After battling toe-to-toe for nine solid weeks on “Dancing with the Stars,” the three all-star finalists performed two dances each on Nov. 26. The competition was stiff, but one couple rose to the top of the leader board. It all comes down to one final dance on Tuesday night’s final episode of “Dancing with the Stars.” Shawn Johnson, Kelly Monaco and Melissa Rycroft will give it their all in the Instant Dance, which takes center stage on Tuesday, as does the re-boot of one of the season’s most popular dances, Team “Gangnam Style.”
On Monday night, each of the finalists was tasked with performing two dances. The first dance was supposed to be the finalists’ favorite dances of the season. The second dance was a super-sized freestyle routine. For the first time ever, the finalists could use other dancers in their routines. Here’s how it all played out on Monday night.
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy
- Favorite Dance: Kelly chose to perform a Paso Doble because “that was a huge turning point for us.” Len Goodman said that it was Kelly’s best dance to date. Carrie Ann agreed, but noticed a tiny slip up. Bruno Tonioli exclaimed, “You burn the floor, fueled by passion! Score: 29.5.
- Freestyle Dance: Kelly and Val chose to dance to “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing.” It seemed like the perfect song to highlight their slow-burn and close relationship this season. Kelly started the routine performing above the ground with silk ropes, while Val serenaded her on the violin. The performance went super-sized when troupe dancers and a gospel choir joined the couple. Bruno loved how the dance had a mix of Cirque du Soleil and “Dirty Dancing.” Carrie Ann said it was the perfect ending to a love story. Len called it spellbinding, but thought it needed more originality. Score: 29.5.
- Total Judges’ score after two dances: 59.
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani
- Favorite Dance: Melissa and Tony chose the Samba because they thought it would highlight Melissa’s progress throughout the season. Bruno called Melissa a “deliciously irresistible Brazilian bombshell” after her performance. Carrie Ann and Len also loved Melissa’s Samba and said that it captured the party flavor of the dance, while emphasizing great technique. Score: 30.
- Freestyle Dance: When Tony and Melissa last competed in the finals, Tony took a safe route. This time around, he realized he had to take a huge risk to win it all. He and Melissa performed a modern dance, a routine that they have never performed before. Tony went this route to show off Melissa’s exquisite extension and form. The end result was an explosive dance filled with daring lifts and extraordinary moves. Bruno said the dance was the perfect setting to showcase Melissa. Len added, “That had passion. It was wonderful.” Carrie Ann said their risk was worth the reward. Score: 30.
- Total judges’ score after two dances: 60.
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough
- Favorite Dance: For some unknown (and stupid) reason, Derek and Shawn chose to dance their Quickstep, which was a fan favorite, but was panned by the judges for breaking hold and breaking the rules. Derek said, “We played the entire season by taking risks.” Shawn added, “It was kind of our statement dance.” Did Derek go too far by pushing the envelope yet again? Did he jeopardize Shawn’s chance to win her second mirror ball trophy? Probably. Carrie Ann said that she was disappointed in their choice of dance. “I’m sad you didn’t choose to follow the rules.” Len noted that the dance had more body contact this time around, but it still broke the rules. Bruno was kinder and said that it showed off Shawn’s achievements. Score: 27.
- Freestyle Dance: Shawn and Derek brought in the Fierce Five from the 2012 Summer Olympics for their freestyle dance. The women’s gymnastics team tumbled and danced and highlighted Shawn’s strength’s. The overall result was a success that showed off Shawn and Derek’s signature moves. Carrie Ann exclaimed, “That was super-sized!” Len said, “That was a medley of Derek and Shawn’s greatest hits.” Bruno added, “That was fierce, flawless, exciting and brilliant.” Score: 30.
- Total judges’ score after two dances: 57.
“DWTS” leader board from Monday, Nov. 26:
- Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: 60
- Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy: 59
- Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: 57
Tonight, the teams must perform an Instant Dance, their very last dance of the season. They will pick their style and music tonight and must perform a brand new routine with very little time to prepare. In seasons past, the Instant Dance has always been a big hit and a chance for the celebrities to shine. Their scores from the Instant Dance will be combined with the judges’ scores and viewers’ votes from Monday night. One team will then be crowned the champion of champions on this highly competitive all-star season.
Right before the champions are announced, Team “Gangnam Style” will reunite to perform one of the season’s most beloved and talked about dances of the season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Psy himself turn up to perform “Gangnam Style” live.
All of the all-star celebrities will reunite in the ballroom and hit the dance floor one last time. It all happens on Tuesday from 9-11 p.m. ET on ABC. Below were this season’s celebrity competitors and their professional partners, in order of their elimination.
- Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus
- Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson
- Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya
- Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower
- Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
- Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel
- Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
- Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
- Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff
- Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke
- Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough
- Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy
- Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani