Diane Mizota: Who would have thought that the 4'10" Olympic gymnast would end up taking it all?
Certainly not me. I've called her boring in past posts, but Shawn Johnson proved me wrong, pulling out all the stops and delivering the freestyle dance of the season to win the mirror ball trophy that's almost as big as she is. This competition is all about timing, and Shawn hung in there with precise, synchronized choreography, flying just under the radar to peak at the perfect moment in the finals. Gilles and Melissa had shown their bag of tricks all season, so they left the door open for the diminutive Iowan to swoop in and take the whole thing.
Melissa came in third, with a disappointing freestyle which proved the running man has no place in the ballroom. As runner-up, Gilles's great performances could not overcome his penchant for cheesiness. Has there ever been a contestant who took this competition more seriously? He acted as if he was winning an Academy Award, or at the very least, Miss America, every time someone stuck a mic in his face.
One highlight of the two-hour finale, which had only about 20 minutes of actual content, was Jeffrey Ross's roast of the contestants. He blasted the finalists, saying, "No actual stars made it to the finale ... I didn't know the show was called Dancing with the Vaguely Familiar." Oh snap. He even bagged on Bergeron, who took it like a pro, but all I want to know is how is it possible that Samantha didn't get roasted to a crisp?
All in all, I feel quite satisfied that neither Gilles nor Melissa won, Shawn deserved it, and for now, all is right in reality world ... that is, until "Idol's" results are revealed tomorrow.
|Diane Mizota is an accomplished TV host, actor, writer and producer who began her career as a professional dancer. She is a first-time mom who currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and toddler son.|