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'Dancing With The Stars' finale: Last 3 couples to perform twice

November 26, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
After 10 competitive weeks of "Dancing With The Stars," the three remaining couples will take the dance floor to duke it out for the mirror ball trophy.

Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani and Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough have made it to the end of the line. The three couples will each perform twice Monday night.

One is the all-important, always fun, fan-favorite freestyle. The difference this season is that it's "super sized," which means that along with adding the usual tricks and lifts, the couples are also allowed to add extra performers to the routine.

They will also do their favorite dance from this season. For Monaco, that meant recreating the fiery Paso Doble she performed in week three.

After a week of rehearsals, the "General Hospital" star was in a reflective mood about the all-star season.

"It's bittersweet, of course. I enjoy every aspect of this process. I enjoy the broken bones and the laughs and the friendship and the sweat and the tears," Monaco said. "It'll be nice to close the book on this season."

Rycroft and Dovolani were in a state of shock after last week's results show, but they have learned after two seasons of working together to take it all one day and one dance at a time. The two spent endless hours rehearsing this week for both their freestyle and their Samba. Rycroft said the mirror ball trophy is in their sights.

"I've got nothing to lose. I'm going to go out there and put it out all out on that dance floor with no fear of anything," she said.

Johnson and Hough can't necessarily say they're surprised to be in the finale. The duo has been a leading contender all season.

"I'm so proud of this entire season and so content with what we've accomplished and achieved," Hough said. "We couldn't have done any more than we did."

Their rehearsal week consisted of perfecting their week three Quickstep and working up a jaw-dropping freestyle.

"This entire season has kind of been my redemption to myself. I spent the past few years trying to come back in the Olympics, and since I didn't make that, I transferred that energy here so I can feel that sense of pride and confidence again," Johnson said.

Her Olympic gymnastics team "sisters" will be in audience, and they will actually be in their freestyle.

"I'm freaking out, I'm so excited. I haven't seen them in so long," she said. "To be able to share this with them means a lot."

The one-hour finale of "Dancing With The Stars" begins at 8 p.m. on ABC7. We'll learn who wins the all-star season on Tuesday night.


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