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Monday
May212012

'Dancing with the Stars': Katherine Jenkins Tops Competitive Final Performance Show

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Who will win the Dancing with the Stars' Mirror Ball trophy on Tuesday night? It's anybody's guess following the ABC competition's final performance show of the season.

All three finalists -- Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins, NFL star Donald Driver, and telenovela actor William Levy -- brought their "A" game on Monday night. While Jenkins earned a perfect overall score for her two dances, her male counterparts were only one point off the lead.

Each celebrity danced twice, performing a style chosen by the judges as well as a freestyle routine. Here's a rundown of the individual performances:

-- Levy and his partner, Cheryl Burke, did the cha cha cha to the Pink hit "Raise Your Glass." The routine ended with the couple at a bar-type setting and Levy literally raising a martini glass.

Len Goodman declared it was as good a cha cha cha as he's seen during his 14 seasons on the show. Bruno Tonioli called it "intoxicating," adding that Levy's hip action left him green with envy. Total score for first dance: 30 out of a possible 30.

For their freestyle, the duo performed a fast-paced dance that involved several theatrics, including Burke jumping on Levy's back.

Goodman dismissed it as being too predictable, accusing Levy of simply shaking his butt just so he could get the female audience members to scream for him. Carrie Ann Inaba flashed a wide smile and disagreed with Goodman, saying it was everything that a freestyle should be. Total score for second dance: 29/30. Overall score: 59/60.

-- Jenkins and her partner, Mark Ballas, donned Spanish outfits for their paso doble. Jenkins showed no ill-effects from the lower back ailment she suffered last week.

Inaba complimented Jenkins by calling her a "prima diva" for her graceful movements. Goodman said the dance was "full of tasty tidbits to tickle your taste buds." Total score for first dance: 30/30.

Jenkins dressed as a mid-20th-century singer -- she even sang a little -- and joined Ballas for an energetic dance to Benny Goodman's "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)."

Tonioli said it was a tour de force through all of the ages of swing music. Inaba described it as a dance worthy of a champion. Total score for second dance: 30/30. Overall score: 60/60.

-- Driver tackled the Argentine tango with his partner, Peta Murgatroyd, as the band played the Jem song "They."

Goodman, who prior to Monday had never given Driver a perfect score, denied him again for this dance, and said the routine was too careful for his liking. Tonioli said it was intimate yet also intense. Total score for first dance: 29/30.

Driver and Murgatroyd adopted a cowboy theme for their freestyle, which featured a football field graphic superimposed on top of the dance floor.

Inaba stood up and yelled that it was by far her favorite dance of the night. Amazingly, Goodman didn't find fault with it, saying it was fantastic and giving it a "10." Tonioli referred to it as a "triumph." Total score for the second dance: 30/30. Overall score: 59/60.

The couples will dance a third time on Tuesday night. Their overall score for their three dances, combined with the viewers' votes, will determine the new champions.

The two-hour results show, featuring musical performances by Kelly Clarkson and Dancing with the Stars contestant Gladys Knight, will begin on ABC at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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Monday
May212012

William Levy on ‘Dancing With the Stars’: ‘I Never Came Trying to Win It All’

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing With the Stars fans are waiting with baited breath Monday night as Latin heartthrob William Levy, singer Katherine Jenkins and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver go head-to-head one last time for the finale.

But as they take the stage Monday for one more cut-throat dance-off, Levy told Nightline in an April interview he wasn’t really focused on taking home the mirror ball trophy.

“When I came into this competition, I never came trying to beat anybody,” Levy told ABC’s Juju Chang. “I never came trying to win it all. You know, I just came and I said to myself that I was going to give myself into this 100 percent and enjoy it. … I never expect to win it all.”

We shall see. The Dancing With the Stars finale airs Monday night at 8 p.m. with the results airing Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Levy has earned a perfect score twice in the competition, but the Spanish soap opera star and former underwear model said his chiseled body actually put him at a disadvantage.

“It’s difficult for me,” he said. “You got to work actually on getting a little bit softer, which is a bit weird, you know, for a guy.”

Perhaps he’s being too modest. After all, the 31-year-old Cuban native also revealed he has been dancing salsa, meringue and other Latin routines for years. But Levy said he didn’t learn how to dance professionally until he appeared on Dancing with the Stars. He let the music guide his feet.

“We are very passionate in everything we do,” Levy said, referring to his Latin culture. “Through music, we live. Through music, we have fun. Through music, we enjoy our time there because everything else is so hard.”

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