Dramatic music. Glamour shot of the ridiculous mirror ball trophy. And Tom promises us that the end is here as well as invokes the hoary saying about "the only rule is that there are no rules" when discussing the freestyle. It's the finals, and they're LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!
They pan the audience before bringing out the finalists, and I see Sabrina, Mel B, Marissa and Tony, and Marlee and Fabian in the front row. And in case you forgot, the finalists are Jason and Edyta, Cristian and Cheryl, and Kristi and Mark. Samantha explains that the stars tonight will perform a cha cha cha side by side so that we can compare them, and then will perform their freestyle. And then tomorrow night, the top two couples will perform one more routine for judges' scores, although we don't get to vote on that one.
We get to see a segment where the dancers draw numbers to see the order for the cha cha cha. Cristian goes first, and then Jason, and then Kristi. Of course, everyone claims that he or she is thrilled with the position. After rehearsing individually, the couples join together to rehearse as a group and check each other out. Jason is discouraged by Kristi's perfection. While Jason and Cristian perform their entire routines. Mark and Kristi only do the first thirty seconds, claiming that they haven't choreographed it yet. Cristian jokingly calls them out for their strategy of seeing what the competition is doing before going back and finishing the routine. I don't know if it was strategy or not, but if it was, it was kind of brilliant.
So the fantastic song that they get to cha cha to? "Dancing on the Ceiling" by Lionel Richie. No, I'm not kidding. Cristian and Cheryl go first, and there doesn't seem like there's a whole lot of cha in their cha cha, but they're putting a lot of energy into it. Jason's arms seems to be just kind of flapping around and despite some impressive stunts, it's kind of blah for me. Especially when he seems to eff up the stunt at the end. Kristi's arms and hip action are really amaazing, especially when compared to the others. I think this dancing side-by-side is probably best for Kristi because you can really see how much better she is than the others. It also seems to me like they are doing more actual dancing. All of the dancers return to the floor for the final moments, and Jason effs up the moves yet again, but they finish by launching Kristi towards the sky. And they did all look like they were enjoying themselves and dancing together.