'DWTS' Finals Award Perfect Scores All Around
By ETONLINE STAFF
May 21, 2012
The cream of the Dancing with the Stars crop hit the stage Monday night, raking in sky high scores as season fourteen shimmies to a close.
Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli selected the first round of dances for the remaining pairs, assigning William Levy and Cheryl Burke with the Cha Cha Cha.
The twosome went on to set the bar impossibly high for the night with their hip-shaking starter, earning the couple a perfect 30 right off the bat. Len raved the piece was as "good as [he's] ever seen in fourteen seasons of Cha Cha Cha" before relinquishing his hard-won 10.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas were next with their Paso Doble—A Spanish-inspired stunner that also hit a chord with the panel, earning a perfect thirty for the pair.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd followed, performing a beyond-sexy Argentine Tango. Unfortunately, the couple was unable to continue the night's perfect score streak, losing favor with Len for a dance he deemed too "careful." In the end, Donald and Peta would score 29/30 for the routine.
A no-holds-barred freestyle round marked part two of Monday night's dances and William and Cheryl took the opportunity to debut a crowd-pleasing, hip-shaking, latin-inspired freestyle number that brought the crowd to their feet cheering.
While the routine was an out-of-the park success with the audience, Len had his criticisms. "All you do is shake your butt," he complained. "I'm fed up with it." Carrie Ann disagreed, praising the two for "breaking ground" with their freestyle. All in all, William and Cheryl conclude night one of the finals with a combined score of 59/60.
Katherine and Mark were next, incorporating the classical singer's pipes into the top of their second routine, drawing rave reviews from the judges who dished out three more perfect 10s for a combined score of 60/60 for the night. "That was the dance of a champion, you are a champion," commended Carrie Ann. "You can do anything!
Last but not least, Donald and Peta took to the floor dressed in head-to-toe cowboy outfits, dancing a lively and unexpected country freestyle. Carrie Ann could hardly contain her excitement as she climbed atop the judges table to proclaim the dance her hands down "favorite" of the night. Bruno called the routine a "triumph" and Len rounded out the compliments, praising the performance as "fantastic." All three bestowed perfect scores upon the pair, their first ever of the competition. Donald and Peta finish with a combined score of 59/60.
Who will advance to mirror ball greatness? Watch tomorrow's exciting season finale as all three perform their very last dance to a surprise song before the show crowns their brand-new champion.
Don't miss all the action tomorrow night on ABC.