Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Ah yes, the show that all us Dancing With The Stars fans wait for impatiently – the finals. Kristi, Jason and Cristian performed two dances tonight – a Cha Cha Cha face off and then their freestyle routines. Tomorrow night the top two couples will perform once again for judges scores. The scores from tonight and tomorrow night’s show will count for 50% of the celebrity’s score while fan voting will count for 50% as well.
First off was a first in DWTS finale history – a face off. In past seasons we’ve seen the couples dance to the same song, but this would be the first time that the finalists would dance back to back during the same song. The couples picked numbers out of a hat to determine their dance order. Cristian picked 1, Jason 2 and Kristi 3. The dance would be the Cha Cha Cha. The couples choreographed their routines on their own and then met for a group rehearsal. During the rehearsal the men performed their entire portion of their routine while Kristi only did 30 seconds. She and Mark said that was all they had completed – personally I think it was strategy on their part. Don’t get too far into the dance until you see what the competition is going to bring.
The song they danced to was “Dancing on the Ceiling” by Lionel Ritchie and there was no contest in terms of who won that dance. Cristian was good but I didn’t care for his part of the routine. Jason was kind of stiff and it was obvious that this dance was not a strong point for him (give him a ballroom dance and he would have been right up there). Kristi kicked some serious butt. She was great and the dance was a real Cha Cha Cha in my opinion, without the tricks thrown in that the guys used to get audience support.
The judges all thought Kristi was the best in the group performance, giving her a perfect 30. Bruno said that she was Dancing With The Stars, but then the kiss she gave him at the beginning of her dance could have helped too. The judges gave Cristian and Cheryl a 26 for their performance and Jason got a 24 for his Cha Cha Cha.
The freestyle routines were up next, after what seemed to be 20 minutes worth of commercials. Kristi and Mark were up first and they just totally rocked it. It was exciting and fun and the judges loved it too. As with her Cha Cha Cha, she got a 30 for this dance as well.
Jason and Edyta were up next. Edyta has no fear when it comes to lifts, and it seems as if she can move her body into any position and make the most awesome lines. Of course Jason pulling off his shirt at the end was a nice little bonus for all us female voters. The judges all commented on the lifts, and Carrie Ann said how great it was for Edyta to finally make it to the finals after being on the show all 6 seasons. He ended up with a 27 out of 30.
Cristian and Cheryl danced last. He really tried hard and the dance had a great Latin flavor, but I think for the first time his injured arm really was a downfall. He just couldn’t do all the crazy things that Kristi and Jason could do in the freestyle. Len said straight out that the judges had to compare his performance to the other two even though he was injured. The judges gave him a 26 out of 30 for the performance.
I think Kristi is going to make it to the final dance no problem, but it’s a toss up for the guys. Cristian will get sympathy votes while Jason is going to get all the husband votes. Either way it’s going to be a great final. I just hope that a woman wins the title again FINALLY after five seasons. It’s been too long.