It's the performance finale, live from Hollywood!
That's right gang. We've reached the end of our All Star season.
It's Ladies' Night too. Our final three celebrities are Shawn Johnson, Melissa Rycroft, and Kelly Monaco. Shawn (Season 8) and Kelly (Season 1) are former champions while Melissa finished third in Season 8.
As for the remaining pro partners, respectively, Derek Hough is a three time champion (Brooke Burke, Nicole, Scherzinger, and Jennifer Grey), while Tony Dovolani and Val Chmerkovskiy have never won the mirror ball.
I think all three couples are very strong with a solid fan following. I think any of them can win at this point. S&D and M&T are too close to call, with K&V playing the spoiler role. But that's just one man's opinion.
First round is each couples' favorite routine from the season.
Let me just say this...Kelly completely missed a hold, but Len and Bruno scored her at 10 each. So Len, you get stink eye for taking a point and a half from S&D, because you don't like that they didn't change their Quickstep choreography to conform to the rules. It really wasn't necessary to dock that extra .5, particularly when you scored K&V a perfect 10 after she made a glaring error.
Yes, those inconsistently applied standards will always bother me. Len awarded performance to K&V, so they get a 10 even when there is a clear mistake that shouldn't be overlooked. Yet S&D get an additional .5 point deducted for breaking rules, despite dancing flawlessly.
Here's our leader board after the first round:
30.0 Melissa and Tony
29.5 Kelly and Val
27.0 Shawn and Derek
Second round is super sized free style. No rules. Add effects. Add more dancers. Add whatever you want to create a total performance.
Here's our updated leader board after both dances:
- 60.0 Melissa and Tony - Melissa is Tony's best partner in his 14 seasons on the show. Is it their year?
- 59.0 Kelly and Val - Kelly has a tremendous fan following from General Hospital. Will she be the first winner ever and the all star winner?
- 57.0 Shawn and Derek - Shawn and Derek have made creative choices that broke rules all season. Will they have enough fan support to overcome scoring penalties?
Tune in tonight gang. There is one more competitive dance for scores. It's an instant dance, but the twist is that the couples won't get the style - Jive, Cha Cha Cha, or Samba - and music until shortly before they perform. Yikes! They'll have to be prepared for any of the three, with choreography and costumes to go with each.
We'll be ready with our fru fru finery and our special finale night feast!