Kellie Pickler Brings DWTS Audience to Tears

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During night-one of the 'Dancing with the Stars' season finale, country singing sweetheart Kellie Pickler and her pro partner Derek Hough brought the audience to tears with their final performance of the evening.

Their "super-sized" freestyle performance was flawless and left them with a perfect score of 30. Carrie Ann Inaba sobbed as the former 'Idol' alum rushed over to give her a hug.

Inaba finally managed, “Kellie, you just bared your soul on the dance floor and it was one of the most beautiful things that I have ever seen."

Judge Len Goodman stood and gave the pair a personal standing ovation. “Good dancing engages the brain, great dancing engages the heart. You were totally immersed in the dance, in each other, you drew everyone into that performance.”

In total agreement with his peers, Bruno Tonioli called the performance, “a dance of spellbinding beauty” and “a contemporary work of art.”

Derek Hough has danced three previous partners to victory -- Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger and Jennifer Grey.  The talented pro admitted on Monday's show that he nearly opted out of this season but something in his gut told him that things would be special because of Kelly Pickler.

Team Pickler-Hough receiving six 10's last night but they had stiff competition from 16-year-old Disney star Zendaya Coleman and her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy, who lead the pack by a single point going into tonight's live championship event on ABC 9/8c.

Who do you think will take home the coveted mirror ball?  Will it be Aly Raisman, Kellie Pickler, Jacoby Jones or Zendaya Coleman?

Watch Kellie and Derek's exquisite performance below starting at the 2:20 mark:

The winner will be named in a two-hour finale tonight with guest performances by Pitbull, Jessica Sanchez, Psy and eliminated season 16 contestant Wynonna.

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