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Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 | 7:04 p.m.
After nine weeks of intense competition on Dancing With the Stars, it’s time for the final showdown: Two girls against one guy! For fans, the good news is that there will be a Season 10 in the spring. Insiders say preliminary casting feelers are already in the works. Could our Luxor headliner Carrot Top be picked up to follow in Donny Osmond’s footsteps?
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Kelly Osbourne kicked off the night with partner Louis Van Amstel doing the Argentine tango. Her dad Ozzy Osbourne and her brother Jack were in the front row and cheered her on. “I never thought we’d make it this far,” Kelly said. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba congratulated her for making the biggest transformation of the season. All three judges praised her for her intensity and newfound intimacy with dancing. Her first score was a 26.
Next up, Mya and Dmitry Chaplin with the paso doble danced to “We Will Rock You,” which won cheers and a standing ovation from the audience. “Unleashed, flamboyant, fearless, amazing,” Bruno Tonioli crowed. Carrie Ann dubbed Mya the queen of the paso doble. Said Len Goodman: “This was right up there with Maks and Mel B. The pressure on all three couples tonight is tremendous, and Mya and Dmitry came through!” Her first score was perfect 10s across the board!
Donny Osmond confessed that week five was the turning point for him when he dropped the entertainment razzamatazz from 46 years in showbiz and got his head into dance. Bruno became his teacher for the week and told him “not to do Vegas!” He and Kym Johnson danced the cha cha, winning judges’ raves. “You busted it all out for the finals,” raved Carrie Ann. “A credit to his profession,” added Bruno. “You are a star.” His first score of the night was 27, all 9s across the board!
So at the end of the first round, it’s Mya in the lead with 30, Donny in the middle with 27, and Kelly right behind at 26.
Then came the one dance segment that is the most important in determining each season’s winner: The megamix of three dances side by side with identical choreography: Viennese waltz into the samba and ending with the jive. Judges say “no clear winner,” but they are forced to vote a 1, 2 and 3 ranking, with 30, 28, 26 points added to the scores. Kelly comes in third again, Donny remains in second, and Mya wins another 30. So the end of the second round is the same as the first.
Next, the make-it-or-break-it freestyle. Kelly revealed that she will be dancing with torn cartilage in both feet. "I don’t want a sympathy vote, but it does feel worse than a cavity in my tooth because I'm in three-inch heels,” Kelly said. After the judges’ praise, they gave her 8s across the board, totaling 76 for the night.
Mya and Dmitry decided after much debate not to do a Las Vegas-themed number and instead chose a dance based on Broadway’s Hairspray, but it didn’t sit well with the judges, who said they were disappointed in it. However, for all the hard work, they still received 9s across the board. Her lead for the night was 87.
It all came down to Donny in the final moments. He didn’t disappoint, and as Bruno shouted, “You combined Broadway with Hollywood and Vegas. You are the master,” he screamed. The judges handed out three 10s across the board for a perfect score. Donny exploded: “I can’t believe it -- a perfect score. I never thought we’d earn that, but it was what we wanted. I still can’t believe it.”
The final vote totals were Mya and Dmitry with 87, Donny and Kym with 85 and Kelly and Louis with 76. So just two points separate Mya and Donny, and Kelly trails, but it’s now up to the viewers and one final dance tomorrow.
Whitney Houston will be the guest star on tomorrow night’s show, with returning appearances by Cloris Leachman and Jerry Springer taking a night off from his Planet Hollywood show America’s Got Talent Live. We’ll be back tomorrow with the full report and photos from tonight’s three dances. We’ll twitter the winner tomorrow, along with a fast posting with the winner’s trophy photo.
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