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'Dancing With the Stars' results: The finalists revealed

117800_1643_pre After nearly an hour of hemming and hawing, filler segments and musical performances, Tom and Samantha finally got down to business and revealed the final three couples remaining on “Dancing With the Stars” Season 9. Those left standing on the ballroom floor were somewhat surprising.

Well, Mya and Dmitry Chaplin were a no-brainer – they had the highest scores coming into Tuesday night’s results, and the singer’s been riding high in first class on the groove train straight to Mirrorballville for a couple weeks now. And even though Donny Osmond got tangled in a wardrobe malfunction that had him and partner Kym Johnson tied up in knots and at the bottom of the leader board, his ginormous fan base (which no doubt includes the entire state of Utah) helped pull the likable entertainer through to the final week of the competition as well. No, the slight surprise was that the Princess of Darkness, Kelly Osbourne, and partner Louis Van Amstel nabbed the third finalist position, edging out model Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough.

Maybe it was the crotch dip that turned people off. Or maybe their futuristic paso doble was too ahead of its time. But although Joanna and Derek have consistently performed better and scored higher than most of their counterparts, Joanna's previous stints in jeopardy showed that maybe she didn’t have quite the fan base that Donny and Kelly have. And judging by Derek’s raised eyebrows and resigned smiles on stage while awaiting their fate, it sure looked like he was expecting to be ousted, didn't it? Luckily, he and Joanna were able to go out gracefully and with their heads held high: The couple performed Monday night's waltz as their final bow, a dance that was elegant and lovely and blessedly crotch-dip free.

It’s been a season filled with packed results shows, and this one was no different. Mya and Dmitry had to get their second perfect-30 routine before it was selected for an encore performance, and their sexy salsa didn’t disappoint. Neither did Mya’s “tutti-fruity booty.” Nor did that guy in the audience who's always shown going crazy with tongue out and rock-star hands. 

117800_2702_pre Then there was the recap, in which Kelly Osbourne revealed that she had improvised her whole rumba solo because she had forgotten it. Mya revealed she had a couple wardrobe malfunctions as well (really? when?). And Donny revealed that he wanted to be in the finals so much that he would just about jump in a pool filled with estrogen to get there.

We were treated to a dance performance lip-synced to “Be Italian” from Rob Marshall’s upcoming movie adaptation of the musical “Nine,” in which a bunch of ladies of the night skulked their way around cafe tables, and a man in black had his way with them. Clever that they ended up in a “9” formation, though.

Alicia Keys made her way down the ballroom grand staircase in black leather and blue thigh-high boots (a visual enactment of a bruised heart, perhaps?) and wailed the emotional “Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart,” accompanied by her own professional dancers.

Also with her own professional dancers was Leona Lewis, who belted out her emotional show-stopper “Happy” and one-upped Keys by singing on a platform and having her dancers emerge out of a fog of smoke on the dance floor.

The Bee Gees graced the Rectagon stage, celebrating their 50th(!) anniversary and performing their age-old hit “You Should Be Dancing.” Barry Gibb showed no signs of losing his falsetto, and he and Robin had the whole studio audience up and grooving (though Ozzy looked a little dazed and confused by the whole affair – maybe he doesn’t remember the ’70s). Grooving to the tune on the dance floor were our pros Cheryl Burke, Chelsie Hightower, Tony Dovolani and Artem Chigvintsev (still holding out hope that he'll become a pro regular someday). And then Season 8 finalist Melissa Rycroft also made an appearance, outfitted in the same sparkle disco ball dress as Chelsie and Cheryl. How fitting that her routine with Tony culminated in a “Dirty Dancing”-style lift on the dance floor. Lest you forget, nobody puts Melissa in the corner.

In the pre-taped segments, there was an amusing artsy-fartsy music video in which all four of the contestants acted out the pressures of being in the competition while lip-syncing a version of David Bowie’s “Under Pressure.” Between filming these segments and learning three dances, one wonders how they've had time in their lives for anything else. Donny’s freak-out was the most believable, but I enjoyed seeing Mya hurl a poor,  defenseless stuffed animal off some rooftop, Kelly lay waste to a disco ball and Joanna rip the seams of a sequined garment -- and I liked how the video ended with some dance shoes being burned in the foreground. “Apparently pressure doesn’t improve lip-syncing skills," quipped Tom, "but there you go.”

I also liked the segment where the pros talked about how hard it was to come up with their own choreography week in and week out. Sure, it’s not like we learned anything new (news flash: Pros like dancing with other pros because they can really let loose!), but it was fun to see the camaraderie among the pro dancers and witness the priceless exchange between Cheryl and Maks, in which Cheryl, while in hold with Maks, confirmed, “You do stink!” and Maks simply responded, “I know.”

Also stinky was the fact that formidable dancer and competitor Joanna Krupa was let go from the competition, though that’s the way the Mirrorball rolls. So now we’re left with the Entertainer, the Wild Child and the Dance Machine. Who do you think has what it takes to win the “luxurious” Mirrorball trophy?

— Allyssa Lee


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Photos, from top: Derek Hough and Joanna Krupa; Mya and Dmitry Chaplin. Credit: Adam Larkey / ABC

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Mya is a professional dancer. She's been in movies like Chicago and Moulin Rouge AS A DANCER. I'm shocked that DWTS allowed a professional competitor.

This "shocking" result is the reason I'm not watching this season. Too much manipulation. Giles Marini should have won last season. He was consistently the best "star" dancer they've ever had. But, no. They hyped the little blonde bubble and crowned her.

So, I don't watch. And won't. Ever again.

KELLY needs to go. People may fault Mya on the premise that she is already a dancer. However her background is in tap something completely different from ballroom. She is learning this style of dance just as everyone else in the competition. Both Mya and Joanna have natural dancing ability and are able to learn ballroom and progress to a level that is nearly that of the professional ballroom dancers. Both make it look easy but they work very very hard to make it look that way. Kelly on the other hand has been whining and playing on public sympathy and relying on popularity to squeak by every round. While I think Kelly is working hard at this, she is just not keeping up with the other dancing stars. And based on the simplicity of her routines and awkwardness of her trying to accomplish more complicated moves, she clearly is not working as hard or has the perfectionist standards of Mya, Joanna, or Donny. Enough of the sympathy for Kelly. She is a sweet girl and has really showed improvement but she does not deserve to win. It's a travesty that Joanna was booted instead of Kelly who hasn't the aptitude of the others Dancers she's beat out these past couple of weeks, namely Aaron Carter.

This whole competition is so unfair!!! Fans are judging on who they like as a person, not a dancer. Come on people....Donny Osmond is not that good of a dancer!!! Is was bad enough that he beat out Aaron Carter, but Joanna and Derek??!! Give me a break! This is not a popularity contest (or at least it is not supposed to be), it is about who the best dancer is...I have seen to many good dancers leave the show just because "fans" vote for someone like donny osmond because of some childhood crush they had on him. Get real....maybe the show should go to just counting on the judges votes.

I will never watch Dancing with the stars again. I think it has become a farce when the best dancer is left out to pasture and the two remaining don't belong in the finals. You very well know who I mean........

I'm in disbelief that Joanna Krupa was ousted in favor of Kelly Osbourne. It is obvious from that choice that most members of the public have no taste.

I wont be watching the finals. Borrrrrring. What could of been a great final show between two execellent dancers has turned into a one horse race.

It's obvious to me that this show like all other "reality" shows are rigged to make the best show because I'm pretty sure that kelly would NOT get more votes than Joanna and esp with Derek. Or maybe mommy and daddy are paying someone to make sure their little girl (and I do mean little girl!) makes it into the finals. Each week the judges comments told me someone is getting paid. Sadly this year is just has beens and wanna be's... where are the celebrities?????

I agree with the comments/I have watch dwts sincethe beginning seeingtime and time again a good dancer put off over another dancer who should have stayed. I think in all fairness the judges should have 51% over fans 49% or just let it be a popularity contest instead of a dance contest. Last night they did it again. One of the best ousted because of viewers vote. Make up your mind what the shoe is??? I'm not sure I'll go thru the whole season next year and see this happen again. Sorry because the dancers are great/just not fair the way the elimitation is handled/ former fan

It is a shame that Joanne was sacrificed to let Kelly into the final, there were only two real contestants left, Joanne and Mya. The season has been really bad for keeping dancers who do not belong in the competition, it is time for the judges score to count for at least 75% of the score, this would reduce the influence of special interest groups.
They should cut the result show down to half an hour or better still cut it completely and give the results at the start of the next weeks show.

I just can't believe that Kelly is still in the contest. She should go home.
Joanna and Derek were far better and should have stayed in.

I'm sorry but Donny & Kelly should have not even gotten as far as they have. I have watched the show now for several seasons, but last nite was my final episode! I"m thoroughly discouraged & disgusted, I just can't imagine that the public thinks that Kelly is a better dancer than Joanna.

By far her & Mya are the top contenders. Several of my friends & family also were watching the show, but after last nite, we're done watching this ridiculous show, what a waste of time!

I think that, based on the dancing only, Kelly should have gone home. She has done remarkably well, but just doesn't have the "dancing gene", whereas Joanna appears to.

Seeing all these comments here that "they will never watch this fixed show again", I sympathize and empathize (a little) but I realized around Season 2 that it just doesn't pay to worry about the silly results. What is, is.

The C- and D-list celebrities get their high-profile 1-10 weeks in the spotlight, boost their careers, and have some fun, usually. The pros are paid well to teach and entertain. And, if you don't get your knickers in a knot over what are often unfair results, it's a win-win-win scenario for all the pros, the celebrities and the audience. Come back, watch. It's fun and frustrating, and supremely entertaining.

Sorry, but Joanna was jerky and waited for Derek all the time. Her dances lacked flow and the judges didn't call it. Plus two of her Monday dances were similar and that hurt her. Natalie had a lot more potential and people didn't give her time. Dancing is about entertaining and the competition is just for fun. Giles lost it because he didn't get the final 30 Shawn did.

I agree with so many of the other posts. I think Mya has an unfair advantage. I also think that Donny Osmond should have been told to hang up his dancing shoes last night. Neither he or Kelly have the skill that Mya or Joanna have. I was completely shocked when they revealed that Joanna and Derek wouldn't be moving on to the finals. Their futuristic dance was just awesome. I do think she depended too much on sex appeal; however, she was a good dancer and I enjoyed watching her. I personally think the three finalists should have been Mya, Joanna, and Aaron.

This is my first year watching the show and I have enjoyed nearly every week except for the shocker of last night's results show. As others have commented, it is disappointing that this type of reality show has become a popularity show not a competition of skill. Clearly Joanna and Derek deserve to be in the finals! What remains is a one couple competition!

I can't believe that someone that gets a 21 score is still on and Joanna who got a 27 is ousted!! This is RIGGED! As other readers say, you need to have the vote by the judges at 75%! Donny and Kelly should be OUT and Joanna and Mya should be in the finals!! What's wrong with people? This is a DANCE Contest!! You're going to lose your audience on TV!!!

It's been apparent for quite some time that this show is simply a personality contest. Judges often display preferential treatment & too many voters don't even consider dancing talent over celebrity. Gave it another shot this season, but I'm done. Better things to do with my time.

"This is not a popularity contest (or at least it is not supposed to be"

Of course it is. After every performance, Samantha Harris tells the audience to call and vote if this is your favorite, not the best but your favorite. Otherwise, she would tell everyone to call and vote for Mya because she was the best dancer. Why then even bother having a competition if the outcome were predetermined. That's why I always feel bad about people coming in who don't have a very big fan base - they usually don't last very long no matter how good a dancer they are.

Disgusted!!! I will not watch another episode of Dancing with the Stars. When popularity is the only winner, not dancing ability.

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