Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 11, The Finals, Analysis:

Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 11, The Finals, Analysis:


NIGHT 1:  Monday, November 23

THE FINALS Night on Dancing with the Stars!  The 4 remaining celebs are Nick, Bindi, Carlos, and Alek.  Surely, fabulous routines are planned for us.  The show opened to Meghan Trainor singing, joined by some pros and troupe members in a peppy routine.  Tom and Erin hosted.  Great entertainment coming tonight by each celeb doing two dances, the second of which is the freestyle.  And we all know the freestyle can be important; some still say it’s the critical make-it-or-break-it factor while others say it isn’t as heavy an influence as it used to be.




  1. Carlos PeneVega: Foxtrot. Judges’ score 10. My score 9.

His first foxtrot was in week 2 and earned 8’s.  Bruno coached Carlos to prep for this one.  It was nicely done–sexy, dramatic, his arms looked good, and his footwork was good, but it contained little traditional foxtrot, which, in my opinion, does not warrant a 10.


  1. Alek Skarlatos: Rhumba. Judges’ score 9. My score 9.

His first rhumba was in week 5 and earned mostly 7’s.  Carrie Ann rather sternly coached him to prepare and improve this time.  Alek’s arms and hands were very graceful, and his dancing was smooth.  He truly has come a long way!  For me, two disappointments, though.  First, he showed only the most-minimal hip movement, and we all know that the rhumba requires mucho sexy hip action.  Second, the content was surprisingly untraditional.  Hence, why he didn’t earn 10’s.  Still, though, it was a beautiful dance.


Meghan Trainor’s second song, at this point, was accompanied by Peta and Artem dancing.


  1. Nick Carter: Jive. Judges’ scores 10. My score 10.

His first jive was in week 2 and earned all 7’s.  Julianne coached him to improve for his final jive.  It was sexy, charismatic, sharp/crisp, fun, heart-pumping, exciting, and truly entertaining.  I wanted to see more.  The incredible chemistry continued between him and Sharna.


  1. Bindi Irwin: Quickstep. Judges’ score 10. My score 10.

Her first quickstep was in week 3 and earned all 8’s.  This time she was coached by Carrie Ann.  It was so fast and demanding, intricate and difficult and precise, but also graceful and even fun.  Wow!  Julianne called Bindi “the Energizer bunny.”


Bindi’s dance was followed by a song called “Boys Like You,” which was performed by Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande, and a male whose name I couldn’t get (sorry).



I believe that the freestyle should incorporate dancing that the candidates have learned during the season. However, history has taught us to expect anything and everything.


  1. Carlos:                          Judges’ score 10. My score 9.

He and Witney chose a hip-hop/salsa combo, although I remember seeing little salsa.  It began with lights on their foreheads and in their hands (assisted by other dancers with same), which I liked.  It was demanding, intricate, and extremely physical, and it appeared to be liberating.  This creative party briefly included Paula, Hayes, and Alexa at one point.  They performed it well, but I did not care for it.


  1. Alek: Judges’ score 10. My score 10.

Alek and Lindsay, aided by several other dancers, did a military-related routine that contained physical-training obstacles of a slanted wall and a climbing-wall, a perfect representation of Alek and his journey on DWTS.  At the end they climbed a wall and then fell off it backwards.  How cool was that?  Fans will remember this one–I loved it.


  1. Bindi:                           Judges’ score 10. My score 10.

A contemporary-style true “dancing” dance and, if I recall correctly, very much like the one they did in week 4:  So honest, transparent, heart-wrenching, and heart-warming, with intricate moves. Perfect and beautiful!  She’s been the most-consistent candidate all along.


  1. Nick:                            Judges’ score 10. My score 10.

He and Sharna were assisted by many other dancers.  It was detailed with spot-on technique to a Backstreet Boys song.  Totally in sync and as good as the pros.  Wow!  Extremely entertaining!  His confidence and joy were obvious.



THE DANCE OF THE NIGHT: For me, either of Bindi’s.


WHO WAS ELIMINATED TONIGHT?  Carlos, which was predictable.  He improved a great deal as a dancer, but I found him to be less consistent than the others and at times less likable.



NIGHT 2:  Tuesday, November 24

THE FINALE, night 2, of Dancing with the Stars!  Nick, Bindi, and Alek have one more dance tonight; each must attempt to improve upon a certain dance from the season.  Who will win the Mirrorball Trophy?  Some think that Nick is likely.  Others think Alek could get it, considering how much he has accomplished from zero dance experience, his transparency as a truly good guy, and his hero and veteran status.  Bindi, the most-consistent all the way with the beloved and most-winning Derek, is a shoo-in for many.


The show opened to a beautiful, glitzy outdoor Christmas scene live at The Grove in LA, attended by excited thousands and hosted there by Erin.  Pros, then pros with partners, danced to a “Dancing in the Stars” song (hmm, the same title as my book).  Tom commentated from the ballroom.  We saw a season review and then pros performed again.  At some point each contestant from this season, except Tamar, danced briefly with his/her pro; Paula and Victor were as delightful as usual while Chaka and Gary, though sweet, were as ineffective as usual.  Chaka, Andy, and Nick sang–each individually, and Chaka with Andy.  Nick has a really good voice; I’d never heard him sing before and I enjoyed it.  For me, the best singing and musical accompaniment tonight came from BC Jean, with boyfriend Mark Ballas on guitar, in “Roses and Violets” (beautiful!).


  1. Nick Carter: Salsa/Tango. Judges’ score 10. My score 9-9.5.

Several times they did not fuse/transition smoothly from one dance to the next; instead, they stopped momentarily and then started the other dance.  It was obvious and did not deserve a 10.


  1. Alek Skarlatos: Rhumba/Tango. Judges’ score 9. My score 9.

He had a few tiny mistakes that he and Lindsay covered well, but their fusion transitions were smooth/seamless and very effective.  I enjoyed it.


  1. Bindi Irwin: Cha-Cha/Argentine Tango. Judges’ score 10. My score 10.

Joyful and delightful! ‘Nuf said.



(a)  Len says he’ll return to his place at the table as head judge in the spring!

(b)  Alek will do what I believe will be the entire DWTS Live Tour in the winter.

(c)  Hayes will do a portion of the tour.




WHO WON? The judges’ and America’s scores were combined. Derek’s stunningly Emmy-worthy choreo and Bindi’s consistent excellence earned the trophy.  Joy and jubilation all around, especially for diehard Derek fans!


(a)  Don’t drag out some portions and then hurry to/through others.

(b)  Cut this thing to ONE HOUR!


DWTS Live—Dance All Night Tour:  Dec. 15 to Feb. 14, from coast to coast and at a site or two in Canada, at a venue near you.  http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/news/updates/dancing-with-the-stars-live-tour-pro-dancers-announced-10262015?om_mid=_BWNiEDB9HMaqi8&om_swid=AA6cAm&cid=emailday_110115.

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