"Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" Contenders Put on Dazzling Finale
With the season finale upon us, the final three contestants of "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars" put their best foot forward on Monday's (November 26) episode.
Here's the scoop. The couples first started off by performing their favorite dance of the season one more time for the judges, followed by a round two "super-sized freestyle," which gave the pros the chance to incorporate new moves and even new team members into original routines.
Kelly and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, began the night with a paso doble that earned them an almost perfect 29.5 out of 30. The pair then followed with an acrobatic "Cirque du Soleil" inspired number to the hit "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." Praising Monaco and Chmerkovskiy for their unique number, Carrie Ann Inaba said "This was the perfect dance," adding, "You executed everything great, you added artistry and you told us a happy ending to a beautiful love story."
Next up were Miss Rycroft and her partner, Tony Dovolani, with the dancing duo knocking it out of the park with their perfect score garnering second-go at the samba. The sultry stepmates then threw the audience a curve ball as they danced the first ever finale contemporary routine. Once again, showing that they're strong contenders, Melissa and Tony raked in another 30 out of 30, with judge Len Goodman saying, "I wish I had an 11."
Last up were Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and her partner Derek Hough. To kick things off, the twosome revisited their quickstep, which earned them a standing ovation from the audience thanks to the unique moves involved, though the number did bring in some unwanted criticism from the judges. "You're not allowed to break hold, which you did, you're not allowed to do lifts, which you did," Goodman disparaged. Although their first routine only brought in a 27 out of 30, their followup freestyle effort kicked it into high gear to the tune of a perfect 30.
To check out the final dances and see which of the three finalists is crowned the All Star champion, be sure to tune into ABC on Tuesday night at 9/8c!