'Dancing With the Stars' Week 10 Recap: Who Leads Tight Race at Top of the Leaderboard?
Forget the relays and the redos! The freestyles are the highlight of the "Dancing With the Stars" finale, and Monday night was no exception as the final four couples went freestyle wild, supersize style. But first they had to get through a Judges' Pick round as well as cha-cha relay. Here's how the final four fared, and who could be in danger of losing the chance for Tuesday night's final dance.
Round 1: Judges' Pick
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff kicked off the first round with a Ravens-inspired jive after judge Len Goodman taught the Super Bowl champ some of his own fancy footwork. While Len thought the NFL star showed improvement, Bruno Tonioli thought he missed a few beats and was a tad flat-footed. When Carrie Ann Inaba agreed, Jacoby asked her, "Can you wear cleats? I can't wear heels!"
Next up was Aly Raisman and her partner, Mark Ballas, who took on the samba, a dance they previously had trouble with in Week 5. This time, the Olympic champ channeled her inner Shakira for a supersexy samba. Carrie Ann told the teen she's a combination of everyone else who's in the finals: "You have the swagger like Jacoby, the beautiful lines like Kellie (Pickler), then you've got the musicality and sensuality that Zendaya's (Coleman) got."
Kellie and partner Derek Hough made quick work of the quickstep, causing Len to give the strangest critique of the season: "I was palpitating, perspirating, and I got so excited I was nearly flatulating." He praised the couple's connection — something that was lacking the last time they attempted the dance: "Like a stamp on letter," he said. The other judges agreed and pulled out their number 10 paddles in succession.
And Disney star Zendaya and her bloodied and bruised partner, Val Chmerkovskiy (the pro got hit in the eye just one hour before the live show), dazzled the judges with a spicy samba. Len called the dance "eye-popping, show-stopping, and jaw-dropping" and praised a little-seen move that he hadn't seen "since the Falkland Crisis." Score: Perfect 30.
Round 2: Cha-Cha Relay
For this finale twist, all four couples danced a 40-second cha-cha solo in which they vied for 2 to 5 points added to their score. While Jacoby showed off his leapfrog skills, even jumping over Kellie's head and sliding under Aly's legs, he and Karina landed in fourth place for the relay, earning 2 points. Zendaya and Val came in first, with Kellie and Derek and Aly and Mark, scoring second and third place, respectively.