TV Guide has sized up the three finalists. They give their take on each contestant for their advantages and disadvantages leading up to tonight’s finale on Dancing With The Stars and also what to watch for. Below is take about Melissa….
For Her: Effortless ability, a drama-free, fun partnership with Tony Dovolani and never having won before. The Season 8 third-place finisher was pegged for an early exit by many, given who she was up against, but she’s stealthily defied the odds and beat out two former champs in the semifinals to get another crack at the Mirrorball trophy.
Needs to work on: Her connection with Dovolani. Footwork-wise, Rycroft can rival Johnson, but she tends to dance within herself, and her hold with Dovolani suffers for it. Get tighter and dance bigger.
Why she might win: She’s never won before. If fans want to spread the wealth, they’ll go for these guys. The toothy twosome’s carefree relationship is delightful, and frankly, Dovolani deserves to win one after enduring Kate Gosselin and continuously being saddled with non-contenders. They’ve also got momentum on their side after winning the swing marathon and getting perfect 30s the past two weeks. Though Johnson has the highest cumulative score and season average, Rycroft has the most 30s.
Watch out for: How Dovolani’s back holds up. He pulled his back just last week and was stiff in the semifinals. If he does recover fully, can he put together a winning routine for what has been his Achilles’ heel: the freestyle?
You can read what TV Guide has to say on Shawn and Kelly here. I have to say they pretty much pegged it. What do you think?
Also, last year’s Dancing With The Stars champ, Donald Driver, has also analyzed the finale. You can read his views at the LA Times. He’s not convinced the winner will be Shawn Johnson. Below is more including his thoughts on fellow football player and friend, Emmitt Smith, being eliminated.
Q: Are you surprised that Emmitt Smith was eliminated just before the finals? Most people had him favored to win.
I was a bit surprised, but that’s the nature of the competition. An all-star was going to get sent home, it just happened to be him. I’m sure he’s disappointed, but at the end of the day he’s still a “Dancing With the Stars” champion. He still gets to go home and look at that mirror ball trophy he won in season three.
Q: Who do you think will win?
I have heard a lot of people say Shawn [Johnson], but like you said, Emmitt was the favorite before that and now he’s no longer in the competition. I may just have to weigh in during the show tonight or tomorrow from my Twitter account (@Donald_Driver80) with my final prediction after the dances tonight!
Stay tuned. Donald will give his thoughts on the dancing tonight on Good Morning America tomorrow.