There are just two dances left before this season’s winner of Dancing With the Stars is crowned and after last night’s performances, the jury is still out on who will win: Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough, Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer or Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas. Jennifer and Derek finished at the top of the leaderboard (with a perfect 60 out of 60) for their pasa doble and energized freestyle that paid homage to Dirty Dancing. While everyone expected a dance to “The Time Of My Life,” Jennifer explained on air that she wanted to do something fresh with Derek.
“What was so fun was we had a nod to it [Dirty Dancing] and it was like guess what? That was Baby, this is now,” Jennifer revealed after the show. Despite a perfect score, and the possibility of winning the whole thing, Jennifer is not dusting a spot for the mirror ball trophy just yet. “I don’t think of that,” she laughs. “It’s bad juju.” One thing is for sure. Jennifer accomplished what she set out to do with the show - make her daughter proud. “I think she is pretty fond of me at the moment,” she smiles. “She loves the show and has been an incredibly sweet supportive kid, so understanding. When I say, ‘sorry, I just want to cuddle up and watch a movie with you or just hang out,’ she says, ‘it’s okay mom, I’ll be waiting for you when you are done.’” And after tonight’s finale, win or lose, Jennifer has family and not dancing on her mind. “I am invigorated to lay down, do nothing but cook for my family,” she tells In Touch. “Just be with my kid and husband.”
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Following a week that included lots of rehearsals and a suspected death threat in the form of powder in an envelope (which turned out to be harmless) Bristol Palin tried her best to put all that aside, along with those negative comments from people who thought she did not deserve to be in the finals. “I just let everything they said roll off my back and not let it distract me from the competition,” Bristol said after the show. She even got to re-do the mistake-laden jive (originally performed in a gorilla suit) and score a respectable 52 out of 60 for that dance and a Chicago-inspired freestyle. “I think we did well tonight,” she told In Touch afterward. “It felt really good to shake those gorilla suits off. I thought the jive was really fun.” It’s no secret Bristol was not a fan of the jive, and according to partner Mark Ballas, that dance was not alone. “She said that every week – I don’t like this dance,” laughs Mark.
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer finished the night in second place with 56 out of 60. After redeeming themselves with a stylish fox trot and high-energy hip-hop routine, they will leave the competition tonight, win or lose, as firm friends. “This whole season we have had a blast,” Lacey tells In Touch. “It’s crazy to think we have had no fights, injuries or drama. It’s crazy. Kyle makes fun of me if I try and get serious.” For Kyle the crazy thing is making it to the finals – a place he never expected. “I thought standing next to David Hasselhoff… I’m gone,” he reveals. “He was in Baywatch and Knight Rider - I am going home.”
“From week to week, we thought we were leaving,” adds Lacey. “He wasn’t the most popular person on the show. But somehow we made it through and are so thrilled to be here and it’s been a fun journey.”
With the only thing standing in their way of winning being two more dances, Lacey is setting her sights high – she wants that trophy! “We have a one in three shot,” she jokes. “It’s time a lady took it.”
See who takes home the trophy tonight in the season finale of Dancing With the Stars on ABC.