It's ladies' night! Dancing with the Stars' final three face off with the first two of three dances, including a supersized freestyle. Who is perfect so far? So how many 30s will be handed out tonight? Remember, Kelly and Val are the only ones who haven't gotten a single 10 yet. We can all agree that's gonna change tonight, yes?Round 1 is their favorite repeat dance. What are the chances they all chose from Iconic Dances Week? Because they did. Round 2 is the supersized freestyle, featuring the Fierce Five for Shawn. Do they get a piece of the Mirrorball too if she wins?Repeat DanceKelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy: paso doble (original score: 27)Kelly marvels at the fact that they made it to the finals without a 10, which means it's coming soon. Also, you're not the first to make the finals without a 10, Kelly, so not that big of a deal. She wants to make the paso technically perfect so the judges have to give her a 10. So close they can taste it! Honestly, I don't really recall their first paso, but this is a nice, dramatic rendition. It's also the perfect dance to do to play to Kelly's tendency for sharper movements. Her lines and footwork are crisper... but then she slides out of a turn. Len calls it her best dance. Bruno says she burned the floor like an awesome fire angel. Carrie Ann is proud of them, but points out the slip-up. They still get (their first!) 10s from Len and Bruno despite that. Ugh. Further proof judging is useless.Score: 29.5Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: samba (original score: 27)Tony means bizness, guys! "I feel like the other two couples should really fear us," he says. "I waited 14 seasons for this chance." You know he's serious when you can't see those Crest 3D Whitestrips teeth. Melissa feels like she can perform the samba better this time around, and she does. She's totally attacking the routine and it's technically perfect, but I feel like they're both so into nailing it that it's missing some spark between them. Bruno calls her an irresistible Brazilian bombshell. Carrie Ann is jealous of her abs. Aren't we all? Len calls it fabulous.Score: 30
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: quickstep (original score: 26.5)Ah, the first time Derek broke the rules this season. Memories! Derek wants to keep the routine the same and not stay in hold, which means the possibility of not getting a perfect score again. Shawn's unsure if they should risk that in the finale, but eventually gets on board. This is pretty much a carbon copy of the first routine: peppy, on-point, energetic and full of broken rules! They're not going to get a perfect score for this, but that may just egg their die-hard fans to vote even harder. Carrie Ann is "sad" they didn't follow the rules because she thinks the points do matter in the finale. Len says the routine is fantastic and there was more body contact this time, but they still broke the rules. Bruno, ditto.Score: 27Supersized FreestyleLiterally anything goes here - more dancers, props, whatever you want. Basically, it's made for Derek.Kelly Monaco and Val ChmerkovskiyVal tells Kelly, whilst bathed in sunlight, that he wants to do aerials in the beginning while he's serenading her with a violin. They're using the troupe, a gospel choir and are dancing to "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." How perfect for the dirty dancers! Also: Where's Jennifer Grey? The aerial opening and Val on the strings are divine. Seriously. Makes me regret giving up on violin after one day in third grade. (For what it's worth, I stuck with piano for a year and now can only play "A Whole New World" on it.) The routine itself, while sweet and romantic and oozing with their typical chemistry, is pretty basic and derivative of the original routine. It gawkily ends on Baby's signature jump, which is like a hesitant hop in Kelly's case. Len calls it spellbinding. Bruno says Patrick Swayze is smiling down on them. Um, OK. Carrie Ann references their showmance and says it's the perfect dance with a happy ending. No pun intended. Brooke finally does her job and asks them to dish on their status. "There's still another day," Kelly says. Score: 29.5Total: 59Melissa Rycroft and Tony DovolaniMelissa admits that their Season 8 freestyle bombed. That's because Tony can't do freestyles... until now. He picked contemporary this time to showcase Melissa's softness and that was definitely the right way to go. It plays to all of Melissa's strengths and she's just gorgeous, lyrical, and her extensions go on for days. The lifts? I'm not even sure Shawn can do those. Tony, on the other hand though, is kind of awkward. But this is reeking of a 30. I would totally support a Melissa win based on this routine, but I do wonder how a slower routine will hold up against an acrobatic one, which you know Shawn's will be. Bruno says she was a gem. Carrie Ann calls it a freestyle jackpot. Len says it had passion and goes speechless. They get another 30. I still believe they're propping her up to offset her comparatively lower scores.Score: 30Total: 60Shawn Johnson and Derek HoughYawn. Shawn reiterates her sob story on retiring and missing the Olympics. OK, I'm osbsessed with the Olympics and I cannot handle hearing about this anymore. Nevermind the fact that Shawn was never going to make it to London in the first place. Wake up and smell the truth, Shawn. Of course, she calls on the Fierce Five for an assist. They do a few flips there and there, and sit on circus rings while Shawn crushes it. The routine is a hodgepodge of all their rule-breaking essentially and is kind of random, but eye-catching nonetheless thanks to Shawn's precision. I do think they could've done more and better than this. But the crème de la crème of the night is an insane move where Shawn stands on Derek's shoulders and they both literally fall forward into somersaults. Even McKayla must be impressed. Carrie Ann calls it sensational. Len gives them a gold medal. Somewhere, Apolo is crying. Bruno says it's the crowning glory of an amazing night. Subtle, dude, subtle.Score: 30Total: 57I'm honestly underwhelmed by all of these freestyles. So Melissa is in the lead for now with a perfect 60 and Shawn's last with a 57. Tomorrow, they will perform the Instant Dance - either a jive, cha-cha or samba.What do you think? Were the supersized freestyles super impressive? Is Melissa perfection? Should Shawn and Derek have played by the book with their quickstep? Will Kelly and Val come clean either way tomorrow? Are you jealous of Melissa's abs? Should Val play the violin all the time? Who do you think will win?
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