Last night’s DWTS featured a redemption dance and the always spectacular freestyle dances. Who will win the Mirror Ball Trophy? I have a guess, but really it is anyone’s game. All three left everything on the dance floor.
Nyle and Peta – For their redemption dance, the two chose to redo the Quickstep from Iconic Dances Night when Nyle got way off from the tempo. This time around Peta added more difficult choreography to a slightly slower song to keep Nyle from feeling overwhelmed. Unfortunately, there was an area in the middle where Nyle was a bit off, but the Quickstep overall was wonderful. It was so much fun to watch. It was also nice to see Nyle perform such a charming dance because most of his routines tend to be a bit on the intense side. For their Freestyle, Peta brought in another pro to choreograph it for her because she is not Contemporary trained dancer. She wanted to make sure Nyle would have a remarkable dance to tell his story to. He wanted to show other deaf people they can have hope and do more than what society tells them they can do. I absolutely love it. It had me tearing up by the end. The way the two would stretch out to one another and hold each other brilliantly showed their fight to overcome such a huge obstacle. The added symbolism of the burning piano really helped the message. The music didn’t matter, because it was about their fight together. Wow, I’m tearing up just remembering. Even though they received perfect 10s from the judges in their Freestyle, the 9s from the Quickstep put Nyle and Peta at the bottom of the leader board. Score: 57/60
Ginger and Val – Ginger felt like the reception from her Contemporary dance during Memorable Years Night was not as great as she was hoping. Both she and Val felt like the dance fell a little flat. For their redemption, they decided to use a few props and incorporate moves from their previous dances to show how far the GMA meteorologist has come. Some of the moves were a little too much for Ginger and her back started to spasm during rehearsals putting her in immense pain. If she was hurting during the live show, she didn’t express it. The routine was excellently done as we got to see not only just a best of Ginger and Val, but more as she really attacked the moves and finished with a beautiful line. Their Freestyle was a tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodger which had me so excited for when they talked about it in the package. It felt like a perfect fit for the classic and spunky Ginger and the routine didn’t disappoint. It was simple, elegant, and sophisticated. Full of those classic moments I love from movies like Shall We Dance and Swing Time. Again Ginger didn’t show any pain as she smiled and laugh the whole time. Again the Freestyle received perfect scores, but the Contemporary only received one 10 (from Len of all judges). Score: 58/60
Paige and Mark – The redemption was more for Mark than Paige as he wanted to do the Salsa again since he was hurt that week and Alan had to step in for him. Holy wowsa, that was one hell of an incredible Salsa! The lifts were fantastic, the amount of content was outstanding, and Paige was the star of the show once again. The MMA fighter was fierce and flirty, showing off the fun personality we have come to love over the last ten weeks. She had the audience on their feet cheering so loud, we at home could barely hear Tom Bergeron. The Freestyle was to show everyone how happy she is now. Being bullied so badly in her formative years left some emotional scars, but now Paige has moved on and chosen to not be angry or sad anymore. Dancing to “Somewhere over the Rainbow” (sung spectacularly by Mark’s finance, BC Jean), Paige and Mark had me full on crying by the end. I actually had to pause my TV because it had me so overwhelmed with happy emotions. The pair was so graceful and they looked like they were really sharing every bit of love and happiness they have in their movements. Paige has really come into her own in this season. She already came out looking good in week one, but she has blossomed into this amazing woman who is happy to shine. Len’s minor critique on the Salsa kept the night from being perfect for the duo, but it was damn close enough. Score: 59/60
It has been pretty obvious for a few weeks now Paige is my absolute favorite. Her story and journey has been something I feel like I can relate to and I want to see her win the Mirror Ball Trophy. Ginger has been really marvelous as well, but as entertaining as it is to watch her dance, I just haven’t connected with her as much. Nyle has been nothing short of astonishing this entire season. Even if you take away the fact that he is deaf, the model is still an incredible dancer. He has had so much to overcome that you can’t help but root for the man.
As much as I want to see Paige win, I feel like that trophy is going to go to Nyle. I think he has earned it, so I will not be upset if he does win.
Who do you think will take the Mirror Ball Trophy home tomorrow night? Which dance was your favorite? Did you cry too? Talk to me in the comments section and tomorrow we will celebrate the winner.