SAN DIEGO, May 21, 2013 – Would it be a Super Bowl Hero? Olympic Gold Medalist? Former American Idol and country music star? Or a 16-year-old Disney Channel star mature beyond her years?
The Mirror Ball Trophy was up for grabs on Season 16 of “Dancing With The Stars” tonight. The judges’ scores were close enough and the competitors talented enough to make it anyone’s game. The audience agreed, which was reflected in the ratings for Monday night’s show. They were among the highest of the season and the highest of any program on the air Monday night. DWTS, you’ve still got it.
But there is a two-hour finale to fill and an article to write. We’re not going to give you the winner in the first few paragraphs. But you can watch the winning moment in the video above.
DWTS still has plenty of entertainment weight to throw around. This week’s final featured Pitbull, American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez, and “Gangnam Style” phenomenon Psy. The professional dancers put their skills on display in several numbers. Previous competitors returned to reprise their favorite dances. Fans enjoyed humorous moments such as Andy Dick’s “Mad Hatter” routine to Lady Gaga, and a turn on the dance floor by Len Goodman with Lisa Vanderpump of the Real Housewives.
Olympic figure skating champion Dorothy Hamill showed us what might have been if she hadn’t been forced to withdraw due to injury. She danced a mesmerizing waltz with Henry Byalikov alongside her original inpsiration to perform on the show, fellow Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi.
One of the four finalists faced elimination before performing one last competitive routine. In every previous week, the lowest scoring couple left the show. In this final week, that streak was broken. Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff stayed in the competition; instead, in a surprise, Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas were eliminated.
Jones and the remaining competitors, Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough and Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy, were left to perform their “instant dances.” Jacoby and Karina’s Cha Cha Cha delivered sass and personality. Kellie and Derek burned up the floor with a Jive showing off her precision and speed. Zendaya and Val also performed a Jive, full of the snap and fresh energy the couple has demonstrated all season.
All three couples scored a perfect 30, leaving the two women in a virtual dead heat and Jacoby Jones in third. Third place was where he stayed and it was a real accomplishment given the level of competition from the three other women in the final. Jones has nothing to be disappointed about, and he previewed some new end zone dance moves for his next season with the Baltimore Ravens.
With just one point between Kellie Pickler and Zendaya Coleman, the winner came down to fan votes as expected. Due to technical problems all night on the ABC.com website, no website votes were counted. All votes were by phone, text or Facebook. Would this make any difference? Would the terrible weather in the Midwest affect the ability of fans to vote?
The fans got it absolutely right. The dancer with the best technical skills who also learned how to bring her emotions to her performances won. Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough are the champions of Season 16 on “Dancing With The Stars.” Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy were a very close second place. DWTS allowed Zendaya to introduce herself to a whole new audience of admirers. We’ll be seeing her for years to come.
As Season 16 comes to an end, not only did “Dancing With The Stars” prevail in the ratings over “American Idol” this season, a former Idol won America’s most popular reality competition TV show. Sweet. Congratulations to Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough.
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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