Although there is no question that former One Life to Live and High School Musical star, Corbin Bleu has what it takes in the dance execution and the technique, and in his performances with dance partner Karina Smirnoff to win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy!
But does that equate for the viewers at home to vote Corbin in as the season 17 champ of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars tonight? There are several pieces out from various outlets that take a look at tonight and tomorrow’s final round of competition and how Corbin stacks up against Glee fave, Amber Riley, country and western comic, Bill Engvall and probably the emotional choice for the Mirror Ball Trophy, Jack Osbourne, who was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
First up, Corbin wrote his final blog for Access Hollywood.com which was posted today in which he relates: “My legs feel like Jell-O and I hurt all over! But hard work pays off. We have a repeat dance where the judges pick which dance they feel we can perform even better now. They picked our quickstep. Len gave us an 8 last time because he felt it was a bit hectic so we worked this week at finding the moments in the routine to have light and shade, stillness then attack. And now that I have better control over my frame I feel like those moments are coming much easier to me.
We also have a Samba relay challenge where each of the four final couples transitions between each other to have their moment to dance. And last, but certainly not least, is the freestyle dance. This is the most important dance of the entire season. It’s the last time we get to showcase ourselves to you. It’s also to show the culmination of our growth throughout this process.
Karina and I are dancing to one of my favorite songs by my absolute favorite artist, Michael Jackson. To prepare for the number, “DWTS” flew us out to Las Vegas to work with MJ’s choreographer Travis Payne and the performers in Cirque Du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson ONE.” I actually worked with Travis back when he choreographed my tour for my album “Speed of Light.” It was awesome working with him again and seeing the show gave us so much inspiration. I highly recommend it! In our number, we are incorporating some of MJ’s signature moves as well as ballroom and Cirque! There is a lot going on in our number so we are working around the clock to be sure it’s sharp and in sync. One wrong move can be potentially dangerous for both of us. There’s high risk, but hopefully high results.”
The website Hypable has a look at all the contestants strengths and weaknesses heading into the final round beginning tonight at 8PMEST/PST on ABC. And after analyizing his chances here is what they came up with: Biggest advantages: “Corbin is the only classically attractive guy left in the competition (Carrie Ann referred to his body as a “wonderland”). He will get a lot of women voting for him. And if comparing his fanbase with Amber’s, HSM was seen by many more people than Glee (though it’s unclear how much overlap there is between those two fanbases and DwtS viewers). Corbin is also undisputedly the best dancer left, though whether that’s an advantage or disadvantage is debatable.”
Notable precedents: “Obviously HSM co-star Monqiue Coleman in Season 4, who got eliminated in the semifinals. Other fellow Disney stars to make the finals are Zendaya (runner up last season), Chelsea Kane (third place in Season 12), and Kyle Massey (runner up in Season 11). No Disney Channel star has won yet.” Odds of winning: “Not too high because he doesn’t have the audience’s sympathy. But if Karina choreographs routines that are stunning enough, he might still pull through. I give him a 20% chance at victory, but expect him to land in second place.”
So, what do you think? Are you Team Corbin tonight and all in for one of the stars of the reboot of One Life to Live? Do you think Corbin and Karina can sway enough viewers votes? Or, are you placing your bet on Amber Riley, Bill Engvall, or Jack Osbourne? Let us know!