I used to watch Dancing with the Stars during its earlier seasons. Then, I eventually stopped watching it. They didn’t have anyone I was looking forward to watching, but also I had other shows the same night that I was more interested in watching instead. However, recently I found myself watching the show again. This season had a lot of stars I was familiar with and there were some I didn’t know. Regardless, this season was a good one.
I’m not a dancer. I can barely keep up with an 8 count. (Did I say that right?) So I can’t judge them on their dancing as I’m not familiar with the do’s and don’ts of each dance. However, as a fan, I do enjoy seeing the dancers having fun and bringing a great routine for me to watch. Here are my thoughts on my who I was rooting for, my favorite dancer to watch, my favorite dance of the season, the most shocking eliminations of the season, and the final three dancers.
The second I found out Simone Biles was on the show, I immediately knew who I was rooting for this season. She’s an amazing gymnast, which already makes her a fantastic athlete. However, being an athlete doesn’t mean you’re a great dancer, but it does give you an advantage. Because I watched the previous season where Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez won, I believed Simone could also win the mirror ball trophy. Sadly, I was wrong. She came in fourth. She could dance, but she had trouble showing some emotions with some of her dances. That issue hurt her scores sometimes with the judges. Regardless of her scores, I enjoyed watching her. We got to learn who she is as a person and her childhood, which led to the relationship she has with her parents. She truly was an inspiration to watch.
Favorite dancer to watch: David Ross
David was an absolute joy to watch! He had no dancing experience. Heck, he couldn’t dance at all prior to the show. However, week by week, he improved. Granted, he was not the best dancer, but we all saw how hard he tried and the dedication he put into his dances. Then, we saw how much fun he was enjoying throughout the entire experience, which allowed us to see how great of a person he is and how much he loves his family. Throughout the entire season, Julianne Hough expressed how much she loved watching him and how David proves why he’s a fan favorite. This is true, especially since he was my favorite to watch.
One of my favorite Tim McGraw songs is “Humble and Kind”. Naturally, I loved that David danced to this song. (You can see this performance with the video above.) The entire performance was beautifully done and the segment they showed before of how David and Lindsay prepared for the dance, allowed us to see the kind of family man he is. I think that was the perfect song choice to show that.
Favorite Dance: Normani, Val and Alan’s Jive Trio Dance
I love trio dances. They’re fun and exciting to watch regardless what kind of dance it is or the story they’re trying to tell. Some are slow dances with deep and intense storylines. Then, there are fast dances, with cool props and two shirtless boys fighting over a girl. That’s exactly what happened during Normani and Val’s trio dance with Alan. I have not seen an amazing western/cowboy theme dance since Drew Lachey’s Freestyle Dance from season two. There was so much energy and so much going on. I loved every minute of it. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a couple of two good looking men dancing in tight jeans, cowboy boots, and without shirts on. 😉
Shocking eliminations of the season: Heather Morris and Simone Biles
If there’s one thing I learned after watching this particular season, it’s your vote counts. It doesn’t matter how good of a dancer the star is or their perfect score from the judges, it’s literally anyone’s game without the viewer’s votes. As the show started, I was okay with who went home within the first few weeks, but once Week 6 came, things took an unexpected turn with the first shocking elimination of the season.
Originally I was only going to pick one shocking elimination for this post, because at the time Heather’s elimination was unexpected. To those who don’t know her, she’s an actress and a dancer. She danced on FOX’s hit show Glee and was one of Beyonce’s back up dancers. It’s obvious she had the most experience in dancing, which wasn’t surprising when she was the first one to get a perfect score. It was shocking when she was eliminated that same night. She was at the top of the leader board and the four dancers with the lowest scores were safe. There were several dancers that should have gone home before she did. Although I understand how important it is for the viewers to vote, I still made absolutely no sense to me why she went home so soon.
However, during Week 9 I believe we got the most shocking elimination of the season. Not only was I shocked, the audience, the dancer herself, but also the judges as well. Literally, EVERYONE WAS SHOCKED! Before Tom announced Simone was eliminated at the end of the Semi-Finals episode, it was down to David and Simone as Normani and Rashad moved on to the finals. At that moment, I thought David was going home. It was obvious between the two as she was the better dancer and had a perfect score of 80/80 that night. Boy was I wrong! My eyes widened like Lindsay’s and my jaw dropped just like Simone’s when Tom said Simone was going home. Again, I understand how important the viewer’s votes are, but like Heather’s elimination, Simone’s elimination made no sense to me. I don’t know if her comment from the previous week hurt her votes or David had the entire MLB fanbase voting for him, but it wasn’t her time to go. She should have made it to the finals. I was furious! I’m still mad about it! But I’m glad I was not the only one upset by this elimination.
Before I talk about the final three dancers, below is the elimination order for this season.
Elimination Order (Names in Italic are the Stars):
Week 2: Chris Kattan and Witney Carson
Week 3: Charo and Keo Motsepe
Week 4: Mr. T and Kim Herjavec
Week 5: Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko
Week 6: Heather Morris and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Week 7 (Double Elimination!): Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd, Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev
Week 8: Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess
Week 9: Simone Biles and Sasha Farber
Week 10: SEASON FINALE
3rd Place – Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy
When they announced Normani got third place, I literally yelled, “HOLY S#!T!” because that meant David actually had a chance to win. Truthfully, I didn’t want Normani and Val to win. Although Normani was a great dancer, I just couldn’t see the chemistry or connection with her dance partner. Last season, I saw a better partnership between Val and his dancing partner, Laurie. Together they were amazing. They could dance together and more importantly, they had a connection as dancers. I really shouldn’t compare Normani with Laurie, but I have to. If you go back and see their dances with Val, you can see there was a better connection with Laurie and Val.
2nd Place – David Ross and Lindsay Arnold
After seeing his final dance, the Freestyle, I couldn’t get enough. I wanted more. Granted, he wasn’t the best dancer at first, but he most certainly improved throughout the entire season, and as I said before, he was so fun to watch! You can tell when you watch the video above. Although, I would have rather seen him get first place, I’m pretty happy he came in second.
1st Place – Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater
If you saw Rashad’s Freestyle Dance, then you would understand why I have no other words other than, he deserved to win that mirror ball trophy. That performance was absolutely mind-blowing! What made it more interesting was that he included what he wanted in his dance. With that being said, it not only expressed who he is, but it also showed us how much fun he was having. This is definitely going to be the best Freestyle Dance in the history of Dancing with the Stars.
Dancing with the Stars will return for its’ 25th season in the Fall on ABC.