Well, I think this will be the closest finale that we’ve had in a very long time – and also the first in a very long time that I will be happy regardless of who wins. Seriously, these three contestants all seem happy as clams to be there, satisfied with however it shakes out and really friendly with each other. As a result, I expect/hope/pray to see some great dancing on Monday night!! I’ll just be happy to have a happy show once again.
Who has the advantage?? Beats me. I think JR is the odds on favorite to win, but I don’t know that he has a particular advantage over the other two when it comes to dances and songs. They all have advantages – and weaknesses. A lot will depend on what the judges do – if they decide they want JR to win or if they decide to throw it to the viewers. I wouldn’t be surprised if they throw it to the viewers, since Ricki is only 0.4 percentage points ahead of JR in average score. Now, throwing it to the viewers doesn’t necessarily mean that they make a faux tie. I can also easily see all three of these dancers getting similar scores because they danced at close to the same level. I would expect Ricki and JR to be at about the same level, Rob maybe a bit lower. But it’s possible that he could really up his game. Just saying now – if the scores end really, really close, it’s not necessarily that the judges copped out – that will be up for debate after the show.
Not shown below is the Instant Samba that the final two will do after third place is announced. Also, the “Favorite Dance” will be ranked, not scored – first place gets a 30, second 28 and third 26. At that point it is unlikely to have a true impact on the outcome unless someone is way behind and they take first place. Even then, it’s unlikely to have an impact.
Unlearned Dance – Waltz
Freestyle – Song: “Minnie the Moocher” by Cab Calloway
Favorite Dance (Tues) – Foxtrot to “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra
Unlearned Dance: Cha Cha Cha – Song: “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez (???*)
Freestyle – Song: “Whine Up” by Kat Deluna
Favorite Dance (Tues) – 1st Jive to “Jump, Jive, and Wail” by Brian Setzer Orchestra
Unlearned Dance – Cha Cha Cha
Freestyle – Song: “Can’t Touch It” by Ricki Lee
Favorite Dance (Tues.) – Psycho Tango
Note: Ask Courtney and I our opinions on JR’s favorite dance. Clue – it starts with “bad idea”.
*Another Note: We know either JR or Ricki has “Let’s Get Loud” – just not sure which. This is our best guess. And yes, both JR & Ricki’s freestyle songs have been used before: JR’s was both Cody & Julianne AND Rick & Cheryl’s samba song, and Ricki’s was the season 11 finale opening dance.