Who will be fighting on the dance floor for the coveted Dancing With The Stars season 14 mirror ball trophy? The three finalists, Katherine Jenkins, William Levy and Donald Driver, were revealed after the shocking elimination of the frontrunner Maria Menounos during the live results show on Tuesday (May 15).
The Extra host was the first to achieve a perfect score this season, but even her high scores weren’t enough to save her after the nationwide vote put her in jeopardy with Donald Driver this week. Katherine and Mark Ballas, and William and his partner Cheryl Burke were the first to secure their place in the finals.
With the lowest combined scores (viewers’ votes and judges’ scores), Maria and her partner Derek Hough were forced to say goodbye to the competition. Shocking! I seriously thought Maria would really take the DWTS trophy home next week.
After being eliminated, Maria confessed she was happy with her DWTS journey and thanked her partner, crediting Derek for taking her this far in the competition. Derek also showed nothing but love for his partner, calling her a true champion.
“I learned so many things,” Menounos said of her time on the show. “I learned how strong I was. I learned to persevere. We didn’t know our dances yesterday until we got on the floor.”
“I love, love, love dancing with this person,” her partner said. “Not just dancing with her, but just her as a person.”
Derek added, “I loved loved loved dancing with this woman. She’s not just a champion of dancing, she’s a champion of life.”
As for Katherine’s back injury, she said she is will suffer through some pain and be ready to dance it off for that trophy. With Maria out of the way, I’d say Katherine’s chances at winning that trophy greatly increased, but I wouldn’t count Donald or William out just yet.
Dancing With The Stars Maria Menounos Shocking Elimination Video