The Final Results on 'Dancing with the Stars'
How painful will the next two hours be? Will The Guttes dance his encore with Anna or Jonathan? Let the filler-fest begin!
Viewing the recap of Monday night's show, I really do appreciate how well the finalists did. All three brought great characters to their freestyles and they all did the best they could do. It would be interesting if Jason and Cristian were on a season without someone as dominant as Kristi.
Filler #2 is a pre-taped segment that has past season celebs weighing in on who they think will win including
Afterwards, we learn who came in third place -- it's Cristian & Cheryl. Interesting, but I can totally see why. Jason's never been in the Bottom Two that we know of and it's possible that Cheryl's having already won twice may have hurt Cristian a little more than help. So, they get a 40-minute farewell tape (with an inset of the two sadly watching, Cheryl tearing up) and one last dance -- their Paso Doble.
More filler with a video montage of the season (in chunks of two or three weeks at a time) before the reintroduction of each of this season's stars in elimination order.
After the break, we get a recap of the Junior Champion segment from last week before Samantha announces the winners -- Brandon & Britney. Brandon mentioned he'd want to be paired up with a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader in the clip, so he's doubly happy when the trophy is brought out by three of said cheerleaders. Tom Bergeron, in reaction to his reaction, states, "That's right ... someone just grew up a little more today."
Back to the montages and encore performances.
Oh goodie, more filler! It's a tongue-in-cheek salute to Cristian and Jason's "bro-mance" to the tune of "Just The Two of Us" and full of fuzzy lighting. Tom tells Cristian that originally they were going to wait to show that at the wrap party but they couldn't help themselves.
Well, all that killed about an hour.
Even more filler! It's a "Jason vs. Kristi" examination segment. The best part of it was the two of them "staring each other down." It was like Frodo standing next to Aragorn.
Usher returns with an odd, jazzy version of his single "Yeah." Karina is dancing with Usher. Also dancing is Derek, Julianne or Kym (couldn't tell which one as there was no clear shot of her face), Cheryl, and "So You Think You Can Dance" alum Artem. There was also a lot of tap dancing a la the legendary Nicholas Brothers, which was very cool. It was enjoyable -- I liked it way better then the first number, though I expected there to be more partner work with Usher.
Now, the final scored performances of our potential champions.
Kristi & Mark
Dance/Song: Jive - "Rip It Up" by
During their "Journey Package," we see how out of sorts Kristi was in her first rehearsal with Mark. She also says that she's hooked on dancing now. It's a little risky to do a dance that's already received a perfect score, but I think she had so much fun the first time through, she wanted to do it again. Kristi's heel got caught in her skirt momentarily but she recovered well. It was full of energy and both Kristi and Mark looked like they were having a blast. Afterwards, she gets a little choked up during the interview with Samantha.
Judges: They were totally complimentary, as you'd expect.
Score: 30 (10-10-10) - I think this is the first perfect total score for a finalist
2. Jason & Edyta
Dance/Song: Quickstep - "The Dirty Boogie" by The
Jason says Edyta is the best coach he's ever had, adding that it may be because she's the best looking out of them all. He talks about how he was afraid of dancing but he thinks he's finally conquered it. Much like the first time they performed this number, Jason threw the judges' papers in the air and then picked them up after they finished. It was their best routine overall the first time and it had an extra touch of fun this time through.
Judges: They all showed the love with Len adding that Jason is "the people's champion." Thank you for that because that makes images of Dwayne Johnson pop in my head.
Score: 30 (10-10-10)
To kill a little more time, Tom talks to Priscilla, Mario and Shannon. Shannon's been tearing up and says she's terrible at weddings. Marlee fake cries to mess with her. Yet another reason to love Marlee Matlin.
A brief aside: a commercial for the
And, after more filler than in the world's largest Twinkie, our winner is...
Kristi & Mark! YAY!