Allyse, who represented ms Westerdam, beat out 14 other guest competitors to claim the title and take home the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.
Allyse danced in the ship’s main show lounge with her partner Tiago in three elimination performances before making it to the finals where she performed in front of a judging panel that included “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancers Kym Johnson, Tristan MacManus and Sharna Burgess; dancer and choreographer Jaymz Tuaileva; and Cruise Director Eric Dowis.
Allyse competed in the Jan. 18 finale against Todd Greenquist (ms Amsterdam) and Kristin Capaldo (ms Noordam).
All three finalists danced the Fox Trot then were able to select another dance style to perform. Allyse chose a passionate Tango, and the judges described her performance “like a professional dancer.” Todd danced a Samba and Kristin performed an energetic Jive.
As previously mentioned, each of the 15 competitors represented one of the 15 ships in the Holland America Line fleet and was selected as the winning guest with the highest overall score from the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” dance competitions that were held onboard throughout the past year.
While all 15 guests competed in the first round, the dancers were narrowed to 10 guests in round two. Allyse, Todd, Kristin, Julie Hurt (ms Prinsendam), Mimi Chen (ms Zuiderdam), Trudy Morris (ms Veendam), Tanya Robinson (Zaandam), Daniel Honig (Statendam), Randy Estoesta (ms Nieuw Amsterdam) and Jose Javier Omar (ms Oosterdam) earned a spot in the next round. In round three, Mimi, Kristin, Allyse, Randy, Jose Javier and Todd vied for the three spots in the finale.
Joining the Champions Cruise to perform in a special production show were “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancers Emmy Award–winner and five-time “Dancing with the Stars” champion Derek Hough, two-time winner Kym Johnson, Sharna Burgess, Emma Slater and Tristan MacManus. Celebrities who performed included actress Sabrina Bryan, singer Joey Fatone and television personality Carson Kressley.
Additional events on the cruise included a special fashion show featuring the glamorous show costumes, a chance to meet the dance pros and celebrities, and a question-and-answer session.
To see more photos from the Jan. 12 “Dancing with the Stars: at Sea” Champions Cruise, visit the Holland America Line Facebook page and check out the “Dancing with the Stars: at Sea” Champions Cruise photo album.
Holland America Line has extended its partnership with “Dancing with the Stars” and will feature the shipboard program through the 2014 sailing season, culminating with another Champions Cruise guest dance-off competition on the Dec. 6, 2014, Caribbean sailing of ms Westerdam.
The 2014 schedule also will include six special “Dancing with the Stars” theme cruises featuring the show’s professional dancers and celebrities. Currently scheduled to sail on all six theme cruises in 2014 are professional dancers Tristan MacManus and Kym Johnson, television personality Carson Kressley and actress Sabrina Bryan.
Congratulations go out to Allyse and all of the guest competitors who competed on Holland America Line’s first “Dancing with the Stars: at Sea” Champions Cruise!
Photos not credited in the caption courtesy of Holland America Line/RobComeau.com.