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
Entertainment Weekly Chats With Rumer Willis And Val Chmerkovskiy About Winning Dancing With The Stars And Next Plans
Entertainment Weekly interviewed Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy about their run and win on Dancing With The Stars. Read below for how they are feeling on it all right now. Also note, that Rumer will be performing in Sway. See this tweet.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How do you feel after last night’s win?
RUMER WILLIS: I’m so ecstatic. I could not be happier.
What were your thoughts going into last night’s results show?
WILLIS: Honestly, I was just excited. I knew that the work that I had put in and we had one last dance to do, and I just wanted to make it something that I really enjoyed.
How does it feel to be the winner of season 20? It’s been a really special season.
WILLIS: So awesome. I couldn’t be happier that we won in general, but to win also on such a big season. This season they really pulled out all the stops with everything. I feel like everyone who was competing just really brought their A-game. I know it was tough. The dances that were happening and the freestyles that happened at the end were all so incredible, so to have it come down to us was pretty incredible.
Val, this was your first win. How has this season been different for you?
VAL CHMERKOVSKIY: Well, it’s my first win. So that’s already different. But it’s just been a great season. I feel like we approached everything really honestly, and I feel like everything came out genuine. I feel like that’s why people really got behind us and were able to relate to Rumer and her journey. It was great to be a part of that.
What will you miss most now that the season is over?
CHMERKOVSKIY: Performing together.
CHMERKOVSKIY: That’s the biggest thing. There’s so much stress that goes into actually creating the numbers and the rehearsals and the time crunch and preparing that you never really have a chance to appreciate what you’ve done. So I’m going to take a moment to realize what we just did and reflect on that. And then we’re probably going to start missing each other.
More at Entertainment Weekly.
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….
Court here As Heidi is currently tied up at work, I’m covering for the time being…who’s ready to finish this season off?
Nice to see Redfoo shufflin’ in the opening number…and Nastia basically slaying her little bit, as if to say “Yeah, you eliminated me just short of the finale…and I just danced better than at least 2/3 of the finalists last night.”
Riker handled that bobble in his freestyle like a champ – didn’t even know it happened until Deep Throat told me about it later.
Ruh-roh – Riker got the encore? Oh boy, Riker fans – I sure as hell hope you actually voted for him to WIN, and didn’t just waste the night tweeting for him to get the encore. Historically, he/she who gets the finale encore does NOT end up winning the MBT.
Oh boy – Team Fooma and the Juicy Wiggle 😛 Any Aussies out there? Heard a rumor that the “juicy wiggle” was actually a dance craze in Australia – and Foo basically bogarted it when he was judging The X-Factor there last summer. Random.
Woohoo LEFT SHARK!!! AND MY BELOVED CRAB SASHA!!! 😀 And Charlotte’s awesome boobage.
I gotta give Fonz credit – I’m beginning to think his season never ended and he just decided to be on this one as well, since we see so much of him 😛 Dare I say we’ve seen more of Alfonso this season than at least 2/3 of this season’s cast?
WHHHAAAATTTT???!!!! Fonz taking over Funniest Home Videos??? BEST NEWS I’VE HEARD ALL DAY 😀
Ok, Derek got the best lines from “Bad Lip Reading”…#ipooped
A little birdie told me Emma is involved in Jason Derulo’s number…;-)
Emma just SLAYS. That is all. For those keeping count, this is the 2nd time Jason has performed on the show…and made Ems the focal point of his dance. #justsayin’
Chris still looks uncomfortable dancing to me. But Wit’s costume is adorable.
Ugh. I just realized we’re only 45 minutes into this finale – I still have to sit through another 75 minutes of it. *sigh*
Dare I say even Bruce Willis was impressed by Nastia reprising her Lindy? 😉
Speaking of Bruce – I can’t tell if he was genuinely tickled by the “Dance Hard” parody…or forcing a smile.
Nah, I think he’s having a great time – he’s grinning every time they pan to him. Either that, or they’re just looping the same clip of him smiling…
Poor Charlotte. Poor Keo. 😛
Eh…this dance feels like “B.O.S.S.” redux to me. It’s just ok – bet Mandy choreographed it.
Aaaaand the pro dances just get even more mediocre… #putyourshirtbackongreasychest
This “Elastic Heart” dance smells like Emmy bait to me – did Derek choreograph it?
And God bless Miss Patti and her “In Da Club” salsa…with Charlotte as the bottle girl and Chris & Michael as bouncers
An hour and 15 minutes in and they’re just now mentioning the fusion dance. Gaaaaaah. Still gotta sit through 45 minutes of this… 😯
Goddammit it’s so dusty in my house whenever Noah dances…but he slayed that fusion. Better be a perfect score!
Ahem. So the judges pull out the 9’s – you best believe Noah was a legitimate threat to Rumer or Riker winning – and he possibly still is. Verrrrry interesting choice in score.
Could they have saddled Riker with a shitter fusion than salsa/quickstep? If he gets reamed, so help me god…
Bet you anything Rumer gets paso/foxtrot or some other dark, edgy dance – since that’s all we’ve gotten from her all season.
Either I’m psychic, or Rumer & Val are just that one-note.
Aaaaand somehow we’re still “rushing”, but there’s ample time allotted for heaping over-the-top praise on Rumer – since she’s basically the best dancer ever on DWTS, the greatest thing since sliced bread, the cure for cancer, and the second coming of Jesus Christ. This season cannot be done fast enough for me.
And we have the mandatory maudlin song being performed as the 3 finalists stand awkwardly by with clips of the couples playing in the background. Yawn.
Noah & Sharna 3rd. No huge surprises there, considering the scoring low-ball – but look at just how much they had to low-ball him to make it happen.
Winner: Rumer & Val. 2nd place: Riker & Allison
And cue the million and one justifications from Val why his 1 golden MBT is the most important win in DWTS history and is better than every single other win combined.
Is it season 21 yet?
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…
Well, there’s not much to discuss tonight, actually. Riker and Rumer are currently tied for first place, with Noah 8 points back. I full expect that Noah’s deficit will get larger after their dance tomorrow night which brings it down to Riker and Rumer. The scores??
When all is said and done, for Noah to win, he needs to get about 35,000 more votes per million votes cast than BOTH Riker and Rumer. Now, bigger deficits have been over come in the past, but never in the finale. I don’t think Noah makes it. Now, it’s possible he could take second place instead of third, for sure. But I don’t see him winning, as much as I would love that to happen.
That leaves us with Riker and Rumer. The margin is ONE vote. Will Riker pull it off? Well, he should. Seriously, how non-creative and unimaginative could Val get by simply doing a good Argentine Tango? For that reason alone he should lose. Like Riker’s freestyle or not, it was a risk, it was different, it was a FREESTYLE.
The problem that Riker has is that his fans seemed to be (like many younger fanbases) consumed with twitter and winning the encore dance. HUGE mistake, as I tried to tell them. Has anyone won the encore freestyle AND won the trophy?? I think Kellie might be the only one. The PLUS that Riker has is that Derek fans seemed to be pretty solidly behind him. That said – how likely are you to power vote for someone who isn’t your first choice? Not that likely. I’m sure he got lots of votes from them, but it’s unlikely to be Derek’s fanbase at full strength, especially since they’ve had a week to cool down.
Rumer? I really like this girl a lot, but her pro let her down. That as a freestyle was a total creative cop out and that’s a real shame. He played it very, very safe and I can’t believe none of the judges called him on it. Rumer’s plus said is that she’s been pimped to high heaven and a large percentage of the voting audience could be called sheeple. Add in all the bought and paid for media since the beginning of the show and Riker has an uphill battle.
At the end of the day, I can’t even make a prediction. It’s too close to call. I change my mind every five minutes.
What to look for….well, Riker winning the encore would be a bad sign, historically. Riker getting hosed on the third dance is an interesting sign. It could mean he had the votes. But the judges tend to score that dance after the voting on a level playing field. I don’t think, historically, that they want to change the outcome with their scores. Let’s just see if they still do. What has Rob Wade dictated they do?
I’m interested in seeing who wins. If Riker wins, it will be a hard fought battle by a good dancer with an uphill fight. If Rumer wins, it will be a highly pimped win by a great dancer with the worst choreography from a winner probably in the history of the show. Or at least the last 10 seasons or so, considering that the choreography game has been upped every season.
Just breathtaking as always! Photographer: Adam Taylor bringing it again!! Click the photos to see more….