An action packed hour of performances fills Monday night's episode of "Dancing With The Stars." We have three couples left... all female stars for the first time ever, I might add... and they will all perform twice. The first dance is a "re-do" of their favorite dance of the season. Secondly, we see the always fun, and this year "super-sized" Freestyle. Will the mirror ball go to Shawn Johnson, Kelly Monaco or Melissa Rycroft? We'll find out Tuesday night!
Here are the combined scores, from highest to lowest:
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani - 30 out of 30; 30 out of 30 - 60 out of 60
Melissa and Tony recreate their back-bending Samba from week three. Their strategy: since they got a 27, it meant there was room for improvement. They were oh-so-right. Whatever the judges didn't think was perfect the first time around has now been fixed. Triple 10s! But wait! Triple 10s again for the Freestyle! The couple looked back on their first time on the show and thought they played it too safe. So they went for a contemporary dance, which Melissa has never done, ever, and that style has never been done in the finale. Bruno Tonioli called in a "gem"; Carrie Ann Inaba said they hit "the freestyle jackpot"; and Len Goodman said he wished he had a paddle that allowed him to give an "11."
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy - 29.5 out of 30; 29.5 out of 30 - 59 out of 60
Val let us know the reason he wanted to re-do the Paso Doble was because he felt that dance was the turning point for Kelly, confidence-wise. They attack the dance as much as they did in week three, and just because of a very minor misstep (one that was quickly recovered), they didn't quite hit perfection. Len and Bruno did give them 10's, however; and it was their first for the season. Two more 10s showed up for Kelly's Freestyle round. Val chose a song that perfectly summed up their season: "I Had the Time of My Life." The duo looked like they were having the time of their life, and they were joined by members of the troupe, and then to top it off, gospel singers! Len called it spellbinding; and Bruno loved the blend of Cirque du Soleil and "Dirty Dancing."
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough - 27 out of 30; 30 out of 30 - 57 out of 60
The frontrunners decide to push the envelope and re-do the dance that got them in trouble in week three. Their Quickstep is, and was, a stunner, but it also broke all kinds of rules. Shawn and Derek decided they would keep the dance intact and break the same rules. They knew it would affect their score but said they were more interested in entertaining the audience than pleasing the judges. All three judges were sad about their choice to remain ballroom rebels, and that led to the lowest score of the night. But I think the judges knew, and we all knew, that they'd more than redeem themselves in the freestyle round. Shawn and Derek are BORN to freestyle. To "supersize" the dance, Shawn invited her "fierce five" Olympic gymnastic friends to join in the performance. Carrie Ann called her a superstar; Bruno said the dance was fierce and flawless; and Len awarded it a gold medal!
Is it over? No way! The couples have to perform an "instant dance" on Tuesday night. They'll select the music and the dance style live during the show. And at the end of Tuesday's two hour show, they'll award the all-star mirror ball trophy.