What Does ‘Dancing With The Stars’ 2015 Winner Get? Prize Money Details Ahead …

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ recap: Bindi Irwin’s the frontrunner going into the season finale.

Tonight’s sequined “Dancing with the Stars” finale has only one logical, inevitable, justifiable outcome: Bindi Irwin perched atop Derek Hough’s shoulders clutching the mirror ball trophy. Each couple performed a variety of dances including the Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba, and Argentine Tango vying for America’s vote. (ABC/Adam Taylor) You have to give Verizon credit for making things easy for us journalists. Her dress appears to have been influenced by the office supplies aisle, as it seems to have gone through a shredder and then been attacked by a highlighter pen. Now that PenaVega has departed, the three remaining celebrity contestants are Bindi Irwin (dancing with Derek Hough), Alek Skarlatos (dancing with Lindsay Arnold), and Nick Carter (dancing with Sharna Burgess). Carlos Penavega, likely to no one’s surprise, was cut despite perfect scores. (That anyone was scored the same as Bindi seems ludicrous.) I maintain that having his wife there hurt them both throughout the season.

Skarlatos and Arnold were only slightly behind with scores of 27 and 30 for their performances. “Dancing” has an unusual model compared to network dramas and sitcoms in that it ends its season as the holidays approach. Most network shows debut in September and air until May, often taking a break around December but not dividing their episodes into two separate seasons. By contrast, programs like “Dancing,” NBC’s singing competition “The Voice,” and CBS’s long-running reality competition “Survivor” usually air a fall season and a spring season each year. They’re dancing to the Weeknd’s “The Hills,” which seems really bizarre as a foxtrot choice and is about drugs and requires much fudging of lyrics on the radio and in primetime tv.

In terms of overall viewers, “Dancing” and “Voice” are still doing well in the ratings, ranking near the top of the list for broadcast network ratings for the 2014-2015 TV season. “Voice” is more of a novelty than “Dancing,” as “Voice” only debuted in 2011. She has also shot two films in Atlanta: “Footloose” in 2010 and earlier this year, “Bad Grandpa,” also starring Zac Efron and Robert DeNiro, which is set to come out in 2016. And she and her brother Derek Hough have come to Atlanta for two dancing shows, including at Chastain in June, which was a sweatfest, apparently since it was an outdoor venue in the summer.

He’s got the rumba and last time he did the rumba, it was with Emma Slater, who he has a huge crush on, and it’s weird for him to do it with Lindsey, who he sees as a sister. (And who, I can also point out, is a married woman.) The rumba itself is fine, if not great, but that sizzling chemistry just isn’t there. With “Dancing,” those behind the cameras seem to have found that having two seasons a year keeps viewers talking and that both seasons are still steady performers. They show the footage from last week when Nick Carter had his paralyzing moment of forgetting his choreography and this time we can hear Sharna Burgess reassuring him that she’s got him and they’re going to be fine.

She explains to the camera that Nick had the jive early in the season before he really had his dancing legs and that he did have a slip, due to his shoes, so the judges want to see what later-in-the-season much-improved Nick can do with a jive now. Julianne says it wasn’t just executed well, but that Nick “performed the crap out of that.” Bruno kept waiting for the routine to go wrong but it never did. Personally, I’m delighted at the prospect of Derek playing by the rules because he is SUCH a good dancer and it means I get a shot at seeing an actual ballroom dance done extremely well on this show, and not by two pairs. She calls Bindi the “Energizer Bunny.” Tom ribs Bindi a little bit about her reaction during the rehearsal footage to Derek’s hacking cough. (She just backed away slowly.

Carrie Ann says Bindi is in a “class of her own.” After the judges finish their comments, Bindi pogoes around in happiness and I remember she’s only 17 and one of the cutest creatures on the planet. Beard And Sequins apparently performs under the name “Who is Fancy.” As he blows glitter at the camera, I think about what interesting times we live in. Carlos and Witney are doing a hip-hop/salsa routine to Missy Elliott’s new single, “WTF.” That’s some pretty quick turnaround — it only came out, what, last week. Because he’s done that literally, in basic training, and figuratively, with the train and the events that have gone on while he was on the show this season. During the dance, there’s also a crowd of cheering fans right up on the runway/stage area, so maybe that’s why they went last, because it would be hard to herd that crowd back out in a timely manner.

Everybody’s jumping around backstage with Nick and Sharna and Erin sing-songs, “This is my only opportunity to dance with a Backstreet Boy.” Man, it’s amazing how much better this show is with a co-host who has an actual brain and doesn’t have to just rely on what’s on the teleprompter or coming through her earpiece.

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