Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

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

Season 14, Episode 19
Episode Synopsis: A winner is announced in the 14th-season finale. Included: performances by Gladys Knight and Kelly Clarkson.
Original Air Date: May 22, 2012
Guest Cast Kelly Clarkson

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Season 14, Episode 19

Dancing with the Stars' final three square off one last time before a new champ is crowned. Plus: Gladys sings and more Chmerkovskiy sandwiches!

We're almost there, guys! Just two more hours to go to say two names! What's that? Oh, right. We have one more round, so two more hours for three 90-second dances and to say two names. I kid, I kid. I am uber excited to see Martina, Gavin and Tristan one last time.

And Donald is totally winning this, right? I mean, that freestyle was insane and he's got the Cheeseheads. Len taps them for the encore and then goes on to declare this the Battle for the Ball, but not before harkening back to the Alamo, Gettysburg and Bunker Hill. Yes, those are the same.

Parade of Fallen Stars
While the teams prepare for their final dances, the season's casualties keep us busy. Sherri kicks it off with an "It's Raining Men" sausage-fest that includes both Chmerkovskiy boys. Guess she was jealous of Melissa. Maks and Tony are even lowered to the floor, so it's more like "slowly descending men." It's a cheeky little routine, but nothing will beat Carson's vogue extravaganza. Not to be outdone, Melissa also redoes her trio with Maks and Val. Carson must be sooo jealous. He only got to dance with Val last season. Martina, Jack and Gavin follow, and I'm not afraid to say that I am far more entertained by them than Sherri; the latter because he's awesome, Jack because he was actually a good dancer, and Martina because she's Martina! Now get to the French Open, girl! Gladys and Tristan are adorable, as usual, and Tristan announces that he's joining the Dancing Vegas show. Someone book me a plane ticket, ASAP! Maria and Derek reprise their leggy Argentine tango.

Two couples get to do brand new routines. Kym fulfill's Jaleel's wish to do the paso doble to the Shaft theme as his alias J. White. (What happened to Stefan Urquelle?) I actually kind of dig it, botched lift and all. Roshon and Chelsie do a freestyle, and it's pretty awesome. It's in the typical hip-hop vein, but Roshon's a hip-hop dude. It's fun to watch, but also a bittersweet reminder of what could've been, even though we all knew Roshon was never gonna make it this far.

Look! Kelly Clarkson's here to promote Duets. Oh, and to sing. "I want you to sing with me [on Duets]," she tells Tom. "You want to kill that format?" Tom asks. Yes, please!

24-Hour Challenge
After 75 minutes, the competition finally continues! The 24-Hour Challenge is not some accelerated diet, but basically the Instant Dance in 24 hours instead of 20 minutes. Everyone got the music they're gonna dance to last night and have been rehearsing since.

William Levy and Cheryl Burke: salsa
This is your usual William routine: ass, hips, shimmy, thrust. Rinse and repeat. Yawn. Hey, the guy is good at what he does, right? William does have a lot of rhythm, and it's a lively, flirty number. Len gives him a "well done." Bruno salivates. Carrie Ann says he has true star quality. The best part of his this whole section is the "Daddy, I love you" from William's super-cute son in the well wishes package. Ovaries = bursting.
Score: 30
Total: 89

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: jive
The brightest thing about this one is Mark's orange jacket. Kidding! It's a high-spirited routine and Katherine's technique is in full flight, except for the fact that she's a tad slower than Mark's spaz-tastic pace. I blame fatigue. She was a little off last night too. Honestly, I think she peaked too early this season. She hasn't really been on her A+ game the past few weeks. Bruno says Katherine has it all. Carrie Ann thanks them for setting the bar so high this season. Len says she's the complete package.
Score: 30
Total: 90


Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: cha-cha
The crowd is on their feet before this even starts. I think that says it all. For good measure, Donald takes off his shirt and gives it to Carrie Ann. Donald's strong, but limber and sassy. Carrie Ann says he's the one to beat. Len says Donald's the best football player on the show ever. Bruno says he peaked at the right time. Donald also has the best well-wishers (besides his kiddies, obviously): Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and Mike McCarthy.
Score: 30
Total: 89


So everyone got a 30, and it's still a one-point spread. Ugh. Look, guys, I know you want the outcome to depend on the votes in case of an uproar, but why have scores if you're gonna dish out 10 after 10 without properly judging them? I don't think it's ever been as egregious as this. These three are good, but not everyone was perfect. Stop giving everyone a tongue-bath and take some accountability.

After a lovely singing performance from Gladys, we finally get to results. Third place goes to... William and Cheryl. And his son is crying. And I'm crying for his son. "It was an amazing experience," William says. "I'm gonna miss all of you, guys. I love you."

And the winners are... Donald and Peta!

Donald flips out and does the opposite of the Lambeau Leap. "This is awesome!" he says.

"Thank you to everybody for having me on the show. It's been an absolute dream," Katherine says.

I cannot argue with this one at all. That freestyle sealed it for them. Donald is a very deserving champ (and contrary to popular belief, only the third football Dancing champ) and you can't help but be happy for him, having been a Dancing fan from the beginning and so clearly dedicated to working hard on the show. And there's the fact that he requested Peta as his partner because she was out first last season in her first season. No offense to her, but I doubt she would've been asked back otherwise. Now six months later, she freakin' won, and a Mirrorball trophy is going back to Titletown.

What do you think? Are Donald and Peta deserving champs? Were you annoyed at how close the scores (and how useless the judges) were? How awesome did Gladys sound? Do you prefer Stefan Urquelle or J. White? How do we get to be in a Chmerkovskiy sandwich? Which All-Star couples do you want to see next season?

Sound off below and have a great summer!

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