I won't be doing a play by play on the whole night. I will just be focusing on the actual competition aspect (unless I just can't help myself - lol). Mostly, I'm happy that I get to see more of Val. ;) Here's an example, Danica and Val's Quickstep from Disney Night. (Routine starts at about 2:40.)
Oh my gosh, Tom Bergeron just clarified something about the final scoring that I've been concerned about this season. Viewer votes still count for half of the final standings regardless of judges scores. That has been the case in previous seasons, but I had a hard time finding it among the "rules" on the DWTS' website this season. With the contestants being eliminated, I thought that the ratio might have changed with judges scores counting for more, but the producers being afraid to be transparent about it.
Perhaps as a consolation prize for James and Peter being eliminated last night, but the Twitter voters chose their freestyle routine as the Encore for the finale tonight. I have to say that I prefer the camera work for this routine tonight. Much more impressive.
So we naturally have a retrospective of the past 10 weeks. Repeats of some favorite dances as well as some re-imaginings of some new ones. I have my favorites too.
And I have to add that I really love the new Michael Jackson song that's been featured this season. I just heard it on a commercial too. If I remember correctly, they said that it was written with Paul Anka back in the 80's. That's my prime time high school time. It's part of the soundtrack of my soul. I also loved this dance, so it will be one of my exceptions. ;) (Routine starts at about 0:21.)
The next major thing is the final score. Leaderboard shows Meryl and Maks at 90. Amy and Derek at 89, and Candice and Mark at 78.
Cue drum-roll and tension building music that sounds like it goes on much longer than it actually does ... In 3rd place, Candice and Mark. Not surprising really, but I'm very impressed with her journey through this competition. In 2nd place are Amy and Derek. So, that means that our winners are Meryl and Maks! I'm really pleased for Maks as much as anything who is winning for the first time in 13 seasons.
That's it for this season, kids! Good news, DWTS has been renewed for another season. However, I expect some changes for the next go-around. Not only is the executive producer moving on, but Len hinted that he might not be there. We'll have to wait and see. I thought that from a production standpoint they may have tried a little too hard this season. Maybe some fresh blood will give the show new life. We'll have to wait and see.