Yes, it’s me back with some more new interviews and reviews!! Are you ready? First up, we have Cameron Mathison on Good Morning America today reviewing the dances and couples…
Louis Van Amstel reviewed the night as well in his new blog at ABC. Below are his overall thoughts. He can’t decide who should be the winner yet. Be sure to read more of his thoughts on each dance at the link.
Overall: It was an interesting night. Ricki is technically the best dancer. J.R. is the most rhythmical and shows his spirit the most, while Rob is the most relaxed and is coming from behind. You guys have a hard time voting for the couples. All three celebs have qualities that could win them the trophy. It’s going to be the very last performance that determines the winner. Nothing is set in stone. I do believe the right three celebs made the final on dancing, so at least no one made the final on fan base alone.
It’s also going to be an interesting competition between the Pros. Will Derek win for the fourth time? Cheryl for the third time? Or will Karina take the trophy for the first time? As of now, I couldn’t pick a winner yet. I’ll be watching it live tomorrow night and only then can I make an informed decision as to who should win, in my opinion!
Now let’s move on the Access Hollywood interviews with Tim Vincent….
Wow, what a fun first final night on Dancing With The Stars Season 13!! If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to tell us your thoughts and reviews in Courtney’s new Power Ranking Post. Stay tuned for a new Numbers post for who will win from Heidi as well shortly. In the mean time, enjoy some new interviews after the finalists danced last night from On The Red Carpet with George Pennacchio…
First up, Kirstie Alley was in the audience and below are her thoughts on the night. She loved Ricki and her “spins”. She also talks of her new TV show coming;
Some of the cast from “All My Children” had some thoughts on the show and why J.R. continues to be such an “inspiration” for everyone….
Chaz Bono had some thoughts too. He will be proud for whoever wins and this entire cast will be close friends for life…
And finally, the dancers….
J.R. talks of how tough the competition is. It’s anyone’s game. They were disappointed in their Cha Cha, but, are happy with their freestyle. J.R. never thought all of this could be possible after what happened to him in Iraq.
Rob is on a ‘high cloud’ right now. He never expected to receive all “10’s” for he and Cheryl’s freestyle, but, it’s a whole other day tomorrow (tonight) and he plans to go into it again with a comfortable, confident approach and giving it all he’s got. This show has taught him so much and that anything is possible. He’s hoping to go to law school and follow his Dad’s footsteps when Dancing With The Stars is over.
Derek talks of how they want to continue to keep the pressure off tonight and whatever the outcome, it’s a “celebration”. Ricki is happy with how they danced last night. She never thought she’d be able to dance like she did when she had the weight issues she’s had in the past. They talk of her new Talk show and marriage coming up. Win or lose tonight, “Ricki is back and better than ever”.
So, last night several of our pros and celebrities from Dancing With The Stars (from past and present shows) made a showing at some of the American Music Awards after parties. You can see Peta Murgatroyd, Lacey Schwimmer, Kristin Cavallari, and Romeo Miller at Too Fab all dressed in their sexy best. Peta’s black dress is adorable as you can see at Rollingstone Magazine as well. Lacey’s pink hair and look is current with Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Audrina Partridge can be seen at Style Bistro here.
Picture above from Peta’s Facebook is of Peta, Nicole Volynets, and Eli Michael Wehbe from Playhouse Hollywood.
I think probably the worst question people like to ask is “Who SHOULD win DWTS?” I’m totally fine with the questions, Who will win?, Who do you want to win?, Who deserves to win?, Who’s the best dancer?, Who’s the most improved? etc. I just think the question of SHOULD just doesn’t work.
At the end of the day, the judges scores end up basically not mattering at all. All of them score nearly the same (with a few rare exceptions) and so it’s just up to the public voting. Who America votes for is a crazy and often unpredictable.
Here’s the perfect example. I was driving home today and the guy on the radio listed off the DWTS finalists. Then, he said that he thought Rob should win because he has to put up with his sister. What kind of reasoning is that?
I don’t have anything against Rob. To be quite honest, I’m fine if any of the final 3 win. I’d love for Karina finally won a mirror ball and how could someone complain about a guy as classy as JR? Derek and Ricki have done great throughout the season. I think almost everyone is pretty much shocked that Rob is in the finals. I live in Vegas and I’m pretty sure the casinos would have taken all the money they could have taken for bets that Rob would have made the finals.
My point is that those voting don’t make rational decisions. America’s not consistent with who they vote for. One season they might vote for most improved. One season they might vote for best story. One season they might vote for best dancer. One season they might vote for the cutest. It’s not who should win, cause there’s no should when America starts voting.
What should happen is we should enjoy the finale, be amazed and impressed by the performances and just enjoy the spectacle that is DWTS. At least that’s what I plan to do.
TV Guide has written up a cool commentary sizing up the three couples for the Dancing With The Stars Finale. They dissect their advantages, disadvantages, what to look out for, and why each could win. Here are some takes for each….
Why he might win: Who doesn’t love an underdog? The unlikeliest finalist of the trio, Kardashian, like most people, never pictured himself in the final. “The fact that we’re in the position that we’re in? I shocked myself,” he says. Many pre-season predictions had him going out early, like Kim did, but he’s proved them wrong with his ability and commitment, so who’s to say he can’t top it off with a victory?
Keep an eye out for: More booty-shaking. Kardashian’s big bum has been both an asset and his own worst enemy, but he used his gluteus maximus to the, uh, max in the samba last week — and look at that! There’s going to be an Instant samba in the finals. “He’s learned to work with his butt, so we’re going to use that to our advantage,” Burke says.
Why she might win: Lake has reclaimed the momentum after relinquishing it midseason to Martinez. After Martinez hurt his ankle last week, Lake emphatically stamped herself as the current one to beat with her first 30 and the highest score of the evening. Plus, she has Hough as her partner, and he obviously knows what it takes to win. Did we mention that he’s also been perfect in finals? Lake can make that record 4-0, but don’t remind him of that. “I try not to think about it,” he says.
Keep an eye out for: Another trademark Hough, crowd-pleasing freestyle. Freestyles are Hough’s bread and butter, and he says if theirs — an idea he’s been kicking around for a bit — goes according to plan, it could be “really cool.” And we all know that freestyles are the make-it-or-break-it dance.
Why he might win: He’s got the complete package: technique, talent, charm and sizzling chemistry with Smirnoff. Cynics might suggest his story will garner sympathy votes, but Martinez has proven week in and week out that he has the goods, and has undoubtedly won over more fans with his performance and fun-loving personality. “I think anybody would be a fool not to root for J.R. given who he represents and how great he is,” Maksim Chmerkovskiy writes in his TVGuide.com blog. “Everything about him screams Dancing winner.”
Keep an eye out for: Not to be a downer, but any effects from his ankle injury. It would be a shame if he can’t put his best foot forward (no pun intended) in the finals. “I hope his ankle’s all right,” Hough says. “He’s overcome so much as it is. He’s a fighter and a competitor, so I’m sure he will tough this out.”
Interesting read! Each are so special in their own way! Be sure to read more of TV Guide’s thoughts in full here before the show tonight!!
What a great new interview with Derek! He answers questions on the finale, being a judges favorite, if the show needs new judges, Ricki, his favorite moment of the season, and much more. Note how Derek will be co-hosting ‘Live!’ with Kelly Ripa after he’s finished with the season.
She definitely has that never-say-never attitude, so what has been her biggest struggle?
Just the stamina, I think, just trying to get through everything. It takes a lot of energy.
I know that she had a hard time with her shoulders, which is actually something I never even noticed. It was such a technical critique.
It’s definitely been a common problem within our routines. We’ve been trying to keep her shoulders down. I think she’s got it down now. I really feel good about our routine this week, and hopefully we do a good job. I think the result is out of our hands. All I really care about is going out there and doing a good job. I want us to end on a high note.
What’s been your most memorable moment from this season?
I think the ‘Psycho’ tango was a fun one, and I think Ricki executed the shadow dancing really well. It was a good one. I also enjoyed our quickstep and the paso doble was really fun, where she was Little Red Riding Hood. I think that each routine was thought out. There was never a routine where I thought we phoned it in. There was a lot of thought in every routine this season.
After Tuesday night, it’s a wrap for Season 13, so what are your post-season plans?
I’m going on a vacation, which I’m really excited about. That should be fun. I’m actually co-hosting ‘Live!’ with Kelly Ripa, which should be a lot of fun. Regis has always been a huge supporter of mine, and I always have a good time on the show.
Be sure to read the full interview at AOL. Thanks to PureDWTS reader @ElmariL for the link.
Cheryl has penned a new blog for People.com. She writes of her and Rob’s final dances and their chances of winning the competition. I think she’s right. It’s “anyone’s game”. I can’t wait to see the “lifts” she mentions! More below and at the link.
As for our chances of winning, it’s really all about that freestyle round. It could really go any way. We still have our slow waltz that we’re doing on Monday, but it’s the freestyle round that makes it or breaks it. Then on Tuesday, we perform our favorite dance of the season. And then if we make the top two, we have to do a samba relay.
Now that we’re here and we’re so close to winning, Rob really wants to take it to the next level. The freestyle is really exhausting. Rob has so many lifts. It’s pretty much all him doing the lifts, so it’s important we keep our energy up. We need to get lots of rest and then come in ready to work.
I think at the end of the day, we’re our own biggest competition. I know it’s so common for people to say that, but we’re improving every single week. That’s what the competition is about. J.R. and Ricki are hard to beat because they’ve pretty much always been frontrunners. At the end of the day, though, it’s anyone’s game.