In a season that was arguably the best yet, “Dancing with the Stars” caps it all off with a star-studded finale and crowns Amber Riley and Hough its new champions. The Glee star was blown away by her win, jumping up and down and screaming like a school girl when her name was called. Derek Hough almost seemed to take the win in stride – it’s his fifth. The show, which aired Tuesday, Nov. 26, finished off a season that many believe captured the original intent of the show and offered the best talent so far.
As is the tradition, all the former contestants from season 17 were brought back for encore performances. Here are a few highlights from the show.
In a spoof number, Bill Nye the Science Guy came as a dancing version of the Bionic Man complete with splits and back flips. It was an entertaining bit of television magic.
Valerie Harper and partner Tristan McManus took the floor to a standing ovation. Valerie struggled with her steps and Tristan guided her around, doing his best to hide her mistakes. Still it was heartwarming to see the bond the two of them shared and her joy for life.
As for the finalists performances, Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke did a fusion of the paso doble and the salsa, the latter jack saying he had thought was just a food until 24 hours ago. While an excellent effort given they had just one day to learn it, Jack was called out for being flat-footed during the salsa and earned straight 9s.
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnov did a fusion of the foxtrot and cha cha. Again, the routine was good but Corbin miss-stepped twice during the cha cha sequence lowering his score to straight 9s, also.
Soon-to-be champion Amber Riley and partner Derek Hough wowed with a seamless samba quickstep that awed the judges. Bruno Tonioli said of it, “I counted every beat. You did not put a foot wrong … incredible.” They earned straight 10s – another perfect score.
When asked how she felt after winning, Amber had this to say, “I did this competition because, I didn’t know if I [could] do it and anything that scares me I wanna do, so I [want to] let women of all sizes out there know you can do whatever you put your mind to. It doesn’t matter what size you are, what color you are, you can do whatever, whatever, whatever, whatever you put your mind to!”
Corbin seemed quite happy with his second place finish, saying, “[It was] more than fun. I thank God for this experience; I thank my family; I thank my best partner in the world, and honestly, I came here and I did exactly what I wanted to do. … I had a blast.”
Jack, who finished third and tied his sister’s performance on the show, said “I’ve learned that if you just dive in and you have a great teacher, it is possible to become a ballroom dancer. Just going the distance for me was winning enough. Like, I thought I was gonna be out in Week 5 and here I am third place, like, ‘I’ll take that.’”
“Dancing with the Stars” will return for season 18 in March of 2014. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.
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