NOTE: Robin Garrett, was chosen as the special WFAA.com "Dancing with the Stars - All Stars" Super Blogger (via a special WFAA/ABC contest) to document the Fall 2012 DWTS season.
I was as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs but after much anticipation the eagle has finally landed! It's all over but the crying for two of the three couples that advanced to the Dancing With the Stars All Star Season finals. Last week's semi-finals round left me disappointed to see the teams of Apolo & Karina and Emmitt & Cheryl eliminated but let's face it…all of the couples were pretty darn good and somebody had to go. The consensus of the judges points combined with the fan votes with regards to the "Stars" half of each couple seemed to say, "Girls rule and boys drool!" because all three of the finalists were female stars. That was another DWTS "first" this season can add to the list as Melissa Rycroft, Shawn Johnson, and Kelly Monaco along with their pro dancer partners were the last of the Mohicans to compete for the much sought after Mirror Ball Trophy.
Each of the three couples performed two dances in the final rounds. The first was their dance of choice from one that they had performed earlier in the season. The second dance for each couple was called a Super-sized Freestyle in which the usual "anything goes" freestyle was tweaked a bit by allowing additional performers to join each couple for creative enhancement.
The first couple to compete was the team of Kelly and Val who chose their fiery Paso Double as their repeat performance dance. They had one small slip of a handhold in an otherwise near perfect performance that brought them a score of 29.5 points from the judges. Their Super-sized Freestyle was a re-creation of a scene from Dirty Dancing in which Kelly depicted Baby. Hoping that "Nobody puts Baby in the corner" (sorry…I had to say it!). Kelly made a dramatic entrance doing aerial work while being lowered from the ceiling to the classic show tune "Time of My Life". Additional dancers made Kelly and Val's performance seem like a scene from the movie that just popped right off the screen. Again, their score was 29.5 for a total of 59 points.
Performing second were Melissa and Tony who chose their party flavor Samba as the repeat performance dance. As usual Melissa looked and danced like a Brazilian bombshell. Really, that chick must be working out like crazy there is "ab"solutely no flab on those abs!They are f"ab"ulous! The pair received a perfect score of 30 for their efforts. Choosing and creating a contemporary freestyle dance was a risk that paid off big for the pair since they hit the freestyle jackpot snagging 30 more points for a perfect total of 60.
Last but not least were Shawn and Derek who really crawled out on a limb with the risky choice of selecting their controversial Quickstep as their repeat performance dance. The pair, chastised by the judges on the initial performance for not following the rules by including lifts and breaking hold,lost valuable points from the judges. Who says lightening doesn't strike twice in the same place?? Apparently it does because their score totaled only 27 points as they were chastised again! Len (as usual!) gave the couple a proverbial "little old spankin' " by awarding only 8.5 points. Thank goodness their Super-sized Freestyle seemed to bring the judges back down to earth as the couple was joined by the Fab Five US Women's Olympic Team.These girls just happen to be Shawn's gymnastic "sisterhood" group and were super awesome performers. The performance was a medley of Shawn and Derek's "greatest hits" with new stunts added that were both fearless as well as fabulous. The judges agreed and scored the performance as a perfect 30 for a total of 57 points.
On the night two results show this final week all three of the dance teams were busier than three-legged cats trying to cover up poop on a frozen pond! Each performed an "Instant Dance" that they quickly created and performed for the judges. All three couples did an outstanding job but Shawn and Derek's clever and creative performance was arguably the best scoring the only 30 in this round. When all votes and scores were tabulated the field was narrowed to two couples as Kelly and Val were eliminated leaving Shawn & Derek or Melissa & Tony as the season champions. If you haven't heard the final results then you must not be in communication with civilization since virtually every news feed or program has covered the story on Dallas' own Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovoloni's victory. Melissa even took the time to do a phone interview with WFAA's Daybreak awesome morning co-anchors Ron Corning and Cynthia Izaguirre. Melissa and Tony are happier than a couple of slinkys on an escalator since Tony's fourteen season dry spell with no Mirror Ball Trophy has finally ended. I didn't pick this team to be the Mirror Ball Champs from the beginning but you just have to give these guys a shout out for their terrific performances because they earned their honor.
I was really wanting to win the trip to see the finals of this DWTS season but it was not to be so this is my final blog of the this season but when season 15 rolls around you can bet your booties I'll be tuned in and plotting possible ways to see the show live !! Who knows??? Maybe we will meet again out here in "blogger space" but until then we'll have to relive this season and get our DWTS "fix" by visiting the website at http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/. Thanks for reading and sharing my blogs but it's time to bid thee fare well, so "Hasta La Vista, Baby and B' bye!!!"
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