Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

Dancing with the Stars Episode: "Dancing With the Stars"

Season 9, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: The 10th and final week of performances for the ninth season. The final three couples will each perform three new dances during three rounds: ballroom or Latin; freestyle; and megamix, in which they will all dance at the same time.
Original Air Date: Nov 23, 2009

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 Season 9, Episode 20

The Season 9 finale of Dancing with the Stars is finally upon us. Mya, Donny Osmond and Kelly Osbourne face off one final time with three dances: a freestyle, an unlearned dance and the Mega Mix, a medley comprised of three styles in which they will perform the same routine. Who raised their game? Find out below!

This is it, folks. Three final routines for the books. Yeah, yeah, the Mega Mix is new and all, but all eyes are on their freestyles. We all know the freestyle makes it or breaks it for everyone. It's the first final for Louis and Dmitry, so it'll be interesting to see what they come up with against perennial bridesmaid Kym, now a three-time finalist.

Round 1: Unlearned Dance
Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel: Argentine Tango

Carrie Ann drops by rehearsals and makes Kelly uncomfortable with her advice to be more suggestive in the dance. Louis told me they may make out in this number or do something of the sort to stick it to Bruno, who wanted more romance from Kelly last week. There is no makeout session, but Kelly did an admirable job of upping the intimacy quotient. The problem is they have such a great chemistry as BFFs that it's kind of hard to picture them as something more here. Kelly's footwork isn't as sharp and precise as it needs to be, and the intensity seems to come and go. They do an amazing lift sequence. Yeah, I don't know what that's called, but it looked awesome. Ozzy likes it. Denise likes it. Len says she epitomizes what the show is about and thinks she "danced right up there." Bruno says her free hand was a little loose and wants a little more sensuality. Carrie Ann is "so proud" of her, especially after seeing their very un-intimate rehearsal.
Score: 26

Mya and Dmitry Chaplin: Paso Doble
Len visits Mya and Dima. Duh! Who else would? The curmudgeon felt their initial routine was too lackluster and "piddly" so he gives them a good ol' kick in the butt, metaphorically speaking, of course. This is the fastest version of "We Will Rock You" I've ever heard that wasn't sung by the Chipmunks. In any case, there's nothing "piddly" about this anymore. It's fast, spunky, aggressive and full of 'tude. Now onto more important matters: I covet Mya's boots. Jane Seymour likes it. Or maybe she wants her boots too. Bruno says the power of Mya was unleashed for all to admiyah! Carrie Ann calls her the queen of the paso doble. Coach Len says this is up there with his favorite paso of all seasons — Mel and Maks'.
Score: 30

Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson: Cha-cha

Bruno, with his strategically unbuttoned shirt, wants Donny to "stop doing Vegas." So, Donny is wearing the silver version of his purple samba outfit from last week. Recycling is good, kids. I'm not sure what Bruno did, but Donny suddenly has hips and is workin' it like it's his job. Well, I guess it is for now. There's rhythm and pop and such easygoing, fluid motion. The walking section in the middle kind of takes you out of the routine a bit, but overall it's a great little sassy number. Marie likes it, and so does Gilles. Carrie Ann says Donny's hips busted out, but points out a tiny flub with his hands. Len calls it a true cha-cha. Bruno gives Donny props for being a professional during their rehearsal time together.
Score: 27

Round 2: Mega Mix
Like with many things this season, this is a brand spankin' new segment. It's a medley with three dance styles choreographed by Nick Kosovich and Karina Smirnoff. Everyone will dance at the same time and perform the same routine so we can judge them side by side. Kelly gets overwhelmed and was resigned to second or third place at first. Kym points out that Mya and Kelly could be Donny's daughters. Kelly Osbourne Osmond? This is like a more cohesive version of the mambo marathon (which, yes, I know exists in real ballroom competitions), but I have no idea where to focus for the first 30 seconds. Kelly seems the most tentative out of everyone, and Louis has trouble ripping off her skirt as they go into the samba. Seeing her next to Mya, who is just doing what Mya does best, the disparity in skill level is clear. Since Donny's a guy, it's hard to compare him against Kelly and Mya, but he's looking pretty solid with his guy routine. There's nothing egregiously wrong, but nothing fantastic about it either. Len says it's too difficult to call and calls it a draw. Bruno says Mya can samba, loves Kelly's waltz and thought Donny was one of the pros at certain points. Carrie Ann is impressed at how Donny kept up with the pro guys, loves Mya's samba-ing hips and Kelly's grace.

Rankings
3rd: Kelly and Louis
2nd: Donny and Kym
1st: Mya and Dmitry

Round 3: Freestyle
Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel

Louis picked "I Will Survive" for their freestyle to symbolize Kelly's journey. Kelly's feet are still giving her trouble, and she scowls at doing a handstand because she'd look like a beached whale upside down. They forego the handstand, but that's probably a good thing considering the spill she took afer a spin cycle lift from Louis. She laughs it off and gets right back into it, which is nice to see, especially after Donny's breakdown last week. The disco-inspired routine is fun and peppy, but there's nothing technically challenging. Girl sure knows how to get the peeps behind her though. Bruno says she never looked more beautiful and loves that she captured the glitz and glamour of the era, where sometimes people fell on the floor. Carrie Ann calls her a true survivor for tripping and getting back up. Len thoroughly enjoyed watching her.
Score: 24

Mya and Dmitry Chaplin
Dima wants to take a page out of Hairspray; Mya suggests Vegas because she wants to take more risks and finds Hairspray too safe. They agree on Hairspray in the end, and Mya's surprised the routine is not as conservative as she first dismissed it to be. The routine may not be conservative in terms of technique, but it is in terms of flair. This feels like just a regular ol' midseason jitterbug or jive from Mya. She doesn't miss a beat throughout (no pun intended), but there's nothing spectacular about it. You keep waiting for some great to highlight all of her crazy skills and sultry self, but there was nada. Too safe, Dima. Is is the end of the road for Mya? Carrie Ann calls it high-energy, fun, but not outstanding. Len agrees with Carrie Ann, saying that there was a sameness throughout. Bruno, ditto.
Score: 27

Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson
Kym's styling a Broadway routine for Donny. Good call. Now's the time to put all the hamminess out there. Donny says he wants to take risks and win it because "if you had a sister named Marie and she was going to rub it in your face the rest of your life, you'd want to win it too." They start off at the top at the stairs in robes and come out totally razzle-dazzling. This the ultimate routine for the ultimate showman. It's not over-the-top astonishing, but it's a surefire crowd-pleaser and full of pizzazz and moxie. The routine is still relatively safe, but there's an extra little oomph there. Props goes to Kym too for crafting a great freestyle perfectly suited to her partner for the third time. Len loves it. Bruno calls it Mr. Showbusiness at his best. Carrie Ann welcomes Donny to the Dancing Freestyle Hall of Fame. Does that means Marie's is in the Hall of Shame?
Score: 30

I must say Donny and Kym's glee at their first perfect 30 is sweet to see. All the freestyles were flat compared to what we've been treated with in seasons past. Yeah, there's usually at least one dud, but there's also usually at least one total showstopper.

Overall, Mya's still on top with 87, but Donny's right on her heels with 85. Kelly brings up the rear with 76.

What did you think? Did you like the Mega Mix? Were the freestyles underwhelming? Did Dmitry just cost Mya the win? Did Louis' spin look like he pooped out Kelly? Will Kym go 0-for-3 in finals? Can Donny get family bragging rights? Are you excited for the Jerry Rice-Michael Irvin face-off Tuesday? Who's your pick to take home the Mirrorball?

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The Season 9 finale of Dancing with the Stars is finally upon us. Mya, Donny Osmond and Kelly Osbourne face off one final time with three dances: a freestyle, an unlearned dance and the Mega Mix, a medley comprised of three styles in which they will perform the same routine. Who raised their game? Find out below!
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