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DWTS Season 11 Finale: And The Winner Is…

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14 weeks ago, three stars from three very different walks of life, joined a competition without knowing what they were about to get themselves into. Over the course of the competition, these three realized that they each possessed something that would carry them forward. Kyle Massey realized he was fearless and could take on any task that was handed down to him and attack it force. Bristol Palin never expected to get this far but realized that with hard work, barriers can be broken. Jennifer Grey had high expectations placed upon her and realized that sometimes, greatness comes at a cost.

These 3 knew what they needed to do. But, when the dust settles and the lights go down, would it be enough? In the end, 3 very different paths, all head towards the same destination. When the dances are done, and the votes are tallied, one stands above the rest. Tonight, we crown the winner. Who will it be?

Find out how it all went down and watch the last 30 seconds after the jump…

DWTS Season 11 Finale Video Performances

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12 Weeks Ago, the stars met their pros. They’ve had their successes, their fallouts, and moments of defeat. But now, it all comes down to this: the Season 11 Finale. The three finalists will compete in Part 1 of the two part finale tonight. Four dances will help determine who the mirror ball trophy and tonight, we see two of the four. First up is the Redemption Dance. Each judge picks a routine they think the couple should have excelled at but didn’t do their best. That judge will then visit rehearsals and help mentor the stars and pros to make their dance the best of the best. Secondly, the couples will perform the most anticipated dance of the season… The Freestyle. Our first couple to the floor is Kyle and Lacey.


KYLE MASSEY AND LACEY SCHWIMMER – FOXTROT
Song: “Feelin’ Good” – Nina Simone
Kyle has had quite the journey this season. His charisma has always been his strength on the show but what he has lacked the most in his performances is his technique. Week after week, Len praised him for performance but criticized him heavily on his lack of details when it came to the finer things and his feet especially. As their redemption dance, Len picked the Foxtrot. Their first Foxtrot happened during TV Theme Week when they performed to the theme from Charlie’s Angels. Len HATED it so much that he thought they should do it again.

Check out the rest of the performances after the jump…

In lieu of the Dancing With The Stars Season 11 finale creeping upon us, I thought it was about time to grab the reigns and do a Top Ten countdown of the hottest male pros the show has seen throughout its 11 seasons. Patrick and I took some time over a glass of wine to contend the 15 male pros against each other. It wasn’t an easy task by any means as the number 1 and 2 spots were fought over and ended with a win (by me) over a best out of 3 “rock-paper-scissors” battle.

Five male pros didn’t make the cut unfortunately and they will get their honorable mentions at the end of the countdown. Without further ado, let us begin the countdown.

Check out the Top 10 List and VOTE for YOUR fave after the jump…

Last night, our stars set their sights on the finals. When it mattered most, they all delivered the goods. All the pressure brought on peak performances and Jennifer Grey even pulled off a perfect performance. Tonight, after all the voting, we learn who your Final 3 couples will be for next week’s two part finale. Before we get started, I’ll recap my thoughts on last night. Jennifer Grey was a sight of perfection last night with both of her dances. Jennifer may win this thing. No question. Brandy nailed it and where it mattered most, during her video montage about her background before the show, she became very vulnerable. I loved seeing that honest side of her. Kyle had a great night of performances too and his story of moving to LA with his family was so sweet. Kyle is always Mr. Performance and Charisma and he didn’t hold anything back last night. Bristol actually shocked me last night. Her first dance wowed the ballroom and the judges as she committed full heartedly to the routine. Her second dance however took a step backward for her. She looked lost in the middle and didn’t commit. But, as we’ve seen with this season, anything can happen and truly, anyone can go home.

We begin the night with a beautiful performance from Annie Lennox. Man, does she still got it. Recognize one of the dancers? It was Brandon from Season 5 of SYTYCD US.

Jennifer and Derek are up first to hear their fate. With two perfect 30′s, they better be safe.

Jennifer & Derek: SAFE

They are going to the final! Well deserved.

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DWTS 11 Week 9 Video Performances

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Tonight is the DWTS Semi-finals. Whoah. Where did the time go? Next week, the final 3 couples will battle it out for the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. Tonight, we will find out who has what it takes to take them all the way to the top. Tonight, each couple will perform two dances. First, they will perform in a latin round where the star must break apart from their pro and dance a solo. Then, the ballroom round where the couple must compete a style they have not yet competed. I think tonight is going to get very heated. Obviously, IMHO, Bristol doesn’t stand a chance against the other 3 stars. Brandy and Jennifer have consistently been on top with Kyle not far behind. However, Bristol seems to continue to fly under the radar and make it through to the next round. Will this week be the end of the activist or will she live to fight another day?

BRANDY & MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY – PASO DOBLE

Song: “Firework” – Katy Perry
We start off with Brandy and Maks. These two have shared the lead for the last four weeks so will this dance keep them on top? With this Paso, Brandy must also break away from Maks and perform a solo. Her biggest competition is Jennifer for sure but her growth has brought her a long way and if she can overcome a few of her obstacles, she may go all the way. On to their dance. They perform to one of my favorite Katy Perry songs. They begin with this little acting sequence that leaves something to be desired. It feels contrived and I don’t think the panel will like it. As Maks walks off, Brandy follows with her solo which she actually executed well in my opinion. Once her and Maks connect again the Paso is on and I’m digging it. Song choice is such a big deal for me and I think this song was the wrong choice for this Paso at this stage in the competition. However, song aside, I thought Brandy danced it well and embodied the character that was given to her. She finishes alone, strong centre floor. Len said that Brandy came out 100% and gave everything she got. Bruno thought Brandy released all of her aggression but lost finesse a few times when she let it all out. Carrie Ann agreed with both judges and thought she was locked into the character and used her upper body well. I agree with all of their comments but did they honestly not watch the first 20 seconds of the dance? Hmm.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
TOTAL: 27 out of 30

Watch the rest of the performances after the jump…

On Monday, the stars and the pros had a big challenge on their hands. Not only did they have to learn one routine, but they also had to learn a second routine knowing only their style but not knowing their music. After their first performance, each couple picked their song out of a mirror ball and had 20 minutes to configure their routine backstage, before hitting the floor and performing for the judges. The instant dance brought out the best in some of the stars like Jennifer and Kyle but brought out the worst in Maks who didn’t agree with Carrie Ann’s criticism that they should have started the dance right when the music started. A top the leader board is Brandy and Maks and Jennifer and Derek while at the bottom is Bristol and Mark once again. Has Bristol finally put the nail in her coffin or will the ballroom be shocked once again?

Here are the stars that are safe and in jeopardy:

Kyle and Lacey: SAFE
Jennifer and Derek: SAFE
Kurt and Anna: IN JEOPARDY
Bristol and Mark: SAFE
Brandy and Maks: IN JEOPARDY

Watch Performances & see who goes home after the jump…

The short answer is YES. When? Not sure. Last week the Israeli edition of “Dancing With The Stars” caught media attention worldwide when they featured the first ever same-sex couple on any edition of the dancing competition show. Israeli television sports correspondent Gili Shem Tom, an out and proud lesbian, was partnered with professional female dancer, Dorit Milman. The two scored a 17 for their first dance, the Cha-Cha-Cha.

Since the casting stunt made headlines everywhere, including the United States, the US edition’s production team is now actively looking to do the same. The ABC hit show knows a thing or two about stunt casting. Ever since Kate Gosselin’s trainwreck factor brought in massive ratings to the show, DWTS has been trying to replicate that each season. Just look at Bristol Palin’s presence this year. So who do the producers have in mind? Check out below.

check out who the producers are eying as a potential contestant after the jump

Last week, Rick and Cheryl were eliminated with a shock. Two stars who have topped the leader board have gone home yet Bristol, who has been on the bottom, seems bullet proof. Tonight, the stars must compete with two dances. One classic ballroom and one Instant Dance where they have already learned the dance and style but won’t know the song until it is revealed LIVE tonight. This going to be a doozy and while absolutely separate the sheep from the wolves. Lets begin!

KYLE MASSEY & LACEY SCHWIMMER – VIENNESE WALTZ

SONG: “Breathe (2 AM)” by Anna Nalick
Last Monday, Kyle impressed the judges with his fiery Paso. Bruno said he had the attack of an untrained young bull. This week however, is make it or break it for him. During rehearsals, Lacey is screaming and yelling at Kyle but he finds it hilarious. Last time this couple had the Waltz, Len gave Kyle a big scolding for his improper footwork. Now that the competition is tight, its time for Kyle to pull up. Lacey is wearing the most beautiful green dress and Kyle looks dapper in his suit. The couple is connected well right off the bat and Kyle looks smooth on the floor with his footwork matching Lacey’s perfectly. Their sweeping movements across the floor show off their musicality. Lacey did some great choreography for this piece and I think it was smart and really gave Kyle a chance to show how much he has grown. I loved it. I’d give it a 9. Len starts off by listing off a bunch of technique he did well during the routine and thought he did well. Bruno says he is charmed by Kyle and thought he became a sophisticated young man through this routine. Bruno also admires Kyle for taking the criticisms and becoming a better dancer. Carie Ann said her crush on Kyle is back. She thought the piece looked like a fairytale come to life. (PS: Did anyone notice Carie Ann’s new, straight and dark hair? Looks good, right?)

THE SCORES:
Carie Ann: 9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
TOTAL: 27 out of 30

After the scores, Kyle and Lacey pick their song for their Instant Dance. They picked “Good Golly Miss Molly” by Little Richard. They head off to go practice.

Check out the rest of the performances after the jump…

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