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Ten weeks and a dozen and a half routines later, Season 10 of Dancing With the Stars has finally come to an end. The winner of the coveted Mirrorball trophy was unveiled Tuesday, with three contestants remaining entering the night.

  • Would it be Evan Lysacek, limber Olympic figure skating gold medalist, looking to add the famed Mirrorball to burgeoning trophy case?
  • Would it be Nicole Scherzinger, the lovely lead Pussycat Doll and lord of the Dancing With the Stars season from beginning to end?
  • Would it be Erin Andrews, embattled ESPN reporter turned ballroom aficionado, and a woman who everyone has to be rooting for?
  • Anna and Evan
  • Derek Hough and Nicole Scherzinger Image
  • Maksim and Erin Andrews

All three made compelling cases this Spring, but there can be only one winner. Follow the jump to see who took home the Dancing with the Stars title ...

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Might Erin Andrews pull off an incredible Dancing with the Stars upset?

In our finals preview yesterday, we listed her as a long shot against favorite Nicole Scherzinger and dark horse Evan Lysacek, each of whom are more skilled.

Somebody either forgot to tell Erin she was the underdog heading into last night's final performances, or did tell her and provided her bulletin board material.

Erin Andrews tied Nicole with an aggregate 55, meaning it really will come down to every last vote. Can she muster enough support to win the Mirror Ball?

Teaming with Maksim Chmerkovskiy on a Samba to kick off the night, Erin scored a 29. Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya got a 28 on the Viennese Waltz.

Nicole and Derek Hough's Rumba netted a 28. In the freestyle round, Nicole made up one point on Erin, tying for the overall lead. Evan faltered somewhat.

Erin and Maks in Bed

Erin Andrews mauls Maksim Chmerkovskiy in bed. Art imitating life?

If Scherzinger still has a slight edge, it's because she and Derek went for the toughest moves, almost resulting in Nicole falling off his shoulders at one point.

Erin and Maks, meanwhile, chose to do a lyrical freestyle, which seemed So You Think You Can Dance-esque with props and unadulterated sexual chemistry.

So can Erin actually pull off the upset on tonight's results show - when Kate Gosselin returns, Vienna Girardi debuts and the season winner is unveiled at last?

She earned consideration at the very least. Nicole will likely get the title and it will be well-earned, but she won't run away with it. Last night's full scorecard:

  • Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Samba: 29. Freestyle: 26. Total: 55.
  • Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough: Rumba: 28. Freestyle: 27. Total: 55.
  • Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya: Waltz: 28. Freestyle: 24. Total: 52.

Click to enlarge some more photos from last night ...

  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Erin Andrews Pic
  • Derek Hough, Nicole Scherzinger
  • Scherz Thing
  • The Final 3 Couples
  • Mauling Maks
  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Erin Andrews Photo

Who do you want to win Dancing with the Stars?

 

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Dancing with the Stars names its 10th champions tomorrow. Who will win it? Only three tandems are left vying for the Mirror Ball when they take the floor tonight.

It's now or never for Erin, Maks, Nicole, Derek, Evan and Anna. There are no cumulative scores, so any faltering tonight could be devastating, even to the favorite.

Below, we break down the dancers left standing on the final night of competition, their strengths and weaknesses, and their odds of bringing home the glory ...

Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Why they'll win: Sex appeal. Chemistry. Being a hoot to watch. Unquestionably the most attractive and fun pair all season long, Erin and Maks have earned their place in the finals with performances that are technically rigorous as well.
Why they won't: This isn't to suggest the judges have it in for Erin, but they sort of do. Off-the-charts heat doesn't translate to higher scores - rarely they matched Nicole or Evan's totals. If they did tonight, it would be a surprise. A hot surprise.
Odds: 20-1

  • Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Image
  • Perfection For Evan

Can either Erin or Evan pull a huge upset in this week's finals?

Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya
Why they'll win: Evan and Anna served notice with last week's dances that this far from over. Nicole may be the favorite, but Evan has as many perfect 30s (two) as she does, and if they end up all square at the end of tonight, he may have a shot.
Why they won't: Nicole is still better ... which is a little unfair, given that she dances for a living, but such is life. Evan needs to be nearly flawless and get some help.
Odds: 5-1

Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough
Why they'll win: Woman's got skills. Those new Pussycat Dolls have big shoes to fill. Popular and proficient, Nicole has the whole package and should get it done. And partnering with Derek Hough should help with the female audience, as well.
Why they won't: Her fan base could assume she has it wrapped up and not vote. It's all about turnout as much as talent. Or she has a rare off night, which we doubt.
Odds: 3-2

Nicole, Derek Picture

Make no mistake, this title is Nicole's to lose.

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Evan Lysacek has already won Olympic glory at this year's Vancouver games. Can he achieve the rare combination of gold medal Dancing with the Stars disco ball?

The Season 10 cast members make their ballroom debuts Monday night. Up against Evan are an astronaut, a Pussycat doll, an NFL star, Jake Pavelka and more.

Jennifer Grey, Derek Hough Pic

Here's a brief rundown on this DWTS contender ...

Full name: Evan Frank Lysacek
Professional partner: Anna Trebunskaya
Age: 24
Hails from: Chicago, Illinois
We were surprised to learn: He's straight
Famous girlfriend: Nastia Liukin
Number of revolutions in a triple toe-loop: 3
Chief skating rival: Evgeni Plushenko
Chief DWTS rival: Nicole Scherzinger
Odds of winning: 5-1

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Earlier this month, Lindsey Vonn posed seductively for Sports Illustrated.

While there were a few claims of sexism and a few objections from those that believe Vonn was hurting women's sports by focusing more on her topless form than her downhill form, there also appears to have been a rallying cry among male Olympians:

We can do better!

Led by Gold Medal-winning figure skater Evan Lysacek, a handful of U.S. men have posed with their shirts off for OK! Weekly. Does Justin Bieber have cuteness competition? You tell us.

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As celebrity couples go, Evan Lysacek and Nastia Liukin are a gold-medal pair. Seriously, they've both won Olympic gold medals in their respective sports.

On his way to becoming the first U.S. man to win figure skating gold in 22 years last week, Lysacek had a little help from Liukin, a gymnastics champion.

The couple met in October 2008 in Rapid City, S.D., performing on the NBC special Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular and have dated since last summer.

"We became good friends and became really close since," says Lysacek, who attended the ESPYs with Nastia last July and things progressed from there.

Lysacek went to Dallas to cheer on Liukin during her gymnastics comeback at the U.S. Nationals in August, then this month, the couple switched roles.

"To see his dreams come true was amazing," Liukin, 20, who had a cameo on Gossip Girl last season, says of watching her man triumph at the Olympics.

"Even though we're not in the same sport, there's nothing like the Olympics. It was nice to be on other side, to be the support system. But I was nervous."

"She been so helpful to me," adds Lysacek. "She has been through it herself. If I'm having a bad day, she tells me to have faith and to keep going."

"Sometimes your support system has more faith in you than yourself. And when she tells me things are going to be fine, I really believe it."