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Dancing With the Stars recap: The Finals

The three remaining couples bring their A-game to the finals.

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Dancing With the Stars

TV Show
Reality TV
run date:
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, Erin Andrews, Julianne Hough
Current Status:
In Season

It’s finals night, DWTS fans, and after the shocking elimination last week where one of the best remaining dancers was cut, many of you seemed to think tonight would be just a two couple race. But after watching each of them perform their two dances tonight, did any of you change your minds?

Let’s hit the dance floor and break down each couple’s repeated favorite dance and their final Freestyles; dances that I’m betting are going to get a lot of people in trouble on Tuesday for watching—over and over again—instead of working. (That’s right, I’m looking at you.)

Favorite routine (repeat)

Noah and Sharna Argentine Tango

After a clip of Noah telling us he only expected to be in the competition three weeks (who do you think he expected to beat? I’m going with Chrissy Snow and the rhythmically challenged farmer) he reminds us that he belongs here. Sharna instructs him to look up and look proud, which he definitely does for the first third of the dance. Looking sharp with his hair slicked back in a side part, Noah is confident and commanding, until he makes a slight timing mistake on a kick and completely loses it for the rest of the dance. He bobbles some lifts and for the rest of the dance has an embarrassed grin on his face. “DON’T BREAK CHARACTER!”, I shout, but as usual, the dancers on this show don’t seem to hear me.

Len hears me, however, and mentions the exact same thing I mentioned at the end of last week’s results recap. “Don’t moan if you don’t phone,” he reminds us. Okay, not exactly the way I put it, but I’m not British so it doesn’t matter how I said it, his way still sounds better.

The other three judges mention the hiccup but tell Noah not to sweat it.

In the red room, Sharna tells Erin, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” Um, hate to tell you, Sharn, but this is the finish.

Score: 32/40

Riker and Allison — Pasodoble

Riker and Allison recreate their favorite dance (and mine), their tribute to Pirates of the Caribbean from Disney night, and Riker acknowledges that he needs to really bring it because the competition between him and Rumer is so tight, which confirms that Riker feels the same as about 98 percent of America about who’s left in this competition.

Their Paso is just as powerful and fun as it was the first time, and the judges lose their minds. Even Len, who gives it a standing-O and calls it “epic” and a “swashbuckling performance.”

Score: 40/40

Rumer and Val — Foxtrot

In her video package, Rumer reminds us that she’s bloomed on this show and credits Val for giving her confidence, telling us that she’s “never had anybody who’s believed in her like this.” I mean, in case you were wondering what kind of parents Demi and Bruce were. Ouch.

There’s only one word that can describe their Foxtrot: exquisite. And beautiful. And fun. And perfect. Okay, fine, four (and I’ll bet you can add even more in the comments). It’s easy and relaxed, and it’s so evident that Rumer has grown as comfortable on that dance floor as she is in … nope, never mind. I think the dance floor is it. Rumer has found her new home. I just wish it could be with Val. Anyone else?

Bruno deems her “dancing royalty” by her own merit. “Poetry in motion,” “flawless,” and “”incredible,” are also thrown around. See? I knew there were more.

Score: 40/40

NEXT: Noah “fixes” his doubters with his Freestyle