'DWTS' Finale Night One: Melissa & Tony Score Big
By KRISTA WICK
November 26, 2012
Nine weeks of competition have led to this!
Tonight, three competitors gave it their all during Monday's Dancing with the Stars finals, but only one will triumph tomorrow. Here's how the night went down:
Kelly Monaco and partner Val Chmerkovskiy hit the stage first to reprise their Paso Doble from week three, earning an impressive 29.5/30 points (9.5, 10, 10), 2.5 points higher than their previous go-around. Later the pair debuted a super-sized freestyle choreographed to Time of My Life, complete with Dirty Dancing's iconic lift, earning them 29.5 (10, 9.5, 10).
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani tackled their week-three Samba with gusto, improving their previous score of 27 by three points, earning a perfect thirty from the judges. Melissa and Tony followed up the dance with a risky, acrobatic freestyle which earned much praise from the panel as well as another unanimous round of tens.
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough brought back their Quickstep from Iconic Dances Night to the displeasure of the judges, who believed the routine continued to break the rules as it did in week three, however they were ultimately awarded a half of a point more (27/30) in their cumulative score this time around. The US Olympic gymnastics team's Fierce Five took the stage with the duo as a surprise edition to Monday's final dance. Shawn and her pals closed the night with a spectacular show, earning the twosome a perfect thirty for their routine.
Tune in tomorrow night at 9/8c on ABC as the three perform one more dance during the two-hour extravaganza where one lucky couple will be awarded the blinged-out All-Stars mirror ball trophy.