Dancing With the Stars Recap: A Fantastic Finals

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Heading into Monday's performance finale on Season 14 of Dancing With the Stars, it was anybody's game. Heading into the final results show, it still is!Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd

The most evenly-matched final three in history lived up to that billing, finishing within a single point of each other after six great routines.

Let's revisit them all, shall we?

Head judge Len Goodman said that William Levy's show-opening cha-cha was as good as any he has seen in 14 seasons. He got a 30 for it.

There was no less love for Katherine Jenkins' paso doble, which Len said was "full of tasty tidbits to tickle your taste buds." Crickets. 30.

Donald Driver fell short - by a single point - in merely scraping together 10s from Bruno and Carrie Ann Inaba for his Argentine tango.

In the lift-happy freestyle round, William and Cheryl Burke's tango / samba / salsa whatever earned them a 29 for a total of 59 Monday.

Mark Ballas hit the jackpot with the swing routine he crafted for Katherine, sweeping her (and the judges) off their feet for another 30.

Peta Murgatroyd literally bled for her freestyle. She got knocked in the face by her beefy partner during rehearsal, but rallied for a 29.

The scores after Monday's performance finale, which will account for half the overall scores this evening along with America's votes:

  • Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas (30, 30): 60
  • William Levy & Cheryl Burke (30, 29): 59
  • Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd (29, 30): 59

Yup. Basically, it's all your votes to decide this one.

Who should win Dancing With the Stars?

 

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I might care more about this show if I actually heard of any of these "celebrities"?

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Cheryl did the same thing for the freestyle with Gilles and he lost because of it

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I am still in shock over Maria and derak's ousting I was not enjoying the show as much last night. Derek is a master choreographer, the most handsome of all male dancers and a consumate professional and Maria M. left even prof.obvo female dancers scratching their heads with some of the incredibly beautiful routines and obviously the judges scores can attest to that. It's a bloody shame they're out and I really don't care who takes the title....obviously my favorites are out.....

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Does anyone know what bracelet he was wearing?? I love and want to get for my bf.

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DONALD was excellent in both dances last night, loved his dramatic, crisp moves in the first dance and his creativity in the country dance.
Still confused over Maria not being in the Finals, she certainly belongs there!!
They are all good BUT Donald deserves to win!

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i agree that william's routine was too predictable, even though he has been my personal favorite. based on last night alone, i'd say donald and peta for the win. their freestyle was spectacular. difficult, entertaining, surprising and fun. obviously donald really is a fan of the show and knew what was needed. donald had said he wanted to win this badly for peta, who is fairly new and dying to win one. i hope they get it. i'm worried that katherine's huge fan base from overseas will call in the win for her without even having seen her dance.

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i also think that the whole "being in the spot-light" stuff, i mentioned earlier surfaced again...

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so beautiful pic

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Cheryl's a really good choreographer but this time I was disappointed. I know what she was trying to do -- combine William's two best dances -- for the freestyle. It really wasn't up to my expectations either. I hope she did not blow it for him.

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williams freestyle was great...but he got that nine from len bc while the dance was very well executed it was too predictable(i have to agree on that one)...ergo this one is really on Cheryl...

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