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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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Personnally I am done watching this show. It is clear to see how manipulated this show is. Donny Osmond is a fun entertainer but come on, he is probably the worst winner the show has had. The show should have been called Dancing with the Osmonds, the way they so leaned tward showing Marie and Donny off. His over-the-top expressions just kill me. Kelly was the only one who really had to work at the dancing and I feel she did a great job. Mya was an excellent dancer (coming in with experience) but lacked crowd appeal do to her personality. I thought she was a little too into herself. Same thing with the Playboy model. I thought she was an ok dancer but I knew she was not going to warm up with the television audience. Hopefully, they can come up with a better way to make the competion an equal playing field for all of the contestants.

This was my first year watching Dancing with the Stars, and it will be my last. What a shame popularity supercedes Talent. Donny was a very weak second place. Yet, because he had many callers ( for obvious reasons and not based on talent) he won. It will be interesting to see how many viewers fall off next season. I know I'll be one.

I was watching 'Dancing with the stars' with pleasure and fun. I must say that I most like and love Mya and Dimitry. She is such an amazing girl and it was sad to see that Donny won the competition. I waited every week to see Mya. She is an inspiration for lot of girls, with her beauty, her moves, her devotion in what she is doing. So, congratilation Donny, and Mya, in my opinion you were the best. Then Joanna and Aaron. Anyway, it was fun. Thanks to all of you. Natalie was gorgeous too! :)

PERSONALY MYA SHOULDA WON SHE HAS BEAT DONNY MANNY TIMES HAS HAD TWO 10 IN A ROW I FEEL MYA WAS ROBBED I CANT BELIEVE KELLY EVEN MADE IT TO FINALE 3 OR 4 FOR THAT MATTER... I AGREE WITH ALOT OF THESE POST ABOUT POPUARLITY I KNEW DONNY WAS GUNNA WIN WIN HE BEAT MYA IN THE DNACE OFF MYA DANCED BETTER DONNY DANCE WAS LAME IT WAS RIGGED SIMPLE AS THAT OR THEY JSUT DEDCIDE DONNY WINS EITHER WAY DWTS IS A SET UP MYA SHOULDA OF WON THAT HANDS DWN AND FOR THOSE OF U WHO SAY MYA HAD THE ADVANGE NO SHE TAPS AND SINGES AND SHE DANCES R&B HIP HOP NOT!!!!!!!!!!! BALLROOM DANCING I KNW I LISTEN TO HER MUSIC AND IN THE REAL WORLD MYA WOULD BEAT ALL THOSE CONTESET IN THE HIP HOP R&B DANCING DID U PPL NOT WATCH HER MUSIC VIDEOS SHE DNRT BALLROOM DANCE

I am finished watching DWTS Donny was put on for the sole
reason to win the championship (even though he was not the best). Too musch going on behind the scenes. Mya or Joanna should have won.

Donny Osmond didn't win the 2009 competition. Maya was by far the better dancer. It boiled down to the fact that there were kajillion Mormons who were willing to vote for one of their own, and had the resources to do it. Sad, isn't it? Furthermore, I suspect the show is rigged from the outset. Did you notice how, at the last moment, the 3 judges savagely criticized Maya and heaped lavish praise on Donny? And what about that gaggy threesome of Marie and Donny Osmond and Mary Hart? What's up with that?

 
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