'Dancing With The Stars' two-night finale: 3 stars compete


During Monday night's final one-hour performance show, the remaining three stars - Rob Kardashian, J.R. Martinez and Ricki Lake - will perform their favorite three dances of the season, and then do a freestyle dance.

For Tuesday night's two-hour finale, the two couples with the highest combined fan votes and judges' scores will perform the instant Samba to determine who will reign as champion of "Dancing With The Stars."

Also on Tuesday, each of this season's 12 couples will return to the dance floor for a special performance.

Hope Solo and her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, were the last couple to be eliminated.

Lake said she is thrilled and proud to make the finals with partner Derek Hough. Being paired with a three-time champ, she knows she has her work cut out for her.

"He is the best," she said. "I know every time he's gotten to the finals he's won, so his track record is pretty darn good and I don't want to let him down."

Cheryl Burke, Kardashian's partner, also knows what it takes to win. She's gone home with the mirror ball trophy twice.

"It's really important for me to show my partner's assets and to make sure that he shines," Burke said. "If anything looks bad in the choreography, I take it out right away. He always needs to look comfortable and look like he's having fun doing it."

After 10 weeks of competition, Martinez said he feels good about where he is right now.

"I feel like, one last time to go out there and show America, the judges, the ballroom, myself, my partner that, You know what? We deserve to be in the finals," he said.

Whether they take home the trophy or not, all three finalists are excited to be here and their pro partners are proud of the growth they've seen in their celebrities.

"She's just has changed so much since from even the first day I met her," Hough said about Lake, "but as a dancer it's pretty amazing to see her executing these dances as well as she's doing. It's really great."

The two-night finale begins at 8 p.m. Monday on ABC7.

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