Judge Bruno Tonioli nailed it Tuesday night when he told Donald Driver, “You peaked at the right time.”
The former Super Bowl champ added the Mirror Ball to his trophy case on Tuesday’s exciting conclusion to the 14th edition of Dancing with the Stars.
Driver, known as “Double D” at Green Bay, did not get a “10” from head judge Len Goodman until Monday’s second last night of the competition but wowed audiences the last few weeks with his muscular, dynamic moves on the dance floor. His partner, Peta Murgatroyd, went from being a first-night elimination in the last edition of DWTS to a champion and, from this critic at least, earned the trophy just for those amazing abs.
Driver threw himself across the dance floor when host Tom Bergeron announced his victory. Bruno pointed out that the NFL star wisely took the judges comments to heart and improved pretty much every week. He stole Carrie Anne’s 10 this week by slyly slipping off his stud vest and giving it to her mid-dance.
Runner-up was Katherine Jenkins, the “Welsh Wiggler,” who led most of the way throughout the competition, raising the bar early along with partner Mark Ballas. “You are the complete package,” Len told Katherine Tuesday night.
Third place went to studio favourite William Levy, who would have won weeks ago along with partner Cheryl Burke if the competition was based on charisma and looks. “If salsa and rhythm were in the Olympics you’d get a gold medal,” praised Len.
All three pairs of dancers had to dance one last number Tuesday night in a “24-hour challenge” that was a new wrinkle in the competition. All performed admirably and gained perfect scores from the judges, even though William seemed to catch Cheryl briefly in an awkward choke hold with his leg. The judges clearly wanted to reward all three couples for a stellar season and leave the final call on who wins to votes from fans at home.
The finale featured return performances from all the competitions previously eliminated this season, including early exit-ers Martina Navratilova and Jack Wagner. Sassy Sherri Shepherd from The View made the most of her return, dancing to “It’s Raining Men” with several dance studs. Jaleel White made a similar impression, surrounded by a bevy of babes and all leathered up as Shaft. Urkel as the sex machine to all the chicks — can you dig it?
Gladys Knight returned for a dance and a song, crooning “Memories” as clips from previous shows played and tears were shed from the likes of Melissa Gilbert and Maria Menounos. “That’s how a legend takes it home,” said Bergeron.
Former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, who has a new CD to plug, also sang. Several past finalists gave shout outs throughout the show, including Donny Osmond and Emmett Smith.
The next edition of DWTS, which returns next fall, will feature an all star cast of returning winners, finalists and fan favourites. They’ll have a hard time topping this edition, which week-in and week-out brought this celebrity competition to a level so high, Bruno could barely shout over it. from: thestar.com
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