'DWTS' Recap: 3 Have a Shot at (Real) Mirrorball

By ROBERT PACE

November 25, 2013

The Dancing with the Stars Season 17 finale got underway on Monday night. The three advancing finalists would have a shot at the Mirrorball Trophy, and one would have their long Dancing journey end short of glory.

[SPOILER ALERT: Results from the show revealed below]

Reigning champion Kellie Pickler kicked off Monday night's show with a performance that had the dancers eager to take center stage and display the first of their final dances.

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Emotion was seeping out of the dancing duos from the onset as they were all within reach of the Mirrorball Trophy.

Unlikely finalist Bill Engvall got the first round of dancing started with his judge-selected Viennese waltz, which was critiqued by Len as offbeat despite Len's collaboration with Bill and his partner Emma Slater.

On the tail end of her first season as a Dancing pro, Emma was emotional in rehearsals when reflecting upon all that Bill has achieved despite expectations for him to be an early exit from the show.

Corbin Bleu then transported the ballroom back in time with an old-fashioned quickstep. The judges were particularly harsh on the leaderboard-topping actor, criticizing his syncopation, but he was nevertheless awarded all nines for the dance.

It was then Jack Osbourne's turn to infuse some pep into the ballroom with a country-themed jive. Although the routine was adored by the audience, Osbourne admittedly botched part of the routine, and was given the same score as Engvall's 24.

Amber Riley then took the ballroom by storm with a high-octane Charleston that earned the first perfect score of the night. The Glee actress was praised as improving the most on her first-round routine.

Following an entertaining samba relay dance set to a live performance of TLC's "No Scrubs," which was won by Bleu, it was back to another of individual dances: freestyles.

After his relatively low score in the first round of individual dances, Bill Engvall produced a Raiders of the Ark-themed freestyle in which he held the Mirrorball Trophy as if it were the Ark of the Covenant. Although he was pumped-up after the dance and ripped his shirt off in elation, the judges only granted him an extra point from his last dance, which was awarded by typically stingy judge Len Goodman.

However, Len was in an abnormally cheery mood on Monday night, as Envall's successor, Corbin Bleu, was given a standing ovation by the English judge for his "Smooth Criminal"-themed routine. Bleu finally yanked the spotlight away from Amber Riley, straying from the typical vice-versa, with a perfect score for his freestyle.

The spotlight wouldn't remain on Bleu for long, though. The next dancer, Jack Osbourne, cranked out an old-fashioned dance that had his partner Cheryl Burke in tears afterwards. Osbourne was in tears seconds later when the judges granted him his second perfect score of the season.

Yet, once again, the show faded to black with Amber Riley in the spotlight. Perfection sprinkled with emotional took center stage once again with Riley's Wild West-themed freestyle. With another perfect score, she became the first dancer of Season 17 to record two perfect scores on the same night.

The fun and games came to a screeching halt when it was time to select the final three dancers to compete on Tuesday's finale.

As expected, Amber and Corbin were immediately safe, which left one spot in the finale between Jack Osbourne and Bill Engvall.

The leaderboard suggested that Jack's six-point advantage on Bill would be enough to secure him a place in the finale, but Engvall had pulled through for the previous four eliminations due to fan votes despite being in the bottom two.

However, Engvall's last dance would be the only time he'd touch the Mirrorball Trophy, as host Tom Bergeron announced that his Dancing journey had come to an end.

Check out all the scores as well as which fusion dances the finalists will dance in the finale, and keep posted with ETonline on Tuesday for the Dancing with the Stars finale (8 p.m., ABC).

Amber Riley and Derek Hough (64/65): 30/30 (10,10,10) Charleston
                                                                  +4 (2nd) Samba Relay
                                                                   30/30 (10,10,10) Freestyle
Tuesday: Samba-Quickstep (selected by Bill & Emma)
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff (62/65): 27/30 (9,9,9) Quickstep
                                                                    +5 (1st) Samba Relay
                                                                      30/30 (10,10,10) Freestyle
Tuesday: Cha-cha-Foxtrot (selected by Jack & Cheryl)
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke (57/65): 24/30 (8,8,8) Jive
                                                                     +3 (3rd) Samba Relay
                                                                      30/30 (10,10,10) Freestyle
Tuesday: Paso-Salsa (selected by Corbin & Karina)
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater (51/65): 24/30 (8,8,8) Viennese Waltz
                                                               +2 (4th) Samba Relay
                                                               25/30 (8,9,8) Freestyle



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