Dancing With The Stars
Season 14 Performance 10

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Final Exam

The finals kind of snuck up on me this season. I don't think we need to go on for more weeks or anything; I think this season was exactly the right length whereas usually when the finals come around, I'm like, "Let's get ON with it already. Lord." Also, I have no idea who's going to win tomorrow night. I think any of the final three could take it, which actually makes tonight interesting.

William and Cheryl are up first. Tonight each couple has to do a judge's pick, and their assigned judge is Bruno, who might sexually assault William. I'm a little worried. Although William can probably handle himself, since he's about twice Bruno's size. Bruno watched them rehearse their cha cha and really doesn't have much to add, since they're doing great. He admires William's hip action and the only advice he has is that William needs to stand up straight and tuck his butt underneath him.

They are dancing the cha cha to Pink's "Raise Your Glass" and the band is MURDERING it. It sounds terrible. The singer is off-key, the background singers are off-key - just awful, and distracting from the routine. Anyway, William looks good, although I'm not feeling the connection between him and Cheryl. I don't see any missteps or obvious errors in technique, but it also seems pretty basic. It was a great week five or six routine; I'm just not sure it was a GREAT finals dance. Maybe just a very good one.

Judges? Len thought it was as good as he's ever seen in terms of cha cha. Really? Okay. Bruno calls it "an intoxicating Cuban cocktail" and says he's green with envy regarding the hip action, and adds that his placement was fantastic. Carrie Ann thinks William has added sophistication to his moves and they've seen a ton of growth. See, I haven't seen a ton of growth. He's marginally better than he was at the beginning. He just doesn't do it for me. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 10, and Bruno 10. Oh, so it's going to be that kind of night.

Katherine and Mark have the paso doble this week. Len comes to their rehearsals and advises Katherine to have less aggression and more finesse. Len dances with Mark and pokes his calves and butt. Len! Getting fresh! Len also dances with Katherine and I know I say this every season, but I'd really like to see more dancing from Len. So how is their routine? Again, as with William, it seems technically perfect but it leaves me a little cold. Maybe I'm used to Derek's flashy choreography, but this feels like a very traditional paso doble and this show has conditioned me to expect more. That said, Katherine does a great job with the aggression and the finesse, and her form is perfect.

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