LOS ANGELES — Part one of a two night “Dancing with the Stars” finale packed six routines into one short hour.
The final three couples first performed a redemption dance. That’s one routine they’ve previously done but the judges want to see how they’ve improved over the course of the season. Then it was the always fun, no-holds-barred, shoot-for-the-moon freestyle.
Here’s a rundown of the night’s scores, from highest to lowest:
Rashad Jennings: Redemption dance: 40 out of 40; Freestyle: 40 out of 40. Total: 80 out of 80
Rashad and Emma had a touchdown on their redemption Viennese waltz. He was joking that he’s never actually won anything; he’s always been a runner-up, just behind first place. That’s why he wants the mirror ball more than anything! They are assigned the dance they did in the second week, the Viennese waltz, and Rashad is determined to show the judges he now has what it takes to be graceful and in sync, and master his footwork. Head judge Len Goodman said he saw improvement on every level of the dance; Carrie Ann Inaba appreciates his pursuit of perfection on every level; Bruno Tonioli thinks Rashad has turned into a polished diamond.