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First of all the final was long and boring, I wish it was shorter and right to the point. But the first shocker on the show was that William Levy and Cheryl came in third place. I never would have thought that would have happened. He was at least one or two.

I thought for sure that Katherine Jenkins and Mark would have won the trophy for sure. She had the presence of an entertainer and dancer but came in second place – shock, shock, shock!

But then when they announced the winner of Dancing with the Stars I was totally shocked. Donald Driver and Peta won the Mirror Ball Trophy!

I guess he peaked at the right time and the fans really enjoyed his performances. His final dance the cha cha cha was okay but the judges were generous with their scoring and gave all the stars 10’s for their dances.

I loved Katherine’ Jive, full of fun and energy. William’s salsa was good too but typical of his Latin background, he just did what he felt comfortable with.

So there you have it, Season 14 came to an end with a shocker ending of the winner of the Mirror Ball Trophy. I really think Katherine was cheated out of the trophy.

Next season they are bringing back former favorite stars to compete, we’ll see how that goes.

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What a fantastic final on Dancing with the Stars.  All I have to say is Donald Driver made a “touchdown” with his free style dance. He had powerful lifts and great musicality and of course it didn’t hurt to have his family and friends wear “cheese heads” to spur on his dancing.  For the first time all season Len gave him a 10 and Donald got a perfect 30 for his free style dance. However, his Argentine Tango was not that great. It was too much Peta dancing and not enough Donald dancing. He ended the night with a score of 59

William Levy was predictable with his sexy moves and I found that his free style dance was a lot of lifts, bumping and grinding and shaking his booty. I know he’s sexy but that doesn’t make him a champion. His cha cha cha was more of the same as well. He ended the night also with a score of 59.

Then there was Katherine Jenkins. Would she come back from a down week last week? Was she physically fit to continue from her back strain? Of course! She is a true performer. Her Paso Dobla was awesome and she received a 10, the first from Len. Her free style dance was fun, full of energy and I loved it that they call her “The Welsh Wiggler.” I also loved it when she started the free style with her singing a few bars of the dance. What a beautiful voice she has. Carrie Anne said that she was a true Champion and I agree with her. She ended the night with a perfect score of 60.

So who will win Dancing with the Stars? Right now it is hard to tell. Katherine has been the most consistent except for a slight off week last week. She pushes herself to her limits and beyond. William Levy is the sexy star that can bump and grind and thrill the ladies. But Donald Driver has peaked and that is why it is hard to predict who will win. Donald Driver still has a chance to win the trophy but he does have a lot of competition between William and Katherine

My favorite is Katherine and I think she will win but we’ll find out on Tuesday night. Good luck to all of the finalist. Looking forward to one last great dance from all of them.

Last night’s semi-finals on Dancing with the Stars was filled with great dances and drama, of course. William Levy danced the Tango and the Samba. Wow! Was his Samba hot, hot hot! As Bruno said his Samba was filled with bum-arama entertainment. He received a total of 58 for his dances.

Donald Driver danced a strong and lovely Waltz that Len said that he was rough, tough cream puff! That just about sums it up. His Samba had a cute story and he did well. He also received a 58 for his dances.

Katherine Jenkins was having a rough night last night. Her partner Mark misstep in their Quick Step lead to her misstep and her Salsa was terrific until she hurt her back. She was in tears because she couldn’t finish the performance even though it was at the end of the dance. I understand that she was getting back spasms and that was why she couldn’t finish her performance. First of all she probably wasn’t hydrating enough between dances and second of all her fabulous “belly dance” during the salsa was terrific but that would give anyone back spasms! Hope she can continue. With a day of rest and hydration along with a good massage and chiropractor I think she will be good to go. Unfortunately her total score was 56 the lowest for her this season.

Maria Menounos danced the Jive and Argentine Tango. The tango was good but I think some of her lines were not perfect enough. Also her Jive left me wondering what happened to all those sharp kicks and flicks. But the judges gave her a total score of 59, the highest for the night. She is a good dancer but I really think the men have it all over her. They are powerful but tender when they dance and she just seems to be like a rag doll in Derek’s arms where he can fling her around at will.

Bruno was feeling very generous last night. Out of the ten performances he gave out seven 10’s.  Carrie Anne was very picky and Len was just his grumpy old self.

Tonight we find out who will be eliminated. I once again must say that even though Maria has done very well, I don’t think she should be going to the finals. But then if Katherine cannot continue she may be eliminated and that would be a disaster.

Tune in tonight to see who is eliminated and I’ll give my opinion about it.

It came down to eliminating two stars on Dancing with the Stars. This was a hard decision but it had to be done. All the stars performed great the night before but in order to keep this series to end soon, two people had to go.

I guess the producers decided to humble Katherine Jenkins last night because they announced that she was in “jeopardy.” Oh please, they had to put a strong dancer in there so people would watch the entire show. I just think it was a ploy and she really wasn’t in jeopardy at all.

But, just as I predicted, Roshon and Melissa were eliminated. Too bad, because truth be told, Maria isn’t the most talented dancer left. But she and Donald Driver, the up and coming dancer, William Levy, keeping him was a no brainer, and Katherine Jenkins, ditto, are in the semi-finals next week.

Last night’s Dance Center was pretty lame. I really didn’t find anything funny except for seeing Len’s pasty body and that was not for the weak of heart to see!

DWTS paid tribute to Dick Clark with the theme song from “Bandstand” playing endlessly and people dancing to it endlessly. I guess it was okay but I didn’t care for it very much.

Once again I’m going to predict the final three without even watching the last four stars dance – William Levy, Katherine Jenkins and Donald Driver.

Last night’s Dancing with the Stars showcased ballroom and Latin dances for the six remaining stars. It seems that the Fox Trot was the headliner dance. Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan and William Levy danced the Fox Trot with William Levy receiving the highest score of the night a perfect 30. Poor Melissa Gilbert messed up at the beginning of her dance and for that the judges gave her a 24. Roshon Fegan’s dance was simple and not very complicated but that was all he needed to do to get a 29 for his Fox Trot.

Donald Driver’s Tango was very powerful and he was very good, even Len liked it. His score was a 27.

The two ladies, Maria Menounos and Katherine Jenkins who is a wonderful performer, both danced the Viennese Waltz. Katherine’s waltz was excellent but the judges didn’t like it very much and scored her with a 26. However, Carrie Anne and Bruno loved Maria’s waltz but Len wasn’t impressed with it because it didn’t have the hold sequence that is required in a waltz – I totally agree with Len on that one, the dance was too theatrical for me. But Maria came out with a score of 28.

The second round of dancing was a lot of fun to watch and really showed the talent of the stars along with the professional dancers. It was a “trio” dance where a star danced with two other professional dancers. Right away I saw what a difference another professional dancer makes to push the stars to perform better. Melissa’s samba was sexy, hot, fun and she did a great job with Max and his brother Val. I also noticed that the height difference between Melissa and Max is obvious. If you pair her with Val, Melissa isn’t stumbling or trying to reach out of her comfort level but looks great paired with Val. Val isn’t as tall as his brother Max and seems to be the perfect height for Melissa. So if Melissa is eliminated, I would blame it on the producers who have in the past not paired the stars with a pro that is the same height as they are.

Donald’s Jive was great and he has really come into his own these past few weeks. I hope he hasn’t peaked too soon.

Roshon’s Pasa Doble was good but I liked the comment from Len when he said that he was watching two skinny fries chasing the ketchup bottle.

William’s Pasa Doble was also very good and had a good story line where he was Zorro coming to the rescue of the fair maiden.

Maria’s samba was more of a Bollywood type of dance and not really a Samba. Len didn’t like it and neither did I.

Katherine’ cha cha was fun to watch. I thought it got a bit too busy .But at the beginning of the dance a piece of her costume was caught on her leg. But Katherine being a great performer continued on and at the right moment that included a kick, she kicked it off.

The elimination night will eliminate two stars. This is getting really hard to predict. All the stars performed at their top of the game. My preference for elimination is Maria and Roshon. Many of the dances Maria performed were gimmicks and not true ball room dancing and as for Roshon he has worked very hard but not hard enough to win the “mirror ball” trophy.

I guess you have to be careful what you say to the judges when you are facing the dance elimination. Jaleel White made a comment just before the dance off about Len. He said, “Len is the old guy outside the grocery store who won’t give a kid any money!” Whoops!

As a result, Jaleel and Roshon were in the elimination dance and Jaleel did not get anyof the judge’s votes. He should have said instead of Len that all the judges on Dancing with the Stars won’t give a kid money. As a result, they all saved Roshon to come back next week.

Actually, Roshon did a good job dancing the Rhumba but I think Jaleel looked stronger. But when you give a “left-handed” compliment to one of the judges, you won’t get his vote.

Now there are only six left. The biggest surprise was that Melissa Gilbert was saved thanks to her fans. This is wonderful, hope she does a fantastic job next week so Maks can give the judges a hard time!

First of all, Dancing with the Stars should scrap the “classical music” night because no one could dance to it! Try dancing a rhumba to classical music that is made for a minuet, can’t do it! Granted Katherine Jenkins did an elegant job of trying to dance to this type of music but it fell short. But then the judges gave her a score of 27 all nines. Not bad.

Then there was Melissa Gilbert who danced the Argentine Tango to the “Marriage of Figaro.” Not an easy task. The judges didn’t like it all and gave her a total score of 21. Look, I think she did a good job. Her partner, Maks, has an injured ankle and they did the best they could have done. I know the competition is heating up but to dance to this type of music is lunacy! Unfortunately, Melissa got the lowest score of the evening. Are the judges looking to eliminate her? Are the judges targeting Maks again and blaming it on him for not creating a good dance performance? Their lifts and how they told the story of how another man wanted to take away the woman he loves from another man at the altar was very good. But no, Maks got dinged again and unfortunately, Melissa was the recipient of the judges’ bias.

Donald Driver danced the Viennese Waltz and did a good job. He received a score of 27. Jaleel White also danced a Viennese Waltz but I didn’t think the music he danced to was very “classical.” That gave him a slight edge and he scored a total of 27.

Roshon Fegan danced an Argentine Tango and Len said that his dance was clean and confident, I thought it was okay. Roshon was seeking help on how to be “a man” when dancing instead of a boy. Oh please, that is so hokey! His performance scored a 25.

William Levy danced a beautiful Viennese Waltz to “Ava Maria” sung by the most wonder prodigy singer of all time, Jacki Evancho. She was the highlight of the night for me because she is a beautiful operatic singer at the tender age of 12. She has been performing opera since she was ten years old. What a beautiful little girl who shows that she loves what she does. Hope she sings for a long, long time.

But back to William’s dance. It was lovely, lyrical and beautiful. The judges praised him but only gave him nines with score of 27. Go figure?

Then there was Maria Menounos and Derek. They danced a Paso Doble to some weird classical music. Maria was wearing fangs – OMG – and the story theme was that she was a vampire and bit Derek at the end of the dance. Nice and gimmicky BUT the judges loved it and gave her a perfect score of 30. No bias there, right?

The team dances were the Tango and Paso Doble. The judges gave team Tango a score of 27 and team Paso was scored a 26. Now I really think a Paso is more demanding and dramatic and I liked it. But then of course on team Paso was William Levey, Melissa Gilbert (that brought their score down because the judges don’t like Maks) and Donald Driver.

Tonight is elimination night. I predict Melissa and maybe Jaleel or Roshon will have to dance off to “please” the judges. But I think the judges have already decided to eliminate Melissa. Too bad, she was progressing very well.