Dancing with the Stars ends its 16th season tonight. The final four each performed three dances on Monday’s show, hoping to garner enough votes to win the Mirrorball Trophy. So after last night, which will it be: Jacoby Jones, Zendaya Coleman, Kelli Pickler or Aly Raisman?
Last night’s judges’ scores put Coleman in the lead with 65 points. Coleman and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy got a perfect 30 for their Samba and their freestyle, and got first in the Cha-cha relay. Chmerkovskiy is the newest of the four Dancing with the Stars pros, and also the only one without a Mirrorball to his name.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who has been a staple of Dancing with the Stars, seems to think Coleman’s performance was enough to get her the title.
“You sealed the deal,” said Inaba. “You showcased why you are such an incredible role model. You’re classy, you’re sassy, you’re fun–you’re just divine, my dear. I love seeing you out there–fantastic.”
But Pickler and partner Derek Hough had the clear Dancing with the Stars judges’ favorite dance of the night. Their freestyle dance earned a standing ovation from much of the crowd, and even hard-to-please judge Len Goodman.
“Good dancing engages the brain, great dancing engages the heart,” said Goodman. “You were totally immersed in the dance, in each other, you drew everyone into that performance.”
Pickler and Hough ended the night only one point behind Coleman/Chmerkovskiy because of their second place finish in the relay.
Aly Raisman and partner Mark Ballas are in third for the Dancing with the Stars title. Their risky freestyle, complete with pole dancing, earned them top marks and praise from judge Bruno Tonioli.
“That was futuristic with a touch of exotic,” said Tonioli. “You took an incredible risk with this–it could have gone totally wrong. To sync (the pole) section up there is nearly impossible–and you did it!”
Jones brought up the rear with Dancing with the Stars veteran Karina Smirnoff. But with only seven points separating Jones from Coleman, it’s truly anybody’s game.
Votes count for half the final score, and those votes will be revealed tonight. One contestant will be cut right in the beginning of the finale. The final three will face off in the “Instant Dance” to decide who will take home the Dancing with the Stars trophy.