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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.

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Battling through adversity all season long, Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy fared well Monday night in the Dancing With the Stars semifinals.

Whether it's enough to get her through to next week's finale is unclear, but tonight's elimination will likely come down to Kirstie or Ralph Macchio.

Kirstie Alley's whole life has been a rollercoaster, as we learned last night. The ups and downs of this season of DWTS have certainly reflected that.

Leave it to Kansas-born Kirstie to speak frankly about her problems, whether she's bickering with Maks or baring her soul about her drug addiction.

After last night, her pair of 27s - and possibly a spot in the finals - seem well-earned. Watch her routines below and see if you think she'll make it:

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Kristie Alley had another rough rehearsal, but rebounded and earned her first perfect score of the season on Dancing With the Stars Monday night.

Before the loquacious actress snagged a 10 for her Argentine tango with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, she literally fell off the stage during practice. 

Kirstie has been adhering to a strict 1,400-calorie per day diet to lose weight, but Maksim says she needs to get up to 2,000 calories each day.

“Usually what I do to lose weight is 1,400 calories, but I guess if I’m working out 5-7 hours I have to change it up a little bit," Alley admits.

Hopefully she does what she has to do to stay in the game. Watch both her performances from Monday below and see if you think she will:

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On technical merit, Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy didn't win over the Dancing With the Stars judges Monday. But in terms of chemistry and fun?

Perfect 10s all around!

Maks pushed Kirstie to move her butt. She wanted a break. He told her to stop talking. She started crying. The tension rose by the second in rehearsals.

But the end, their jive to "La Bamba" was one of the night's most entertaining efforts. What it lacked in footwork, it made up for with fun - and kisses!

They tied at the bottom of this week's Dancing With the Stars scores after their 30 (out of 40), but will fans' votes keep them in the game? Probably.

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With their undeniable chemistry, her personality and his shirtlessness, Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy seem like a lock for the Dancing With the Stars finals.

Last night, their samba "sent shockwaves through the airwaves" (according to Bruno) and Maks helpfully pointed out both his and Kirstie's posterior attributes.

Even better than their performance, which earned a solid 26, was the segment with her resting her head in his lap while Maks gave her encouragement.

Everybody, all together now: AWW!

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After suffering back-to-back mishaps on Dancing With the Stars - falling two weeks ago, losing a shoe last Monday - Kirstie Alley hired a new coach this week:

John Travolta!

In a surprise appearance, the actor and friend of Kirstie told her to try hightops, first of all, to avoid another shoe malfunction. His next bit of advice?

Advising her and Maksim Chmerkovskiy to go somewhere and fix the "sexual tension" issue. We're sure he could convince plenty of other ladies to do this.

While his tutelage didn't help her Dancing With the Stars scores - she ended up near the bottom with a still-respectable 23 - his presence was a lot of fun overall:

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Kirstie Alley does not hold back.

The 60-year-old Dancing With the Stars maverick took another sexy turn yesterday - this time on Oprah, where she and Maksim Chmerkovskiy appeared.

Kirstie and her DWTS partner appeared on the talk show as part of O's big Bloopers, Blunders and Funniest Moments episode. They delivered a classic:

They wowed the crowd - including Cee Lo Green - with some slick moves and obvious chemistry. Then Kirstie tore off Maks' shirt to thunderous applause.

Kirstie fell during the rumba two weeks ago, then lost a shoe this week, But she says mishaps and all, she's found doing the punishing show cathartic.

"It's sort of given me my confidence back," she said. "It's amazing."

Hopefully she keeps rocking on DWTS for many weeks to come.

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A week ago, Kirstie Alley fell to the floor, only to make a full recovery on Dancing With the Stars. Unfortunately, she suffered another mishap last night.

This time, it was a footwear malfunction. Kirstie and Maksim Chmerkovskiy had to fight through more adversity as Alley's left shoe fell off in mid-waltz.

Just like the previous week, they recovered well enough to earn a respectable score – 22 out of 30 – plus sympathy and respect from fans and judges.

"You didn't miss a beat," said Carrie Ann Inaba. Bruno Tonioli agreed, while Len Goodman was less impressed, pointing out the need for improvement.

Still, we'd be surprised if Kirstie and Maks were in jeopardy after a second straight week of bouncing back strongly from a somewhat freakish setback.

Another gal who should be safe? Disney starlet Chelsea Kane, whose Viennese waltz with Mark Ballas earned them the top score of the night at 26.

Watch it, and check out the full scoreboard, after the jump ...

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Hines Ward and Petra Nemcova led the way last night on Dancing With the Stars with scores of 25 apiece, but Kirstie Alley's routine got the most buzz.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy's fall to start his rumba with Kirstie was the defining moment of week three, but the way they recovered was the bigger story.

It appeared that Maks' leg just gave out and he tumbled while holding Alley, who also went down hard. But they rallied for a respectable 21. Watch:

Monday was personal story night on DWTS, with Kirstie and Maks dancing to "Over the Rainbow," and Alley telling the poignant story of her move to L.A.

Who knew she'd have another story to tell right after.

"My thigh just gave out. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry," said Maks, who had to take this really hard as a perfectionist. "It has nothing to do with her."

"Sometimes tragedy leads to an amazingly beautiful moment," Carrie Ann Inaba said, noting that after the fall "something magical happened."

Bruno added, "You can't keep good talent down. Once you got up it was better than ever." Indeed. How did that score of 21 match up? Let's see:

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In addition to Dancing With the Stars, which unveils its all-new cast tonight, Maksim Chmerkovskiy starred as The Bachelor in his native Ukraine.

Boy is he regretting that decision now.

Give him terrible tendinitis, put him in front of Len Goodman on his most crotchety day, even partner him with Kate Gosselin. Just get him on the floor.

"[It was] the hardest thing that I've ever done," Maksim says of being The Bachelor. "If I knew then what I know now, I would never have signed up."

Mad Maks

The ballroom dancer is not one to shy away from the attention of beautiful women, but Chmerkovskiy admits he may not have done his homework.

"I had never seen it," he says of The Bachelor. "I still knew what it was about. In theory you think you can do it, but you cannot realize how difficult it is."

Looking for love while being followed by cameras is one thing, but what Maks was not prepared for is that at seemingly every turn, he broke hearts.

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