The dancing continues!! That’s right! Below is Katherine & Mark and William & Cheryl dancing and being interviewed on the LIVE! With Kelly show today! If you can’t see the videos, you can view them at the LIVE! With Kelly site here. “Splish, Splash, I forgot about the bath…”
Ok kids, it’s time once again to vote of our biannual “end-of-season” awards…our sort of “wrap up” for season 14, where we see what you guys think were the highs and lows of this season If you want to get a feel for how these awards work, you can check out previous seasons’ award recipients here.
First, the rules: I’ve picked what I deem to be the most likely candidates (with the strongest chance of winning) for each category – of course, some of you are going to disagree, and that’s fine. If you don’t see your pick listed as an option, you can write-in your own nomination in the “other” box. But here’s my biannual disclaimer about the dreaded “other” box: if I can’t read what you wrote because it’s badly misspelled/grammatically nonsensical/generally incoherent, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT COUNT. If your response to the question does not make sense (i.e. you simply vote “Donald” for best dance), YOUR VOTE WILL NOT COUNT. If you simply repeat one of the already listed responses because you can’t be bothered to actually pay attention, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT COUNT. If you’re just generally being a nudnik and giving harassing responses, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT COUNT. *shakes head* I still can’t believe that I have to give this spiel twice a year…
…anywho, we’ll give you guys a week to get your votes in, and then we’ll reveal the results in a series of posts starting next week. Now ready…set…VOTE!!!Read more..
We have just a couple of more media things to share today. Below is Donald and Peta on LIVE! With Kelly this morning. If you can’t see the video, you can view it at the LIVE! With Kelly site here. “Baby, something is on my mind…”
Here are the top three couples being interviewed with Tony Dovolani and Extra as well…
Am I the only one that is mildly entertained that William has the largest point difference between his predicted scores and actual scores… with Katherine a point beneath that. While in the meantime, Donald is actually a lot closer being just one point off from the past? When you add the scores from Tuesday night’s show into the table Donald has the smallest point difference of the final three…
So let’s look at William’s scoring progression:
Although there are times over the season that William appears to score similar to what was originally predicted or even below, for the most part he has scored a few points over the predicted score. So let’s look at everyone else.
So, after a round of interviews with the press, our Season 14 Champs, Donald and Peta joined the Jimmy Kimmel LIVE Show via satellite. Jimmy is a goof ball as always as he tries to put them on the spot.
PopTVDotCom was able to capture some of the cast going to some after parties after the show. They have good things to say on the winners and how much fun they had…
Saving the best for last, below is Donald & Peta, Mark & Katherine, and William and Cheryl on Good Morning America today after catching a red eye to New York City last night. GMA asks them some great questions, Len has a special message for Donald and it’s well deserved, William’s little boy shows some love (a total awwww moment), and the couples dance too….
Wow, where do we begin this morning? First of all, I want to stress: DON’T LEAVE US! The show never stops at Pure Dancing With The Stars!! As our Princess Heidi mentioned last night in her Spoiler Post, “a few episodes of Cheesecake, a team retrospective look at Season 14 (warts and all), and a numbers post looking at the entire season” is coming up. Courtney hosts an Awards. Marianya’s got some cool things planned in the mix. We’ll post some new Questionnaires and Polls. Also, we report on any and all news and rumors out there on all the Pros and the upcoming Season all summer. So, stay tuned. You don’t want to miss anything (as several of you did last season when the rumors started flying which, fyi, began EARLY in the off season). With that said, below are a few interviews to start off the day after such a glorious and one of the best finals in Dancing With The Stars history. Congratulations again to Season 14 Champs Peta and Donald….and same to Katherine & Mark, William and Cheryl, and ALL the couples this season. They are all winners and gave it everything they had.
Ok, let’s get to some interviews this morning from Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight for starters….
E Online interviewed the cast after the show with their thoughts about coming back for the All-star season….
Roshon Fegen told us that he’s totally game for coming back if he was asked and if his schedule permits, along with Gavin DeGraw, who was a little more apprehensive about the idea, but said he’d consider it.
Meanwhile, Gladys Knight, Katherine Jenkins and Donald Driver were all iffy about giving the ballroom competition dancing another go.
Jenkins said that she needs a break (which we totally understand) and Driver has football coming up, so that might get in the way. But he already won the whole shebang, so it wouldn’t exactly be fair to add him into the mix, anyway. Don’t you think?
Although the judges don’t get a say in who will come back for DWTS’ all-star edition, Carrie Ann Inaba told us that she’d like to see Apolo Anton Ohno, Kirstie Alley and “definitely” Gilles Marini (yeah, we wouldn’t mind seeing him shake his bon-bon again, either).
As always, don’t miss the After Buzz TV interviews as well.
More coming up! Stay tuned!!
And the hyperbole plays on. They are really trying hard to sell this season as the best ever, with CAI telling Katherine she had one of the best dances ever and Len claiming that Willy’s Cha Cha was right up there with the best in 14 seasons, we have them adding to the hyperbole using Tom as a mouthpiece. Spare me, gang, you’re just insulting my intelligence now.
Okay, with the spoiler space for twitter dispensed with…..WHOOOO HOOO!! Okay. Had to get that out of my system. CONGRATULATIONS TO DONALD AND PETA!!!!!
Here are the official standings:
Third Place: William and Cheryl
Second Place: Katherine and Mark
Winner of Season 14: Donald and Peta
Great finale, all in all – all the returning contestants did great. And may I toot my own horn?? I called Donald back in week one or two.
How did we all do this week? Well…
Heidi: predicted Donald as the winner, William as second with Katherine as third
Courtney: predicted Donald as the winner, William as second and Katherine third.
Vogue: Ever the rogue, Vogue said that Donald would win, Katherine would take second and Willy would come in third.
And Vogue gets it right once again!!
Gang, don’t tune out right away. We’ll have a few episodes of Cheesecake, a team retrospective look at Season 14 (warts and all), and a numbers post looking at the entire season, attempting to answer the question of William Levy – if he hadn’t been constantly over scored, would he have gone home a lot sooner?? Or did the general audience get wise to the pimping like my little sister did??
I have to say ‘the powers that be’ have outdone themselves this season for the Dancing With The Stars Confessionals and the last one for Season 14 is no different. Here’s to tonight, Everyone!
Now that we know what the final three couples are going to dance for the 24-hour Challenge, let’s see how they will fare:
- Age: 27.190
- Occupation: 26.250
- Professional Partner: N/A
Predicted Score: 27
Predicted Rank: 3rd
Comments: Donald and Peta chose their lowest scoring dance for their 24-hour challenge, the first time they did a Cha-Cha was back in Week 1, it was a 21. With so much room for improvement I have no doubt that Donald would shine, but how much? Let’s look at how previous NFL players in their 30s have done this late in the season.
- Season 3′s Emmitt Smith received a 30 in Week 9
- Season 6′s Jason Taylor received a 24 for Week 10
- Season 11′s Kurt Warner received a 24 and Week 8
For the most part NFL players are oozing with charisma, regardless on the scores that they received. Donald could do better, scoring wise… I’m hoping he’ll get another perfect score.
Well, as it stands right now and based on scores alone, it’s anyone’s game. Such a small margin going into tomorrow night. But really, Donald’s freestyle?? Would have won the competition any other season. Any other season that didn’t have the ridiculous pimping and fawning over another contestant who is totally unworthy of the praise.
Please, Cheryl – take a break. You did William NO favors with that totally predictable freestyle. Donald wasn’t the only one who totally called it. My twitter feed predicted the whole dance before it aired…to the point that I died laughing at the shirt ripping and the faux standing intercourse on the floor. Lord, Len picks a great time to agree with me. I would have given it an 8, though. He was too generous. If William wins this he will be the most undeserving winner in history.
Katherine did a great job on both dances, with the exception of some awkwardness on the lifts during the freestyle and a tiny bit of softness in the legs during the Paso. I don’t think either dance was worth a 30, but, like Courtney said, the judges really hosed her on the dance selection. They gave all their favors to William…how many cha cha’s has he learned now?? Three or four? And even then, Cheryl’s choreo didn’t stand up to Peta’s and Mark’s. Me thinks someone is relying on the sex factor and over scoring to carry her through. Interestingly, I saw Katherine on E! News and they asked her about taking clothes off and she said, “We’re not about taking off clothes. It’s about the dancing for us.” Now, those of you who have been reading this blog for a long time know that I would normally skewer someone for that sort of commentary for its subtle diss of another contestant. Not this season. Not when even Len is calling a freestyle “predictable”. The truth hurts, kids, and Katherine and Donald ARE about the dancing. William and Cheryl?? Not so much. They’ve gone to the same well too many times, and if there is any justice they won’t go home with the trophy.
The Judges Scores and Percentages
So, as you can see, there is only a tiny margin going into Tuesday’s final dance. Of course, this dance is also scored and has the ability to change the game entirely. My question is – just how invested are the judges in William?? Do they want him to win badly enough to seriously skew it AFTER everyone has voted?? On CAI and Bruno’s part, I would say yes. So I’m putting all my faith in Len.
In order for either William or Donald to overtake Katherine and win, at this point, either or both of them need to get 5,620 more votes per million votes cast. That’s a very small number. Discounting the final dance for a minute, if both men beat that spread, then Katherine comes in third. Then it becomes a race between the two men and whoever gets the most votes win. Period.
Except not period. The judges have one more shot at screwing it up. So, let’s play a game of “what if?” There are a couple different ways it could go tomorrow. Option 1 – the judges cop out and give everyone a 30. If they do that, then the margin between Katherine and the two men decreases to 3,735 votes per million votes cast. A virtual tie.
Option 2 is one of the two men chokes and gets…let’s say a 28. Since I think that man is more likely to be Donald (based on history), that’s what we’ll go with. If it happens to William, just substitute his name here. So, if Donald gets a 28 and William and Katherine get 30s?? For Donald to WIN, he would need both of the following:
- Donald would need 7,520 more votes per million votes cast than William, AND;
- Donald would need 11,280 more votes per million votes cast than Katherine.
After his freestyle, I think Donald can do it. I just hope he doesn’t have to. If the positions are reversed, I think William can likely do it as well.
Option 3 is the one where the judges just totally level the playing field. That is, the two men both get 30 and Katherine gets a 29. Of course, if that happens it’s a tie ball game and the high vote getter wins. It certainly should be Donald in first place, Katherine in second place with William taking third. Whether that happens or not I have no good idea.
Of course, there is one last, thoroughly repulsive option. That is the option where Donald and Katherine are both given something less than 30 while William gets a 30. If that number is a 29, then Katherine and Willy are tied and Donald needs 3,760 to catch them. Of course, that is chump change and Donald should be able to do it based on his freestyle. But if they get 28s?? If that happens, then in judges scores William is in first place, Katherine in second and Donald in third. For Donald to win, he would need both of the following:
- Donald needs 3,790 more votes per million votes cast than Katherine, AND;
- Donald needs 7,580 more votes per million votes cast than William.
Should be easy enough. For Katherine to win in that scenario she needs BOTH of the following:
- Katherine needs Donald to not cover the spread, AND;
- Katherine needs 3,790 more votes per million votes cast than William.
I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t see either of those things happening. In that scenario, for William to win he simply needs for neither Donald nor Katherine to cover the spread.
So, after looking at all the various scenarios, nothing has changed my mind. I think it comes down to William and Donald. Which of the two men wins depends heavily on the final dance. Unless Donald really blows it and gets underscored relative to William (again) I think Donald wins.
I’m going to say:
Donald – Winner
William – Second Place
Katherine – Third Place.
I would love it if Willy got knocked to third place. I also wouldn’t mind at all if Katherine were to win – but I don’t think so.