Kellie-pickler-derek-hough-dwts-mirror-ball-trophyIn an era of reality TV gone wild, there’s one show that stands head and shoulders above the rest–

Dancing with the Stars.  I love it.

Their judges, Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, deliver constructive, entertaining, and sometimes contentious criticism, but it’s clear they know what they’re talking about and their interest is in serving the dancers. 

Every season, there is One Dance that explodes my heart in a million pieces, and this year I thought it was Kellie Pickler’s and Derek Hough’s Argentine Tango (start at the 1:25 mark).

I was wrong (though it’s a close second).

It’s their Super-size Freestyle from Monday night; super-size only in its beauty and simplicity.  I knew she won the moment I saw it–pure, emotive dance that steals breath.  Stunning.  Show stopping.  Brilliant choreography. 

You must watch even if you don’t care for DWTS.  Their bodies are art in motion, and you’ll be moved by their poignant, exquisite storytelling through dance. 


Derek has always been my favorite choreographer, and if I’m not mistaken, this will be his last year with the show.  What a way to end his time with DWTS–earning this year’s ridiculous but coveted Mirror Ball Trophy, his fourth win.  Kellie might not have won when she competed in American Idol years ago, but her country music career is doing just fine thankyewverymuch, and I’m inclined to think this crown means even more. 

Your turn:  If you’re a DWTS fan, do you agree with that the best team won?  Do you have a different favorite reality show?  Hate ’em all?  DO tell me more!


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