After the first night of competition for this season's finals, /*Erin Andrews*/ and /*Maksim Chmerkovskiy*/ are tied with /*Nicole Scherzinger*/ and /*Derek Hough*/ on the judge's score board with 55 out of 60 points each. That, of course, is without America's votes.
"The scores are kind of irrelevant at this point," said Hough. "They always have been. If a dance is good, it's good. America can see that. They don't need scores to tell them what's good and what's not."
"To be in the company as Evan and Nicole and dance the way they dance is amazing," said Chmerkovskiy. "Derek has done an amazing job with Nicole. Anna has done an amazing job with Evan through all his troubles. We've all put our hearts and souls into this, so it is what it is."
/*Evan Lysacek*/ and /*Anna Trebunskaya*/ waltzed into third place, with 52 out of 60. But the Olympian doesn't let scores dictate his reaction.
"It's about having fun and letting go," said Lysacek. "Don't worry about what you look like."
"I feel like win, lose or draw -- whatever happens," said Hough. "You know, whoever wins is going to be fantastic. Whoever it is deserves it in their own way."
Of course, we will still see a lot more competitive dancing Tuesday night at 8 p.m. The hit ABC show starts with the top three couples performing once again.