Kelly Monaco and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy are gearing up for the "Dancing with the Stars" series finale, and Monaco feels that the challenge of an "instant dance" is just, well... mean.
"We are rehearsing tonight, but we don't know what it is, it's between three different dances - I think it's a terrible idea," Monaco said after the November 26 episode. "Like, why not go out with a bang and just let the audience vote, and let's see what happens? Why throw another...why just beat us when we're down? I'm not...I don't know. It's just so mean. It's such a mean thing to do."
"Hey, it's 'Dancing with the Stars,' and it's something we have to do, and we'll do it," her partner Chmerkovskiy added. "I think we'll do it well."
On the November 27 finale show, the remaining three couples will be expected to put together a final performance for the judges - in only 10 minutes. The pairs won't receive their assigned styles until immediately before the challenge, which limits their ability to prepare and practice ahead of time.
The 36-year-old "General Hospital" actress and her partner Chmerkovskiy received 29.5 out of 30 points from the judges for their Paso Doble, marking the couple's first 10 out of 10s for the season. For their second performance of the night, their "Dirty Dancing" inspired Freestyle, the coupled wowed the judges, and Len Goodman even called their performance "spellbinding."
"It feels amazing, yeah," Monaco continued. "It feels great. We worked really hard this week and we certainly went out there and we did what we wanted to do - we had a blast, and we entertained."
The actress also took to Twitter to express her gratitude to her fans for helping her make it this far in the competition.
"Thank you for all your support. We couldn't have made it this far without you. @iamValC and I will fight till the end!!! #teamvally #dwts," she Tweeted on November 26.
On the November 26 episode, Melissa Rycroft and her partner Tony Dovolani came out on top, earning a perfect 60 out of 60 for their back-bending Samba and heart-wrenching Freestyle. In a close second place was Monaco and Chmerkovskiy, earning a combined 59 out of 60 for their performances. Lastly, Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough took a huge risk with their performance - and it showed in their scores - earning the couple a total of 57 out of 60 for the night (read the full recap).
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Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).