There was an interesting recap by Carol Glines Xfinity's web site reporter who was back stage with the press gaggle:
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Freestyle
Derek emphasized to Kellie how important the freestyle was to winning the show and he should know! The DWTS golden boy was considering using a hammock in their dance — but then he said he was going to strip it down and make it simple. Yay! “Let’s drink to that!” a reporter said to me in the media room. We were sick of supersized and wanted to see straightforward dance, dammit! It started slow, with Derek lifting Kellie off the floor and into some ballet style moves This, too, was very contemporary for me but then Derek let loose with a huge lift and spin of Kellie and he extended her from his back (well, you just had to see it to believe it). Then it just got better and better, beautiful and fluid and emotional. A thrill in the press room! Another huge lift and spin ended the night for the twosome and they were crying and Kel’s husband was teary-eyed in the audience. Carrie Ann was crying, too! Everyone clapped in the press room for the first time this season. Kellie and Derek were going to win! They had to now, right? “Kellie, you just bared your soul on the dance floor,” Carrie Ann sobbed. Len said she was totally immersed in the dance and each other and he stood to applaud them. Bruno said it was a dance of spellbinding beauty. “I’m sure you’ve reached the nation tonight with that performance,” Bruno said. Backstage, Derek was holding back tears and so was I, honestly! Len wished he could give them an 11, and needless to say, it was a perfect score.
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: Freestyle
Val and Zendaya, stripped of makeup, were standing in front of corrugated metal and talking about the season and how she’d grown. The Shake it Up star wanted to do hip hop, big surprise there, and Val brought in a troupe of kids to join them in the number. Oh, no! I worried the kids were going to steal the show. Zendaya appeared in a glittery dress, oh good, looking more ballroom than hip hop, but then she and Val were dancing to a hip hop tune and attempting an aggressive, sporty dance. She pointed at the heavens at one point and Val spun her around for dear life but it lacked the lyrical quality Kellie and Derek had just created. And it got more MTV when the kids joined them at the end. Only a little tepid applause in the press room. Len said it all came together in a fabulous routine. According to Bruno, Zendaya gave a luminosity to everything she did. Carrie Ann wasn’t crying, but called Zendaya a role model. Of course it was perfectly judged but I still think we’d see the golden couple, Kellie and Derek, hoisting the mirror ball on Tuesday night. Catch you tomorrow!
Edited by Cal1981 - 5/21/13 at 9:38am