Thursday, November 29, 2012

Reality Show Round-up: The X Factor and Dancing with the Stars All Stars Edition

It was a good week and a bad week for my weekly reality show roundup. I guess I would like to start with the bad and end on a good note.

The bad was The X Factor eliminations. Paige Thomas going home: not entirely surprising. Vino Alan going home: criminal. The category this week was number one hits, and several of the contestants had a solid week. My theory is that Paige went home because despite the fact that she had her strongest week ever vocally, it was too little too late. I actually loved her version of Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley. It was so beautifully her style, and if that's the artist that Paige wants to be, I would buy her record. Vino sang You've Lost That Loving Feeling, which nothing against the greatness of that song, but that wasn't the right song for Vino. He needed to be singing something that was more a combination of soul and rock.

My three favorite performances of the week were:
Tate Stevens singing Somebody Like You by Keith Urban-- It was great to see Tate finally have some fun on stage.
Paige Thomas singing Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley-- Simon said it all when he said, you looked and sounded like a legit pop star. I'm sorry to see her go.
Fifth Harmony singing Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson-- The girl group grows and improves each passing week, Simon has true diamonds in the rough in his hands.

Now for the good news! Dancing with the Stars All Stars had an amazing finale; it was an all girl finale. Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough, Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy, and Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani squared off in the finals this week. After 14 seasons, Tony walked away with his first mirror ball, a well deserved one as he and Melissa, the only non champion in the group, won. Kelly came in third place; she gave tons of credit to Val saying that he made someone who can barely stand on her feet, dance. Shawn and Derek were the runners up in what is supposed to be Derek's final season. I love how Tom Bergeron announced the winner, and now they've won....... and the question was two or too? It was too. I've never seen a couple want it more and lead from start to finish. Melissa worked her tail off this season, and her amazing abs, and Tony's choreography was nothing short of impressive. It was perhaps his best choreography ever. The celebration was huge, Tony looked like a young boy celebrating on Christmas and Melissa was all smiles as well. What was even better was when the two appeared on Jimmy Kimmel. For a laugh, check out the video below.

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