Dancing with the Stars' final four face off with three dances, including the super-sized freestyle. Who topped the leader board? Find out below.
Hey, remember when performance finale shows were one hour? And it didn't take one commercial break and 15 minutes to get to the first dance? Those were the days. At least next season it'll just be two hours once a week!
There are three dances on deck: judges' choice, the cha-cha relay and the super-sized freestyle.
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: jive
Len comes to rehearsals to fix Jacoby's kicking technique, which involves "kicking peanuts." (But not Peanut!) In turn, Jacoby teaches him some of his end zone dances. If only Mama Jones were around for this. Jacoby's flicks and kicks are sharper, but it's like his personality had to be compromised for him to do them. Their first jive was sloppier, but had more energy and was 10 times more engaging. Len says there was improvement. Bruno says he missed the beat a few times. Carrie Ann says the peanuts won.
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: samba
Bruno visits to help Aly with her samba and insists that they put in rolls. They do — but only one and it's OK. The rest of the dance is more of Aly's trademark shimmying seizure. Her lines and footwork are a little better, but she needs straighter leg extensions and has no hip action. Who needs that though if Mark has her on all fours again?! Bruno says she's slicker than ever. Carrie Ann says she's become the combination of everyone in the final. Len concurs with Carrie Ann. Gee, make it even more obvious who you're pimping.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: quickstep
Len does double duty and comes in to give his two cents: "Your knobbly bits should be beside his knobbly bits." That's what she said. Their knobbly bits are in place, as in everything else. Kellie's killing it. It's a fast, crisp and clean number. Their hold is solid and the whole thing is just chock-full of content "I got so excited I nearly flatulated," Len says. Bruno says it was a technical tour de force. Carrie Ann loves the improved body contact. Just say "knobbly bits," woman!
Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy: samba
There will be blood! Literally. Zendaya elbowed Val above the right eye in dress rehearsals earlier tonight and he bled all over, but he's all stitched up now. So the judges picked the samba for two couples? Suspect. Carrie Ann wants more "samba feel" from them. Zendaya's also back in heels for the first time in weeks, in which she's not comfortable. But she nails it all, duh. Choreography-wise, this is a better samba than Aly's since no one ends up on all fours. Zendaya could use more refinement in her lines and spins, but she handles the tempo well and doesn't overdo the shimmying. Carrie Ann calls it magical. Len says it's terrific. Bruno says she has a natural flamboyancy.
Everyone will dance back-to-back for 40 seconds each. They picked their order last week. Kellie and Derek are going first, followed by Jacoby and Karina, Aly and Mark, and Zendaya and Val. Ranking points are up for grabs, with 5 points to first place and 2 points to fourth place.
Nice to bookend the whole thing with the best two dancers. Kellie and Zendaya are obviously the best: snappy, tight and sharp. Jacoby is fluid, if a little restrained, and nearly knocks Aly over when he slides underneath her for their transition. Aly trades in her shimmying for booty-shaking.
4th: Jacoby and Karina — 2 points
3rd: Aly and Mark — 3 points
2nd: Kellie and Derek — 4 points
1st: Zendaya and Val — 5 points
Who did not see this coming? Poor Jacoby. If his freestyle doesn't knock our socks off, he's going to be the sacrificial fourth-place lamb since they're apparently bent on propping up Aly even though she and Jacoby are pretty even. Or maybe TPTB believe his fan base is strong enough to weather the lowballing?
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff
They're paying homage to Jacoby's New Orleans hometown, so they're bringing in some Bourbon Street dancers and tap-dancing kiddies. Sadly, this is not of sock-knocking-off nature. The feel and energy of the routine are great, but Jacoby's out of sync from the beginning, and I don't know if he's tired or what, but he's missing his usual spark in his steps and personality. He cannot win this without his showmanship, and it's in like third gear here. Len says he got the freestyle party started. Bruno says he lost timing because of the energy. Mama Jones is not happy. Carrie Ann agrees with Bruno, but thinks the production outshone Jacoby.
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas
Mark basically wants Aly to pole-dance. First all fours and now this. This isn't the place to carry out your fantasies, dude. Mark wants to showcase everything Aly has learned the past 10 weeks and her gymnastics chops on the pole, which she has to scale. The poles are raised 25 feet in the air. The pole-climbing/dancing goes swimmingly, but it's all kind of a weird hot mess. Without the pole stunt, there's nothing else that would make this a standout, except for Mark being in pleather cropped tights. Please let this be the new spats. Bruno loves the risk they took. "Back in the day, I worked a pole on Madonna's tour," Carrie Ann says. I bet you did. Len calls her Alexandra the Great.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough
As he mentioned in his blog, Derek wants to strip down the production and focus on the dancing since he knows everyone will amp up the production, so now they have to super-size their technique. Um, can we all go home now? Game over. This is stunning — just a gorgeous, raw, moving contemporary routine that plays to Kellie's strengths — shapes and flexibility — and honestly it looks like a pro number. This was a genius move on Derek's part to do an "under-sized" freestyle. If you're a good dancer, you don't need the extra bells and whistles to show it. Carrie Ann is crying. "You just bared your soul on the dance floor, and it was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen," she says. "Good dancing engages the brain; great dancing engages the heart," Len says. Bruno calls it "spellbinding beauty."
Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy
You think Zendaya's going to do hip-hop, right? Wrong! She's doing cha-cha, contemporary and hip-hop. Gotcha! They're adding in kids since those are her biggest fans and they want to dedicate it to them. This is a nice, technically proficient number, though Zendaya does slip up once in the middle. The different sections weave together well, but its overall impact is a little underwhelming, especially following Kellie. Len loves the different parts. Bruno says she gives everything her own luminosity. Carrie Ann calls her divine.
Poor Jacoby indeed. They couldn't even throw one 30 his way. (Though granted, he didn't really deserve one tonight, but neither did Aly.) Zendaya and Val are on top with 65, and Jacoby and Karina are last with 56. They still have the Instant Dance to do tomorrow.
What do you think? Is Zendaya the one to beat? How amazing was Kellie's freestyle? Did Jacoby's freestyle underwhelm? Will Aly ever stop shimmying? Why did Mark put her on a stripper pole? Did you spot knobbly bits touching? Who do you think will win tomorrow?
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