‘Dancing with the Stars’ finale review: Katherine Jenkins swings to the top

Katherine had a pair of moments.

Someone better be polishing the Mirrorball Trophy — the “Dancing with the Stars” finale is here! Out of all the shows we see all season long, this is the one worth looking forward to the most. Why? For one, it is only an hour long and is therefore not overstuffed with unnecessary content. Of course, it also contains the dance in the freestyle that really allows the pros to show off their creative side — and the celebrities to really let loose.

When it comes to perfect 10s, let’s just say like they rained down during this episode like we were sitting in a flash flood.

Judges’ picks

William Levy and Cheryl Burke – This cha-cha was designed primary to show off just how far William has come since starting off this season as a Latin hunk that few people knew outside of diehard fans and the hundreds of screaming people in the audience. Thankfully, now he’s a performer and a person that everyone loves.

What has been especially nice about William’s journey this season has been seeing him come out of his shell, show a sense of humor, and have a great time. We weren’t concerned about the actual dance, here, mostly because we knew it’d be fantastic. Score: 30

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas – We were absolutely stunned to hear that Katherine had never received a perfect score from Len all season leading into this performance, but this gave the already-driven classical singer that much more of a passion to rock her paso doble — a dance that she did not necessarily excel at the first time she hit the ballroom floor.

Thankfully for her (and her morale after a rather painful back spasm hurt her scores last week), this may have very been one of the best pasos that we have ever seen on this show. It was traditionally, technically brilliant, and had no mishaps in it at all. Score: 30

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd – We’re pretty sure that as soon as Donald Driver leaves the ballroom every week, he goes and cooks his dinner over a fire made of ripped-up photos of Len Goodman. The show’s Head Judge has been William’s Darth Vader all season, and it didn’t end here with his Argentine tango.

Len ultimately claimed that this judge was overall too “careful,” but we personally didn’t think there was anything wrong with it. As a matter of fact, Peta may have had some of the best shapes we’ve ever seen in this dance. Granted, Peta’s also not being judged here. Score: 29

The freestyles

William Levy – We’re a bit torn over William’s routine. It was passionate, exciting, and performed like he has been dancing professionally for years.

The problem? Len had it right when he said that we all saw this coming. It’s too easy for William come on stage and do a Latin routine with an unbuttoned shirt. It’s a safe choice, and as spectacular as he was he could have done more. The best comparison may be Scotty McCreery on “American Idol” last year, and since Scotty still ended up winning, that definitely says something about our confidence in William despite him not getting a perfect score. Score: 29

Katherine Jenkins – When it comes to her overall attitude and spirit, there may not be anymore more likable than Katherine — and with that in mind, it’s so easy to be happy for her after this incredible freestyle.

Not only did this dance contain moves that we have seen on the show this season, but it also was a tribute to almost every era of swing. It may have been one of the best freestyles ever on the show, and it also was an Emmy-worthy choreography job courtesy of Mark. Score: 30

Donald Driver – We’ve seen dancers go Western before for their freestyle, but Donald added something else to the mix — Cowboy Troy.

This dance was really a little bit of everything — part two-step, part cha-cha, and 100% awesome. There were more stellar moments in here than we can count, but we have to single out a few of the lifts near the end that were so amazing that we can’t even believe they were physically possible. Score: 30

What was your favorite performance from this grand finale, and who are you rooting for to win the whole competition?

Photo: ABC


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