The results show of “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars,” the one that would decide it all, aired on Tuesday night, Nov. 27. (And, yes, I’m going to make you wait for the winner.)
The special two-hour show kicked off with a panorama of past seasons, including everyone who participated in this all-star season. The opening number was a lively dance that included everyone, celebrities, pros and the DWTS dance troupe alike.
After a brief recap of last night’s dances, Shawn and Derek reprised their fabulous freestyle dance with the Fierce Five at the request of the judges.
Throughout the night there were comedy spots and highlights from the all-star season. Before the dancers got to dance once again, the three finalists picked their instant dances.
- Kelly and Val picked first and chose a Jive to “Cat and Mouse.”
- Melissa and Tony picked next and chose a Samba to “Life is a Highway.”
- Shawn and Derek picked last and chose a Cha-Cha to “Respect.”
They were given less than an hour to rehearse and get ready. The scores from the instant dances will be combined with last night’s scores and the fan voting to select the winner.
The eliminated all-stars got a chance to dance one last time. Some repeated their favorite dances from this season and a few danced something new.
DWTS highlighted some of the “stranger” dances this season and then Week 5’s team dances were re-danced with a few changes.
Team Gangnam Style was danced with Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson replacing Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy.
Team Call Me Maybe was danced with Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower plus Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya substituting for Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani, and Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough.
Now it was time for what everyone was waiting for, the instant dances.
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy performed their Jive first. Len said it was clean, crisp and praised the spins. He added, “Well done!” Bruno said they had the energy of two young, randy rabbits. “The effect was magnificent!” Carrie Ann said, “You guys were absolutely in sync. You’ve won the hearts of the audience and you have won my heart!” SCORE: 28.5 TOTAL 87.5 out of 90
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani were next up with their Samba. Bruno said that Melissa had turned into a South American siren, slinky with a touch of rock and roll. Carrie Ann said that Melissa had shown the judges nothing but pure artistry, grace and beautiful lines, although she mentioned that the couple was a little bit behind the music. Len said the interpretation wasn’t quite as good as last night, but he added, “You have been my greatest pleasure to watch.” SCORE: 28.5 TOTAL 88.5 out of 90
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough performed their Cha-Cha last. Carrie Ann called it a star-studded performance. Len called Shawn the “no-stress express” and added, “That was fantastic!” Bruno told Shawn that she was going out with a bang, a grand finale and added. . . “Perfection!”
SCORE: 30 TOTAL: 87 out of 90
And then it was time for the final eliminations.
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy were announced as the third place finishers.
It was now between Shawn and Melissa.
The ballroom literally exploded with the announcement of the winning couple for the “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” season . . .
MELISSA RYCROFT and TONY DOVOLANI
Streamers flew, the audience roared and Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy hoisted Tony up on their shoulders to celebrate his first mirror ball trophy after 14 seasons on the show.
There’s going to be some major partying going on tonight in Los Angeles!
See you in the spring for what Co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet called a “surprising” new lineup.