Spoiler alert! One of these guys just lost out on the mirror ball trophy

24 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Dancing with the Stars’ finale part I recap: Carlos Pena Vega eliminated while Irwin and Carter blow judges away.

Next up was the singer’s freestyle, which included cameos from this season’s contestants, like Paula Deen, Hayes Grier and Alexa Pena Vega — the latter finally hitting the dance floor with her husband.Bindi Irwin is one step closer to winning America’s Dancing with the Stars after another polished performance again invoking the memory of her late father Steve which left both her family and the judges in tears and shored up her position as a favourite going into the last episode.

Carlos PenaVega outlasted his wife, but he couldn’t outlast three other celebrities on “Dancing With the Stars.” Therefore, Carlos and partner Witney Carson were sent packing after Monday’s first round of the finals. While the judges were impressed with his dancing rise, voters at home didn’t save the dancing star, who is probably the least known among the remaining contenders. Despite a score of 60 out of 60 points for the night, Pena Vega finished the competition in fourth place — lasting two weeks longer than his wife, so there’s that.

The second part – in which 17-year-old Irwin will compete against fellow finalists Alek Skarlatos and Nick Carter for the “Mirrorball trophy” – will take place on Tuesday night, US time. Last week saw his first perfect score — a feat Pena Vega still hadn’t accomplished — and this week brought another 30 points with a memorable army-themed obstacle course freestyle. Carter then came back to the dance-floor to deliver a Backstreet Boy number that still wowed judges, despite having already seen a song and dance number from his famous band weeks ago. As she and partner Derek Hough completed their slow, skilful contemporary performance, a digitally enhanced pair of footprints appeared on the floor for home viewers – showing “Steve” quite literally walking alongside the pair.

The couple’s chemistry floored the judges, with Carrie Ann Inaba saying it was their “most dynamic and exciting performance.” Is it any wonder they got a perfect score? As if we didn’t get the idea, a huge black and white image of Bindi hugging her dad then flashed up on a screen behind her, something even Bindi apparently didn’t know they were going to do. Carlos’ departure leaves Nick Carter, Bindi Irwin and Alek Skarlatos as the three celebrities moving on Tuesday for the final night of “DWTS” installment 21. One of them, Carter, is a former member of 90s pop sensation the Backstreet Boys, a huge celebrity to a certain generation and one who has been dancing for years.

Though he has not performed as consistently well as Bindi or Carter, he’s proved a game competitor, and is regarded as a true American hero, which certainly doesn’t hurt in a show that is decided by a mix of judges’ scores and a popular vote by American viewers. While the way the producers have dealt with her father’s passing seems heavy-handed at times, her emotion is clearly genuine, while her positive, mature attitude to the competition has created an admiring fan base. In contrast, a dancer’s genitalia is only worth half as much – an additional allowance of $35.43 (which will rise to $36.49 in January) is paid to Sydney Dance Company performers. Carlos and Witney: Not only did these two dance a mixture of hip-hop and salsa, they invited former contestants (hi, Paula Deen) to get in on the action.

Opera performers are also paid more for revealing other body parts onstage – bums and bare breasts (women only) earn an additional $43.90 for each stage rehearsal or show, while “skimpy costumes that show bare buttocks” will net performers $27, according to the agreement negotiated between Opera Australia and the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance this year. “The grey area is say in The Ring Cycle or The Turk in Italy where women were in bikinis – not nude or semi-nude but still confronting for them,” she says. “If you are a permanent employee at OA or the Australian Ballet, you can’t negotiate these things as easily so a nudity allowance becomes more important,” she says. Nudity makes an eye-catching, if occasional, appearance on stages – although performers have cast off clothes for several shows in Sydney this month. However, STC spokesman Tim McKeough says Rush is likely to remain trousered: “Another actor may be naked at some point in the show but as with anything in rehearsals, as things are being tried and tested, that particular aspect may be cut before the show opens.” There was also an outbreak of nudity at Carriageworks, with French choreographer Xavier Le Roy and 18 performers dancing around naked as part of the latest Kaldor Public Art Project.

Witney: “Nothing worth having comes easy, OK.” Pause. “Will Smith said that.” It’s jarring to go from that funny comment to this intense, sexually charged foxtrot, complete with smoke and the red accents and the music. But former principal artist Jud Arthur is more forthcoming about stripping off to play Fafner in The Melbourne Ring Cycle in 2013 – a role he will reprise next year. “It’s not sort of gratuitous nudity,” he says. “There is a clear plot reason for it. It does represent a good use of Alek’s partnering skills with Lindsay, and they have a connection, if not a sexual one. “You presented your partner with great care,” Bruno says. The audience screams and shrieks. “Cowabunga!” Carrie Ann hollers. “Can we take one second to celebrate Sharna for the goddess that she is?” (Yes! Derek remembers his season 15 quickstep with Shawn Johnson, which often broke hold, and that may have cost them the Mirror Ball. (Side note: That dance divides your recappers more than any other.

Although the “dancing security detail” wave looks awesome – thanks, host Tom Bergeron – I personally would have preferred the Troupe stay out of the dances in the first round. Bindi and Derek have their arms linked, but does this count as “in hold?” It would seem so: Julianne says Derek says was very creative in keeping linked with his partner.

At this point, with everything from foxtrots to paso dobles featuring the Troupe and prerecorded music, it’s hard to make the freestyles distinctive and special. The pretaped voiceover packages from the pros give hints to what we might see. “Inspiration.” “Free spirit.” “Freakin’ Backstreet Boy.” After 21 seasons, Carlos and Witney find a unique angle for a “DWTS” dance: This is the first freestyle to feature contestants from the current season. Carlos is worried about having so many other pro bodies in the dance, and Witney comes to realize that not focusing on them could be something of a detriment. Will there be any other paddles used in this freestyle round?) Derek takes a soft, sweet approach here, inspired by Bindi’s father and where she’s from. This strategy has brought Derek great success before, arguably winning season 16 for him with Kellie Pickler, and it’s going to separate this routine from the other freestyles.

As with the week 3 contemporary, Derek has choreographed moves that fit the music and Bindi’s life, such as when she points to the sky as he sits on the steps.

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