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Triple 10’s for Double D’s dancing

Posted by packers.com on May 21, 2012 – 8:53 pm

WR Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd’s Week 10 “Freestyle” performance was invigorating and had a perfect score to match it. The duo received 59 out of 60 total combined points for the night and are tied for second place in this Season 14 contest of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Each couple showcased two dances for the evening, one being Freestyle (a dance of their choosing with creative latitude) and the other being a standard ballroom dance.

Driver’s country-inspired Freestyle combined his Texas roots (outfitted in a green and gold Western ensemble with a cowboy hat) with pure athleticism. His dance showcased his dexterity, coordination and stamina, particularly with the lifts required in this performance. After Driver’s last dance, also the last dance of the evening, it was tough to discontinue the enthused crowd from clapping.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba rewarded Donald and Peta with a personal standing ovation. “It was my favorite dance tonight,” Inaba said.

Judge Len Goodman said, “Chances win dances. Fantastic.”

At that point, all knew Len would be giving Donald and Peta their first 10 of the series and their first perfect score.

Prior to the evening, each of the judges each visited one of the remaining couples: Driver, Cuban-born actor William Levy and Welsh opera star Katherine Jenkins during weekly practices. Driver handled it similarly to that of one of his on-field coaches when Inaba came for a visit to inspect his Argentine Tango. She expected bigger, dynamic movements from Donald. He took the criticism well, stayed professional and didn’t disagree. The WR allowed his competitive instinct take over and scored a 29 on his Argentine Tango, missing that final 10 from Len.

The previous Argentine Tango that Driver/Murgatroyd showcased was in Week 5 which left the couple with a total of 27 of 30 points. The same score as Week 4 and for what would be repeated during the three ensuing weeks. Donald’s final Argentine Tango of the season tonight showcased lifts and quick-paced steps similar to previous installments but with enhanced and more detailed choreography for the finals per Inaba, but it wasn’t enough for a perfect score.

“The finals are here, you have to peak at the right time,” said Driver.

It looks like the duo of Driver and Murgatroyd is continuing to peak the more they dance.

One more dance is slotted for tomorrow’s finale. Will Driver continue to peak?

It’s often the job of football officials to make the final call but this contest involves no instant replay or overtime. It will be left up to the millions of voting fans and the three judges.

Help be a judge. Viewers can vote via phone at 1-800-868-3403 until 10 a.m. CT. Log on to abc.com to learn all the ways fans are encouraged to vote.


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20 Responses to “Triple 10’s for Double D’s dancing”

  1. By Cody Roadcap on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    Donald’s tribute to the packernation by show off with some green and gold. The Packernation should be tributeing him by voting and getting him tha Win. GO PACK GO

  2. By Brandon Phipps on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    Donald Driver is a class act and truly a Packer for life.

  3. By Mike Brown on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    Packer for LIFE – make it so!

  4. By Franklin Rizzo on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    Packer Nation LOVES Donald Driver!!!!!
    Forever!

  5. By VApackerbacker on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO VOTE!!!

  6. By Wendy on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    Wow what a final dance for DD!!! They were both amazing and was glad to see them finally get a perfect 30!! About time wouldn’t you say!!!

  7. By Bryan on May 21, 2012 | Reply

    I gave old “DD” 25 votes tonight. I hope everyone else pours in some love for him. He did have the best dance tonight!

  8. By NYCheesehead on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Dear Mark Murphy:

    For the 2012 Packer home games, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE get permission from ABC/BBC Worldwide and Cowboy Troy to play DD’s freestyle dance on the big screens at Lambeau between the 3rd and 4th quarters!!!! Talk about firing up the home crowd and the Packers!!!!! Imagine 2 minutes and 44 seconds of 73,128 people singing “I Play Chicken With The Train” at the top of their lungs!!!!!!

  9. By Donna on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Donald’s freestyle was out of this world !!! He deserves the mirrorball !! And I love the idea of re-playing the dance at Packers games !!! Make it happen!

  10. By Jackson on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Quikies definetly going to win

    GO PACK GO!!!!

  11. By Kathy on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    To the Packer Management: Please find a way to keep Donald in the Green & Gold. The team needs him and the fans need him; DD a Packer for Life.

  12. By lambfries on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Agree with keeping Donald a Packer for life. The true Green and Gold need another legacy that is allegiant to the team! Donald Driver represents all that is and should be a “Green Bay Packer”. He is a true gentleman and I would LOVE to see his jersey number retired someday for all he has done and still can/will do for the team.

  13. By Karen on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Please Mr. Murphy Playing the country song at Lambeau would be wonderful. You go Donald. You were awesome. Love the green and yellow GO PACK GO

  14. By Mary on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Donald was a class act in his dances and how he handled himself as a family man throughout. We can be so proud to have such a good person representing the Packers and all Packers’ fans around the world.

    I hope Donald will BE a Packer this season. We need him and will be proud to retire his number right here at Lambeau Field.

    Thank you, Donald!

  15. By Judy on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Donald has been a class act throughout the DWTS competition and is the same way on the field. Please find a way to keep him in Green Bay and let him retire a Packer.

    Playing Donald and Peta’s freestyle song at Lambeau would set the place a rockin’!!!

    Go Donald and Peta – bring the Mirror Ball to Wisconsin!

  16. By Pat on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you Donald for everything you have brought to this competition and to our lives through your professionalism and personality. YOU are a wonderful example of the heros we want our kids to follow. You keep driving forward with a positive attitude. You always give everything 100% and strive to improve. I can’t say enough about how you inspire others by just being you. Thank you again – for the fun on the field and the dance floor – and the wonderful example you are to all of us. Please – Packers – find a way to keep Donald in Green Bay so he can retire here. He’s become a huge part of our community and our lives.

  17. By Angela on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    Donald Driver is an inspiration to those of us who pay attention!

  18. By Terri Sajdera on May 22, 2012 | Reply

    I first met Donald his rookie year and have loved him ever since! He has always been consistant and delivered. What a class act in the DWTS competition! Keep the winner with the winning team! Thank you Donald for being such a mentor and role model!!!

  19. By billy fischer on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    love you donald please pack let donald tired as a packer he a great man and person thank you billy life time packer fan

  20. By Pam Evans on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Like everyone else in Packer Country, I was elated when Donald and Peta won the Mirror Ball! They worked hard every week and they peaked at just the right time. Donald was so much fun to watch, getting better week after week! And what a contagious smile! I already miss seeing him compete. Thank goodness I DVR’ed the last 2 nights so I can get my Donald and Peta fix when I want.

    And Donald, I know you will work hard to keep your home in Green Bay. Look forward to seeing you on Lambeau Field soon!

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