I give a nod of my head to Derek.
In his package, the first season he came onto DWTS, before he ever did a routine on air, he said: "I'm Derek Hough, and I'm deadly on the dance floor!"
To which, I thought: "Just WHO in the hell is THIS little snotnose?"
I (and a whole lot of people) found out, 'cause the little snotnose stepped right up and backed up the "deadly on the dance floor!" boast. Except, it WASN'T a boast. It was a fact.
Brat at times? Yep. Still. But, he's human, and YOUNG, and the times he hasn't exactly walked on water, he seems to have risen above those pretty well and grown a lot from them.
I, arguably, perhaps, find him to be one of the best --- if not THE best --- choreographer on the show. I enjoy pretty much all of his work (Bollywood samba notwithstanding) and look forward to seeing what he brings to the floor each week. Also, I REALLY like how he showcases his partners, makes it all about them, works with what he's given, polishes and perfects it to the best level that he can, and also seems to be really positively supportive (usually and mostly) of whoever his partner happens to be.
Not over-the-top wild about HIM, but I love to dive into whatever he's going to come up with each week.
He's won it three times, but, frankly, I wouldn't shed any tears if he didn't do so again THIS year. I mean, let somebody ELSE get a shot (or another shot, that is) at it, too.
As for Maria "I'm Greek!" Menounos . . .
She's got Derek. And as for herself as a dancer, surprisingly enough, she just might have the goods to take it all the way.
She's a natural dancer. Great! I still think she's crazy to've kept going at it with two bum feet, cracked ribs, a smashed chin, and so on and so forth, but more power to her. HER body, NOT mine!
I enjoy her dancing, for the most part, and love to see her and Derek going at it.
Honestly, I'm pulling for Donald and Peta for the win, but if Derek and Maria took it, I couldn't be mad about that, because they've given all of us some wonderful, memorable moments, this season.