Is it time to say goodbye again already? No more mambo on Tuesday nights? No more Bruno and his bizarre metaphors? What are we going to do with all of this newfound free time? For the Dancing with the Stars season finale, all of the couples returned to the show to make their special appearances. So if you happened to miss out on Paulina Porizkova's short-lived stint as a ballroom dancer, this was your last chance.
In order to really appreciate the spectacle that is DWTS, we must examine the history and reach of the Dancing with the Stars phenomenon and of course enjoy a little dancing exhibition from the professional side of the cast. We also got to hear from the previous champions from the earlier seasons of Dancing. Am I the only one who misses Emmitt? The remaining couples performed routines they selected from past performances. Here's how it went:
Apolo and Julianne reprise their intense paso doble from a few weeks ago which really seemed to capture their dance floor dominance since then. It was perfect then and it's perfect now, earning the energetic couple with a perfect score of 30 out of 30.
Joey and Kym struck back with their Jedi tango, a dance that originally only scored a 24 out of 30. The couple wanted to show how they've grown and improved since the early routines. It seemed to work, Bruno quipped "You're like a method dancer." Even Len and Carrie Ann seemed to be impressed with the progress. This dance earned another perfect score of the evening.
Laila and Maksim also picked a dance that came early in the season with the mambo. This was one of my favorites that Laila performed during this season, so it was nice to see her playful, yet strong, attitude coming through. They too showed their improvement and scored a perfect 30 out of 30 from the judges.
After combining these scores with last night's votes and judges marks, the super secret DWTS tally machine produced the results that left one couple in third place and out of the running for the title. This season, it turned out to be Laila and Maksim who didn't make it to the final two. But who would take home the much-ballyhooed mirror ball trophy?
Just when the booted stars thought they were off the hook for dancing, they were forced back onto the floor for one final showcase of their best dances. Even a Heather Mills back walkover. And Billy Ray and his mullet. Ah ... good times. Not to be left out, Jimmy Kimmel and his trusty sidekick Guillermo made one last appeal to viewers by pitching their "how to dance" DVD. The best part about this was a cameo appearance by Clay Aiken. If there's one thing about DWTS that I love, it's that you never truly know who's going to come out of the woodwork.
But enough of all of that ... what we really want to know is who comes out on top! Yadda yadda yadda, filler jokes, filler interviews with past winners, filler film clips of their "journeys". Apolo & Julianne ... Joey & Kym .... Apolo & Julianne or Joey & Kym? The moment of truth had arrived, not only the pinnacle of Tom Bergeron's smugness, but the revelation of who would take home top honors. Once again, our awesome TV Cocktail readers were right when they predicted the winner to be Apolo and Julianne! I know we'll have a lot of happy Apolo fans. Joey and Kym were good sports as always and that wraps up another wild season of Dancing with the Stars! Who were your favorites this season? Who would you like to see show up as a celebrity dancer next season? Dish the dirt and share your reactions here with your fellow fans. Thanks for a great season and I'll see you again soon out on the dance floor!