Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dancing with the Stars - Week 10 Commentary - The Finals!

Season 12 of Dancing with the Stars is finally upon us. Each week Syracuse, NY FADS co-owner and award-winning ballroom dancer Natasha Oreshkina will be sharing her thoughts on the competition and giving us her take on which celebrities had the best week on the dance floor and which ones should be getting ready to pack their bags.


WEEK TEN Okay, this past week was the Finals on Dancing with the Stars, and I was a little surprised by the results. That being said, I thought all three couples did well in their dances. On Monday night we had two couples do Sambas (Chelsea & Kirstie) while Hines did a Quickstep. These were Judges Choice dances, and they were followed by the couples' Freestyle dances.

1st Place - Hines Ward/Kym Johnson (W1:21 + W2:23 + W3:25 + W4:25 + W5:27 + W6:27 + W7:36/G30 + W8:28/26 + W9:30/30 + W10:89 = 417 total) [Overall judge score: 2nd.]
For their Judges Choice dance, Hines and Kym did the Quickstep. This had a bit of Fred Astaire and Ginger as they danced to "Puttin' on the Ritz." I liked Hines's posture and I liked his movement. One thing that I caught, though, was his footwork - he was too flat-footed in his steps for this dance. Anyway, the judges gave them a 10-9-10 for their performance.

For their Freestyle dance, Hines is a strong guy and he was able to flip around Kym very well. Kym had great choreography and the judges scored them 10-10-10 for their dance. On the night, they tied Cheslea and mark with 59 points.

2nd Place - Kirstie Alley/Maksim Chmerkovskiy (W1:23 + W2:20 + W3:21 + W4:21 + W5:23 + W6:26 + W7:30/G30 + W:28/25 + W9:27/27 + W:10:84 = 385) [Overall judge score: 3rd.]
I thought Kirstie did a pretty good job with her Samba. She didn't do as good a job with her footwork, however, as she had done with her past dances. Also, a little bit towards the end there was a loss of power. Still, she scored 9-9-9 from the judges for her performance.

With her freestyle dance, Kirstie had to show a lot of lifts - and for her partner, Maks, it probably wasn't so easy. Kirstie is not a small woman - she's a little bit heavy compared to Chelsea and Kym (Hines's pro partner). On this routine, the judges gave her another set of 9s, for a total of 54 points for the night.

3rd Place - Chelsea Kane/Mark Ballas (W1:21 + W2:18 + W3:23 + W4:26 + W5:26 + W6:28 + W7:34/G30 + W8:29/26 + W9:28/30 + 15b + W10:89 = 423 total) [Overall judge score: 1st.]
Chelsea and Mark did the Samba for their Judges Choice dance. This dance had great choreography. There was lots of shaking - lots of bouncing and movement that should be in a Samba. Judge Len Goodman was a little critical of her hands and arms, but he said overall the dance was very entertaining. They scored a 10-9-10 from the judges.

Their Freestyle dance was a combination of Hip-Hop and Salsa that was very entertaining. They did a great job with this routine, and the judges scored them well with three 10s, for a total of 59 points for the night.

On Tuesday night, the couples got to perform their favorite dances from the competition. Chelsea and Mark did their dance from the theme of Harry Potter - which I was glad to see because it was my favorite. Kirstie and Maks did the Cha-Cha, and Hines and Kym did the Salsa. The judges were all very generous - giving all of them 10s, which was great.


For the Results, Chelsea and Mark ended up coming in 3rd Place. When that happened, I said "whooops.." because I thought Chelsea was the best dancer. But all three couples did a great job - since the 1st round of the season, they all did great and Kirstie deserved her 2nd Place finish after Hines won the Mirror Ball Trophy. Hines had much more fans (than Cheslea) and that had a lot to do with him winning. Chelsea made a lot of fans through this competition, though, and this is a good experience for her. I'm happy for all of them.

This was a good season for Dancing with the Stars. It wasn't frustrating like it was last season with the Bristol Palin drama - though I could tell Mark Ballas was a little frustrated. But it's a show. And I think it's good that this season we had a gentleman win the Mirror Ball Trophy.


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