Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

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

Season 14, Episode 18
Episode Synopsis: The 10th and final week of performances for the 14th season.
Original Air Date: May 21, 2012

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, May 21, 2012 Season 14, Episode 18

It's finals time! Dancing with the Stars' final three face off with the first two rounds, including the much-anticipated freestyle. Who was doubly perfect and who brought the house down?

Let's do this, people! Tonight, we get the first two of three rounds (in one hour!): the judges' pick, in which each judge selects a dance they think the couple could improve on, and the all-important freestyle. How many 30s are the judges gonna toss out? And how low would they go? I'm going with four and 59. They have to keep things tight with the Most. Competitive. Season. Ever.

You ready? Brooke and that bird's nest on her head are.

Judges' Pick

William Levy and Cheryl Burke: cha-cha
Bruno picks the cha-cha, which was William's first dance. He spends the whole time ogling William's butt. Not gonna lie, I don't remember much from William's first cha-cha, which seems like an eternity ago, but I will venture to say that he is light years better now. The whole thing is mostly hip-thrusting and swiveling, obviously, but William is much cleaner than he usually is and seems in the zone. Len says it's as good a cha-cha as he's seen in 14 seasons. Ugh. Stop saying B.S. like this, guys, when it's not true. Bruno is green with envy over the hip action. Carrie Ann says he has grown miles.
Score: 30

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: paso doble
Len chooses the paso doble. Remember that hot mess in Week 4? Katherine is determined to get a 10 from Len (who does she think she is? Donald?), so she listens to everything he says. And he may just get that 10 from Len. This is so much better than her original paso, but then again she isn't saddled with that darn rock theme. The routine could use more aggression, but for the most part, it's a well-executed routine. Katherine's lines and shapes are gorgeous and she doesn't miss a beat. Bruno says it was full of artistry. Carrie Ann calls her the prima diva of Dancing with the Stars. Len calls it fabulous.
Score: 30

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: Argentine tango
Carrie Ann selects the Argentine tango because they were lacking content and choreography the first time, which cost them a 10 from Len. Let's see what you're made of, Peta. Peta, it must be said, is about one lift away from a serious wardrobe malfunction. If dresses with only front and back pieces, and no sides, become a thing, you can thank her. The choreography is slightly better, and Donald's precise, powerful and smooth, but there is something less exciting about this routine than their last one. It's missing a spark or something. Carrie Ann says there's more light and shade. Len says there was more content, but found it too careful. "He's really beginning to annoy me," Tom quips. Bruno likes that they went the other way, focusing on the details. "Len, I don't know what I need to do, baby, but I promise on this next one, you will give a 10," Donald says.
Score: 29

Freestyle
William and Cheryl
Cheryl is throwing in a bunch of lifts in a Latin-infused routine. Surprise, surprise. I see they've compromised, and William only ripped his shirt open instead of taking it all off. The whole thing is like a heightened samba/cha-cha/Argentine tango mix. It's full of hips and ass and chest, so William doesn't really show off anything new, body parts-wise or skills-wise. Nothing about this is going to hurt William, but it would've been nice to see him do some different things. Len likes it, but thinks it was too predictable. Bruno says they were like two devils unleashed upon the Earth. Carrie Ann does some miming. "That was exactly what a freestyle should be," she cries. Um, no. What a freestyle should be is, say, Cheryl's "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" freestyle with Drew Lachey.
Score: 29
Total: 59

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas

Mark thinks Katherine is the most versatile dancer of the cast, so he wants to put in a bunch of different styles. That apparently includes singing (at the Welsh Wiggler Jazz Club, natch). The routine is a nice ode to swing, and Katherine keeps pace, but this is not very good. There's no glaring error, but she's not as sharp as she could be and her footwork seems heavy. The lifts also get a little sloppy, but overall, it's a more ambitious routine than William's and that's gonna count for something. Bruno says she was on the money. Um, no. Carrie Ann says that was the "dance of a champion." Negative. "That was a freestyle," Len says. Again, no.
Score: 30
Total: 60

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
Speaking of Drew and Cheryl, Donald wants to do a country-fried freestyle because no one expects them to do one. He wants to bust out all the tricks... and he busts Peta's teeth in rehearsals. Blood, sweat and tears, right? Look! Even Cowboy Troy's here. You're wrong, Len. This is what a freestyle is. A hoedown on a football field? Hells yes! The routine is dynamic, bold, and wildly entertaining with flair and panache. Calling it now: This will go down in Dancing history. The crowd is totally eating it up, and Carrie Ann is on the freakin' table, guys! "That is by far my favorite dance tonight," Carrie Ann says. Len says chances win dances. I smell a 10! "I cannot resist a ride in the wild, wild West," Bruno coos.
Score: 30
Total: 59

So Katherine and Mark are on top with a perfect 60, leading by a mere one point. They have one more dance tomorrow, for which they have 24 hours to choregraph after getting the dance and music tonight.

What do you think? Was Katherine perfection tonight? Can William do anything but shake his hips and butt? Are you glad Len finally gave Donald a 10? Did his freestyle just completely trample "Save a Horse"? Who do you think will win tomorrow?

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