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'Dancing With The Stars': Top 4 couples talk Season 17 finale

The four 'Dancing With The Stars' finalists have spent the past week rehearsing as much as physically possible.
November 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
"Dancing With The Stars" is down to the final four for season 17. The finalists have spent the past week rehearsing as much as physically possible.

The final four couples will be competing in three rounds of dance in the first part of this season's two-part finale. (Warning: Spoilers below!)

In the first round, each couple will take on the "Judges' Pick" and repeat a selected routine from earlier in the season. Viewers might remember Corbin Bleu's Quickstep, Jack Osborne's Jive, Bill Engvall's Viennese Waltz, and Amber Riley's Charleston. They'll repeat those dances Monday night.

In round two, they'll all be challenged to a Samba relay, where each pair dances to a different section of the same song. The Samba relay will be accompanied by the women of the '90s hip hop group, TLC, who will perform their classic hit, "No Scrubs."

And in the last round, the couples take the always-fun freestyle.

On Tuesday, the remaining three couples will perform two different dances to the song their competitors chose for them on Monday. We'll see performances by Lady Antebellum, Enrique Iglesias and Colbie Caillat, as well as Ylvis, known for the viral hit "The Fox."

It's been a week filled with hours and hours of rehearsal. As we head into the show's 11th and final week, the dancers are tired.

"It's the last week. This is the time to just give every last bit that you have. You have time to sleep after it's over," said Bleu.

Season 17 has been exciting, exhilarating, and exhausting.

"I'm mentally exhausted from all the numbers I have to learn, but I'm excited at the same time. Everybody's like, 'Is this the most stressful week?' I'm like, 'No, it's not that it's a stressful week. It's a really exciting week because every day is your last day here. So you just have to make the most of it,'" said Riley.

Emma Slater says she and Engvall are running on adrenaline.

"We're walking on cloud nine and with that spirit in mind, that is the kind of positivity that's keeping us moving forward," said Slater. "We don't want to just get to the finish line and just fall over, we want to actually get to the finish line and cross it."

Osbourne says he's tired, but he can keep going.

"This week's insane. They have me doing like two insane dances," said Osbourne. "I'm tired, but I'm not exhausted. I would really like a day off...but it's coming eventually."

None of these couples really wants a day off -- yet. The dance-packed two-hour show begins Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC7.


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