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'Dancing with the Stars' 2012 finale: Who will win the 'Mirror Ball' trophy?

ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' announces winner on May 22, 2012.
ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' announces winner on May 22, 2012.
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ABC kicked off "Dancing with the Stars" two night finale event on May 21, 2012. Each of the three celebrity cast members and their partners danced two dances, one chosen by the DWTS judges and the highly anticipated freestyle round. Tonight was the final opportunity for viewers to cast votes for their favorite Dancing with the Stars contestant before the winner is announced on Tuesday. Based on tonight's performance, who deserves the win?

Katherine Jenkins has had ups and downs during her DWTS journey. Missteps and injuries have walked hand and hand with perfect scoring. Tonight the Welsh crooner could do no wrong as she and partner Mark Ballas earned a perfect score for both her "Dancing with the Stars" finale performances. Her Paso Doble was like watching artistry in motion, Carrie Ann Inaba thought it was like watching a prima ballerina perform. But, where Jenkins excelled was during her freestyle dance as Jive, Lindi Hop, Quick Step and Tap dances were incorporated into the routine proving her versatility as a dancer.

Will Katherine Jenkins win the "Dancing with the Stars" 2012 Mirror Ball trophy?

Donald Driver has struggled each week trying to prove to DWTS head judge, Len Goodman that he has what it takes to be a ballroom dancer. Driver's first "Dancing with the Stars" finale performance of an Argentine Tango made the mark with Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba each giving the score Driver desired, a 10. Len Goodman found the dance a tad too careful for the DWTS finals and only scored Driver a 9. However, Driver received his hearts desire of a 10 from Len with an action packed, Country themed, freestyle routine that blew Goodman away. "Chances win dances. That was an enormous job," Goodman told Driver before awarding him the 10.

Will Donald Driver win the "Dancing with the Stars" 2012 Mirror Ball trophy?

William Levy and pro partner Cheryl Burke started off on the right foot with their first DWTS season finale performance of a sharp and sophisticated Cha Cha that earned the two a perfect score of 30 from the judges. However, Burke chose to showcase Levy's Latin heritage by choreographing a Salsa/Tango routine for the freestyle round and this rubbed Len Goodman the wrong way as he thought it was too predictable for the "Dancing with the Stars" season finale and only gave the two a 9. Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli disagreed giving Levy a 10 for a "sinful and devilish" dance that was exactly what freestyle was all about, "breaking new ground".

Will William Levy win the "Dancing with the Stars" 2012 Mirror Ball trophy?

"Dancing with the Stars" will conclude season 14 finals with a final performance show airing on Tuesday May 22nd at 8/7c on ABC. At that time the remaining 3 celebrity cast members will perform one final dance for the DWTS judges. The judges alone will score this performance and that score will count as 1/2 of their two night finale score.

The "Dancing with the Stars" 2012 finale results show will air immediately after the finals at 9/8c on ABC and a winner will be announced.


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