'DWTS' Finale Recap: And the Winner Is Jennifer Grey
"Dancing with the Stars" finale kicked off with most of the season's contestants making a re-appearance on the dance floor. Then the final three took over with their second-to-last dance. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer did Tango, the same dance that Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas picked. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough preferred the slow dance of Waltz.
"Kyle, you really are a talented young man. You really have the power to connect with the viewers," Bruno Tonioli said. Carrie Ann Inaba commented on Bristol's performance, "I think out of all the dances you performed... this is by far my favorite." Meanwhile, Len Goodman praised Jennifer, "You are the complete package!" The judges gave Kyle 26, Bristol 25 and Jennifer 30.
After that, the three of them were assigned to instant Cha Cha Cha with Pink's "Raise Your Glass". Kyle got the first turn, followed by Jennifer and Bristol. While the finalists prepared backstage, the eliminated contestants filled in. David Hasselhoff returned with a "Baywatch" routine, Kurt Warner and Rick Fox teamed up to "Eye of the Tiger", Florence Henderson and Margaret Cho danced to "Copacabana", The Situation went shirtless for "I'm Too Sexy" and Brandy performed a "Friends" theme.
Immediately after Christina Aguilera performed, Kyle began his final dance. He scored 28/30, Jennifer scored 28/30 and Bristol scored 27/30. In total, Jennifer is on the lead with 118/120, followed by Kyle with 110/120 and Bristol 104/120.
After the audience votes were tallied, host Tom Bergeron revealed that the eleventh season's winner is Jennifer Grey. Kyle Massey is a runner-up and Bristol Palin finished third.
On a side note, "Dancing with the Stars" tightened the security to ridiculous level, TMZ reports. Bomb-sniffing dogs, 12 undercover guards, some LAPD, some private and armed security were all prepared ahead of the finale. The producers had learned from the recent experience where white powder and threatening letter were sent for Bristol.
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