'Dancing with the Stars' Live Recap: Week 10 Dances
'Dancing with the Stars' Live Recap: Week 10 Dances
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
It's the moment we've all been waiting for... The finals! Only three pairs remaining to dance their way into television history. And I have no idea of who it will be.

What can we expect from the final dances tonight? Hopefully a lot of surprises (although maybe not as big surprises as Brandy's elimination last week...) and some incredible dances as the final three pull out all the stops in their quest to finally win that Mirror Ball trophy.

Miss anything last week? Don't worry -- we've got you covered. In addition to a rather ridiculous amount of news and reaction, we have our week 9 live performance recap, the week 9 performance rankings and the week 9 results. Everything you need to catch up!

Have you taken care of that? Hope so, because it's time for the week 10 performance show!

Ooh! Star Wars-like opening graphics! And echo-y voiceovers. So very dramatic and all.

Wait, does that make the Mirror Ball the Death Star? That would be very cool.

Here they all come. Lacey's costumers may have outdone themselves this week. It seems to be just a collection of black shapes pasted on her. Seriously, what did that girl do to anger the costume department so much?

Also, I think someone gave the pros a whole lot of sugar before the show.

OK, we're starting with "Redemption Dances," where they get to redo the dance they weren't so good at. Then the Freestyles!!!

Hey, I liked Kyle and Lacey's foxtrot. Stupid, stodgy Len.

Although that may have been the best throw-away line ever from him: (to Kyle) "Let me just hold you..."

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
Dancing the foxtrot

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "You come out so much better than that first effort... Overall, you've gone from messy Massey to marvelous."
Bruno: "Look at you! All slick, sharp and slinky!"
Carrie Ann: "I definitely saw the improvement in your footwork... I felt for the first half of the performance, you were a little focused on your footwork."

My Opinion: Awesome "serious" Kyle to start. He definitely has figured out how to pull off suave in the past few weeks. Honestly, I liked the "Charlie's Angels" foxtrot better, but this can't not go over better with the judges. Very much a serious dance. And pretty incredible. Way to start the finals Kyle and Lacey!

Scores: 9+9+9 = 27

Tom Bergeron: "Please, don't shoot your TV."

There's a skating rink next door to Dancing with the Stars? Wow, they can do anything in Hollywood, can't they?

Looks like we're seeing Bristol and Mark jive again. Sadly, no monkey suits this time. Sigh. I liked the costumes. Although I will grant that they didn't work so well for the dancing.

Oh Bristol, get over it. They were booing for Brandy not being in the finals, not for you making it.

Bruno is a strange person in the practice studio.

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
Dancing the jive

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "Last time a gorilla, and now a thriller!" (It rhymes in an accent.)
Bruno: "I got something out of you, didn't I?" "You came out here, you had a good time, you didn't care, and we all enjoyed it!"
Carrie Ann: "You never cease to amaze me!" "Your toes are not quite as pointed as they could have been."

My Opinion: Cute "sulky" beginning. Wait, where did the suitcase go? Oh, there was the nose bump! Every week, Mark? Really? Not the crispest looking kicks from Bristol there. She does seem to have the performance part of this down for this week. Which, considering her dances so far, that's a big thing. Did Mark just catch Bristol with his leg on that move? That could hurt... And the gorilla mask is back! Yay!

Scores: 9+9+9 = 27

I have no idea what Kyle just said in the background there. I was too distracted by the insane costumes he and Lacey are wearing. Oh, I'm looking forward to that dance!

But now, time for Jennifer and Derek to do their Redemption Dance. I'm guessing it's going to be the paso doble. And I'm right! Not shocking, since that's the only dance she didn't get huge praise for.

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
Dancing the paso doble

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "There was a lovely mix of expression and aggression in this dance." (and a standing ovation)
Bruno: "It was an evening in sultry Seville. The flamenco dancer and the golden matador, igniting the flames of passion... From dusk 'til dawn, I don't want this night ever to end!"
Carrie Ann: "This is the meaning of redemption!"

My Opinion: I suppose it means something that Carrie Ann seemed to treat Jennifer like a pro, not an amateur. Um, show? Could we get some lighting to actually see this dance? It's dramatic and all, but I'd love to see it. Cool spin there! And neat footwork. This is why people think Jennifer should win -- this is an entirely different class of dancing than anyone else does. They're good, but this is just different. Wow. Definitely better than the last paso doble! Can the scores for this dance go to 11? Please?

Scores: 10+10+10 = 30

Tom Bergeron (to Bruno): "I know you mean it as a compliment, but you frighten the children."

Did we really need past seasons' stars to tell us that the freestyle is important? I'm pretty sure we're bright enough to know that. Or maybe not. Dancing with the Stars probably knows better than me.

Kyle and Lacey doing the freestyle dance now. Or maybe just lounging on the couch for awhile.

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
Dancing the freestyle

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "Oh Kyle! Tootsie Roll! One of my favorites!" "I'm not a great lover of the boogaloo dancing, but this was great fun!"
Bruno: "Truly explosive entertainment and amazing charisma!"
Carrie Ann: "First of all, Len Goodman, it's called old-school hip-hop" "I dub you the Fresh Prince of Dancing with the Stars!"

My Opinion: Hey! A song that I actually know! This is fun, but I have no idea of how the judges are going to score this. They can't exactly use their standard methods... A fun dance, but I'm not sure this was Kyle's wisest move. Liked the caterpillars there. Fun, but I don't know if Kyle can win it on that. Especially since there are an awful lot of ballroom dancing fans watching this.

Scores: 10+9+10 = 29
Is it just me, or does Skating with the Stars appear to be the biggest, most spectacular train wreck ever?

Time for Bristol and Mark to dance their freestyle! Ooh, a song from Chicago! You've seriously never heard of Chicago, Bristol? How did you miss it? I know they get movies up in Alaska... I don't understand... Oh well!

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
Dancing the freestyle

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "That was no disaster, I thought it was fantastic!"
Bruno: "I have to give you credit for aiming so high. Because this is a really iconic number." "You did very, very well, but not quite at the level that this song requires."
Carrie Ann: "Did I just see Bristol Palin dancing in a cage?" "It's very hard to live up to, but I am very proud of you for dancing in the cage!"

My Opinion: If Bristol uses the word "haters" one more time, I may start considering that guy with the gun as sane. But it's time for the dance, so we're all safe! Are they going to let her out of the cage? There she goes. That would have been an interesting choice. Tug-o-war! What dancing there is seems pretty good, although I'm not sure that there's much dancing happening. Oh, now Mark's in the cage. Where's his monkey mask? It would work in a cage.

Scores: 8+9+8 = 25

Hey, those costumes might work for some Dirty Dancing... Hmmmm...

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
Dancing the freestyle

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "You're an irresistible force! You're like a juggernaut!"
Bruno: "You're a great dancer with great versatility. Two dances at the opposite end of the spectrum!"
Carrie Ann: "I thought it was amazing! I thought it was perfect!"

My Opinion: Last dance of the show! It had better be good... Will it be safe or amazing? Derek may be trying to kill her. That would be interesting. A watermelon! Yay! Where did it go? Interesting view for the judges right about now... Jennifer gets an airplane! No lift, but I guess that was still pretty awesome. Jennifer, you have to stay on the stage. We need scores!

Scores: 10+10+10 = 30

Well, Jennifer isn't going to lose on judges' scores, is she? Fine, there's a perfectly good reason for no "Time of Your Life." Still, it would've been cool.

So that's the final performance show! Pretty darned impressive finale for the stars, if you ask me. Not a bad dance out of the lot!

What did you think? What was your favorite dance? Who's going to win? Can we have any clue at this point? Leave comments with your opinions!  

(Image courtesy of ABC)