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Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With the Stars Season 19 Finals: Derek Hough Evaluates the Competition’s Freestyles

Derek Hough has been to the Finals of Dancing With the Stars a total of nine times. He’s won five Mirror Ball trophies, he’s been runner-up twice, and he was third place once. Which place will he take with Bethany Mota? We’ll find out this week in the Season 19 Finale, but if anyone knows what it takes to win, it’s this guy.

Derek just blogged about crafting Bethany’s Freestyle routine. However, he also added thoughts on the other three couples — including praise for Alfonso Ribeiro for pushing through his back injury (Derek also knows about back injuries) and a note about his best friend Mark Ballas’ plans for Sadie Robertson’s routine. It … doesn’t really sound like Derek is a fan, but maybe he didn’t mean it that way.


“Mark has a very, I guess different is the right word, freestyle,” Derek wrote in his TV Guide blog. “Only Mark Ballas could do this routine. Only he could commit to something like this. It's fun and Sadie's adorable. I'm very excited for everyone to see it. He's always outside the box. Sometimes they don't hit the mark — no pun intended — but when it does, it's fantastic. Janel and Val are going to play to her strengths. I think Janel, along with Alfonso, is the most natural dancer out of all of us left. All the freestyles are actually very different, so I think the final will be very interesting and entertaining. You definitely want a little bit of everything and you're definitely not going to mistake one for another!”

Interesting. Intriguing note about Mark's choreography, too. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba recently blogged that she feels that Alfonso and Janel Parrish are the best dancers of the final four, but “dark horses” Sadie and Bethany have strong fan bases that could give either one of them a win. We'll have to see if the Freestyles help or hurt any of the couples.

Which Freestyle routine are you most excited to see? Here’s what else is happening in the two-night Finale.

Source: TV Guide