Jacoby Jones The Underdog Heading Into 'Dancing With The Stars' Finale


Jacoby Jones will be back in a familiar position Monday night.

He'll be the underdog.

Just like the Super Bowl champion Ravens, Jones will be looking to pull off an upset in part one of the "Dancing With The Stars" finale, airing tonight on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

The winner will be revealed during Tuesday's results show, starting at 9 p.m.

Jones has the lowest average score (25.3) heading into the finals. While he beat out the rest of the male celebrities on the show, he's got a trio of women to worry about.

Country singer and "American Idol" contestant Kellie Pickler and partner Derek Hough have averaged the highest score of 26.9. The two have shown near flawless technique, with the only criticism being that Pickler sometimes appears tense.

The favorite may be 16-year-old Disney star Zendaya and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy, who have been the competition's darlings. Zendaya has more training than the other celebrities (she spent three years in an Oakland dance group) and is part of the sitcom "Shake It Up." She oozes personality.

The other competitor is U.S. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas. The gold medalist has been tabbed as the show's most improved dancer, and she has a very strong partner. Raisman was Jones' pick before the show started as his toughest competition.

Then there's Jones, a high-flying performer that can blow the top off the studio at any time. He has tons of personality and major chemistry with partner Karina Smirnoff, who routinely weaves in high-difficulty lifts and leaps into their routines.

Jones has mostly ironed out his pigeon toes, but still sometimes catches criticism for sloppy mechanics. He improved as the competition went on, and had his strongest week in the semifinals, where he earned his first perfect score (30) of the season.

"Without a doubt, I vote you the No. 1 entertainer of Season 16," judge Carrie Ann Inaba said after Jones' semifinals performance.

But will Jones' theatrics and hilarious personality be enough in the finals?

The finals will feature three difficult dances for each performer, who had just a week to rehearse. The first round will be in a dance style the judges pick. The second dance will be a Cha Cha Cha relay, where each pair dances to a different section of the same song. The final round is a freestyle dance with special effects, additional dancers and other surprises.

Jones is serious about his desire to win , and has said he wants to display the Mirror Ball Trophy next to the Lombardi Trophy at the Under Armour Performance Center.

If that's going to happen, it's going to take a strong finals performance and perhaps even stronger showing at the polls by Ravens fans and Jones supporters. It's expected to be a close call.

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