The end is near, and Dancing With The Stars contestants had ONE last chance to show that they are worthy of winning the Mirror Ball Trophy tomorrow night, and they all made the most of it!
The last week of competition was broken into three rounds. First, each team had to do a routine that was handpicked by the judges! In the second round, the couples did a samba relay to TLC's live performance of No Scrubs to tack a couple of extra points to their scores! And last but certainly not least, there were the show stopping freestyle!
How do you show improvement when you're team is regularly the top scorers of the week?? Well that was the challenge Amber Riley and Derek Hough faced when Carrie Ann Inaba asked them to do the Charleston!
The dynamic duo had performed the routine earlier in the season, but it was one of their lowest scoring performances of the season. However, they worked hard in the studio and DEFINITELY cleaned things up, and the judges awarded them with a perfect score! Amber and Derek also earned a 30 for their freestyle and their second-place finish in the samba relay brought their total to 64, which was the high score of the evening!
Expectations are always high for Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, so even though they earned a 27 for their quickstep in the first round, the judges STILL saw room for improvement! But they definitely did NOT disappoint with their freestyle, and they had a little trick up their sleeve as they flew out to Las Vegas to meet Michael Jackson's choreographer Travis Payne!
Their secret weapon certainly paid off and Corbin and Karina did an absolutely MIND-BLOWING routine to Smooth Criminal that even included MJ's iconic lean! The judges approved and gave them a perfect 30, brining their total up to 62 after they also won the samba relay! Seriously, this might be one of our favorite performances of the entire season!!
Jack Osbourne has been facing difficulties off the dance floor and has been suffering from some of the symptoms of his multiple sclerosis. Luckily, he and Cheryl Burke are warriors and aren't going down without a fight!
The two got off too a slow start with a jive that left the judges wanting more and only earned them a 24, and their third place finish in the samba relay only gave them three additional points! But the two picked things up with their show stopping freestyle that earned them their first perfect score of the season!
Unfortunately, Bill Engvall and Emma Slater were the odd team out and struggled to rub the judges the right way throughout the night. Their first performance was a Viennese waltz, which was picked by Len Goodman, but the panel didn't see enough improvement and only gave them a 24.
The couple didn't do much better with their freestyle, which only earned them a 25 and their last place finish in the samba relay brought their total 51, which was the lowest score of the night. Sadly, the low scores finally caught up with Bill and Emma and the fans weren't able to save them from elimination before the final round of voting!
At the end of the day, it will be Amber Riley, Jack Osbourne, and Corbin Bleu facing off for the Mirror Ball Trophy! Would it be a total cliche to say no matter who takes home the grand prize, they're all winners?
Oh well, who cares? It's totally true! Congrats on making it this far everyone!
Ch-ch-check out the rest of the routines (below)!
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