Judge Carrie Ann Inaba looked shocked after the Nov. 27 ‘DWTS’ Finale — I guess she was expecting a different outcome! Did the right couple take home the mirror ball trophy? I think so — here’s why!
Dancing with the Stars: All Stars‘ brought back the best dancers from the past 14 seasons. The top two — Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough and Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani were both amazing. And even though Shawn and Derek got a perfect score in their last dance of the season, I think Melissa and Tony deserved to win!
Shawn and Derek have had plenty of moments in the spotlight — they frequently got perfect scores and were brought back on night two to perform for the judge’s encore dance.
I was almost sure Shawn & Derek would win after their last dance — they received a standing ovation from the audience, a perfect score from the judges and seemed to completely capivate the home viewer.
But then, Melissa and Tony took home the title of champion! I’m surprised, but I’m not disappointed. I thought both pairs did an AMAZING job all season. And I think Melissa and Tony arguably worked harder, overcoming injuries and trying to make up for Shawn’s gymnastic background (advantage).
We saw that playing by the rules does make a difference. Shawn and Derek chose to bend the rules by breaking form in their first dance on part one of the finale on Nov. 26. Their total judges score after three dances was 87/90 — the lowest of the three finalist couples.
Melissa and Tony earned a score of 88.5/90. With the judges scores counting for 50% of the vote and home viewers counting for the other 50%, that 1.5 point difference could have been the deciding factor between 1st and 2nd place.
In the poll we posted on Nov. 27, 45% of HollywoodLifers wanted Melissa and Tony to win, while almost 35% wanted Shawn and Derek.
I think Melissa and Tony deserve the win and I’m so happy for them!
Are you happy with the outcome, HollywoodLifers?
— Dory Larrabee
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