JR Martinez with his dancing partner Karina Smirnoff won ‘Dancing With The Stars.’
Rob Kardashian with his partner Cheryl Burke took second place while Ricki Lake and Derek Hough came third.
In the first round the contestants were asked to dance their favorite routines of the season. Rob and Cheryl chose to perform their elegant foxtrot from the third week and finished third. J.R. and Karina went with their jumping jive from week two to place second. Ricki and Derek reprised their “Psycho” tango from the fourth week of competition, which Bruno called “unforgettable,” and placed first. Unfortunately, that perfect 30 still didn’t give Ricki enough of a boost to make it to the final round of competition. The crowd gave Ricki a standing ovation as she said goodbye.
After quite a bit of filler – man, Ron Artest/Metta World Peace can’t dance – we were treated to dueling “instant” sambas from Rob and J.R. The stars had less than an hour to prepare routines to Ricky’s Martin’s “Shake Your Bon-Bon.” J.R. and Karina were up first, and danced a sexy, slightly tongue-in-cheek samba. The choreography was tough, but J.R. did a good job. He was still a bit stiff through the knees. Rob and Cheryl took a silly rather than sexy approach to the dance. Rob did an amazing job keeping up with Cheryl, and pulled off some great spins. The judges had nothing but praise in this round, and awarded both couples perfect scores.
Well deserved! Kudos to JR Martinez and Karina Smirnof.