Dancing With The Stars Recap: The Final Four Perform
The final 4 from 'Dancing With The Stars' -- ABC
It was an incredible night of competition on the "Dancing with the Stars" Season 16 finals on Monday evening, one which saw the ladies bring their A game.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, the lone man left standing, practiced hard and took tips from Len Goodman for the "Judges' Choice" routine in Round 1, but he was outpaced by the three remaining celebrity women - Zendaya, Kellie Pickler and Aly Raisman -- who all finished above him and his pro, Karina Smirnoff, on the leaderboard.
Teenager Zendaya once again claimed the leaderboard top spot, with pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy (the only pro left standing with no mirrorball in his trophy chest), netting perfect scores across three rounds of competition.
The "Shake It Up" star and Val were on fire all night long, beginning with the "Judges' Choice" routine during Round 1, where the panel -- Carrie Ann Inaba, Len and Bruno Tonioli -- picked samba for the pair's performance. Rehearsal footage showed Zendaya being hard on herself, and insisting she needed to work even harder, and it all paid off with a routine that left Len marveling.
"That was eye-popping, show-stopping, jaw dropping. That's a samba! You've only just scratched the surface of your talent, I'm telling you!" the Brit said, as the pair picked up their first 30 out of 30, tying Kellie and Derek Hough.
The "American Idol" alum and her three-time mirrorball champ of a partner, Derek, got their perfect Round 1 score by impressing the judges with ballroom perfection and by matching their "nobly bits" (Len's words, which he used during their rehearsals for the "Judges' Choice" round) in a quickstep.
"It was palpitating, perspirating. I got so excited, I was nearly flatulating," Len said. "I tell you, that was excitement."
Round 2 was a Cha Cha Cha Relay, which saw each team perform about 40 seconds of the dance style, one couple after another. Jacoby and Karina took fourth and just 2 points (their Round 1 score was 27/30), Aly & Mark Ballas grabbed third and 3 points (their Round 1 total was 28/30), Kellie and Derek came in second, picking up 4 out of 5 points, and Zendaya and Val netted all points available - 5 out of 5 - for their slick moves.
And then, it was freestyle time.
Jacoby and Karina took inspiration from New Orleans (where the football star was born) and Baltimore (where he plays for the Ravens) for their freestyle, which had a marching band flavor, but -- as Bruno pointed out -- had "a couple of things" wrong with the number. "The energy, somehow, made you lose the time a couple of times," he said.
The pair landed at the bottom of the leaderboard, taking home just 56 points overall (Round 1: 27 points, Round 2: 2 points, Round 3: 27 points), putting them five points behind their nearest competitors - Aly and Mark.
Aly and Mark lost a couple of points in Round 1 (they earned just 28) and in Round 2 (they took home 3 out of 5), but their freestyle was original, and a huge crowd pleaser that put them back in the game. Mark wanted to create something unique, and he did, incorporating poles into their routine, which the pair climbed and spun off of during their final number.