Guest Post: Dancing With The Stars – The Final Three
Regular commenter Georgie kindly sent through a recap of last night’s Dancing With The Stars which was the penultimate episode before the big grand final next Sunday.
Over to you Georgie:
With Brian Mannix eliminated last week, there were four couples remaining and they were vying for the three places in the Grand Finale next week – Zoe Cramond and Aric Yegudkin, Danielle Spencer and Damian Whitewood, Johnny Ruffo and Luda Kroitor and Brendan Fevola and Jessica Raffa.
All the couples had two dances to perform this week. The Argentine Tango was a given, but their second dance was either a Jive, a Salsa or a Rumba.
Johnny and Luda drew the Jive and were first on the floor. They did a little pre-dance theatre to set the scene and Josh was the only judge to comment on it. He said he doesn’t normally like that kind of thing but he loved it this time? They scored 25.
Next up was Zoe and Aric to do their Argentine Tango. Josh loved it, Todd thought she over-danced it and Helen, who was impersonating a chandelier tonight, thought it was a little flat. Zoe scored 26.
Brendan and Jessica were next doing a Salsa. Brendan missed a step and threw his footwork out of whack. The judges were pretty harsh about it and he explained they’d had to change the choreography at the last minute because he’d dropped Jessica on her head during practice and she’d been in a neck brace. He scored just 15 for his efforts.
Danielle and Damian did the Argentine Tango for their first dance and all three judges were unenthusiastic about it saying it wasn’t her best dance so far in the competition. That apparently didn’t mean much because she managed to hit the front with 27 points.
Dame Edna made a guest appearance mid-show and was assisted on to the set by a couple of MIB. I saw Barry H on TV a couple of months ago saying that he and the Dame were signing up for Jenny Craig, but by the look of her tonight she hasn’t been going with him!
Second dance – Johnny and Luda doing their Argentine Tango, which I thought was very good but what would I know. He was criticised for not leading Luda more and leaving her on her own. Call me stupid if you like but I would have thought this was something to do with the choreography, which Luda was responsible for? He only managed 22.
Zoe and Aric did their next number which was a Rumba and the judges loved it. Todd praised Aric for his choreographic skills saying he has become a man (look out Aric, Todd’s a tart and I don’t think he would care that you’re married). Zoe scored a perfect 30. She’s so gorgeous and talented – I hope she wins this because she definitely deserves it IMO.
Brendan and Jessica’s second dance was the Argentine Tango and although it was better than his Salsa it certainly wasn’t worth the 27 points he got for it. Todd went on and on about how much everyone loved him and how he was the only one of the remaining four who didn’t have a musical or acting career to help him with his dancing. After hearing his score I’m thinking, “Okay so this is a marked man and your generous scores aren’t going to make any difference to the final outcome, right!”
Final dance for the evening was Danielle and Damian with the Salsa. Right through this competition (and tonight was no exception), I’ve thought there was something weird about Danielle’s feet – like they look too big for her body or something. Imagine my surprise when Josh said, “There was something wrong with your feet tonight”, then I sing out “yes, that’s what I think”. Then he clarified his comment with “you seemed to be clunking them down in your steps”. Okay! Todd gave her a big rave that if she was to leave the competition at this point she should be very proud of her achievements etc, and generally adding a bit of fuel to the elimination announcement fire.
At this point I was flipping over to MC to watch Rick Stein (and unfortunately George C too), taste the fare.
Back to DWTS and the elimination announcements and it was down to – yes you guessed it – Brendan and Danielle. Of course it would have been criminal if the undeserved score of 27 they gave Brendan meant Danielle got shafted, but thankfully they must have known there was no saving him and he was sent home.
Back to MC to watch Rick Stein announce the winner of the challenge and Gary to give the gong to the losers.
Then back to DWTS and I just caught the very end of an appearance by Russell Crowe, who’s been conspicuously absent throughout this series, nervously saying something about being back from London.
So next week it’s the dance off for the big mirror ball and DWTS glory.