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DWTS Recap: Did Shawn Johnson Quickstep Her Way Out of the Competition?


For the first time in 15 seasons we have an all-female Dancing With the Stars finale and it did not disappoint, nor did it live up to our sky-high expectations, which may not be a bad thing. I fully anticipated a night full of perfect scores and perhaps a major misstep caused by nerves or fatigue that could knock someone out of the competition. But the missteps (on the dance floor) were minor last night and it really could be anyone’s game. Unless of course America decides to punish Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough for their repeated rule breaking...

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy
Dance redo:
Paso doble
Score: 29.5
The pair that has yet to earn a perfect score kicks the night off with their week three paso doble and kills it.

Super-sized freestyle: Dirty Dancing redo with aerial work
Score: 29.5
If Kelly Monaco’s paso doble was good, her freestyle was amazing! Monaco and partner Val Chmerkovskiy pulled out all the stops on this fun, well-executed dance and proved they really do deserve a spot in the finals.
Total score: 59.5

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani
Dance redo: Samba
Score: 30
Melissa Rycroft nails her week three samba quickly snatching up the first perfect score of the evening.

Super-sized freestyle: Contemporary
Score: 30
Anyone remember Rycroft’s season eight hip hop freestyle gone awry? She and partner Tony Dovolani go in the complete opposite direction with a no-frills (relatively speaking) contemporary routine. The touching dance is packed with difficult lifts and the pair is rewarded with their second perfect score of the evening.
Total score:

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough
Dance redo:
Score: 27
Johnson may have made a misstep choosing her week three quickstep. Sure it was as fun and well-executed as the first time but, like week three, she and her partner broke hold and were docked major points by each of the judges. Hough doesn’t seem concerned while Johnson dedicates the performance to the fans. A play for more votes? Let’s see if it pays off.

Super-sized freestyle: Fierce Five flips and more
Score: 30
Johnson and Hough make a comeback accompanied by the US women’s gymnastics team with a slightly circus-y routine. While it was well done, and earned perfect scores the dance that infused bhangra, mambo, quickstep and more was a little disjointed for me. I thought Johnson might have this thing in the bag, but now I’m not so sure…
Total score: 57

Last night’s performances have thrown me for a loop! I thought Monaco was an easy third place finish with Johnson and Rycroft duking it out for the top spot. I figured any missteps made on Monday night would be the determining factor as to which dancing diva would take home the mirror ball trophy but it may be the rules of the game that determine this one. What do you think, did Johnson throw her shot at winning away when she broke the rules or will the fans step up and save her? Will the perfect-scoring Bachelorette take home the trophy, or will the under dog, and season one winner, surprise us with an unexpected victory?


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