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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dancing With The Stars 2011, Season 12 Crowned Hines Ward DWTS Champion

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson are DWTS Champions.
After thousands of dance steps, hundreds of turns, falls, injuries, excitement, grace and tears, Dancing With The Stars 2011 Season 12 had to finally pick a champion between Chelsea Kane, Hines Ward and Kirstie Alley. In the end, the champion would be decided solely by fan voting and DWTS crowed Hines Ward Champion and he wound up raising the Mirror Ball Trophy.

Dancing With The Stars 2011 Season 12 Finale began with profiles of the top three competitors journey through the competition. An electrifying electronic performance by the Black-Eyed Peas followed.

Then, we all got a chance to get another look at the first competitor eliminated, Psycho Mike Catherwood. A humorous, campy and satirical piece mocking Mike’s audition for Dancing With The Stars, followed by a live dance with the DWTS dance troupe.

An emotional reprise of one of the most beautiful and inspiring dances of the year came next. It featured Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin, dancing to “You Lift Me Up” – a dance dedicated to her charity formed in the wake of the Indonesian tsunami in 2004 – an event where she endured and survived, but lost her boyfriend. 

Kendara Wilkinson and her partner Louis van Amstel and several male members of the DWTS dance troupe gave an encore of her saucy and sexy dance to “Livin’ La Vida Loca”

Tom Bergeron introduced a showcase of some of the themes of the season, featuring quick highlights of performance and practice segments.

Famous fight announcer Michael Buffer, in full boxing vocal glory, announced the return of Chris Jericho and Sugar Ray Leonard, who hit the floor with their partners Cheryl Burke and Anna Trebunsakaya respectively. Chris Jericho did a hilarious impression of DWTS judge Burno Tonioli.

When you have a highly rated show, commercials are jammed into it that max out the FCC limits. Most of the commercials were forgettable, however, the Google commercial for Google Chrome featuring Lady Gaga was exciting, inspiring and really showed the Google brand and its range of products.

Back to the show… Wendy Williams spoofed an interview with herself on the set of her TV show that playfully poked fun at the other contestants. Returning to the live show and quick comments by Wendy Williams, the Go-Go’s  performed their classic “They Got The Beat,”

Romeo and Chelsie Hightower danced live, followed by Romeo plugging his charity More season highlights followed.

After another commercial break, Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff gave an encore performance of one of their favorite dances of the year, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.

What came next was a look back at the season that was a compilation of very short, tight edited snippets that were accompanied by an instrumental beat. It was quick, sharp, funny and entertaining and merits winding up on YouTube. I hope it does.

First of the finalists to dance in the finale were Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas. They were instructed to select their favorite dance of the year and selected their Viennese Waltz done to the Harry Potter theme music. The first time they performed the dance earlier in the season, the judges felt they took too many liberties with the 300-year-old waltz, so they tightened it up and stayed more along the lines of tradition. Their changes were rewarded with a perfect score of 30.

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were next to dance and they decided to dance the Cha-Cha that they danced in the first week of competition. A much trimmer Alley and the bearded Maks danced to Cee Lo Green’s clean version of his mega-hit “Forget You.” Her performance receive the best feedback she’s received from the judges all season, and a perfect 30 put an exclamation mark on their dance.

The Samba Hines Ward and Kym Johnson electrified the audience with earlier in the season would be their final dance. Hanging from Ward’s waistline was a yellow scarf, a subtle salute to the Steeler Nation and their Terrible (Yellow) Towels. When their dance was completed he yanked the scarf out and swung it in the air in true Steeler fashion. Then, the judges created a complete stalemate regarding the final dances by giving them a perfect 30.

Sara Evans performed “Get A Little Bit Stronger” to a video recap of the season.

Then, it came down to decision time. All three couples took the stage and the couple that would wind up in third place would be revealed. As the drums beat, shockingly, the names, “Chelsea and Mark” were announced. Apparently, Chelsea Kane’s fan demographics were not large enough to give her the Mirror Ball Trophy. This was a stunning announcement, considering that Chelsea had been praised as the best technical dancer throughout the entire season.

Obviously, fan voting was going to make the difference. Remaining were Kirstie Alley and Hines Ward as the finalists for the grand prize. Would years of stardom in movies and on television trump a Super Bowl MVP and the Steeler Nation?

As the final heart-pounding drumbeat rolled, the new champions of Dancing With The Stars 2011, Season 12 were – Hines Ward and Kym Johnson.

Now, Hines Ward has held a Vince Lombardi Trophy high in the air, and on this night he held high the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. Not bad for a guy that didn’t know how to dance when the season started. He’s a testament to what the mind and hard work can accomplish.

Another great season, the most watched in DWTS history has come to an end. Dancing With The Starts 2011, Season 12 crowned Hines Ward Champion. (Go Browns... Hehehe... I'm from Cleveland.)

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