Donald Driver is favored to win 'Dancing'
May, 22, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
Adam Taylor/Getty ImagesCould this cowboy dance put Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd over the top?If you consider just the judges' scores on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," it's a dead heat between Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, opera star Katherine Jenkins and Latin heartthrob William Levy.
On Monday's live show, Jenkins and partner Mark Ballas danced the paso doble in the first round and a freestyle combination of quickstep and jive in the second round. They scored 30 out of 30 for both rounds for a final score of a perfect 60 points.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said, "That was the dance of a champion."
Well, the two male dancers might have something to say about that.
Levy, partnered with Cheryl Burke, cha-cha'd to 30 points in the first round and a freestyle combining salsa and tango for 29 points in the second round.
Judge Bruno Tonioli liked it, saying the couple were like "two devils unleashed in a Latin-inspired extravaganza."
But the real star of the night proved to be Driver, hoping to be the seventh athlete to win a mirrorball trophy.
Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd danced the Argentine tango in the first round to 29 points, but then they did the season's showstopper of dancing to country music for their freestyle.
Before the show, Driver said, “Peta and I have a few tricks up our sleeves. I can’t tell you what it’s going to be because I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but you won’t want to miss it.”
And that's exactly what they did.
Judge Inaba went wild when the duo finished. "This is my favorite dance of any season!" she said.
Judge Len Goodman added, "In football, catches win matches, and in the ballroom, chances win dances."
It was Driver's first perfect score of 30 all season.
On Tuesday, it's one more dance before a winner is crowned.
It'll be a shocker if Driver -- with the help of Packers Nation -- doesn't pull off the victory. And Driver has enjoyed the ride.
"The show will give me great memories and some lifelong friends," Driver said. "The experience has been truly special for me and my family. We’ll never forget our time out here."
Getty ImagesIt's coming down to opera star Katherine Jenkins, Latin star William Levy and NFL star Donald Driver.