Dancing with the Stars: Derek Hough and Amy Purdy Talk Finale, Freestyle Dance
One of the most exciting aspects of the Dancing with the Stars finals is the opportunity for the remaining four couples to showcase a freestyle dance, which always unleashes the most creative and awe-inspiring choreography and performances. As Amy Purdy and Derek Hough advance to the highly-anticipated round, we're dying to know, what does the man who dance legend Kenny Ortega describes as someone who is "redefining choreography for this generation" have up his sleeve?
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Well, as of Monday, nothing yet!
"Freestyles always come to me at the very last second so I still don’t know what we’re doing yet," said Derek post-show on May 12. "Everyone else has theirs all choreographed and ready to go and I don’t even know what my song is yet."
What he can share is that he wants it to reflect his dance partner's journey and empowering voice.
"I want it to real feel like it’s coming from Amy and sums up her the entire season, what’s she’s been saying by doing," he explains. "She’s been saying, 'I dare you. I dare you to try.' That’s kind of what she’s been saying by doing it. I want that to be the final stamp on the season."
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For her part Amy can hardly believe she's come so far in the competition.
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"It’s all very surreal and kind of overwhelming just to know we’re here," she admits. "I really didn’t have many expectations coming into this. I knew I was excited and I wanted to challenge myself and see how far I could go. To be here all the way at the end is incredible. I’m just grateful to have such an incredible partner and I’m grateful the judges like what we’re doing and that America is voting."
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Aside from some series killer moves, DWTS has also helped Amy get stronger physically.
"Even though I lost my legs below the knees it’s really hard to develop your quads when you have prosthetics," she explains. "You kind of need the muscles below the knees to work with the muscles above the knees, but from dancing and balancing on these legs my quads are way more developed than they’ve ever been. It’s pretty amazing."
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