Kristyn Burtt, Dava Darv, and Suri Serano review the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale. Let us know what you think as always….
Finale – Part One
Freedom – Performing without restriction, the state of being free, a right or a privilege to be able to live in freedom, ease of movement or performance
The Finales of Dancing With The Stars are populated with highly anticipated Freestyles. There are no restrictions, the sky is the limit for the creative juices to be flowing. Freestyles can range from an epic production to a subdued dance telling a story. Any number of elements can make up a Freestyle. A Freestyle is usually a water cooler subject. A freestyle can be remembered as a highlight of the Dancing With The Stars viewing experience!
Some of my favorite Freestyles – Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke – Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy; Julianne Hough and Helio Castroneves – Banana Man Quickstep; Julianne Hough and Apollo Anton Ohno – their adorable Hip Hop routine; Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson – their high energy, tap happy dance; there are too many to mention.
The pairs had two dances to do for the finale – their repeated personal choices and the Freestyles.
The Tenth Anniversary. Season 20, Finale Freestyles were done in:
The Spirit of Freedom
Freestyle Spirit – Set One
Noah and Sharna
Contemporary – Titanium
With Troupe Assist
Noah the Vulnerable, depicting a heartbeat of pain
A powerful reality exhibition, a spirit of steel
With heart and love, poetic and meaningful
Breaking out, being free celebration
An inspirational transformation
Freestyle Spirit – Set Two
Riker and Allison
Contemporary – I Won’t Dance
With Troupe Assist
Broadway Revue Blockbuster, a spotlight for Riker
With flair, finesse, and piñache ala Fred Astaire
All the elements of a Freestyle
A strike down Riker’s alley, the past meets the present
Full of dazzling razz-ma-razz and pizzazz
Freestyle Spirit – Set Three
Rumer and Val
Argentine Tango/Contemporary Fusion – Toxic
A cover of Rumer on vocals, Val on violin
Their own personal stamp and personal expression
Completely their own, pure and brave
Intoxicating, invigorating, bewitching intensity
Sharp, staccato sensational movements
Perfect depiction of their style and journey
Personal Choice – Set One
Noah and Sharna
Argentine Tango – Rather Be
Clarity of movement, connection of partners
Picturesque bends and lifts
With newly-found confidence, subtle nuances
Owning the space, with a survivor spirit
Personal Choice – Set Two
Riker and Allison
Jack Sparrow Paso Doble – He’s A Pirate
A showstopper, blockbuster, fierce, fabulous
Powerful Jack-Of-All-Trades Paso
Treasure trove of content, a barn-storming devil
A swashbuckling, epic, dynamic dance
Personal Choice – Set Three
Rumer and Val
Foxtrot – Take Me To Church
Lyrical, light-as-air, swirling, twirling
Purely exquisite, like poetry in motion
Lovely flair of movements, pure Ballroom Bliss
A flawless exhibition of Dancing Royalty
The pairs laid it all out on the dance floor. Their devotion, determination, and spirit shown through dance. Their spirits were soaring as Finale Night – Part One came to a close.
The Spirit of Freedom was exhibited in many ways. Deeply personal emotions were on full display. The spirit of happiness and fun was on full display. The Freestyles were danced with spirit into the Dancing With The Stars Memory Books!
Written By Lois A Troutman, May 20, 2015
Please stay tuned for Finale – Part Two
Lot’s of fun below to watch thanks to PopTVDotCom….
We’ll post all the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Good Morning America After Party coverage in this post. Thanks to @idolxFactor for being so quick to get this to us….
Madison Taylor has been tweeting photos. Don’t miss some live shots here.
More coming! Stay tuned….
ETA: Below is the full after party. Be sure to send @Idolxfactor some thanks for all of his work this season….
I just want to start out by saying thank you so much for all of you for your amazing love and support for PureDWTS this season. What a ride it’s been through all the good times, the not so good times, and all the curve balls. We laughed, we cried, and we shared it all together. So from all of us, thank you so much.
Also, for those new to the site, know we never go away in the off season. We follow the pros in the off season as much as when the season is on. We post exclusive interviews and any new rumors we run into for the next season. Court holds an Awards. Heidi writes awesome commentaries. Heidi and Court may even post some cheesecake. We love to post new Questionnaires as well. And then there is the new Dancing With The Stars Tour, Julianne and Derek’s Move Live On Tour, and the new Ballroom With A Twist shows to report on. So, yeah, don’t go away.
Ok, moving on to some post finale media. First up, Renee Spei You Tube at this link for some behind the scenes action at the show last night. Also, if you missed any of the dances last night on Dancing With The Stars and would like to see them all, see this link. Al worked late into the night trying to get everything up last night.
You can watch a recap at E News. And here are some interviews….
Tony Dovolani talked with the couples after they danced last night on Dancing With The Stars. He also spoke with Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman. They look into the crystal ball for tonight. More below…
Dancing with the Stars Season 20, The Final Performances – Let’s Discuss Tonight’s Show!! (Spoilers)
Well, I took an unscientific poll of Derek fans. Everyone appears to be voting Riker. Granted, I have 11k followers and only about 30 people responded to the tweet…but only one or two said they were voting Noah. Everyone else said Riker. I have NO idea if this is the best course of action. One minute I think Riker has a better shot, then five seconds later I’m thinking Noah is getting a ton of votes. The fact that they called Riker safe makes me think that he was the one that was only 1.5% ahead of Nastia…then five minutes later I think that he was in first place. I have no idea.
As I preach every week in my “Dancing by the Numbers” post, it’s NOT just the voters, but the judges as well. Their points count for half. Generally, the finale and semi-final can go one of two ways. The judges rank the couples by handing out scores that put someone in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place OR they throw out scores in such a way to create a tie – that’s called throwing it to the audience. Which way will they go?? Well, if they throw it to the audience, I expect that it’s Rumer’s to lose. After all their hard, hard work this season in making sure Val gets a MBT, are they likely to throw it to the audience if she didn’t have it in the bag? Maybe, maybe not. I feel schizophrenic. At the end of the day, if Noah is within three points, I would want to vote for him. However…if all the Derek fans are going with Riker, well then I should go with them, right?? :::sigh::: We’ll discuss this again at the end of round one. 😉
Okay, Noah up first with his AT.
He was pretty unsteady in spots…but a 32 may be the nail in his coffin, depending on how the other two do.
Riker up next with his Paso – which he pretty much killed. If he gets nitpicked, I’ll be pissed.
Standing ovation from Len?? Either Riker is doing horrible in votes or he’s doing amazing. No middle ground.
Aren’t you shocked that Rumer is going last?? I know I am. (end sarcasm)
Okay, required Rumer tears…check. Required Val kindness…check. Required repeat of Len’s prediction that it’s Val’s season…check.
A bit out of sync…and still rather hard. Bruno mentions “hollywood royalty” and “dancing royalty”. CAI says poetry in motion. Oy veh. Long night.
Difference after round one….Noah needs about 72k more votes per million votes cast to beat either Rumer or Riker. Biggest Margin ever, I think. This will change after the freestyles, but it looks like I’m voting Noah.
Okay, Noah’s freestyle was killer. I loved it. It best be a perfect score. They’ve handicapped him enough.
Dance party in the red room and Erin makes a funny at Redfoo.
Aaannnndd…Noah gets a perfect score. Well deserved but it also seemed pre-planned.
Lot’s of pressure on Rumer and Val because Riker just slayed it with a fun, different, cool free style.
Welp, I’m voting Riker….I hope you do too. 😀
Someone explain to me how that was a freestyle?? And how it was markedly different from anything else she did all season long. Me thinks they missed the whole point of a freestyle.
Gee, where have I heard that bit about stripping it down….oh, that’s right, DEREK.
Okay, with a diferential of about 35k votes, I’m voting Riker. You also have to remember there is a dance that is scored tomorrow. Need to vote to make up for the underscoring that Riker will likely get.
Here we go!!
And after showing Noah’s proposal, he’s standing on stage with his fiance. I suspect a “safe” call is imminent.
Nope! Noah is in jeopardy. Who will go against him?? I figure we have to wait an hour to find out. :::sigh::: Least they could do is give me and Court some cheesecake material…
Of course there is no encore this week. Of course.
And, Riker is going to the finale. Which means that either Rumer or Nastia is in jeopardy with Noah.
Uh oh. Nastia and Derek’s turn. This could be trouble.
Yep, Derek and Nastia in Jeopardy.
Val has yet to realize that his brand of cheap shade looks good on no one. Classless. Take notes from Derek, son, then maybe you can win this show once without pimping AND a ringer.
Ignorant man with little choreography chops is the worst thing I can say about you.
Okay, he and Rumer are in jeopardy.
Well, they just gave Nastia the chance to say goodbye. Did they talk to Riker earlier??
Final results coming up!!
Come on, Len. Someone has to go home. That’s the way the show works!
Noah and Sharna are SAFE!
Eliminated couple is: Nastia and Derek
Wrong couple went home, but I’m not surprised. I will say that after Val’s comment tonight, I will be voting my fingers to the bone for either Noah or Riker – whoever has the best chance to beat him.
Sharna Bugess has written such a touching new blog. She’s hoping her and Noah make the finals. No matter what happens, she feels they have already won. Read on…
I feel like I have already won DWTS just having Noah as my partner. He is my hero and a true champion. Noah deserves an award for overcoming his physical challenges and performing so beautifully each week. I have an amazing freestyle dance planned for Noah — I truly hope we make it to the final!
This season is my dream come true. Thank you to all our fans for being so supportive, we love and appreciate you!
More from Sharna at Closer Weekly.
Wow, last night’s show was one of the best shows I have ever seen in all my time watching Dancing With The Stars. The Judges Choice dances took the couples and the show to a whole new level. So, what do you think: Would you like to see them bring back the Judges Choice dances again in the future like I would? VOTE in our new Poll and let us know.
Moving on, let’s examine the scores from last night again….
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker – 80 (40/40)
Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough – 80 (40/40)
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – 78 (38/40)
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess – 76 (36/40)
As for the interviews….first, go to E News. All four couples are interviewed on the night. It was an emotional one for them all in different ways and everyone is happy with last night’s dances. And here are some more interviews (we’ll add more interviews to each section as soon as more are released)….
Got Pap (I couldn’t resist posting Maks and Peta seen after the show):
Keep checking back for updates and thanks for everything for reading, commenting, and all of your love and support for this site!! xx
ETA: Below is more….
POPTVDotCom (you can see Gleb Savhcenko, Elena Samodanova, and Adelina Sotnikova too!):
ETA2: Fox News also talked with the couples. Be sure to see the link for more, but, below is a take…
Derek Hough was finally able to dance again for a complete number with Liukin after an injury marred his “DWTS” season and pro Sasha Farber had stepped in.
While Hough danced most of the routine, mentor Goodman did a few moves with Liukin at the end in a performance paying tribute to the veteran judge’s life.
On-the-mend Hough hopes to perform with Liukin if they make it to the finals, and the Olympian told reporters: “I think at the beginning of the season, I was more like, oh, the scores and the placement and now…Derek’s injury, and seeing the pain he’s been in…it’s taught me life is about the journey.”
ETA3: Here is a You Tube version of Noah and Sharna with Entertainment Tonight. Thanks to Andrea for the find…