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'Dancing With The Stars': Plan to have 4 couples in final gets mixed reaction

May 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The end is near for this season of "Dancing With The Stars."

For the first time in 16 seasons, the show's producers are trying a new twist for the finale. Instead of the usual three couples dancing for the mirror ball trophy, there will be four.

The cast's reaction was mixed.

"I'm not sure how I feel about having four in the finale, because then it really doesn't feel like a finale to me, personally," said Kellie Pickler's professional dance partner, Derek Hough. "The podium is one-two-three. That's just how I envision it."

Hough's best friend, pro dance partner Mark Ballas, envisions it differently.

"It'll be interesting. I think it'll give it a lot more pressure for everybody, so we'll just see who handles it the best," Ballas said.

His celebrity partner, gymnast Aly Raisman, is in favor of this latest twist in the competition.

"I think that's awesome that four people can make it to the finals and I hope that we're one of the couples," she said. "Regardless, it's been an amazing experience. I'm having so much fun and I feel like I've really come out of my shell, so I'm happy about that."

Karina Smirnoff, who's dancing with football star Jacoby Jones, is not. She says it just means more stress and more work, but she'll still enjoy the challenge.

What about Zendaya Coleman's partner, Val Chmerkovskiy?

"I don't know why that's necessary," he said.

Then there's Ingo Rademacher, who turned into a little boy again at the possibility dancing in the finals.

"I like it because four couples, there's a better chance to get on the Disney jet to fly to New York, which would be really fun," he said.

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