Dancing With the Stars Finals Recap: A Two-Horse Race?

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All three finalists proved themselves deserving of the Mirror Ball last night.

There can be only one champion of Dancing With the Stars, though, and more than likely, it will come down to one of two couples on this evening's results show.

Monday night's dueling DWTS finale performances involved two categories - a first round of judges' choice and a second round of freestyle dance.

Chelsea Kane aced both with the kind of fierce determination and focus necessary to execute partner Mark Ballas' unconventional choreography.

Kane and Ballas

Her first dance, a samba, had Bruno deeming her an "an ultra sexy bombshell" and commending the "rhythm flowing through your body like I've never seen before."

Chelsea and Mark's second dance, a freestyle Tron-esque number, earned them a 30 to go with the 29 in their salsa, posting a number near impossible to best.

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson felt up to the task, however.

The NFL star donned a top hat for this week's judges' choice in a peppy quick step that ended with a burst of flair and champaigne at the judges' table.

"You make it like you're running for a touchdown and the whole crowd is cheering for you and following you around the ballroom," Carrie Ann said.

Only Len's nine kept them from scoring perfectly in that routine, but he changed his tune after a freestyle that mimicked a half-time show. Tens for all!

"This competition is about give and take in terms of the points you get," Len began, with Hines beaming all the way. "And you just gave it your all."

The final pair of the night, Kirstie Alley and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, fell short of their competitors' scores but certainly didn't disappoint.

A trim Kirstie scored solid 9s for her sultry samba in the first round, then earned another set of 9s with freestyle cartwheels and lifts galore.

Maksim and Kirstie

"That dance," Carrie Ann began, "really embodies what you've become. You're like the posterchild for life as it should be lived at 60 years old!"

Indeed, but does she have a chance tonight?

Most likely, Kirstie will be your second runner-up, with Chelsea and Hines duking it out for the crown. There is one more dance tonight for judges’ scores.

What do you think, fans? Who was your favorite, and who would you like to see carry home the Mirror Ball after a spirited final night of performances?

The scores from Monday's routines:

  • Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 59 (29, 30).
  • Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 59 (29, 30).
  • Kirstie Alley and Makskim Chmerkovskiy: 54 (27, 27).

Who will win Dancing With the Stars?

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Seriously???? Kirstie and Maks are the TRUE WINNERS!!! My props to Hines Ward!!! But Maks has really done a SUPERB job on Kirstie!!! WOW!!! Since week one...Kirstie has blossomed over the weeks and thank you also to the fans who voted for them!! Kirtie...60 IS THE NEW 30!!!!!!! YOU WEAR IT WELL GIRL!!!! Love you and Maks heaps!!!!!!

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Hines is the best dancer and deserves the win. Chelsea's freestyle was out of sync, no dancing, just stunts. The first dance was a copy of "Yulia & Maks" professional dancers (look at youtube) they have no chemistry.
Kirstie might pull it off because of pure heart, great chemistry, and most improved.

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Chelsea and Mark deserve the win even though they may not get it. Every week Chelsea and Mark have taken their dancing to the next level and no matter what Mark has asked of Chelsea she has performed superbly every week. Hines has done well but in my own opinion Chelsea has excelled. My hat's off to whoever wins and for a great season on DWTS.

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Kirstie.... who would have imagined? She has impressed the living daylights out of me. Just goes to show she still has what it takes.

Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente