'Dancing' Recap: Last Tango in Hollywood
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough eliminated, miss out on the finals
It was anyone's guess who would be eliminated this week -- all four semifinalists were amazing dancers who brought their all to their performances. As Tom Bergeron put it "whichever way this goes, it's gonna suck." It looks like viewer votes are what sent Maria packing, since she finished first on the judges' leaderboard. To her credit, she had nothing but positive things to say about her experience on the show. Maria said she learned a lot from her "DWTS" experience, and Derek complimented her on being a "champion of life."
Here's a quick look at how our three finalists did this week
Katherine's quickstep was the dance of the season! It had 1920s glamor, lightning-fast choreography and that "magic" that makes a good routine great. The judges had nothing but love for this routine, though a slight hiccup near the beginning kept Katherine from earning a perfect 30. Katherine's sexy salsa was gorgeous, but she stumbled near the end of the routine and hurt her back. After that moment, she couldn't get her composure back, but Katherine actually seemed more upset about her slip-up than the judges.
William and Cheryl tore up the floor with their smoking hot tango. His intensity was incredible and his lines were gorgeous, though he had some control issues with his spins near the beginning of the number. Len proclaimed the dance "overall terrific," though he did comment on occasional flat-footedness from William. William's samba was amazing and the judges' choice for this week's encore: He shook his booty and did it with a smile. William's technique was as solid as his attitude and the routine earned him a perfect score.
Donald's sweet waltz was a real departure from his usual intense numbers. He and Peta maintained body contact throughout the routine and his lines were gorgeous. Carrie Ann loved the emotional content of the routine but found Donald's footwork a bit lacking in the end. Donald's samba was stunning -- as usual, he brought his personality to bear while turning in a nearly perfect performance technique-wise.
Who won the week: William
Who needs to step it up: Katherine
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I am so disappointed. Maria turned out to be an amazing dancer and she and Derek deserved to be back next week. I knew William would definitely be back - Cheryl is an amazing teacher and dancer. I thought that either Katherine or Donald would be gone.
Auuurgh. Are you kidding? I thought the finalists would be Mark & Derek. So dissapointed but love the show!
"Maria was the best dancer and yet voted off. I'll not be watching DWTS anymore. It's like watching a soap opera on heels, too much drama and "my tragic life story" in it for me. 2-3 hours a week spent watching a popularity contest is a waste of 2-3 hours."
Please see my earlier comment.. Who really cares whether or not you watch? No one has held a gun to your head this season.
knew it was going to be tough, someone had to go though, sorry it had to be Maria and Derrick.. Maria was awesome Monday night...I am hoping that Katherine will win, but with William being the favorite with most of the ladies, I think he will take it....then of course it will turn into the usual popularity thing...Donald is not too shabby either....oh well, guess we will have to "suck it up".
"I really liked Maria and Derek as a couple because I thought they were so cute and had great chemistry...Then I found out she has a boyfriend of 10 years and it got awkward to watch."
What planet are you living on? What earthly difference does it make whether or not she has a boyfriend? It's all for show. It adds to the drama of the dance. Do you not watch gays interact with straights or blacks with whites or married actors in love scenes with others than their spouses? Get real!
As Tina Turner so famously said: "What's love got to do with it?"