'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Driver Delivers
NFLer Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd win the mirror-ball trophy
It's official: Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd are our Season 14 champions! Donald said he felt amazing and he sure did look happy dancing around onstage with the mirror-ball trophy.
This finale came right down to the wire, with the final cha-cha wrapping up just minutes before Tom announced the winner. After the audience's votes were combined with the judges' scores, William Levy and Cheryl Burke finished third and Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas were the runners-up.
Here's a quick breakdown of each star's performances in the final week of competition:
William's disco-infused cha-cha got the finals off to a rollicking start. The judges didn't have a single negative thing to say about this blockbuster routine. In the freestyle round, William and Cheryl went completely nuts. The Latin-infused routine never let up for a second. William kept up with his partner like a champ and the applause when he had finished was the loudest I've heard all season. In the final round, William and Cheryl turned in a sunny salsa that had the crowd on its feet – yet again. The judges joined in the lovefest. Bruno praised the number's spiciness and Carrie Ann told him he has true star quality.
Katherine's first-round paso doble evoked a traditional Spanish bullfight. The choreography was as difficult as anything I've seen on this show and she nailed it. Her second-round freestyle had flapper flair. Carrie Ann praised her abilities as a performer and called the routine "the dance of a champion." Katherine and Mark's jive was lighthearted in spirit but incredibly tough when it came down to choreography. Katherine sailed through it like a pro!
Paso doble: 30/30
Donald's moody Argentine tango had some amazing lifts in it! The routine struck a good balance between crazy acrobatics and intense dancing in hold. He and Peta turned in a countrified freestyle routine that was risky, but paid off! Len praised Peta for her unconventional choreography and called the dance "fantastic." Donald's intense, emotional cha-cha showed off his incredible grace and rhythm. It was downright flawless. Len called Donald the best contestant "we've had" – and it seemed to me that he meant in all 14 seasons.
Argentine tango: 29/30
The only things that made this show great this year was Katherine and Mark and Maria and Derek! Katherine and Mark SHOULD have won, however, it all comes down to the votes, that is, IF it isn't rigged. I think they should start looking for new judges. The three they have are really getting tiresome.....
I learned a big lesson, and this is what I am going to do about it. First, don't take this program so seriously. The way I was brought up was to work hard and get rewards that are due. For some reason I thought this program was that. Not so. Instead of gluing myself to the TV on Monday and Tuesday nights, I will periodically leave my home office and eye the tv in the family room. I had things to take care of on those nights and put them off to view DWTS. No more.
I am not one to say "I am never watching this show again!!!" That won't happen. But this is total nonsense. If it was William who won, I would of felt bad for katherine. Of course if Katherine won, I would of been elated. But Donald!!!!!!! come on voters, you cannot possibly think he was the best.
Peta, brand new dancer, got booted first time last year, wins it all this year. What a comeback huh?
Did anyone notice there wasn't an interview or a judges comments? I didn't see any. I would love to hear what they ahd to say.
What is amusing to me is that these so called great manly football stars, have nothing else better to do than become a constestant on Dancing with the Stars. And frankly, shouldn't it be Dancing with the Stars? Not dancing with Your Favorite Sports Pro. Can ABC please define "Star" as far as I am concerned Star would be defined as existing actor, actress, singer, songwriter, reality star. Not sports players, or politicians or political family.
Would you guys give it up on Derek. HE was not the competing amateur. He is the same as Val, Peta, Mac, and all of the other pros. If you cannot even remember Derek's partners name you must have been strictly a Derek fan. I didn't know community theater qualified one to be an expert in judging dancing, unless it was 44 years of strictly musical productions, ballet etc. The best dancer the last month won, regardless of Len's scoring. Katherine was great also, but no way did William
(gigilo) deserve to be in the final three.
I still think that the judges, on DWTS, should decide who is the better dancer and not to leave it up to the American public voting.
When you have an NFL football player, they have a nationwide fan base and that’s not fair to the other “stars”. Think about it, DWTS has had three or more NFL players win than any other sport dancing on the show.
The hot dancing Maria Menounos, in Dancing with the Stars, didn’t get into the finals because she displayed too much Public Display of Affection (PDA). That’s why she didn’t get the votes needed to continue on the show and because of her skirt chasing partner. He’s hit on with every female he’s been with since DWTS began. What a dog!!!! DWTS should make a rule that no professional dancer, under their employ, should get involved with any “star” physically or emotionally at the risk of being fired!
It is very hard when your personal favorite does not win to consider that perhaps the best person did win. We tend to look at other competitors with a much more critical eye than our favorite. I too, actually never really gave much credence to anyone but my fav, Katherine, throughout the season. I did, however, notice Donald's consistent improvement from week to week. Did I ever think he would make it to the top three? Absolutely not! Did he deserve to be there? Absolutely! Did he deserve to win? YES - as much as either of the other two could have. He performed at no less a level than they did for the finale. This competition is about one night if you can make it that far. He danced like a champ on that night. Give him his due. In the final analysis, it's just a TV dance show that we enjoyed for a season. Be gracious.
...and KPATBLACK... by all means state your opinion but don't fool yourself into thinking you are any more qualified than "the average viewer" because of a nebulous connection to community theater.