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Dancing with the Stars 2011 Finale Music

We’re back for our last DWTS music entry with the Dancing with the Stars 2011 Finale music. Most of you probably know a lot of the music, but I’ll list it anyway. I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekly lists of Dancing with the Stars 2011 music.

Chelsea & Mark danced a Samba to the song “Hip Hip Chin Chin” Hip Hip Chin Chin - Palace Lounge Presents: Café D'Afrique, Vol. 3 — Club Des Belugas
Chelsea & Mark danced a Freestyle to the song “Latinos” Latinos - New Era — Proyecto Uno
Kirstie & Maks danced a Samba to the song “Magalenha” Magalenha - Brasileiro — Sérgio Mendes
Kirstie & Maks danced a Freestyle to the song “Perfect” F**kin' Perfect - Greatest Hits...So Far!!! — Pink
Hines & Kym danced a Quickstep to the song “Puttin’ On The Ritz” Puttin' On The Ritz - The Irving Berlin Songbook — Irving Berlin
Hines & Kym danced a Freestyle to the song “Dancing Machine” Dancing Machine - Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection and “I Want You Back” I Want You Back - Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection — The Jackson 5

May 23, 2011 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS12 Finale Power Rankings

Well, I guess I should be used to the blatant “scoring with an agenda” that the judges have every week now, but not gonna lie – I still get pissed when I see routines that are roughly equal scored with such disparity.  Thank goodness tonight’s show was only an hour – I doubt I could have watched any more of the nonsense from the  judges.  Anywho…the first round of dances was just “meh” for me, and I enjoyed 2 of the 3 freestyles (I’ll let you guess whose I didn’t enjoy) – so I guess tonight wasn’t a complete wash.  But it definitely paled in comparison to other finale nights of previous seasons. I felt like the dancing this time last year (the finale of Nicole, Evan, & Erin) had a much higher level of entertainment value.  But anyway, on with the rankings – I’m gonna do it in reverse tonight, starting with who I think will nab 3rd.

3rd place: Chelsea & Mark

They may have been overscored to the point that they conveniently tied with Hines & Kym for the top spot, but if what I was seeing on Twitter was any indicator, I wasn’t the only one that thought so and I saw quite a high volume of angry Kirstie & Hines fans that were ready to vote until they passed out.  First, that samba – ugh.  I have a major bone to pick with anyone who tries to take “Hip Hip, Chin Chin” and “borrow” steps from the original, because really – no one holds a candle to the original.  NO ONE.  So as if to answer my call, karma conveniently bit Mark on the ass with this one…you know those “crazy arms” that Len disliked so much? Yeah, copied exactly from the original – 2:22 mark :-) Wuh wuh WUHHHH.  Chelsea was good in this samba (and she looked very pretty tonight), but I don’t think it was a VAST improvement from her previous one, and really – it was hard for me to appreciate this dance when I saw too many attempts to be the original, and Mark doing his usual overdancing.  Sorry kids. As for their freestyle – definitely not 30-worthy, IMO, when poor Chelsea looked like she was trying to remember where she was supposed to be at each beat.  She got off-time in the hip-hop sections, was kinda clunky getting in and out of the lifts, and several times, I caught her just kinda standing there, waiting for Mark to pick her up.  The energy was fun, yes, but compared to the other two freestyles, it didn’t feel as “inspired” – it just kinda felt like a routine to me. No great personal connection to the dance, like Hines & Kirstie.  Perhaps it was the result of Mark making most of the decisions on this one – I’m led to believe it was his choice of music, since he, Derek, & Julianne did a routine to the same song as kids. Anyway – I just don’t think Chelsea’s got the fanbase to beat out some very passionate Kirstie & Hines fans.  Or people who are all-around fed up with the nonsensical scoring and blatant favoritism from the judges towards her this season.  Chelsea, you’re a sweet girl – but you have kinda gotten dealt a crap hand this season, with all the politics flying around.  I think she’ll probably serve as a marytr tomorrow night, for all those opposed to the WTA dance.

2nd place: Kirstie & Maks

I felt so damn proud watching her tonight – I think Kirstie finally let go of the last of her hangups and really enjoyed herself  :-) I wasn’t crazy about her samba – felt a bit slow to me – but she seemed to feel pretty comfortable with it, and got back a bit of the same sass I saw from her cha-cha on the very first night.  As for her freestyle – say what you will about the technique, the choreography, and the level of difficulty, but what I saw from her in this dance made everything else seem moot: I saw pure joy.  She looked so happy and free out there – and honestly, some of those lifts? AMAZING.  Not just for “someone her age” but for anyone – hell, Chelsea’s 22, and I saw her struggling with some of her lifts.  Kirstie just seemed to float up into some of these “aerials” ;-) Anywho – if the busy signals my mom was getting while dialing in her votes were any indicator, Kirstie’s got the juice to overcome the ridiculous margin between her and Hines & Chelsea.  In the end, I think Hines’ score will give him a bit of an edge, but really – I have to commend Kirstie for everything she’s done this season.  She came in as the “fat actress” that everyone thought wouldn’t last past the first week, and here she is in the finale – dancing with such joy and skill that none of us thought possible.  Her journey has been a pleasure to watch :-D

The winners: Hines & Kym

I feel like these two were the perfect combination of skill & entertainment value tonight – they both connected to and technically nailed their dances.  Loved seeing Hines take a page out of Romeo’s book and channeling Jiminy Cricket for his quickstep – the energy of it was so cute, even if he did seem to get out of step with Kym once or twice.  I love how much he seems to really enjoy himself in his dances.  Their freestyle was my favorite of the night – I have to commend them for trying 2 things  that no one else has tried before for a freestyle: dancing to a marching band, and using more than one song (for those of you who didn’t catch it, the first half was the Jackson 5′s “Dancing Machine” and the 2nd half was “I Want You Back).  I think it worked quite well for them – the energy was fantastic, and I think Kym really was smart to include so many basic ballroom steps in that freestyle (always a Len-pleaser ;-)).  I think when it all comes down to it, these two will have both the votes and the fans to take the MBT – but both Hines & Kirstie are winners in my book ;-)

And so ends my final ranking of season 12! It’s been a fun, crazy, bumpy ride, kids – who do you think will come out on top? And what do you think of the season as a whole? Be sure to tune in for the last round of all your favorites this week – Heidi’s “by the numbers”, Vogue’s post-elimination media, and of course – the last cheesecake until September :-( Better get your fill, kids!

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DWTS 2011 – Pros Karina Smirnoff and Dmitry Chaplin Predict The Winner Of Season 12 Dancing With The Stars

E Online asks pros Karina Smirnoff and Dmitry Chaplin who they think will win the coveted Mirror Ball. Karina thinks the winner is hard to predict, but, she thinks it might be between Chelsea and Hines. Dmitry weighs in with his thoughts too. He thinks the winner will be Mark and Chelsea because of Mark’s choreography. He says everything rides on the Freestyle. More below. We’re inching closer to showtime. :) Read more..

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Pure DWTS 12 Finals – Ryan Seacrest Interviews The 3 Remaining Couples On Their Dancing Strategies and More

Chelsea, Hines and Kirstie phoned Ryan Seacrest on his radio show this morning to talk about their Dancing With The Stars strategies and more. Chelsea was at the studio early today. She wants to bring it all to the freestyle tonight. Hines says he just doesn’t want to drop Kym which will be his biggest trick. Kirstie says she’s really had to dig in and work hard. She and Maks will be friends for an eternity. They are “Soul Friends” (the best kind). All this and more below.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE EVERYONE AND AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!!

Thanks to Lori. She sent the links to me above about the same time as I was making this post. Thanks to all of you who have sent things all Season. I want you to know how much we’ve appreciated all of your help! You all ROCK!xxx

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

Dancing With The Stars 12 – Brooke Burke Says Everything Is Riding On The Freestyle Tonight

I can’t embed the video, but, People.com has a new interview up with Brooke where she breaks down each couple for the Finale tonight. She says everything is riding on the “Freestyle”. Here is a take below, but, be sure to watch the video at the link.

Ward, paired with Kim Johnson, is “infectious, he’s lovable, he’s emotionally connected, he’s got rhythm, he’s fun to watch,” says Burke. In addition, he’s got a big fan base that should help him out.

Kane, meanwhile, is “just adorable” and “a phenomenal dancer, technically,” says Burke. The Disney star also has the advantage of being paired with Mark Ballas, who’s known for his strong choreography.

As for Alley, who is paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy: “What’s not to love?” asks Burke. “She is brave and brutally honest. She surprised everybody. She’s got incredible rhythm. Nobody had any idea she’d be such a great dancer. She gets better every show.”

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 12 Finals – Mark Ballas: “A magician never reveals his tricks!”

Mark has written a new blog at USA Today! He has been sick this week, but, it hasn’t stopped them from rehearsing. A lot of people have asked him about he and Chelsea’s Freestyle. He says he is known for his “creative and off-the-wall choreography”. He also calls himself a “magician” and that he will “never reveal his tricks”. Details below and at the link. He also has a special wish for his birthday (which happens to be Tuesday). Picture above is a picture Chelsea took during camera blocking yesterday of the Mirror Balls.

While this week was not as hectic as last week since we have one less dance to learn, it’s still been a long week. We’ll be on stage in less than a day, but every second counts. We have three dances to nail down and make performance-ready. Of course, the scrutiny of both the judges and the fans will be at its highest of the season, so we need to have our best dances of the season.

A lot of people have been asking me what’s in store for our Freestyle Dance. I’m known for my creative and off-the-wall choreography, and I think my partners and I have done some pretty fun freestyles in the past. You want some inside info on our freestyle? Too bad! A magician never reveals his tricks! You’ll have to tune in on Monday with 25 million of your closest friends.

Immediately after the finale on Tuesday, Chelsea and I get on a plane with the other two couples, bound for New York City. We land at 5:30 in the morning and go straight to Good Morning America and then on to Live With Regis and Kelly. If this is anything like last season, there won’t be much rest on the plane. All three of the couples were so amped up on adrenaline from the exciting finish that we rolled into GMA with red eyes and morning breath, having gotten only an hour of sleep or so.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS 12 Finals – Hines Ward: “I don’t think Dancing With The Stars is ever going to see a routine like this” (Video)

In a new interview with ET On-Line, Kym Johnson says she’s feeling much better from her neck injury last week. She didn’t even wear her neck brace for rehearsals (on the day of this interview). Kym says they are planning some special lifts and tricks that will be just as effective as the one which hurt her neck for their Freestyle. On the Freestyle, Hines comments that he doesn’t think Dancing With The Stars is ever going to see a routine like this. More below. Watch them dance too. They look great.

Also, HERE is a special gift from Hines to all his fans in thanking them for their support. It’s a cool digital swag of he and Kym (wallpaper for pc and SmartPhone).

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS12 – Good Morning America Goes Behind The Scenes Of The Last Dancing With The Stars Rehearsals

Cameron Mathison of Good Morning America goes behind the scenes to see and interview each of our three remaining couples in rehearsals. He says all three are in “fine form, but, nervous”. This is so good as you can actually see them practicing for tonight on stage. Be sure to watch it!!! It’s a great teaser for tonight! (love Maks laying on Kirstie’s lap!)

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.