'Dancing With the Stars' Week 10 -- Top Five Dances
The contestants were all wide grins and good vibes during the first night of the two-part finale event of "Dancing With the Stars," despite the evening's high stakes and stiff competition. Their great attitudes have been a big part of what has made this season so watchable -- that, and a totally unprecedented amount of pure talent. The show's fans have their work cut out for them when it comes to choosing among the final three, but last week's surprise elimination of Maria Menounos, who was at the top of the leader board, underscored the importance of picking, and voting for, a champion.
The night saw each couple perform two dances -- one handpicked for them by the judges and then coached by a judge -- and one freestyle dance that was allowed to break all the rules. Our stars were in top form as they scooped up the highest scores of the season (even from the notoriously tightfisted judge Len Goodman). Here are the night's top five dances:
(5) William Levy and Cheryl Burke's Freestyle (29 points)
William was elated to do away with the pesky constraints of traditional ballroom dances, but still played it very safe with a sexy, Latin-flavored performance that kept him right in his comfort zone. He stuck to his strengths (namely, hip thrusting and chest-baring), and the dance sizzled with sexual tension. Although judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba both loved the fiery, salsa-inspired freestyle, William's choice to stay in his element backfired big-time with Len, who said it was too predictable. "All you do is shake your butt and get the women screaming," he said, which was met with heated booing from the audience. William and Cheryl were obviously frustrated, but relieved not to get anything lower than a 9 from the disappointed head judge.
(4) Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd's Argentine Tango (29 points)
Donald has been vying for a score of 10 from Len since the beginning of the competition, and this week Carrie Ann was on hand at rehearsals to help him out. His exquisite Argentine tango's subtlety and attention to detail showed off how far the football star has come since the early days of the competition. The dance's sexy intensity was added to by Peta's dress, which was so revealing that even host Tom Bergeron had to point it out. Carrie Ann and Bruno loved the restraint that Donald showed, but Len was again booed when he told them, "It was a tad careful. I would have like you to have gone at it a little bit stronger." Len's 10 eluded Donald once more, and he was awarded a 9 instead.