The “Dancing With The Stars” finale has been set. The final three dance teams were named Tuesday evening during the results show, the 100th episode of “Dancing With The Stars.” Monday evening saw the four remaining dance teams square off and perform ballroom and Latin dances. Evan Lysacek and Nicole Scherzinger held the points lead at show’s end, both their teams having scored 59 out of 60 possible points. Erin Andrews scored a 56 in her two routines. Chad Ochocinco and his professional partner, Cheryl Burke, had come in at the bottom of the pack, compiling a total score of 52 for their two performances. But did that mean that the NFL star was headed home?
Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya weren’t kept in suspense at all, getting the good news that they were advancing to the “Dancing With The Stars” finale (scheduled for next week) at the beginning of the results show. But the remaining three dance teams were forced to wait through a set of professional dancer bios, the Macy’s Design-a-Dance (complete with a ponderous Joey Fatone in KISS makeup), guest singing performances, and college dance championships.
At least one of the singers was Sarah McLachlan, so the wait wasn’t totally a waste of time (the college dance championship wasn’t, either, but the rest certainly was). McLachlan performed “Angel” and “Loving You.” She’s a top-notch singer/songwriter/performer and it shows.
The second performance was Miley Cyrus singing “Can’t Be Tamed,” her latest single. It was just as well that the song wasn’t live. Miley Cyrus doesn’t sound anywhere near that good live. It also made it possible for her to concentrate on those overly simple dance moves that reminded one of an evangelical bird preaching to the untamed — or something. After those three minutes that many regret that they’ll never get back…
It was then announced that the second dance team headed into the “Dancing With The Stars” finale is that of Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough. No surprise there, either. Former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger and her partner have dominated the competition from Show One.
That left only ESPN sports reporter Erin Andrews and NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. Even though Erin Andrews looked as if she’d just heard some bad news and was just waiting for the official axe to fall, it fell on Chad Ochocinco. Before and after the bad news, Chad Ochocinco just smiled it off. He said, “I’ll be here — as a professional next year.”
MTV reported that he later admitted, “This was awesome. I enjoyed the journey. I met some wonderful people. I got some great criticism that’s only made me stronger … and I’ll miss ’em all, especially the beautiful Cheryl Burke. And in my eyes really, I’ve already won.”
Perhaps the most unbelievable part of the program came when Cheryl Burke, Chad Ochocinco’s professional dance partner, said that he was “most humble guy” that anyone would want to meet. This might come as a surprise to many of those that have followed his professional football career, where his brash and somewhat egotistical statements have often made headlines. Perhaps it’s easier to be humble when you’re in a position of disadvantage. The talented athlete began “Dancing With The Stars” without any formal dance training whatsoever.
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