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The final three couples on "Dancing with the Stars" took their last opportunity to woo America on Monday night, giving it their all with two dances.
First up, each team took a second stab at a dance that gave them trouble earlier in the season.
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer opened the evening with their foxtrot, which earned a 27. Judge Len Goodman told Kyle, "Overall, you've gone from 'Messy Massey' to marvelous." Judge Bruno Tonioli commented, "Look at you, all slick, sharp and slinky!" Judge Carrie Ann Inaba wasn't 100 percent sold on the dance, saying, "It was great, but I'm looking forward to your freestyle. I think you can do better."
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas took a second shot at the jive, earning a 27. Bruno said, "You revealed yourself, you came out here, you had a good time, you didn't care, and we all enjoyed it." Carrie Ann commented that Bristol was "brighter and more vibrant than ever," while Len said he saw a "vast improvement."
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough continued their perfect-score streak, earning a 30 for their paso doble, and receiving a standing ovation. Carrie Ann crowed, "This is the meaning of redemption. This is redemption!" Len told them, "There was a lovely mix of expression and aggression throughout this dance," and stood up and clapped. Bruno commented, "I wish I [could give you a score of] 11!"
When it came to the no-holds-barred freestyle section of the competition, Kyle and Lacey were up first, earning a 29 for their fun and funky routine to 69 Boyz's "Tootsee Roll." Len said, "This was great fun, great entertainment and I thoroughly enjoyed it." Bruno cried, "Truly explosive entertainment and amazing charisma!" Carrie Ann told Kyle, "This old fly girl is very proud of you! You killed it! I dub you the 'Fresh Prince of 'Dancing with the Stars.''"
Bristol and Mark were up next with their sultry, Bob Fosse-inspired number to "Cell Block Tango" from Chicago. The pair earned a score of 25, with Bruno saying, "I have to give you credit for aiming so high. … You have improved, you did very, very well, but not quite at the level that this song requires." Carrie Ann agreed that the performance wasn't quite perfect, but added, "I am very proud of you for dancing in the cage, get your sexy on." Len said, "I thought it was fantastic." Their score of 25 elicited boos from the crowd.
Jennifer and Derek wowed the crowd and the judges with their lighthearted trip around the dance floor to The Contours' "Do You Love Me," even jumping up on the judges' table for one portion of the swingin' number, which continued their perfect trend, earning a 30. Carrie Ann said, "I thought it was amazing, I thought it was perfect." Len complimented, "You're an irresistible force. … Fantastic." Bruno noted, "You're a great dance with great versatility. … Two dances at opposite ends of the spectrum and both equally brilliant."
Host Tom Bergeron also took the opportunity to comment on the scandal that has plagued the show since Brandy was voted off last week, despite earning a higher total score than Bristol. Tom told the audience, "If you don't vote, don't complain, please. Don't shoot your television. If you get a busy signal, keep trying."
Tune in to "Dancing with the Stars" on ABC on Tuesday night to find out who will be crowned the champion of Season 11!