In the final one-hour performance show, each of the couples… (Adam Taylor, ABC )
We're at the finale already (didn't this season seem short?). I'll say it right here at the top of the episode — unless William falls repeatedly on his keister, requiring the judges to give him 5's across the board, there's no way he's not winning this thing. That being said, I'd be OK with any of the three finalists winning, even though I'm personally Team Driver.
Tonight's show will have each couple dancing two dances:
1. Judge's pick, which are new routines danced to new music, but in a style the couple has previously danced and in which the judges would like to see them improve.
Tomorrow night, the couples will be doing some sort of third scored dance, details about which we'll learn later.
William Levy & Cheryl Burke
Their judges' pick dance is the cha cha cha and they get Bruno in for the one-on-one critique. Bruno calls William's hip action "sex on legs." Bruno gives him some critique about his posture, actually encouraging him not to stick out his butt. That's about the most professional you'll ever hear Bruno. They're dancing to Pink's "Raise Your Glass," and it sounds really dorky sung by the house band. Len says it was as "good as he's ever seen in 14 seasons." Bruno says the word "cocktail" and you can tell he's really relishing the first syllable. And then he praises the technique. Carrie Ann praises the sharpness and the musicality.
Carrie Ann: 10
Before William and Cheryl received their scores Tom explained that the third finale dance will be the "24 hour dance" - the couples will receive their music after tonight's show and have only the time between now and tomorrow's show to conceive and rehearse their routine.
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas
They're doing the Paso Doble, with Len as their mentor. Len wants to see "big, strong shapes." The last time they danced the Paso Doble was during Rock Week — I hope they get more traditional music tonight. And they do! The Paso Doble is the one dance where I prefer the traditional music. I really like Katherine's technique, in that she hits every pose from the tips of her fingers to the ends of her toes. Bruno says it was full of "lush artistry" and then says her shape "extended beautifully ... almost to infinity" and calls it technically brilliant. Carrie Ann says it was like watching a prima ballerina. Len calls it fabulous.
Carrie Ann: 10
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd
They're redoing the Argentine Tango, which Carrie Ann gave a 10, Len an 8, and Bruno a 9 the first time around. Carrie Ann encourages Peta to put in more technical content, not use any filler. Ooh, I like this song, by Jem, "They." They start with an incredible lift which provides me with this week's photo evidence of why straight men should watch this show. (Tom introduced them by saying "Donald Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd, wearing most of a whole dress.") Have mercy — this was a hot routine danced by two hot people. Carrie Ann said she didn't see more content, but saw a "new crispness." Len felt there was far more content and he liked the intensity and the great lifts, but felt it was a tad "too careful." (Tom says Len is really beginning to annoy him.) Bruno said it was subtle and intimate and told the story effectively and he liked it very, very much.
Carrie Ann: 10