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Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars: 15.19: “Finale Night: Who Won the Mirrorball?”

It’s finale night! This is going to be a relatively quick recap. I’m not going to sit through everything the show is going to throw at us for the 2 hour results show. I’ll be quick to use the DVR. Let’s see what happened…

The show opened with a pretty fun number that included all of the couples this season plus the dance troupe. I came away most impressed with the camera blocking and preparing that had to go into it. It was one continuous shot going from set piece to set piece. Tom mentions at the end that the entire number was choreographed by Lacey Schwimmer. I like Lacey and I hope she returns as a professional next season.

I DVR through the next couple of minutes. Apparently Shawn, Derek and the Fierce 5 perform their Freestyle routine again. Then the gymnastic ladies attempt to leave the dance floor and walk right in front of the camera/teleprompter that Tom & Brooke are using. I actually liked this because it showed that it was a live performance and not pre-recorded, which I was convinced it probably was. Then there’s a DanceCenter segment with Kenny Mayne, Jerry Rice & Len Goodman that I completely skipped.

Next up: the instant dance for tonight. Kelly & Val go first and they pick out ‘Cat & Mouse’ and ‘Jive’. Melissa & Tony are next and they pick out ‘Life Is a Highway’ & ‘Samba’. Shawn & Derek are last and they pick ‘Respect’ & ‘Cha-Cha-Cha’. This is probably going to be a waste, but whatever. It won’t matter anyways.

Some eliminated contestants dance again. Pamela Anderson, Bristol Palin & Helio Castroneves dance with their partners again. Drew Lachey takes the floor next. He performs his “Crazy in Love” routine again. But now there’s a new partner in the dance: Drew’s daughter Isabella. It’s a cute moment and I prefer fun/sweet moments like this instead of the hyped-up overdramatic moments the show tries to push on us every week.

Four of the eliminated couples recreate the “Gangam Style” group routine. Kirstie & Maksim, Emmitt & Cheryl, Joey & Kym, and Gilles & Peta perform it again. I can’t remember who was in it originally (after they did the other routine I figured out that Joey & Kym replaced Kelly & Val, the rest were all originals), but it’s still a hot mess and entertaining to watch. I DVRed through the next clip package. But Joey & Kym are performing some kind of Back to the Future* inspired dance and now they’re accompanied by two young ballroom dancers that probably won some kind of competition. After that, Sabrina & Louis perform their Rumba again. Tom introduces her performance by saying that both of her eliminations were the most shocking in the show’s history. Whatever. She can hold on to that because she hasn’t done much else outside of this show.

Next: they do the other group routine from earlier in the season to “Call Me Maybe”. Shawn & Derek and Melissa & Tony were originally in this number. They’re preparing for the instant routine so they were replaced by Drew & Anna and Helio & Chelsie. Plus Apolo & Karina and Sabrina & Louis, who were in it originally, performed it again. It’s another stupid routine but not a snooze at all. This is followed by more DanceCenter. Then Kirstie & Maksim and Gilles & Peta perform their favorite routines from the season, shortened versions. Commercial break. Followed by Apolo & Karina and Emmitt & Cheryl perform brief parts of their favorite routines. More DanceCenter.

Time for the Instant Dances. I wish they could’ve just performed one of their favorite routines or new ones that were out-of-competition instead of watching these half-baked messes. Big miss DWTS producers.

Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy – “Cat & Mouse” – Jive
It’s fun and energetic. And of course, Val takes his shirt off at the end. The judges loved it. But really, how tough could they be one a routine that they only started to put together 30 minutes ago?
Carrie Ann: 9.5
Len: 9.5
Bruno: 9.5
Total: 28.5

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani – “Life Is a Highway” – Samba
Melissa & Tony just performed a Samba last night, so this should be pretty easy for them. Much like the other performance, it’s hard to critique this. It’s fun and they do the best that they can. You know the judges are going to love it because Melissa is the Chosen One.
Carrie Ann: 9.5
Len: 9.5
Bruno: 9.5
Total: 28.5

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough – “Respect” – Cha-Cha-Cha
I actually watched the pre-recorded stuff and it was really sweet, Derek was tearful and said that he couldn’t have asked for a better partner this season. The dance is…fun and energetic. What a surprise. They pulled off a cool trick in the middle too. Shawn also gets the loudest applause and longest standing ovation out of all the couples.
Carrie Ann: 10
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
Total: 30

Time for the elimination results.

Third Place is…Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy.

Second Place is…Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough.

And now time for the winners. The couple that wins it all is…Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani.

I think Shawn & Derek absolutely deserved to win. But I can’t be too shocked that Melissa won. The show and the judges really pushed for her to win the past two weeks and they got what they wanted it. It’s nice to see Tony finally win the mirrorball after 14 seasons. They enjoy the moment for about 30 seconds before the credits start to roll.

That’s it for this season. They announce that they’ll be back in the Spring with a new cast. Hopefully it’ll be a little more exciting than this season.

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