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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012

‘Dancing With the Stars: All Stars’: It's ladies night

“Dancing With the Stars: All Stars” is almost over, and it’s already made history — Brooke Burke Charvet tells us that it’s the first time ever on the show that the finalists are all women. Kelly Monaco, Melissa Rycroft and Shawn Johnson are gearing up to their final performances, looking to win the hideous-yet-coveted Mirror Ball Trophy on Tuesday night.


Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani on “DWTS: All Stars.” (Adam Taylor - ABC)
Actress Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy

Dance, round 1: Paso doble

This season’s favorite maybe-showmance, Kelly and Val, were at the bottom of the leaderboard last week, and they’ve never snagged at 10 for the judges — but they still made it to the finals. Is it because America won’t rest until they find out if the two of them are really a couple?! Anyway, they go with the paso doble from week 3 (an “iconic” dance originally done by another couple), and they gets all the steps with ease, until Kelly trips at one point.

Len starts with a shout-out to the house band, which seems like a bad sign — until he says it’s Kelly’s best dance to date. “Oh Kelly, you burn the floor,” growls Bruno, and rambles on about how Kelly ignites drama, continuing to go on even after his microphone goes out. Carrie Ann gushes that she is so proud of Kelly, because Kelly had to work the hardest to get here. She must be talking about how Kelly had a day job (”General Hospital”) in addition to “DWTS,” because Kelly’s only reminded us about 100 times.

Scores: 9.5, 10, 10 for a total of 29.5 points.

Dance, round 2: Supersize freestyle

A sentence you really would only hear on “Dancing With the Stars”: “I am doing aerial work while Val is serenading me with a violin,” Kelly says, by way of kicking off her explanation to their freestyle routine. Admittedly, the dance is riveting, as Val shows off some violin skills and Kelly twirls around in the air, before dancing to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” the theme song from “Dirty Dancing.”

Len calls the dance “spellbinding,” and Bruno thinks the interpretation was superb. “Patrick is smiling on you,” Bruno notes, causing a big “awww” from the audience. Carrie Ann calls this the end to the couple’s love story of the season, and seems very pleased.

In the Celebriquarium, Brooke grills them about their couple status: “Is this a showmance? Is this romance?” Like true pros, Kelly and Val demurely refuse to answer.

Scores: 10, 9.5, 10 for a total of 59.5 points.

Reality star Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani

Dance, round 1: Samba

Flashback to all the hurdles that Melissa and Tony had to go through, including multiple injuries. Still, Melissa remains cheerful, even though she’s the only finalist that’s never won the show before.

It’s impossible not to be entertained by the fast-paced samba (also from week 3), and it doesn’t hurt that tons of confetti falls from the ceiling — a “DWTS” staple. ”What a wonderful blend of moves!” Bruno exclaims, and adds that she’s grown as a dancer throughout the season. “Your abs, honey, are ridiculous,” Carrie Ann raves. Len agrees it was fabulous.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30 points.

Dance, round 2: Supersize freestyle

Melissa shudders as she thinks back to her freestyle dance in Season 8 — a hip hop-themed routine that completely bombed. She and Tony decide to go with contemporary dance this time around, even though it involves lots of terrifying lifts.

The lifts look frightening, but are also impressive, and it pays off — the judges are thrilled, and Len is nearly speechless, which Tom Bergeron notes is very unusual.

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30 points. (“I wish I had an 11,” Len adds.)

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough

Dance, round 1: Quickstep

Keeping the trend, Shawn and Derek go with their quickstep from week 3. Shawn calls it their “statement dance,” and when they really found their footing this season. Controversy alert: Derek wants to keep the dance the same, even though it means breaking hold, and they lost points for that last time. Shawn seems hesitant, but then goes along with Derek’s plan to be the rule-breakers they’ve been all season.

After virtually the same dance as last time, Carrie Ann is sad they didn’t follow the rules, and she’s disappointed in them. Sour Len sternly agrees you’re not allowed to break hold, or do lifts. Bruno tries to be nicer, and kindly explains that even though the dance was great, the judges are bound by the rules, this being a serious dance competition and all.

Derek shrugs off their complaints, and Shawn tells Brooke that she and Derek dedicated this season “to the fans,” so it doesn’t matter if they lost a few points, as long as the viewers are entertained.

Scores: 9, 8.5, 9.5 for a total of 27 points.

Dance, round 2: Supersize freestyle

They may have lost points in the last round, but Shawn and Derek have an ace up their collective sleeve for the freestyle — a guest spot from the Fierce Five, otherwise known as the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, including McKayla Maroney (who is stil not impressed.)

“The Fierce Five is here to support Shawn because we love her,” Aly Raisman chirps adorably, as we see the group surround her during some sort of lift. Derek says this season has been Shawn’s redemption, given that she retired from gymnastics, so the gymnast reunion is only fitting.

Sure enough, the dance doesn’t disappoint, as the Fierce Five dances around Shawn and flip her over to add to the dramatic performance. “That was supersize and sensational!” exclaims Carrie Ann, jumping out of her chair and pumping her fists in the air. Len calls it a medley of Derek and Shawn’s greatest hits, and proclaims it a gold medal performance. Never one to exaggerate, Bruno calls the dance “Fierce, flawless, exciting, explosive briliance.”

Scores: 10, 10, 10 for a total of 30 points.

Tuesday: The Finale. One more dance round, a crazy number of performances to fill two hours, and finally, the winner of the super-sparkly Mirror Ball Trophy.

By  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012

 
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