The real shocker might be who possibly won't be back next season
It's three -- yes, three -- female celebrities in the season 18 finale of "Dancing with the Stars," and it's going to be a squeaker, I think. It's also going to be long. Really, really long. Though the final three couples will be dancing, the part of the show that actually has anything to do with naming a winner is under 40 minutes. The rest of the two hours (not including the 8:00 p.m. clip job to take us "down the road" toward the finale)? Some singing, some dancing, some swearing and some technical difficulties. But at the end of it all? One happy couple (possibly more; I mean, it's supposed to be fun) and a mirror ball trophy that probably retails for about five bucks. But still!
There were some high points on the show. James and Peta were chosen by fans to perform their freestyle, which was just as spectacular the second time around. If James had been able to do more hip hop dancing and even contemporary dancing during the season, I think he might have had a shot at the finale.