The semifinals are now over for the Fall 2013 edition of Dancing with the Stars, and now only the finals stand between one team and the Mirrorball Trophy. Each team has its strengths and weaknesses, and it's anyone's ballgame starting now. Here's a look at the four teams vying for the championship, in alphabetical order.
Amber Riley & Derek Hough
Amber and Derek have a lot going for them coming into the finals. They started incredibly strong, earning a 27 for their Week 1 Cha Cha -- the only 9s awarded during the first week -- but then saw a mostly 7s and 8s for a while. (Amber dealt with some knee pain as well, which could account for those lower scores.) But they've come roaring back in the past few weeks, getting the top score in Week 8 (and avoiding the dance-off as a result), three 9s on their trio dance in Week 9, and a perfect 40/40 for their Viennese Waltz in Week 10 (above). They might have the hot hand going into the finals.
The very definition of a dark horse team, fan favorites Bill Engvall and Emma Slater have made their way to the finals despite never receiving a 9 from any of the judges. What Bill lacks in technical prowess, he makes up for in charisma -- even the judges have taken to calling him an inspirational dancer, showing his never-say-die attitude week in and week out. Whether or not they finish Season 17 as champions, Bill has probably already cemented his place as the Redneck Dancing King (as was his goal). But you can never count this team out, because the fan votes might be enough to put the Mirrorball Trophy in their hands.
Bill Engvall & Emma Slater Team Page
Bill Engvall & Emma Slater Scorecard
Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff
When you dance a routine that Carrie Ann Inaba says might be the best the show has ever seen in 17 seasons -- the Jazz routine seen above -- you're definitely a contender for the DWTS crown. Corbin and Karina have been strong throughout the competition, getting at least one 9 or better from the judges in 8 of the 10 weeks thus far. And they're finishing strong, netting a 40/40 with their Rumba in Week 10. In Week 6 they received a 23 for their Game of Thrones-themed Viennese Waltz, so they need to avoid any missteps like that to clinch the title. But this talented duo probably likes their chances.
Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff Team Page
Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff Scorecard
Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke
Another team peaking at the right time, Jack and Cheryl have consistently improved throughout the season and have emerged as true contenders for the Mirrorball Trophy. His struggles with multiple sclerosis have popped up here and there as the season wears on and fatigue sets in, but Jack doesn't seem to have any quit in him. (He's also a good student.) He's gone from getting 7s and 8s from the judges to consistently getting 9s, and got two 10s on his Argentine Tango (above) in Week 10. Plus Jack is just damn charming, and Cher called him a pimp. It wouldn't be a shock to see them hoist the trophy next Tuesday.
Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke Team Page
Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke Scorecard
So tune in next week for the two part finale event MONDAY 8|7c and TUESDAY 9|8c to see which one of these teams will become the Season 17 DWTS champions.