Carrie Ann Inaba’s Dancing With the Stars, All-Stars Blog: The Finals!

November 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm , by

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Oh, what a night! The ladies came out in full force last night. It was the first all-female celebrities final we’ve ever had, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how the night went. It wasn’t a 10-fest, but it was a great night of dancing. When I got home my twitter was exploding with comments—it is without a doubt the most intense night on twitter every year. The fans are so passionate about who they want to win, it gets heated! Everyone gives their commentary on who should win and why we should have scored differently and why the judges are so biased. The insults get hurled and I try to correct the ones whose facts are off but I love the passion and interaction with the fans. We wouldn’t have a show without them, so it’s only right to take some time to interact with them.

I do block cruel and inappropriate comments about anyone. I don’t think public spaces or the internet is a place for harsh name calling… there really is no place where I think that’s okay. But there are young kids reading and I think that’s what the block button is for. So for those who get a little “over –heated”—you’ve been blocked. What I do love is spirited conversation. I answer questions, give feedback and sometimes I explain rules and reasons. I like the questions and I don’t mind taking the time to answer. I know our fans are truly dedicated and rooting for their favorites and I support that. We can’t all have the same opinion—that would be boring! I know that the audience doesn’t always agree with us judges, but that’s just part of the process. It’s still wonderful to see the fans come out and support, and I say support with a capital S! They give SUPERSIZE SUPPORT (to continue the theme of the night).

And speaking of supzersize…how incredible were those freestyles? Wow! Usually one of the contestants in the finals loses it with their freestyle and makes a creative choice that no one else understands. I have to point out here that Marie Osmond (as much as I love her) goes down in DWTS history for the “most creative” (to use kind wording) freestyle. Do you all remember the wind-up doll? It was a regrettable choice and yet I must say, it was great TV. Thank you Marie!


Since this is my last blog of the season, I want to say that I hope the best woman wins. I can see all three of them taking it home for very different reasons. Kelly and Val could win because of their incredibly unique and passionate journey. I still don’t know if that’s a real relationship or not, but it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that it brought out her best and she has continued to grow as a performer right up until now. Every time she gets on the dance floor she grows a little more, and she’s blossomed into a winner under the tutelage of the incredible Latin master, Val. Melissa and Tony could also take it home because she’s proven herself to be a gorgeous and lyrical dancer who’s developed depth in her performances. Her incredible lines and graceful fluidity have enabled Tony to give her his best choreography yet, which she performs with flair and ease. They work so well together and have such a fresh, easy-going approach. Everything they do has a sense of fun…and winners have fun! And finally, Shawn and Derek have set the bar and the standard for this season in general. They pushed every boundary and took huge risks. Sometimes the risks paid off and sometimes they didn’t, but I admire and respect their courage to push and push. Derek has given us exceptional choreography again this season and as far as partnership goes, they’re are a match made in heaven as well. They have the best synchronicity of all of our couples and have never missed a step or gone out of step with each other. Creatively, they caused a lot of arguments between the judges, but after it’s all said and done they’ve earned our respect.

I think all three couples are winners—they each have a separate style and appeal. If you’d asked me during week three who the final three would be, I never would have guessed these three. But here they are and they all deserve it. I wish them all a wonderful finale tonight and I can’t wait to see what incredible performances are in store. Buckle up… we don’t want any of you falling out of your seats!

Thanks for tuning in. See you in March for Season 16!

3 Responses to “Carrie Ann Inaba’s Dancing With the Stars, All-Stars Blog: The Finals!”

  1. Thanks Carrie Ann for your comments. going to be a hard choice for all three. I’m hoping for Melissa & Tony. Would love to see them win. neither has ever won. See you nest season. Have a great Holiday

    Pam from Florida

  2. Thank you for your comments, Carrie Ann. I think it was a fair and balanced report. Love that you called us fans out on some of the nonsense. LOL! Only thing left to say is: #WeBelieveInTeamVally :)

  3. I agree with your analysis of the three finalists! They are all so awesome for different reasons. Whomever wins will be deserving! Its going to be a nail-biting gut wrenching evening! I can’t wait to see what happens! Thank you for your positive spin on your final comments. I really agree with all of them! Happy finale!!