Reality show competitions can be a cruel mistress. On Monday night, Howard Stern made a 7-year-old aspiring rapper cry on America’s Got Talent. Last night on the finale of Dancing with the Stars, Tom Bergeron made William Levy’s young son Christopher cry when he announced that papa had finished third.
Que lastima, Christopher. But somebody had to lose. And somebody had to win. And that somebody was Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver Donald Driver, who rolled on the floor and went into full body spasms after being declared the 14th recipient of the mirrored ball.
It was the most competitive and accomplished final three the ABC show has ever assembled. Telenovela star Levy and Cheryl Burke and Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas were both bunched tightly together with Driver and Peta Murgatroyd after two nights of dancing as they awaited the viewers’ votes.
The decisive factor may well have been Driver’s surprising choice of a Western swing routine, set to Cowboy Troy’s “I Play Chicken With the Train” for his freestyle number on Monday night.
Driver becomes the third NFL star to win DWTS, following in the dancing steps of Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward. Paired with NBA player Metta World Peace last season, Driver’s partner was the first pro eliminated. Heavens to Murgatroyd!