Who Will Win Dancing with the Stars? The Final Freestyles May Have Changed …

19 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season 20: Finals Recap.

The waterworks really flowed on the penultimate episode of Dancing with the Stars on Monday – and the Willis family was responsible for most of tears. “I was so scared my whole life to try anything or to fail,” Willis said, her eyes welling with tears. “And you didn’t really ever let me.Unsurprisingly, Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Riker Lynch and Allison Holker tied at the top of the leaderboard, both pairs earning perfect scores across two rounds (80/80) – a do-over dance from earlier in the season, and their freestyle.

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess came in third for the night, with a total score of 72/80, a few points off the top spot, but impressive performances nonetheless. Given that traditional dance styles, e.g., paso doble, jive, can use multiple dancers, and given that contemporary and jazz are in the regular rotation, how can a freestyle stand out? Willis’ sister Tallulah posted a picture of their emotional dad on Instagram, along with the message, “Look at this cutie tearing up from my insanely magical [sister’s] dance. The real test will come with the freestyle, where emotions rule and stories are told, plus lots of fog, spotlights and shadows, so if you’re playing a drinking game where you have to take a shot for dramatic lighting, you should be well toasted by the end of the show. However, it’s also still a lot of Sharna dancing around Noah, and this time, the lifts don’t seem as confident or polished – a particular problem since so much of this Argentine tango relies on Noah using his core strength. (Hi, Zendaya from Season 16!) Len sees improvement but unsteadiness here and there, especially in the last lift.

PLEASE SHE HAS WORKED SO HARD. 1 (855) 234-5610 #VALENRUE Willis’ performance even inspired Ashton Kutcher, the ex-boyfriend of her mom Demi Moore, to encourage his 16.9 million followers on Twitter to vote for her. “I love and care for her abilities to too much to ever let her slide on anything,” he said. “My hardass-ness comes from that. How they did: Though Galloway admitted in his practice video that he only expected to make it to week three, so he was thrilled to have gotten to the finals, it seems the pressure of competition finally caught up with the army vet. Galloway and partner Burgess started strong, but struggled with a major lift. “Overall there is an improvement in your dancing,” Len acknowledged. “Yes, there was a little bit of a flub,” Julianne conceded, “But you still have another dance.

That was basically a nice way of saying his lifts were shaky, his footwork was wobbly, and better luck next time, without actually saying any of that to a veteran. So just come back with that and be confident.” For her part, Carrie Ann said she was “worried” about the couple, but also encouraged them to focus on their next routine. To make a play for that ballroom booty, the mirror ball trophy, River and Allison revisited their Pirates of the Caribbean paso from Disney night during week 5. Burgess led Galloway into more vulnerable territory for their freestyle performance, drawing inspiration from the way the vet felt when he first woke up after his war accident. For their repeat performance, Riker bearded up and put on his big-boy pantaloons for another go-round of the frenetic number he debuted during Disney week.

The first time the couple might’ve wanted to make judges Len and Julianne walk the plank since they gave the couple 9s and not 10s like Carrie Ann and Bruno, but this week the couple got their redemption. For the dance, Galloway went completely shirtless and looked more comfortable than ever on the dance floor. “For me, that was a celebration,” Julianne said. “To me, that was what a freestyle is. Bruno Tonioli shouted out Rumer’s impressive lineage, while calling her “dancing royalty.” Len said he knew way back in the beginning of the season that this was her year, and he still believes it.

The R5 frontman reflected on what he needs to do in order to beat Rumer Willis (whom he clearly sees as his only real competition). “The competition between us is so, so tight,” he mused. “We literally have to be absolutely perfect.” And, as it turns out, they were. Cut to a shot of Bruce Willis in the audience crying his eyes out, while Erin Andrews shakes her head and intones, “Die hard, baby, die hard.” 40/40 Noah and Sharna: Noah cracks a little under pressure, and admits that he wishes he had the dance skills of Riker and Rumer, but his body holds him back. The routine was a miraculous combination of old and new school and the judges loved every moment. “That is a true freestyle, if I’ve ever seen one,” Julianne said while Bruno called Riker “Fred Astaire repackaged for a new generation.” Carrie Ann spoke too fast to really get what she said, but it’s safe to say she liked it. “You brought the past into the present, Len affirmed. He proves that correct in a heartbreaking freestyle routine set to a mashup between David Guetta’s and Sia’s “Titanium” and Coldplay’s “Fix You” for the extra punch in the gut.

Len, who has never been Noah’s biggest booster, admits “that was amazing.” Erin had to shoo Red Foo from the set before the judges could weigh in on the routine. Though the dance was a serious one, Willis couldn’t keep her smile off her face the entire time (and neither could mother Demi Moore or father Bruce Willis, both of whom came out to support their daughter).

Time was running out on the live show, so the judges rushed through their critiques, but Bruno summed it up when he called Riker “Fred Astaire reborn.” 40/40 Rumer and Val: There were only six minutes left in the show when Rumer and Val took to the ballroom floor, but while Tom and Erin may have been sweating, Rumer and Val looked completely cool. Their freestyle was based on their shared trauma of being compared to people: for Val, it’s always following after his brother Maks, while Rumer grew up in her parents’ shadows. They made it clear that their only goal tonight was to do everything in their power change that. “Every move, every intention, sharply in focus,” Bruno gushed before calling it “unbelievable.” Len called it “pure” and “brave,” and Julianne said, “It was raw. They bring us a contemporary-esque freestyle with some pointed moments, such as a darkness broken by Noah’s outstretched arm and the part in the end in which he stands solo, looking up with his fist on his heart.

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