DWTS finals: Zendaya Coleman in first place, Kellie Pickler gets standing ovation from judge

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comMay 20, 2013 

Disney star Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy earned a perfect score of 65 on the final performance episode of season 16 of "Dancing with the Stars." Singer Kellie Pickler and partner Derek Hough are just one point behind, with 64, while gymnast Aly Raisman and partner Mark Ballas have 61 points. NFL star Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff are in fourth with 56. Each couple performed two full dances and a short portion of the Cha-Cha relay on the show. On Tuesday, each couple will dance once more before the mirror ball trophy is awarded to the couple earning the highest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes.

The final round of dances will be performed Tuesday for only judges' points but viewers' votes will still be worth half the total. Couples won't find out what music will accompany their final dance until tomorrow. That final round is called "instant dance." At the end of Monday's show, hosts announced that voting was not working online and encouraged fans to vote via phone, text and on Facebook instead.

Total points for day-one:

Zendaya and Val: 65 points.

Kellie and Derek: 64 points.

Aly and Mark: 61 points.

Jacoby and Karina: 56 points.

Super Sized Freestyle routines:

Judges are Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Hosts are Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet.

Zendaya and Val got a perfect score of 30 points for their Super Sized Freestyle, which combined several styles of ballroom dancing, some of Zendaya's signature hip-hop moves and featured a group of children in the final portion of the routine. Len: "There were so many parts to that number but it all came together and created a fabulous routine." Bruno: "The teen idol is here to admire and inspire... Simply irresistible." Carrie Ann: "You're classy. You're sassy. You're fun. You're just divine, my dear."

Kellie and Derek earned a perfect 30 for their Super Sized Freestyle, a romantic floor routine. Carrie Ann could hardly stop crying to offer her comments, after a hug from Kellie, Carrie Ann said: "Kellie, you just bared your soul on the dance floor, and it was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Len: "Great dancing emerges the heart... You drew everyone into that performance." Len stood up and clapped. A standing ovation from Len? Yes! Bruno: "You did a dance of spellbinding beauty." After the judges scored 10s. Len said "It should be an 11." Bruno agreed.

Aly and Mark earned a perfect 30 for their Super Sized Freestyle, a futuristic routine where Aly and Mark climbed up poles and performed synchronized moves requiring a lot of core strength and flexibility. Bruno: "Incredible... I've never seen anything like it... To sync that section up there is almost impossible and you did it." Carrie Ann: "That was one of the most amazing routines I've seen on a 'Dancing with the Stars' finale." Len: "Great imagination... I'm dubbing you Alexandra the Great."

Bringing a New Orleans style party to their freestyle, Jacoby and Karina earned 27 points for their Super Sized Freestyle which incorporated other dancers, lifts and lots of energy. Len: "Full-on, flat-on attack. Great energy." Bruno: "I loved the sense of celebration... It was a joyful, joyful experience." He did note that Jacoby and Karina were out of sync a few times. Carrie Ann: "I think it out shined you... but it was still fun."

Scores after Cha-Cha relay:

Round two was a Cha-Cha relay where each couple performed a quick Cha-Cha.

Getting first place, worth 5 points, was Zendaya and Val. Their score is now 35 out 35 points

In second, with 4 points, was Kellie and Derek. Their score is now 34.

In third, with 3 points, was Aly and Mark. Their score is now 31.

In fourth, with 2 points, was Jacoby and Karina. Their score is now 29.

Round-one judges' scores:

Disney star Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy earn a perfect 30 for their samba.

Singer Kellie Pickler and 3-time DWTS champ Derek Hough get a perfect 30 points for their quickstep.

Gymnast Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas Bruno get 28 points for their samba.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff earn 27 points for the jive.

Round one judges' comments:

Teen star Zendaya Coleman, 16 years old, and Val Chmerkovskiy earn a perfect 30 for their judges' choice samba. Carrie Ann helped them in rehearsals. She told them she wanted to see content, technique and Zendaya's personal style in the dance. Val had a swollen and bandaged eye on the show because Zendaya elbowed him in the eye during a rehearsal earlier in the day. Carrie Ann: "Now that's what I'm talking about... It was just absolutely great." Len: "That was eye-popping, show-stopping." Bruno: "You're just incredibly fierce."

The couple has received the highest judges scores several times this season but last week they fell short with their quickstep. Week nine: 55 -- quickstep, 25 and hip hop, 30. Week eight total: 58. Week seven: 27 paso doble, 32 total. Week six: 51 total points, 29 for the Cha Cha Cha. Week five: 29 points, Argentine Tango. Week four: 26, samba. Week three: 24, Viennese Waltz. Week two: 26, jive. Week one: 24, Contemporary dance.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff earn 27 points for the jive, which was the judges' choice dance determined by Len. When asked what it would take to beat the other three competitors, Jacoby answered: "The grace of God." Len attempted to help Jacoby with his footwork during rehearsals. His kicks were crisper but not perfect. Len: "There was improvement... The footwork was a bit better." Bruno: "Charisma, energy brilliant" but the footwork was off at time. Carrie Ann: "You know how to turn the house upside down." She also said his footwork was off at times. Jacoby asked "Can you wear cleats?" Carrie Ann said no. Jacoby said he couldn't wear heels, the show's required dancing shoes.

They have performed well all season but last week, they received their first perfect scores. Judges' scores: Week nine: 59; 30, Argentine Tango; 29, Lindyhop. Week eight total: 52. Week seven: salsa, 27. Week six: 23 points for the quickstep, bringing them to 45. Week five: 26, jive. Week four: 24, fox trot. Week three: 24, rumba. Week two: 23, jazz. Week one: 20, Cha Cha Cha.

Olympian and gymnastic standout Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas Bruno earn 28 points for their judges' choice samba. Bruno helped the couple during rehearsals and awarded their performance a perfect 10 points. Bruno: "You've done everything I asked you for." Carrie Ann: "You have the swagger... You have the beautiful lines... You have the musicality." Len: "I saw the improvement... You are on the way up. Terrific."

Aly and Mark earned their first perfect scores on last week's semifinal episode, with all three judges giving them full credit for their rumba. Judges' scores: Week nine: 59 -- 30, rumba; 29 Afro jazz. Week eight total: 56 points out of 60. Week seven: salsa, 29; 32 total. Week six: 52 total points, with 27 for their foxtrot. Week five: 25, samba. Week four: 27, contemporary. Week three, 23, Viennese Waltz. Week two: 24, quickstep. Week one: 21, Cha Cha Cha.

Former "American Idol" star Kellie Pickler and 3-time DWTS champ Derek Hough get a perfect 30 points for their judges' choice quickstep. In rehearsals, Len told the to keep their "nobbly bits" together. He wanted a close, tight hold. "That was excitement... Like a stamp on a letter," he said of their tight hold, which he criticized the first time they did the dance this season. Bruno: "You're the southern belle of the ball." Carrie Ann: "The one thing I was looking for was improvement in body contact. And I saw it."

Kellie and Derek have been at the top of leader board several times this season, giving frequent leader Zendaya Coleman some competition. Judges' scores: Week nine: 58 points. 30 Argentine Tango and 28 flamenco. Week eight total: 55. Week seven: samba, 29. Week five: 27, foxtrot. Week four: 26, rumba. Week three: 25, jive. Week two: 26, jazz. Week one: 21, Cha Cha Cha.

This season's eliminated:

Eliminated in the semifinal: Soap star Ingo Rademacher and partner Kym Johnson were eliminated after the semifinal round of competition on "Dancing with the Stars." Ingo said: "This has been an amazing experience 'cause I thought I was gonna be done after like two weeks. I thought I'd go back to Hawaii and come back for the Tuesday night final but Kym has choreographed the most amazing routines... She catered them to my two left feet... I really have a ballroom frame now." Kym said: "He's grown so much... He had no dance experience. He's now doing things that, I think, have surprised him, things he thought he couldn't do. And that's what it's all about." Week nine total: 51 points -- 24 for samba and 27 for Charleston. Week eight total: 48. Week 7: rumba, 22 total, 25. Week six: 46, with 24 for the tango. Week five: 21, Cha Cha Cha. Week four: 23, Viennese Waltz. Week three: 21 points, Paso Doble, Week two: 20, quickstep. Week one: 20, contemporary dance

Eliminated week eight: Bachelor Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" at the quarter-final mark on May 7. Get a recap of the episode here. "I've enjoyed every second of it. I truly am blessed to have taken part in this with all these stars. I'm still just a normal guy from Dallas. What an incredible opportunity," Sean said. Peta said Sean was a tireless worker. Peta: "He's just the most humble, wonderful guy." Week eight total: 42. Week seven: rumba, 24. Week six: 46 points, with 21 points for the samba. Week five: quickstep. Week four: 20. Week three: 21. Week two: 20, jive. Week one: 19, Foxtrot.

Eliminated week seven: Actor Andy Dick with Sharna Burgess were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars." They received the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes after the seventh week of competition. A very emotional Andy said: "It's been the best... It's just been the best... The fact that we're here on week seven is just amazing... I really thank everybody here, the fans out there, the judges... It's been a wonderful, wonderful ride." Sharna said: "I couldn't have had a more incredible first season (being) paired with Andy... He's given me such a special experience that I'll remember forever." Scores: Week seven: rumba, 17. Week six: 43 points, with 18 for the samba. Week five: 18, paso doble. Week four: Viennese Waltz, 21. Week three: 18, Cha Cha Cha. Week-two score: 20 points, jazz. Week-one score: 17, foxtrot.

Eliminated week six: Boxer Victor Ortiz and new pro Lindsay Arnold were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" after the sixth week of competition. Victor said: "I don't take nothin' back. It's been a blast... I'm happy to get this far." He said he enjoyed meeting the cast and hopes to see everyone ringside for a future World Championship bout. Week six: 40 total points, with 18 for their rumba. Week five: 21, Viennese Waltz. Week four: 18, paso doble. Week three: 23, contemporary dance. Week two: 18, jive. Week one: 18, Fox Trot.

Eliminated week five: Actor and comedian D.L. Hughley and his dance partner Cheryl Burke were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday's (April 16) results show. They had the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes. The other couple in the bottom two was boxer Victor Ortiz with Lindsay Arnold. When asked what he'd miss, D.L. Hughley said: "Just Cheryl." Then, he continued. "Len, I watched you during the package and you need to work on your hip action... and the hip surgery Bruno said I should have, I'm willing to you... I've had a ball." The judges were tough on D.L. this season but he kept cracking jokes. When he earned his highest score of the season -- 21 points, 7s across the board -- D.L. said: "That's higher than my SAT scores." In video footage, D.L. is shown saying how appreciative he was of making a new friend in Cheryl and learning a new skill. He vowed to keep dancing long after the show ended.

Eliminated week four: Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump with Gleb Savchenko. "Just to be included with this group of people, you know -- gold medalists, Olympians but most importantly -- just a wonderful bunch of people, so yes, I am really happy... It's been a long six weeks and boy has it taken its toll... It's been the hardest thing I've ever done," Lisa said. She called dancing with Gleb "a gift" because of patience. She thanked her cast mates for making the experience enjoyable.

Week three elimination: Country star Wynonna Judd and partner Tony Dovolani. The couple got just 15 points for their low-energy samba on the week-three show.Week-two score: 18 points, quickstep. Week-one score: 18 points, Cha Cha Cha. "I faced one of my biggest fears and I've made a lifetime friend out of Tony... this is the hardest job I've ever loved. I'm a singer, not a dancer... I can't wait to get back to making my record. I love my country music fans more than ever," Wynonna said when she learned she'd been eliminated.

First to leave: Former ice skating sensation Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus dropped out of the competition on the first results show of the season, after two weeks of competition. Week-one score: 21 points for their contemporary dance. Total two-week score: 36 out of 60. Had Dorothy and Tristan not left the show, the couple with the lowest combined two-week score of judges' points and viewers' votes would have been eliminated. Either Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold or Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko would have been eliminated. Though, comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke had the lowest judges' score, 12 points, in week one and earned the second lowest judges' score, 16 points, on March 25, viewers gave them enough votes to remain in the competition.

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