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'Dancing With The Stars': Will Kristi Take The Trophy Home?

May 20th, 2008 8:34am EDT
Kristi YamaguchiWow, we're already at the finale! Kristi Yamaguchi, Jason Taylor, and Cristian de la Fuente are the final three, and tonight we decide who wins. Last night we had a freestyle round and a cha-cha to the death!

I'm still not certain how Cristian made it into the "Dancing With The Stars" finals, but I can't really think of anyone else to be there *cough* Shannon Elizabeth *cough* so they've got as much of a shot at winning as the other two couples. We've made it this far, let's take it home.

The Cha-cha

Cristian still had his injury to deal with; Jason wanted to get over his awkwardness before the dance, being six feet six is his biggest weakness in the cha-cha; Kristi is in it to win it and was showing now weakness. During their group rehearsal, Kristi and Mark revealed that they hadn't finished the choreography so it looked like they were either playing it coy or weren't as invincible as we think.

Cristian and Cheryl started the cha-cha off and with hand firmly on hip and Cristian came out swinging and smiling. Cheryl kept the attention on her though, which could be why they've made it this far. They were both in purple, which contrasted big time with Jason and Edyta who were in more tropical colors of orange and tan.

Jason managed to actually leap over Edyta during the routine, which is impressive; he was so into the dance that Jason's awkwardness was completely gone.

Kristi started out kissing Bruno, which really won't make a huge difference, she was barking up the wrong tree. In elegant black and white, Mark and Kristi knew they were the best. They had dips and kicks up the wazoo. The dance ended with all six on stage and the two male stars lifting Kristi over their heads. I am going to sound lame, but they're all winners!

Len loved the idea and said it really got him going; he calld Kristi the complete package. Bruno talked about joining in a threesome with Kristi and Mark and called Kristi the epitome of "Dancing with the Stars." Carrie Ann started critiquing people and said Cristian's posture was lacking, Jason was a bit awkward, and called it ladies night for Kristi.

Cristian and Cheryl
Carrie Ann- 8
Len- 9
Bruno- 9
Total of 26

Jason and Edyta
Carrie Ann- 8
Len- 8
Bruno- 8
Total of 24

Kristi and Mark
Carrie Ann- 10
Len- 10
Bruno- 10
Total of 30

Freestyle Round

Kristi and Mark
Kristi is all about bringing strength and personality. Mark is all about speaking with a weird accent. He sounds like the Madonna version of a Brit. Julianne stopped by to give them some pointers and even though a woman hasn't won the show in 4 years she has a real shot.

They came out in pajamas, which was sort of cute, but they ditched them for sparkling pinstripe suit/corset combos. They had a real Michael Jackson vibe working for them with mark doing a back flip and Kristi spending a lot of time over his head. Kristi and Mark pulled out all the stops are were both visibly exhausted by the end of the dance. Bruno said they are worthy of the championship, Carrie Ann said they had it all, and Len doesn't love hip hop, but said they held his attention from start to finish and absolutely loved it.

Carrie Ann- 10
Len- 10
Bruno- 10
Total of 30


Jason and Edyta
We're constantly reminded that Jason is six feet six inches and that doesn't go well with freestyle. Edyta employed Jason's kids and wife to help him out. He can win it if he pulls this dance off; he's already got the fan support behind him.

We got a beach theme to start with, and Edyta shed some clothes before they started going for it. Definitely not as quick as Kristi and Mark's dance, but following them is never an ideal situation. Since this is the finale I'll be honest - for me the dance reminded me of something you'd see at a club and not a dance competition. Edyta removed Jason's shirt at the end, but it seemed like there was probably a better way to end their final routine. Carrie Ann was happy to see Edyta in the finals and said it was fantastic. Len also said it was fantastic, and Bruno said they've got it and they flaunted it.

Carrie Ann- 9
Len- 9
Bruno- 9
Total of 27

Cristian and Cheryl
Cristian may be injured, but they still want to win it. Cristian got a bit hurt during their rehearsal but soldiered on. Cheryl brought her mirror ball for inspiration, basically telling Cristian that she is a winner and he has to be or else!

Cheryl spent a good amount of time around Cristian's waist, and their dance overall had a much more Latin flavor than the hip hop found in the previous two couples' routines. My favorite move was when Cheryl rolled around the floor while between Cristian's legs. Len loved the Latin flavor and said the lifts were a bit weak, Bruno said he did bloody well for having one arm (the other I think was lost in a war) and Carrie Ann really nicely called him a loser.

Carrie Ann- 9
Len- 8
Bruno- 9
Total of 26

As Tom said, "The finals are finished" and that means I'm finished here. It has been quite a ride this season. I've never loved and hated a show so much in my entire life. My final prediction: Kristi will take the trophy home, and she deserves it! See you guys next season, now I have to catch up with all The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and Greek that are currently taking up space on my DVR. Ciao!

Dan Chruscinski
Story by Dan Chruscinski

Starpulse contributing writer