Some details are starting to surface for the Dancing With The Stars finale. Fifth harmony is to perform. Also, note that there will be a 2nd stage. Read below. Thanks to Donamadrina for the heads up as well as @ImLaraBlanco at twitter.
So, the odds makers at Sports Bovada have placed their bets for the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale. I have to say, I am not surprised how they placed them again for the story boarding that has taken place on this show, the last elimination (that I’m still not over. ), and how much promotion there has been for Rumer and Val. Though one thing to note: the odds makers haven’t been right about who they’ve placed first or last this whole season. Anyway, take a look below and let us know what you think in comments.
Rumer Willis 2/5
Riker Lynch 7/4
Noah Galloway 12/1
My thoughts: They most likely have it right. Rumer and Val are going to win…especially being TPTB seem to be getting their way for how they want this show to turn out this season. And how convenient too with a looming summer tour about to take place. So, all odds are in Rumer and Val’s favor. But, with everything I am, I hope Riker or Noah (either one) win this competition. I’m not a fan of manipulation and promo of one couple being shoved down my throat. When it happens, I run the other way. I’m not a fan to egotistical pros who diss their fellow pros. With that said, I want Riker and Allison to win for all of their hard work, dancing ability, and creative and powerful productions. I’d also love to see Noah and Sharna win for how they’ve touched us week after week and all of their productions too…..and I especially loved their cool lifts. So, I imagine you know how I’ll be voting.
Let’s see what Courtney and Miss Heidi think…..
Courtney: I’m having a really, really hard time with this – especially since Nastia’s elimination is still not adding up to me, since it seemed to really go against what we know from the history of this show to be typical voting behavior. It was almost as if Nastia got Sabrina’d – but that only happens when a celeb seems to struggle with votes for the ENTIRE SEASON, and we know for a fact that Nastia was leading in the votes at some point, because of what Tom said. The only thing that I think may have legit contributed to it was the unflattering, Russian ice-princess portrayal they gave Nastia last week – both in her package AND that sorry excuse for Dance Center humor. Since when is being Russophobic funny? It’s not – except when you somehow need to make a symbol of national pride (an Olympic gold medalist) somehow unpalatable to a conservative-leaning viewing audience. I would hope that viewers would have seen through all that, but clearly I may overestimate their collective emotional intelligence. It all just BUGS. While the pattern of pimping and cramming Rumer & Val down our throats makes part of me want to throw in the towel and go “Fine, you win – now go away!”, a bigger part thinks Nastia’s elim may actually make it harder for Rumer to win – because now you’ve got quite a few pissed off fans looking to get even, and the random sampling I’m seeing online seem to be directing their blame for Nastia’s elim towards Rumer or Noah. This may give Riker a bit of an edge – ability-wise, he’s got the best chance of beating out Rumer, and nobody seems to really be blaming him for Nastia’s elimination. But then there’s the two elephants in the room: he’s got dance experience (which Tallulah Willis seems to be losing sleep over on the regular) AND some folks seem to still have a bee in their bonnet over the fact that he’s a distant relative of the Houghs. So that brings us to Noah – ability-wise, he’s got the hardest row to hoe of the 3 finalists, but he also seems to have the strongest sympathy (and patriotic) vote on his side. But as I mentioned before, I also see him getting quite a bit of blame for Nastia going home – even though I’m not convinced that he would have been the one leaving if Nastia had stayed. As for Rumer – TPTB have done a bang-up job of making sure she comes out smelling like roses next to the other two. They’re still pushing the “I have no dance experience!” narrative (lie), the bullying narrative, and the “Val’s never won!” narrative (nevermind that neither of the other 2 pros in the finale this season have, either – IT’S VAL’S SEASON, Y’ALL!!!), and there’s the fact that she’s the only female finalist in a season right after one where a dude won (never understood some fans’ need to “alternate” between a male & female champion, but some really seem hung up on it) – on paper, it’s looking like she’s going to win this. But part of me is still holding out hope that manipulation we’ve endured all season backfires, and we see Noah or Riker hoist that trophy.
Heidi: I’m going to do my best to make sure they’re NOT right. I haven’t seen the blame on Noah, however. What I have seen are a bunch of Derek/Nastia fans who are: a) Pissed at the producers for the obvious manipulative efforts to get rid of Nastia (confirmed to a degree by Derek in his post show interviews and blog), and b) a bunch of Derek fans pissed at Val for being…Val. Typically idiotic. That’s quite a combo. Is it the perfect storm? I have a feeling there will be a lot of people voting for anyone but Val – whether that will work or not, I have no idea. The manipulation is still on full force. Saw a commercial last night for DWTS and it was all Rumer, some Riker and very little Noah. That tells me I need to vote Noah. At the end of the day, I have no idea if people will actually power vote against Val, but some may. It might be enough. They are pushing so hard for it, I would LOVE to see it backfire. It’s very possible that Rumer will end up winning this thing, but I wouldn’t call it in the bag by any stretch. They’re working so hard to make it happen, ya gotta wonder. I wonder who they will sandbag on Monday night. Both men, or just Noah? And I wonder if Rob Wade will take his hand off the wheel a bit in the finale, after Kristyn Burtt finally got her real reporter wings by grilling him a bit last night at the Paley Center. He was squirming a good bit. Yo, Rob, Conrad always read this site a lot – maybe you should start, cuz people are really seeing the man behind the curtain now and it wasn’t so obvious when Conrad was that man. The road to cancellation is paved with video tapes of highly manipulated episodes.
“Judge”Ment Night In The Ballroom
Whereas, it was declared on the 11th Day of May, 2015, that Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonoili, and Len Goodman, have issued an edict. Said edict requires each pair, Riker Lynch and Allison Holker, Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Nastia Luikin and Derek Hough, and Sharna Burgess and Noah Galloway, to follow their choices for dances, costumes, and music for Week 9 Semi-Finals.
Teeth chattering, hands wringing, nerves jangling, said pairs hunkered down in rehearsals with their designated Judge. “Here comes the Judge” was heard echoing throughout the rehearsal complex.
Said pairs had the pressures of learning two dances for the Semi-Finals. The race was as tight as a mammoth rubber band tightened around the Ballroom. Our own tensions were as tight as a drum! Electricity pulsated out of every pore, every corner of the Ballroom. The quality of dancing was higher than a kite in the sky!
Wherefore, in the annals of the Dancing With The Stars Memory Books, the declaration is:
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered, it was:
“Judge”Ment Night In The Ballroom
The Power-Propelled Opening
A bowl-us-over, Jumpin’ Jack Flash Jive
A strike in every way, a Dance Troupe extravaganza
Delivering a knock’em-out-of-the Ballroom-punch
Leading to the introduction of the Semi-Finalists
Semi-Finals Swing Set One
Rumer and Val – Viennese Waltz
A spotlight and a vision of white, star-quality
Waltz of wonderment, lyrical, romantic, angelic
America falling in love with Rumer, perfect Diva
Judges Choice – Bruno
Rumer and Val – Contemporary
Troupe Balletic Assist – Swan Lake
Balletic brilliance, a bright light
Stunning, spectacular, lift to the rafters
Brilliant concept, choreography, dramatic ending
Semi-Finals Set Two
Sharna and Noah – Viennese Waltz
A magical, mystical, marvelous time of life
Fluid, fabulous ease of movement, charming
Fresh romantic approach, honest, natural
Judges Choice – Carrie Ann
Sharna and Noah – Paso Doble
Like an opera house performance, high-end drama
Metaphor of Noah’s life, a story with passion
Masterful, a bull taking control of a herd
Semi-Finals Set Three
Riker and Allison – Contemporary
Raw, putting it all out on the floor, haunting
Hard core range, right on target, killed the dance
Pro quality from the star – Riker, incredible talent
Judges Choice – Julianne
With a Julianne Performance
A controlling dance like a lion taming two lionesses
With flair, musicality, a technical marvel
A beauty of a dance, classical, timeless classic
Semi-Finals Set Four
Nastia and Sasha – Quickstep
Flying feet across the floor, show stopper
Sequins on fire, with acrobatic artistry
A glowing, glamorous blonde bombshell
Judges Choice – Len
Nastia and Derek – Viennese Waltz
A Performance with Len
Dance for a Memory Book at a Golden Ball
Caressed with clarity, a love song, sublime refinement
A heart stopper finale with Len – a True Hero of Dance
Perfect Ten Dancing With The Stars Summer Tour Preview
With Hostess Melissa Rycroft
Val, Keo, Artem, Alan, Sasha
Emma, Brittany. Peta, Jenna, Witney
Dazzling display of polished precision
Dynamic dancing, powerhouse preview
A spotlight of astounding star quality
The Diamond on The Semi-Finals Cake
A marriage proposal – Noah professing his love
Noah says to Jamie – “Will you marry me?”
Jamie says – “Heck, yes,”.
To rousing applause and approval
Rocking the Ballroom House
A Semi-Finals of professional quality to remember in every way!
A heart-tugging, heart-stopping, epic, enthralling Ballroom scene!
Please stay tuned for a Tuesday Night Results Show Review!
Written By Lois A Troutman, May 14, 2015
Tom Bergeron Interviewed About Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale and More On The Wendy Williams Show – Video
Tom Bergeron was a guest on the Wendy Williams Show today. He talked about Dancing With The Stars, the finals, and more. Check it out….
Kristyn and the gang reviewed the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Semi-Finals in their new Afterbuzz TV show. Val Chmerkovskiy was their guest. I haven’t listened to the whole show yet, so, be sure to let us know what you think.
Wow, these new photos of Dancing With The Stars Week 9 are just stunning. What do you think? To see even more, visit Getty Images.
Just a TV Heads Up: Be sure to watch Dancing With The Stars “Road To The Finals” on Saturday, May 16th, on ABC if interested. The show will feature the journey of the remaining couples and what to expect in the finale.
I’m not sure where to begin today? I am just sad and numb for what happened last night on Dancing With The Stars. I never expected to see Derek and Nastia to be eliminated and something just doesn’t seem right about it and more so than I’ve ever felt in all the time I’ve been watching this show, but, they are handling it all like the true “Champions” and class and humble acts that they are. See this link at Pure Derek Hough to see what I mean.
Also, in a new interview with Glamour, Derek and Nastia both said they have no regrets doing the show despite their busy schedules. Derek was also asked if he’d do season 21 of Dancing With The Stars. Note that he is contracted for one more season and there are more things he’d like to do, but not necessarily as a pro (Oh, how I like the sounds of that idea!). Read on….
Of course, now as we get ready to close out season 20, the talk turns to the fall installment of DWTS, and whether Derek will return for that. “I don’t know,” remarked Derek, before joking that he’s played this ‘game’ many times. “In the past it was like, ‘Are you coming back, Derek? Are you not coming back? Oh, just shut up Derek! Make a decision!” he laughed. Still, Derek wanted to make clear that this season really was a last-minute decision, and it had everything to do with wanting to be a part of the 10th Anniversary. So what does that mean for season 21? “I think I’m contracted for one more season legally. But we’ll see what happens. I have some ideas that I want to do on the show, but not necessarily as a pro.” Ah, that Derek…still finding a way to tease us!
Val also apologized to Nastia for calling them “uninteresting”. This is what Derek and Nastia had to say about it.
While Derek and Nastia took the high road when it came to the elimination, they were much more open about the comments that fellow pro Val Chmerkovskiy said in one of the pre-packages played during the show. When the pros were asked to comment on the remaining contestants, Val remarked that “Nastia and Derek are so perfect that it makes them a bit uninteresting.” Many times the couples don’t watch every tape package that’s played in the ballroom, but this time, Derek did. “Oh, I heard him,” revealed Derek. “I heard him and I went up to him afterwards and was like, ‘Thanks. Classy, bro, classy.'”
Whether Val meant it or not, he went up to Nastia after the package aired to apologize. “Something I’ve learned about this experience is that it’s a TV show,” explained Nastia, “and for 20 years of my life when I competed, there was no producers. It was [me] going out there and competing. I think that’s what I was trying to do at the beginning of the season and why I was so into the scores and the placements.” She went on to add that Derek helped her realize that “you have to live in the moment. It was like the moment we had last night [with Len]. It was really the perfect sendoff.”
Yeah, “classy” indeed. I don’t know how any pro could be so mean-spirited to another pro and their partner? Sad!
So, for lots more with Derek and Nastia after the show last night and their reactions, see this link at Pure Derek Hough.
Moving on to some other media. See Read more..
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…