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Jacoby Jones Finishes 'Dancing With The Stars' In Style


In his final performance on "Dancing With The Stars," Jacoby Jones went out with a whole lot of Ravens swag and New Orleans style.

The Ravens wide receiver went into the competition as the underdog. He finished with the lowest score (56) of all four couples, meaning he'll need a whole lot of voting help if he's going to win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.

But at least Jones let it loose as usual.

In the final freestyle dance of the night, Jones opened with the Ravens' famous "Seven Nation" chant. He led a full New Orleans march and tap danced with kids to bring the big-band feel. Then he closed with Ray Lewis' "Squirrel Dance" and his signature jackknife shoulder move.

"I picked it because in N.O. we know how to party and have fun and dance," Jones said. "I went to Baltimore because we won a trophy. So why not try to win another one?"

"Jacoby is known for his personality and his energy," partner Karina Smirnoff added. "And that's what this dance was. It was full of his personality and his energy. And tonight he brought the house down!"

But the judges didn't agree. None gave Jones and Smirnoff a single 10 the whole night.

The season's leaders, Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy, finished with a perfect total score of 65. Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough came in just behind with a 64 and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas posted a 61.

Jones did the Jive on his first dance of the night after getting some tutoring from judge Len Goodman throughout the week. Focused on fixing Jones' footwork, Goodman taught the receiver to think about kicking peanuts when trying to keep his toes down.

Jones brought his signature flair and high energy to the performance, and ended with a huge dip while standing on top of the judges table. But he still lost points for his technicality.

"You brought the swagger and you know how to turn the house upside down. It's always exciting to watch," judge Carrie Ann Inaba said. "But kicking the peanuts, I think the peanuts won."

"Jacoby always brings a limitless supply of energy and power. Are you plugged into a nuclear reactor?" judge Bruno Tonioli said. "It's just coming out of you: charisma, energy, brilliance. … But I'm telling you, you missed the beat quite a few times and went flat footed."

Jones received straight 9s from the judges, a collective score of 27. It was the lowest score after the first round of dances. Pickler and Zendaya were the only ones to get a perfect 30.

The night didn't get any better in the Cha-Cha relay. Each couple did 40 seconds of the Cha-Cha, and the judges' favorite got five points. Their least favorite got two points. Jones and Smirnoff finished last.

Jones and Smirnoff's high-energy freestyle performance also received a score of 27. Judges were again complimentary of its spirit, but not the technique, even with Jones' mother shouting that it was unique.

"I think you chose the right strategy for you," Inaba said. "I think coming in like that with the stomping and the whole celebratory feeling set a tone. But I think it outshined you. And that's the sad part, because I want to see you and I want you to be the star."

Jones didn't finish as the star in the judges' mind, but now it's up to voters to have the final say. The results show will air Tuesday night beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

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