Dancing with the Stars (I) (2005– )
U.S. reality show based on the British series "Strictly Come Dancing," where celebrities partner up with professional dancers and compete against each other in weekly elimination rounds to determine a winner.
- After one of the closest-ever finals, just one point separates the three remaining couples and it's time to crown a champ -- in two hours. The opening dance brings all the couples back to the floor and we're off and running.
The one remaining challenge is that the couples will have to perform one more dance to a song for which they received the music just 24 hours earlier.
In a featurette highlighting the top three, Carrie Ann Inaba calls William "a phenomenon" and she says that "every nuance of every move is telling you something." Len calls Katherine "one of the most technically advanced dancers we have ever had on 'Dancing with the Stars.'" Bruno says some of the lines Katherine produces "are so amazing they belong in the Getty museum." The judges all hope Katherine can handle the pressure. Len says "Donald's like a gladiator coming out to do battle." Bruno says what's great about Donald is that he takes the judges' comments and comes back to show improvement.
Sherri Shepherd performs with a bunch of dudes, and loves it, to "It's Raining Men."
After a video recap of the whole season, we get performances from Martina & Tony and Jack & Anna. Gavin & Karina then take the floor. After more and more filler, Gladys & Tristan perform.
Afterward, Jaleel gets a chance to perform a paso doble to the theme from "Shaft," which he says is a longtime dream. Next, Melissa and the Chmerkovskiy Brothers perform their trio dance from earlier in the season. Roshon & Chelsie get their chance to perform a freestyle. This is where Roshon feels like he can shine.
Kelly Clarkson stops by to plug her new ABC show "Duets" -- er, perform a song.
Maria & Derek reappear to perform their Argentine tango.
William & Cheryl: The couple's salsa sends the crowd crazy. Len says that if salsa were an event in the Olympics, he'd get a gold medal. Bruno says "when it comes down to hot, saucy, sexy, spicy salsa, hips don't lie -- nobody does it better than William." Carrie Ann says William has "true star quality" and declares him "The Salsa King." Scores: 10, 10, 10. Total: 30
Katherine & Mark: Katherine gets emotional realizing her last dance is coming up, and she sets out to do her jive. Bruno says Katherine has "versatility, great technique" and good range in her performances. Carrie Ann says Katherine is a "brilliant artist," and she thanks Katherine and Mark for setting the bar so high for the rest of the group. Len tells Katherine she is "the complete package." Scores: 10, 10, 10. Total: 30
Donald & Peta: Donald is intimidating despite the hot pink pants and pink shoes with heels, and his dancing speaks for itself. Carrie Ann says Donald is the man to beat. Len says Donald is the best "footballer" the show has had -- and that includes champion Emmitt Smith, who is in the crowd. Bruno says Donald truly had the mind of a champion and piqued at the right time. Scores: 10, 10, 10. Total: 30
Katherine & Mark: 90
William & Cheryl: 89
Donald & Peta: 89
Gladys Knight performs "The Way We Were" before the final results are read.
The couple coming in third place is William & Cheryl.
And the winners of "Dancing with the Stars" Season 14 are Donald & Peta.