In the past seasons of Dancing with the Stars one thing seems to be always true: whoever wins the freestyle, wins. I don’t know if that is just coincidence or there is indeed some correlation. To me, a great ballroom choreographer is not necessarily a great freestyle choreographer, but if you are a great freestyle choreographer (in the context of DWTS), you are probably a great ballroom choreographer too. That’s just my theory.
If that trend continues, Helio/Julianne will win because they definitely had the best freestyle tonight. However I’m not sure that’s what it should be, because this is a ballroom dance show, not a freestyle show. It should reward whoever is the best ballroom dancer after 10 weeks.
Of course, that is if we live in a perfect world where there is no such thing called “fan voting”.
Back to the dances.
Mel’s freestyle started out quite strong (loved the chair) but I think her costume failed her. How do you deliver a supposedly Hip Hop performance on black pantyhose and 4 inch heels? And Maks is not a great freestyle choreographer. Anyone who’s trained their whole life exclusively on ballroom dancing is hard-pressed to choreograph freestyle because ballroom dancing is so structured and disciplined it’s the polar opposite of what freestyle stands for. Before you ask, Julianne was not exclusively trained in ballroom. She went to Italia Conti Academy which is Britain’s oldest theatre arts training school and was trained in both singing and dancing (not limited to ballroom). So if this were judged on freestyle alone she’d win it every time.
I love the song Mel/Maks used though, Timbaland’s “The Way I Are“, which was also the song of a Hip Hop number, by Neil and Lauren, in last season’s So You Think You Can Dance. I didn’t care much for that one though.
About Marie Osmond’s dances, I was going to adhere to the rule of “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything”, but then I changed my mind and decided to put a one-liner in: those two dances were the worst performances on the finals of any DWTS season.
And what’s even worse? She thought they were great.
I voted for Mel because I think she’s the best dancer. History, however, as we all know has proved that the best dancer doesn’t always win. I just pray it’s not the worst dancer that does this time.