Topic: Dancing with the Stars Finale

Dancing with the Stars: Hines and Kym Take Home the Mirrorball Trophy

Dancing with the Stars: Hines and Kym Take Home the Mirrorball Trophy

Goodbye, season 12 of Dancing with the Stars. Last night’s finale had some really great moments, but ultimately the heavily favored Hines Ward and Kym Johnson walked away with the mirrorball trophy. His win may not have been a huge surprise, but Kirstie Alley‘s second place finish sure was. The whole season, Kirstie was adored by the audience but not by the judges. But her freestyle dance was exuberant – she did a cartwheel! – and she finally got her first perfect score from the judges. The fact that she managed to beat out Chelsea Kane, who is about a third of her age, was a huge achievement, and Kirstie should be really proud. Chelsea should be super pissed at pro partner Mark Ballas, whose mugging and selfish choreography hurt her all season despite the fact that she was a solid dancer. More »

Dancing with the Stars: Did Mark Ballas Plagiarize His Chelsea Kane Samba?

Dancing with the Stars: Did Mark Ballas Plagiarize His Chelsea Kane Samba?

Last night, Mark Ballas and Chelsea Kane performed a samba on Dancing with the Stars‘ second to last show of the season. Now, a forum poster with the handle CassandraRedux on Television Without Pity says it’s possible that Mark plagiarized the routine from pro dancers Max Kozhevnikov and Yulia Zagoryuchenko. Both dances feature women in fringed pants dancing to the song “Hip Hip Chin Chin,” but perhaps someone who knows more about dance than I do can analyze the steps? More »

Dancing with the Stars: Chelsea, Hines, and Kirstie’s Final Freestyles

Dancing with the Stars: Chelsea, Hines, and Kirstie's Final Freestyles

It’s the finale! Although I hate how long and drawn-out the final two episodes are, I love how they force contestants to up their game. The freestyle dance in particular is a favorite, because after a whole season of Latin dancers struggling through waltzes and classic dancers forcing themselves through sambas, this is a chance for everyone to cut loose. Finalists Chelsea Kane, Hines Ward, and Kirstie Alley all brought energy to the floor for their freestyles last night. But who will win? More »