Well said iljaWell I'm impressed with all four of the finalist. While Maria and Donald are my favorites, William and Katherine would deserve to win as well.
I feel really bad for Katherine because despite however the judges have acted, that girl can dance and I would hate to see her lose because of what happened in one dance.
And William, really blew me away in that first dance and wasn't so bad in the last one, too. While I've been rooting for Donald and his 30, I can't help but feel like after tonight, that Cheryl is a much better choreographer than Peta.
I did so want Donald to do better tonight but feel like he just didn't have the routines to show off his vast talents.
Still, Maria is my top dog at this point in the competition. She is the one to me that has improved the most. She certainly did not start out on top and remained in the middle for a long time. While I do not believe her technique is at the level of Katherine's, I have been highly impressed with her routines on the whole. She not only brings talent in her dancing (and yes she is lucky to have Derek) but her personality and acting abilities shine through to the point where I hate to miss any of her routines.
She has that 'it' factor that you can't learn but have to be born with. Even if she does not win the competition, I hope she knows how well she has done and realizes that she can hold her head up with pride.
That being said, I'm still crazy about Donald too so if he wins, I won't be disappointed. He's also got 'it'.
For Derek and Maria their AT .It was wonderful.I had to watch it twice!!