"Dancing with the Stars" recap: A change in the expected champion?

Posted May 24, 2017

Thankfully, during tonight's finals there will be no elimination. "When you're just living life, you have ups and you have downs and that's where we find our inspiration from".

The first round was the redemption dance round, giving each couple the opportunity to repeat a dance style that they didn't do well on previously to show the judges how they have improved. "Easily the best dancer and best overall performer on the show - and has been for weeks now", said some online pop culture expert who probably felt pretty confident about that statement at the time.

During rehearsal for her Redemption Quickstep, Normani Kordei suffered a twisted ankle, which really anxious her pro partner, Val, because he knew she wouldn't admit to him if she was in any kind of pain. It's every pair's chance to hopefully get a better score for the specific dance, performed to a new song and utilizing a new routine. This time around...okay, he's still a little out of his element, but there's improvement! "You are naughty because you have been holding out on us, that is how you TURN THIS MOTHER OUT", said Carrie Ann. Carrie Ann told David he beat all the odds and as she watches him, she becomes immediately drawn in. Kordei looked stunning in her sparkling black catsuit and while she appeared to mesmerize Bruno Tonioli and the audience, Len and Julianne offered sharp critiques.

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David Ross - Ross is clearly a fan favourite. The finalists will compete to win the Mirrorball trophy. It was mostly just Normani and Val dancing a sweet number with elegance. And all of this after suffering a very crunchy-sounding ankle injury. "We attempted a move that we've never done before and it didn't pay off, clearly". Our favorite moments occurred at 0:30, when Val gracefully dragged her in a standing split across the floor, and 1:23, an arched-back lift.

The pair repeated their Viennese waltz and did an incredible job.

The baseball player and his pro partner Lindsay Arnold performed their "Redemption Dance", a twirl-filled Viennese waltz, in the first round, during which all the competitors revisited a dance they already performed this season. It was steamy and romantic and Rashad was emerging as a true leading man.

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The routine was beautifully done but it didn't bring out that fun, surprise factor we got from Rashad or David. Did you think it couldn't get any steamier?

Although Normani is the clear frontrunner to walk with the Mirror Ball, David and Rashad are not going down with a fight and proved just that while competing for their final points. He (and Emma!) wants to win and isn't afraid to put in the extra work to do so. It will definitely be a close call, but we're putting bets on Rashad and Emma (which Jimmy Kimmel did at the beginning of the season). No, totally, neither am I.

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