Dancing With the Stars 2013 RECAP 5/20/13: Season 16 Finale

Dancing With the Stars 2013 RECAP 5/20/13: Season 16 Finale

DANCING WITH THE STARS is back tonight with the Finale of the 16 season.  The four remaining couples will have their last opportunity to impress the judges and viewers.  Did you watch last week’s episode?  We did and we recapped it here for you.

On last week’s show each couple performed two routines, inching their way one step closer to the coveted mirror ball trophy.  One of the dances was a dance that twitter users voted on.  It was either a Flamenco, Charleston, Afro Jazz, Lindy Hop and Hip Hop.  The second dance was a ballroom or Latin style dance they have yet to perform this season.  By the results show Ingo Rademacher was sent home.

On tonight’s show the remaining couples will compete in three rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple will take on a new routine in a dance style that the judges would like to see again. In round two, the couples will be challenged to a Cha Cha relay, where each pair dances to a different section of the same song. In the last round — and one of the biggest competitive dances of the season — the couples take on a supersized freestyle featuring special effects, additional dancers and unexpected surprises.

The dance assignments for the finale are 1) Judges Choice Dance 2) Cha Cha Relay and 3) Freestyle.  The judges choice for the dancers are:  Zendaya and Val - Samba; Kellie and Derek – Quickstep;  Jacoby and Karina – Jive and Aly and Mark – Samba.

On Tuesday, the entire celebrity cast returns and the returning stars will perform a show-stopping opening number with the pro and troupe dancers. The show will feature music from Pitbull, who will perform his new single, “Hands Up,” and Wynonna will sing “I Want to Know What Love Is.” In addition, PSY will take to the stage with his latest hit, “Gentleman,” and Jessica Sanchez will sing her version of Pitbull’s “Feel This Moment.”

Tonight’s episode is going to have all the usual glitz and glam in the ballroom, which you won’t want to miss. So be sure to tune in for our live coverage of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars Season 16 Final Performance Show – tonight at 8PM EST! While you wait for our recap, hit the comments and let us know how excited you are about the new season and who you are rooting for?

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Tonight’s show opened with a dance by the DWTS crew.  This is your last change to vote for the finalists as our four finalists go head to head.

ROUND ONE – JUDGES CHOICE

Jacoby Jones and professional dancer Karina Smirnoff dancing the Jive [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Len: “Jacoby I have to say, this judges pitch is about seeing improvement, your foot work was a bit better. You got excited and missed a few steps.  But well done!”  Bruno said, “Jacoby always brings a limitless simply of power.  I am telling you missed a beat a few times, but otherwise, great job!”  Carrie Ann: “You brought the swagger, you make people want to dance with you.  Your feet were sharper and crisper.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 9  Len: 9  Bruno: 9  TOTAL: 27/30

Aly Raisman and professional dancer Mark Ballas dancing the Samba [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Bruno: “There is no stopping you now, richer and cleaner and slicker than ever.  You did everything I asked for.”  Carrie Ann“What is so fantastic about you, is you have the momentum.  You have the swagger and the beautiful lines.  I saw improvement!”  Len “I saw improvement, lots of basic steps and lots of sexy moves.  Overall you are on the way up, that was terrific”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 9  Len:  9  Bruno:  10  SCORE: 28/30

Kellie Pickler and professional dancer Derek Hough dance the Quickstep [VIDEO HERE]

Judges comments: Len: ” I tell you that was excitement, changes of rhythm.  I tell you what they were as close as a stamp on a letter.”  Bruno: “You are a the southern belle at the ball.  Technically it was perfect.  You two were super glued together.  Fantastic!” Carrie Ann: “No doubt, congratulations the only thing I was looking for was improvement in body contact and I saw it.  Thank you!”

SCORES:  Carrie Ann: 10  Len:  10 Bruno:  10  TOTAL: 30/30

Zendaya and professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy dancing the Samba [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Bruno: “That is what I was talking, that was a perfect combination of blending.  You lost nothing it that.  Magical!”  Len: “That was eye-popping show stopping Samba.  You have only scratched the surface of your talent.  That was terrific, well done!”  Bruno: “You are incredibly fierce, you have a natural flamboyance.  What your showed tonight was incredible moves.   You have a skill that is required from professionals.  You just keep getting better!”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 10  Len:  10 Bruno: 10 TOTAL: 30/30

ROUND ONE – CHA CHA RALEY [VIDEO HERE]

Judges comments: Len: “With respect to other stars, this is the four I think deserved to be in the finals.  You are all winners!  Well done!”  Bruno: “The magnificent four!  I don’t know what I am going to do!”  Carrie Ann: “Those were four different dances, I don’t know how to decide.”

4th place – 2 points Jacoby

3rd place – 3 points Aly

2nd place – 4 points Kellie

1st place – 5 points – Zendaya

Jacoby Jones and professional dancer Karina Smirnoff dancing a supersized Freestyle [VIDEO HERE]

Judges comments: Len: “Jacoby you got the freestyle party started.  It was just like a 108 touchdown.  Well done, good job!”  Bruno: “I loved the sense of celebration.  The energy made you lose the timing a couple of time.  It was a joyful dance!”  Carrie Ann: “Unique, it was unique, but I gotta say the freestyle is strategy and you picked the right one.  But, I think you got lost in the shuffle, but it was still fun!”

SCORES: Carrie Ann:  9  Len:  9  Bruno:  9 TOTAL 27/30

Aly Raisman and professional dancer Mark Ballas dancing a supersized Freestyle [VIDEO HERE]

Judges comments: Bruno: “Incredible, that was futuristic with a touch of exotic.  You took an incredible risk.  It seemed almost impossible, but you did it.”  Carrie Ann: “That was one of the most amazing routines I have ever seen on DWTS.  It was difficult and unique.”  Len: “I loved the conect I thought it had great imagination, I am dubbing you Alexandra the Great!”

SCORES:  Carrie Ann: 10  Len: 10  Bruno: 10  TOTAL: 30/30

 Kellie Pickler and professional dancer Derek Hough dance a supersized Freestyle [VIDEO HERE]

Judges comments: Carrie Ann: “Beautiful, Kelly you just bared your soul on the dance floor and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.”  Len: “You were totally immersed into the dance.  You drew everyone it.”  Bruno: “You did a dance of spellbound beauty, it touched everyone there.  I am sure your touched the nation with that!”

SCORES:  Carrie Ann: 10  Len: 10  Bruno:  10  TOTAL: 30/30

Zendaya and professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy dancing the supersized Freestyle [VIDEO HERE]

Judges comments: Len: “Tell you what we got a fabulous cha cha cha.  With the kids it was right in sync.  It all came together!”  Bruno: “Zendaya, the teen idol, What I love about you is you give everything a unique luminosity.  Simply irresistible!”  Carrie Ann: “You brought it home and sealed the deal.  You are just divine, my dear!”

SCORES:  Carrie Ann: 10  Len:  10  Bruno:  10  TOTAL: 30/30

That’s it for the first night of the two night finale.  Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for our live recap of the final results show and to see who was crowed the Season 16 Champion!