Judges? Bruno thought it showed off Melissa's extensions and lines (did it?) and musicality. Carrie Ann thinks Melissa took huge risks, but it paid off. Len can't even talk, because he thought their routine showed amazing passion. I am having a disconnect with the judges. I thought it looked weird. Maybe I'm just used to seeing a certain style of dance and that was something different? Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 10, and Bruno 10. Anyone else feel like that score was predetermined, like they were going to get that score no matter what? Tony is really overwhelmed by emotion.
Shawn and Derek are here for the final dance of the night. They'll be joined by the Fierce Five from the USA Women's Olympic Gymnastics team. Shawn handles the choreography of their parts, since Derek is confused by the names of the tricks. This could be great, or it could be weird, or maybe both? It starts with Shawn doing some amazingly flexible poses, and then Derek disappears and it just says SHAWN in huge letters while she dances amidst her teammates (who are all good dancers and maybe one of them will be on the show next season?) Then Shawn and Derek do a little touch of some of their routines from the season: a bit of Indian dancing, some ballroom, and some amazing stunts. It concludes with the gymnasts doing stunts and a big group ending. I liked it. I didn't love it, but I liked it. It was definitely entertaining, and there was some actual dancing, and Shawn was the focus.
Judges? Carrie Ann thought it was super and sensational and she does a little dance as she says that Shawn does not disappoint. Len thought it was totally unexpected, and it was a medley of Derek and Shawn's greatest hits, and he'd give it a gold medal. Bruno thought it was flawless and brilliant, and he'd like to give props to all of the finalists. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 10, and Bruno 10. No surprise there. Freestyles almost always get perfect scores unless you really fuck it up.
So who's going to win this whole thing? Gosh, I don't know. Before Shawn and Derek's final dance, I would have said Melissa, but now Shawn seems to have a chance. And Kelly apparently has an amazing fanbase. None of them would shock me. I realize that's kind of a copout, but it's true. Here is your leaderboard:
Melissa and Tony: 30 + 30 = 60
Kelly and Val: 29.5 + 29.5 = 59
Shawn and Derek: 27 + 30 = 57