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Rob Leads the Pack, Ricki and J.R. Tied for 2nd Going into Tuesday

Here we go!  Time for the finals on “Dancing With the Stars”!  Tonight, the stars had to dance one dance that they had yet to dance and then they performed the fan favorite Freestyle dance. 



Ricki and Derek were up first and they performed the Cha Cha.  During rehearsals, Carrie Ann helped them with their technique.  They were perfectly in sync with their movements, although you could see Ricki and Derek get their hands mixed up together in one of their holds.  Overall, they did a fanstastic job, but some parts looked a little bit clunky to me.  It wasn’t as smooth as they usually are.  Len liked their hips but he thought it could have been a little more fluid.  Bruno said she was running at full steam and that she has never been hotter, he agreed with Len that there was a lack of fluidity in some passes.  Carrie Ann said that tonight she lived the dance!  She added that their arms got a little confused but thought it was confidence at its best.

Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 9, Len – 9, and Bruno -9, for a total of 27 out of 30.  I would have probably given that an 8 I hate to say!  Also, notice, again Derek Hough has his bare chest showing!  He loves it!



Rob and Cheryl followed with their Waltz.  Bruno helped Rob figure out how to be graceful with this dance during rehearsals so we’ll see if that works.  It had a beautiful, graceful start!  Rob has shown that he really can be the leading man in a dance.  Wow so much spinning!  I got dizzy there watching them in the middle.  They honestly did a fantastic job!  It had great romance and good storytelling too.  Bruno said that he was flowing and glowing and full of expression.  He said that he missed a few crossovers in the footwork.  Carrie Ann said that he’s the male version of Cinderella who made it to the ball!  Len said that he had good holds and posture, he noticed occasionally it got a bit heavy, but it was simple and simply beautiful.

Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 9, Len – 9, and Bruno – 9, for a total of 27 out of 30.  I thought it was better than Ricki and Derek’s and I was hoping for at least one 10 in there, but then again, they noticed some footwork problems.  For those of you who care, Kim Kardashian is in the audience tonight to support her brother.



J.R. and Karina were the last up for round 1 with the Cha Cha Cha.  Len helped J.R. work on his hip action during rehearsals.  I love the energy of this dance.  J.R. was confident enough to do a lot of solo cha cha sections as well.  They were right in sync the whole time and the audience loved it.  It was really steamy too!  These two were Cha Cha-ing all over each other.  I honestly think they did a near perfect job!  Carrie Ann thought his musicality was a bit off and she wanted him to watch his arms.  Len said that it was brave that he did a lot of the dance on his own but thought that it wasn’t that good.  He spotted a lot of mistakes and thought his enthusiasm got the better of him.  Bruno said that his intensity was right on the money and but noticed his hands were little off.  Yikes, they thought it was way worse than I thought it was!  Let’s hope they have something spectacular for their Freestyle.

Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 8, Len – 7, and Bruno – 9, for a total of 24 out of 30.  Wow, Len was harsh!  I think that dance deserved a 9.



Ricki and Derek were back with their Freestyle first.  Ricki busted through a picture of herself and Derek did a series of flips across the floor. Their timing was much better on this dance than their first one.  Plus, the lifts were just awesome!  This dance was a lot of fun to watch.  I loved their energy and fluidity.  Ricki obviously loved their dance because she was jumping up and down at the end.  I thought they did a fantastic job.  Len thought it was fun and entertaining and said well done.  He thought they lost it a bit in the quick step section.  Bruno said that mixing the dances was tough but they did a great job.  Carrie Ann said that it the lifts looked effortless and that the fluidity was much better.  Oops looks like Ricki elbowed Derek in the jaw, ouch!

Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 9, Len – 9, and Bruno – 9, for a 27 out of 30 and a 54 out of 60 for the night. 



Rob and Cheryl were up next with their Freestyle.  They did an old style dance that a lot of spunk.  Rob did great with the lifts!  Very impressive. He really does have great expressions when he dances.  He makes you feel the joy!  He even did a famous Kardashian booty shake.  They did great!  He really could win this thing!  I’m shocked at how great he continues to do!  He really has grown since the beginning of this show.  Bruno said it was brilliant execution and performance.  Carrie Ann said that she has been blown away!  Len said that he gave it his all and that he and his family should be very proud.

Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 10, Len – 10, and Bruno – 10 for a perfect 30 out of 30 and a total of 57 out of 60 for the night. Amazing!



J.R. and Karina were last up for the night with their Freestyle. They had their work cut out for them after a less than perfect dance last round.  Their dance was Salsa inspired.  Their arms were amazing in the beginning.  Some of those lifts were crazy!  I don’t know how he pulled it off!  They pulled off the crazy lift from rehearsal where he hooks her with his legs!  Wow…that dance was hot!  The guys in the newsroom all said wow, they want to vote for Karina haha.  Carrie Ann loved it enough to get up in dance, and she said they were the sickest lifts she’s ever seen.  Len said Karina’s body and J.R.’s talent were revealed!  Bruno said that J.R. was an exhuberent animal out there.  The judges went wild!  I smell some 10’s!

Their Scores: Carrie Ann – 10, Len – 10, and Bruno – 10, for a perfect 30 out of 30 and a 54 out of 60 for the night.



J.R. & Karina and Ricki & Derek were tied at 54 for the night, and leading going into tomorrow, Rob and Cheryl with 57 out of 60.  Tomorrow night, Lady Antebellum performs and there will be one more dance scored by the judges to get combined with your votes from



Derek lost the contest for the first time by letting his incredible ego show. Max will never win because he treats his partners so high handedly. Derek is headed the same way. He is easily the best dancer on the program, but his Prince Charming image has been tarnished and he'll need to polish it up before he gets another trophy.

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