The season finale of ABC's Dancing with the Stars saw Aly Raisman go out like she came in: in spectacular fashion.
Jacoby Jones also put up another entertaining night of dancing, but he doesn't appear to be as strong of a contender for the Mirror Ball trophy.
In the grand finale, each couple performed three dances. The first was in a style of the judge's choice. The second was an entertaining cha-cha relay. The third was a freestyle—which was full of extra dancers and big production.
Neither of our two featured dancers did themselves any favors in the relay.
Jacoby came in fourth and Aly third. However, the judges had good things to say about all competitors, and as you can see, it was a solid effort from both.
It was in the other dances where Aly really shined.
Her judges choice was a samba:
She and partner Mark Ballas earned 28-out-of-30 from the judges for this sexy and technically sound dance. It was an impressive effort, but not nearly as memorable as her freestyle.
Team RaisNBall earned a perfect 30 for that dramatic performance. The judges were gushing after this routine, and as CelebDirtyLaundry passes along, judge Carrie Ann Inaba said: "That was one of the most amazing routines I have seen on Dancing with the Stars."
Meanwhile, Jones wasn't so shabby himself. He started off with a solid jive:
Jones earned a 27-out-of-30 for this routine. With his power and energy once again impressing the judges.
He definitely brought that energy to his freestyle.
The biggest knock on Jones is that in his exuberance he can lose timing occasionally, but not enough for the judges to give him anything less than nines.
Jones has had an impressive run, but I'd be surprised if he won the Mirror Ball when the champion is announced on Tuesday. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if Raisman won it.
The fluidity of her dance moves improved as the season went on, and she was one of the favorites every week.
Also, that amazing freestyle performance was a great impression to leave voters with.
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