DwtS 8, Week 11: Performances

The Dancing with the Stars 8 finalists gave it their all, as they tried to impress the voters one last time.

The competition started with all three couples facing off against one another in a Paso Doble. The judges awarded scores to each couple individually.

Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas — 28

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani — 29

Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke — 30

Then it was time for the Freestyle Round.

Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas — 30

Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke — 28

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani — 27

Judges’ Leaderboard (60 points possible):

58Shawn & Mark, Gilles & Cheryl

56Melissa & Tony

While I liked all of the Freestyles, I think Shawn & Mark gave the most energetic performance. However, I’m giving at least a couple of my votes to Melissa & Tony. The judges have been inconsistent in the way they’ve scored the couple in recent weeks, and their comments haven’t been constructive. It’s as though they’ve been holding Melissa to a different standard, but never explained what that standard was.

I think the trophy will go to Shawn or Gilles, but I want to give Melissa a fighting chance.