It’s finale week! The final four couples danced their hearts out in hopes to win the mirror ball trophy for season 17 on the Nov. 25 episode! See who moved on to the season finale below!
After reigning champion Kellie Pickler kicked off the show with a live performance of her single “Little Bit Gypsy,” the competition really started to heat up! Which three couples will compete for the title of Dancing With The Stars champion? Keep reading to find out!
‘Dancing With The Stars’ Week 11 — The Final Four Compete
In the first round, the couples had to dance a “judges’ pick” — a dance from earlier in the season that the judges thought they needed to improve upon.
Bill Engvall danced the Viennese Waltz with Emma Slater. “For me that was an improvement, however, you started to rush a bit. I’m so happy that you’re here. Well done,” said head judge Len Goodman. Bruno Tonioli said it was genuine and sincere but the timing was off. They got a 24/30.
Corbin Bleu danced the quickstep with Karina Smirnoff. “Last time it was hectic. I think you calmed it down a bit. There was far more control,” Len said, but criticised his left arm placement. Bruno said he went out of sync because the footwork was so complicated. Carrie Ann Inaba said she was disasppointed that she didn’t see an improvement. They got a 27/30.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke danced the jive. “What are you doing to papa?” Bruno wailed, saying his timing went out the window! Bruno complimented him on his overall transformation. Carrie Ann said she saw some improvement. They got a 24.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough danced the Charleston. Carrie Ann said, “I am so proud of you. You completely outdid yourself! Way to go, Amber!” Len said it was the most improved dance by far during the judges’ pick round! Bruno said it was “as sharp as a razor blade.” They got a 30!
Round Two — The Samba Relay
All four couples danced on the floor one after the other while TLC featuring Lil Mama sang “No Scrubs.” The first place couple got 5 extra points while the last place team got 2 points.
“Crazy, sexy, cool — Dancing With The Stars delivers!” Bruno said.
Corbin and Karina won and got 5 points! Derek and Amber got 4 points, Jack and Cheryl got 3 points, while Bill and Emma got 2.
The Most Anticipated Dance — The Freestyle
Bill and Emma danced to an Indiana Jones theme. At the end of his performance, Bill ripped off his shirt! Len said it was entertaining: “you’ve been trained but you’ve never been tamed.” Carrie Ann said he has become a dancing hero. They got a 25 — and their first 9 of the season!
Corbin and Karina danced to Michael Jackson‘s “Smooth Criminal.” They even got to work with MJ’s choreographer Travis Payne. “You killed it! You managed to combine some iconic Michael Jackson moves with amazing ballroom touches in a packaging that was pure Las Vegas magic,” Bruno said. Carrie Ann said they nailed it! Len even gave them a standing ovation before the paddles came out! They got a 30, OBVIOUSLY!
Jack and Cheryl got rave reviews! “My goodness, Jack! That was a showstopper! That was like a fairytale ending!” Carrie Ann said. Len said “your family should be so proud,” as Jack and Cheryl started crying. Bruno said it was tailored to perfection. They got a 30!
Amber and Derek danced to a country western themed-freestyle with elements of step dancing! “The whole number was just about you. You’re there with six pro guys and I only watched you,” Len said. Bruno called Amber a “leading lady. Charisma. Star power. Bewitching.” Carrie Ann said she was in control the whole time! They got a perfect score of 30!
Three Couples Move On To The Finale
For the fusion dance in the Nov. 26 finale, the lowest scoring couple choose the styles for the highest scoring couple. Bill & Emma picked the Quickstep and Samba for Amber & Derek. Jack & Cheryl picked the Cha Cha and Foxtrot for Corbin & Karina. Corbin & Karina choose Paso and Salsa for Jack & Cheryl. Bill & Emma got Jive and Quickstep.
But first — another elimination. At the end of the night, we had to say goodbye to Bill & Emma.
Who do you want to win Dancing With The Stars, HollywoodLifers? I think Amber and Derek should win!
— Dory Larrabee