bad dancing not only did not matter but added to the fun.
Psycho Mike was a riot in his cammo unitard and pink leggings "auditioning" for the DWTS Troop. Kendra lit up the dancing floor with her awesome salsa, surrounded by a troop of male dancers. Chris Jericho had me in stitches with his Bruno Tognioli impersonation. Sugar Ray still could not dance, but he and Ana Trebunskaya were still adorable. Ralph was back with Karina doing their prohibition era dance, and they rocked it. Romeo and Chelsie shone like no one else, along with a choir of kids (because he does everything for the kids!). Petra and Dmitry looked as angelical as ever. And thankfully, Wendy Williams did not dance, but interviewed herself (seriously).
Oh, and Sex-on-a-Stick Maks became of a cop (with a nighstick), while three of the girls danced around him and removed his shirt. That alone was worth the price of admission.
And so on and so forth...
In the end, the finalists did their last competitive dances. Mark and Chelsea reprised their Harry Potter Viennese Waltz. It was just as much fun now as it was then, with Mark giving a little bit more room for Chelsea to shine (although it was still pretty much the Mark Ballas show).
Kirstie and Maks did the Cha Cha they had done in their first show. Needless to say, Kirstie had shed something like 60 lbs and the costuming department had to chop tons of fabric from the dress so it would fit her again. She looked amazing and their dance was flawless.
Hines and Kim opted for bringing back their samba. They were terrific and brought the house down.
Needless to say, everyone got straight tens.
In the end, I was surprised to see Mark and Chelsea in third place. With all the 10's that they had gotten the night before, they still could not manage to climb higher than that. Behold the power of the voting public.
Kirstie and Maks ended up as runner ups, while Kym and Hines won the Mirrorball Trophy.
Am I satisfied with the outcome? Absolutely. I would have been fine with Kirstie and Maks winning too. They also worked their butts off, and the fans (including yours truly) loved them. In fact, if we take into account the huge disadvantage that they had with the lower scores of the night before, and the fact that they still managed to knock off Mark and Chelsea off the second place, I am convinced that with a point or two more they would have won the competition.
But that's how the cookie crumbles.
And in the end, there can be only one.
With that said, boys and girls, I leave you with a lovely picture of Kym and Hines receiving the Mirrorball Trophy from the inimitable Tom Bergeron.
So t-t-t-t-t-hat's all f-f-f-f-folks. Be good, keep your dancing shoes shining, and we'll see you when the fringe fairies bring us together again!