SAN DIEGO, November 24, 2014 – Thanks to perfect scores for all four freestyle routines, it will come down to the fan votes to determine the Season 19 Mirror Ball Trophy winner of “Dancing With The Stars Tuesday night.
Three finalists moved on to the finale. If you want to know who left just short in fourth place, scroll to the end of the column.
In the first round of competition, the couples danced a routine from earlier in the season the judges wanted to see again. There were two Sambas and two Jives.
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas brought back their “Duck Dynasty” flavored Samba and it showed how much improvement Sadie has achieved over the season. It was a proper Samba with the characteristic bounce and tropical rhythm, even in camouflage. It scored 38 points.
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy’s Samba looked a lot more like a Salsa. It was high energy, but had a few flaws, perhaps due to a rib injury suffered earlier this week by Janel. It scored 37 points.
The two Jives were far more successful. As the only finalist who’s never performed in a TV show before, Bethany Mota gets “Most Improved” peformer of the season. Her Jive was solid and quick, but there was a single mistake that gave her a score of 36 points with partner Derek Hough.
Alfonso Ribeiro showed why he’s the class of the finals. His Jive was head and shoulders above the other four, with energy, snap, and perfectly in sync with parnter Witney Carson down to the knee angle and toe point. It got a perfect score of 40 points.
But who are we kidding, these are small appetizers for the main course, the all important Freestyle routines. Couples can choreograph to any music, any style, with additional dancers and props.
The four routines fans enjoyed were all different from each other, perfectly suited to each competitor and showing him or her at their best. All were well performed, and they all received perfect scores of 40 points from the judges.
Most Impressive: Bethany and Derek’s aggressive hip-hop style routine evoked Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation.” It was athletic, daring, and sharp.
Most Charming: Sadie and Mark played characters from the “Super Mario Brothers” video game, and created the game live in their routine. Cuter than a cat video, super fun.
Most Beautiful: Janel and Val danced a “less is more” Contemporary routine with tenderness and style.
Most Show Stopping: Alfonso and Witney played to the crowd with a high energy medley of moves including the first tap dancing in a DWTS finale.
The routines proved again that the four most deserving competitors performed on Monday. But one of them had to go home. Bethany Mota and Derek Hough were last on the leaderboard tonight, and they were the ones to fall short in fourth place. Bethany can be extremely proud of the result. Count on seeing a lot more of this admirable young woman in the future.
The judges’ scores won’t make a difference this week. It comes down to what the fans see, and who they like. My money remains as it has all season on Alfonso. It’s a race for second between Sadie and Janel, with a slight upset if Sadie comes in second.
On Tuesday’s show, one of the four finalists will dance an encore of their freestyle. The show will be loaded with guest performances including Meghan Trainor, and a look back with all the competitors from Season 19.
We will host our last live chat of the season on Tuesday. Make note of the starting time, 9 p.m. Eastern.
Alfonso and Witney
Jive: “3-6-9″ by Cupid feat. B.o.B: 10-10-10-10 = 40 points
Freestyle: “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)” by Benny Goodman: 10-10-10-10 = 40 points
TOTAL: 80 points
Sadie and Mark
Samba: “Hunter” by Pharrell Williams: 10-9-10-9 = 38 points
Freestyle: Theme from Super Mario Brothers: 10-10-10-10 = 40 points
TOTAL: 78 points
Janel and Val
Samba: “La Vida Es Un Carnaval” by Celia Cruz: 9-10-9-9 = 37 points
Freestyle” “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by Sleeping At Last: 10-10-10-10 = 40 points
TOTAL: 77 points
Bethany and Derek (ELIMINATED)
Jive: “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift: 9-9-9-9 = 36 points
Freestyle: “Revolution” by Diplo: 10-10-10-10 = 40 points
TOTAL: 76 points
Viewers can vote via phone starting at the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT Tuesday.
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