Fan votes will pick 2013 winner of Dancing With The Stars (VIDEO)

SAN DIEGO, May 20, 2013 –  As in many past finals on Dancing With The Stars, votes by the fans will decide who takes home the Mirror Ball Trophy as the winner of Season 16 after Monday night’s results, a virtual dead heat among Zendaya Coleman, Jacoby Jacobs, Kellie Pickler and Aly Raisman.

In the first round, couples danced a routine from earlier in the competition the judges wanted to see them improve upon. They were permitted to change the choreography and music.

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Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough found the one point missing from their first attempt at the Quickstep by improving their hold while maintaining their sharpness and precision for a perfect 30.

Despite an injury to Val Chmerkovskiy’s eye in dress rehearsal when he was hit in the face by Zendaya’s elbow, it didn’t affect their performance. Their Samba also scored a perfect 30, far better than the 26 they received in their original performance in Week 4.

Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas received 28 for their Samba, and Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff scored 27 for their Jive.

Next up for the couples was the Cha Cha Cha relay, in which each couple danced a section of a single song for approximately 40 seconds. The judges ranked the couples in order from one to four. The first place couple received five bonus points, four for second place, three for third and two points for fourth. The scores followed their ranking in the first round, with Zendaya and Val first, Kellie and Derek second, Aly and Mark third, and Jacoby and Karina fourth

“This is the four I think deserved to make it into this finals. As far as I’m concerned, you’re all winners,” said Len Goodman.

On to the supersize freestyle round as DWTS calls it, where there are no rules. Couples can add elements like backup dancers, extra musicians or singers, props, and anything else they can dream up. Fans have learned to expect the unexpected.

Jacoby Jones got the freestyle party started with a Mardi Gras theme production including tap dancers and drums, backup dancers including young dancer Sophia Lucia who performed her pirouettes on a previous show. Len said it was like Jacoby’s 108 yard touchdown from the Super Bowl. It was jammed with energy and joy, but as with several dances for Jacoby and Karina this season, he lost some sync and timing due to his exurberance; he tended to get lost in the ensemble.

Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas took advantage of their athleticism in a futuristic looking Contemporary routine reminiscent of a Cirque du Soleil routine. The pair used poles to show off their precision and strength. It was a risk that paid off with a perfect score.

An exquisite, emotional, stripped down Contemporary dance by Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough brought judge Carrie Ann Inaba and many in the audience to tears. It was beautiful and challenging with extraordinary lifts and spins. Judge Len Goodman said he wished he could give it an 11, and judge Bruno Tonioli agreed with him. But it could only score the maximum of 30 points.

It was a tough act for Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy to follow. They wisely steered clear of a Hip-Hop routine, blending Cha Cha Cha and Contemporary moves for a fresh faced routine set to Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat,” backed up by young backup dancers. It was irresistable fun and stylish, but couldn’t begin to touch the emotional resonance and sheer excellence of Kellie and Derek’s freestyle.

The scores for three dances:

Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy
Samba 10/10/10 = 30 | Cha Cha Cha Relay = 5| Freestyle 10/10/10 = 30

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough
Samba 10/10/10 = 30 | Cha Cha Cha Relay = 4 | Freestyle 10/10/10 = 30

Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas
Samba 9/9/10 = 28 | Cha Cha Cha Relay = 3 | Freestyle 10/10/10 = 30

Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff
Jive 9/9/9 = 27 | Cha Cha Cha Relay = 2| Freestyle 9/9/9 = 27

On Tuesday night, the fourth place couple will be named and eliminated. Unless fans save them, it’s likely to be Jacoby and Karina, leaving three women in the final for the second straight year.

The remaining couples will have once last chance to impress the judges, the “Instant Dance Challenge.” They will receive music at the beginning of the show, and create an instant routine using any ballroom style they wish to the music provided.

Who will win? Assuming Jacoby Jones is out, Aly Raisman is by far the most improved of all the finalists. She’s steady just as she was as an Olympic competitor, but probably can’t surpass her tough and talented competition this time. Kellie Pickler is the best remaining dancer on a technical level. She is all precision, perfect form, tight technique, flexibility and speed. She benefits from working with the show’s best choreographer, Derek Hough. Tonight, she added the sometimes missing emotional element.

But the best technician doesn’t always win. Zendaya Coleman has connected with the audience, oozes charisma and confidence from every pore, and puts on a show of speed and style like no other performer. She’s mature and good-natured beyond her years with an impeccable work ethic. Val Chmerkovskiy has showcased her well as a pro partner. Whatever happens on DWTS, she’s a star to watch for decades to come.

It’s up to the fans and I predict Zendaya Coleman will become the youngest owner of a Mirror Ball Trophy in Dancing With The Stars history at age 16 at the end of Tuesday night’s show.

It’s your last chance to vote and it counts more than ever. At the end of the live Eastern Time broadcast, voting online at ABC’s Dancing With The Stars website was offline. The remaining voting methods were all working. Vote via text message using the last four numbers for any couple. You can also vote on the official Dancing With The Stars page on Facebook.

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough
Voting # 1-800-868-3401

Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy
Voting # 1-800-868-3406

Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas
Voting # 1-800-868-3408

Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff
Voting # 1-800-868-3412

For the two-hour finale, all of the former competitors will return to reminisce and dance one more time. We will hear singers Pitbull with American Idol runner up Jessica Sanchez, Psy of “Gangnam Style” fame, enjoy a freestyle encore, and find out who is the winner of Season 16.

“Dancing With the Stars: Season 16 Results” airs Tuesday night, May 21, 8 p.m. ET, on the ABC Television Network.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +


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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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