Dancing With The Stars

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Second Place is First Loser

The final eliminated couple is here to dance: Ty and Chelsie are going to do their Lindy Hop. Ty misses a few steps, and he still has that grimace on his face. I can't believe none of the judges ever called him on that. I guess they had bigger problems to address. I am happy that Chelsie joined the show; I think she's a great addition.

Heh. My coworker and I were just talking about the two-hour results show earlier today, and I said, "Yeah, and you know they're going to do a stupid clip package where they all talk about how awesome the competition is, and how badly they want to win and then there's a lot of smoke for no apparent reason." And guess what's on right now? Trash talking and all.

Tom introduces the three finalists, and the first to redo their routine will be Shawn and Mark. But first we get to see a clip package of Shawn's journey. I use that word ironically. Anyway, Shawn was all giggles and discomfort and "Ew, boys!" at first, but she gradually grew to trust her partner and her competitive streak took over. In their closing interview, Mark tells Shawn that he's really proud of her and she's an amazing person and you can tell she doesn't know what to do with all that sincerity. They reprise their cha cha to "PYT" and Shawn looks looser and more comfortable than I've ever seen her. She shows more personality too. Len says that Shawn just gets stronger as she goes, and she's managed to add performance to her technique and precision. Bruno thinks Shawn has gone from cute to sassy and sexy. Carrie Ann thinks everyone underestimated Shawn, and she deserves to be on top. Backstage, Shawn says that she didn't plan it, but she kind of peaked tonight. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 10, and Bruno 10. Wow, what a shocker -- a perfect score on the final night. That never happens. Except for every season.

Melissa and Tony up next. Remember how Melissa joined the show with only two days notice? Tony and Melissa really seem to have fun together. I've come to appreciate Tony a little bit this season when I never liked him before. Melissa remembers how she got injured and yet the audience brought her back. Tony admits that this has been the best season for him, and Melissa is an ideal partner. Melissa and Tony have chosen to reprise their samba, the one that opened with Melissa's solo. It's a good routine. I don't know if it's their best; I might have chosen a waltz or rumba or something. Bruno thinks Melissa's body is made for dancing and she's erased all doubts. Carrie Ann mispronounces Terpsichore and then says that Melissa is Tony's muse. Len thinks Melissa mixes elegance with rhythm and performance. Backstage, Melissa and Tony talk about how all the finalists love one another. Scores: Carrie Ann 10, Len 10, and Bruno 10. Why do they even do this last night of dances? They always get all perfect scores so it doesn't add or subtract from the standings overall. They should do the dances, but don't score them. Just let the couples go out and dance with no pressure for once.

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