1. She’s the underdog of the season. When is the last time we had someone like Candace in the Finals? What a strange journey she’s had this spring. She actually started the season with a higher score than the other three finalists, and we thought she might be a contender to win. Turns out, that was true, but along the way she faltered so many times we were sure she’d never make it. And now she’s in something of a Bill Engvall position, except she has it in her to be great. She’s shown flashes of greatness, but the judges compared it to a switch going on and off. When she’s on, she keeps up with Mark’s creative choreography and performs beautiful routines. When she’s off, she’s stiff, awkward, and loses her place in the dance. It’s frustrating, but also very human. She’s actually pretty good, but next to two Olympians and a 23-year-old pop star, anyone would look a little less good. But everyone loves an underdog, right? And if she can keep the switch “on” throughout the Finals, she should be rewarded for such a tough journey as the ultimate comeback kid.
2. She’s the most relatable. Amy just got a phone call from Oprah. Meryl got tips from the last Olympic skater to win DWTS. And James, when not busy with his showmance, hangs out with music legend L.A. Reid. Candace, on the other hand, got inspirational guidance from bible teacher and author Angela Thomas. It was pretty refreshing to see, especially since Candace has been a star since she was a child, but she still seems so down-to-earth and real — more like the average fan from home than a *celebrity*. Candace is a 38-year-old mother of three with ZERO dance experience, doing her best to overcome her nerves and overcome major competition. If Amy weren’t here, the judges might talk about how inspirational Candace is to keep up with younger, more athletic contestants with no dependants to raise when they’re done with dancing. She’s not a bad role model herself, just a very different one.
3. She has a strong fan base. If you look on Twitter during the shows, you see a lot of Jeta fans and Meryl vs. Amy talk, but the fact that Candace is still here, especially over Danica McKellar and Charlie White, shows her fans are loyal and strong, if not necessarily compelled to comment on everything. Mark has won DWTS twice, and he’s a great Freestyle choreographer. If he can give Candace a showstopper, and if she can pull it off flawlessly, those high scores combined with their fan base could get this done. Plus, a big Finale showcase may be just the reminder casual fans need that Candace may not have been the “star” of the season, but she’s been quietly worthy of the trophy this whole time.
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