“Our freestyle is going to be completely different to everybody else’s, and that’s by design because you are different to everybody else,” said “Dancing with the Stars” pro Emma Slater to her celebrity partner Drew Scott about the freestyle routine she was choreographing for him for the “DWTS” finals. “[Freestyle] is by far my favorite, but get it wrong and you will feel awful.” Slater and Scott certainly didn’t feel awful about their freestyle routine, which was their highest scoring dance by far and almost perfect based on the judges’ scores, though it was bittersweet since Scott was eliminated in fourth place at the end of Monday night’s show.
Judge Len Goodman said, “If you can recall back to week one I said, ‘If you were a house you’d be a fixer-upper.’ Well, let me tell you, on that performance the house is fixed and you’ve become a hot property.” Guest judge Julianne Hough added, “That was like a marathon. Honestly that was exactly what a freestyle should be: the high energy, flicks, kicks, tricks, you went all out. And Emma I have to just say thank you because the freestyle is about your true essence, and that is the true essence of who you are, Drew. That was awesome.”
Bruno Tonioli said, “You really have exceeded all expectations tonight. That was such a treat, so inspired, so joyful. You had [Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy], but I could only look at you. That’s how you took this number and you made it yours. A delight from the beginning to the end.” And Carrie Ann Inaba concluded, “It was amazing, it was fabulous, it was such a crowd-pleaser. The audience went crazy. But there’s a problem when you work with such a large group and you do in sync work and you’re not completely in sync it shows up.”
That critique cost Scott and Slater a perfect score. Inaba gave them a 9 while the other three awarded them perfect 10s. Nevertheless it was the best score of Scott’s entire run on the show, so while he had to settle for fourth place for the season, at least he ended on a high note. What did you think of his freestyle? Vote in our poll below to let us know.
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