Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli
Dancing with the Stars kicks off its two-part Season 18 finale Monday night (8/7c, ABC), with two Olympians squaring off against a former child star and a boy bander to see who will take home the Mirrorball trophy.
The winning pair will be chosen on Tuesday's show. Who will it be — Candace and Mark, James and Peta, Amy and Derek, or Meryl and Maks? We've sized up the final four, so check out each team's strengths and weaknesses and vote in our poll for who you want to win.
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Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas
Strengths: Candace has made great strides since the start of the season, and is obviously willing to put in the effort required to be the best she can be (i.e. going to see a therapist to overcome her discomfort on the dance floor). Plus, her "I'm dancing for Jesus" approach means she's got the Christian vote cornered.
Weaknesses: Candace and Mark have consistently found themselves the underdogs, having landed in jeopardy a few times this season. Of the remaining couples, they're also the couple with the lowest average score. And let's face it: despite the improvements Candace has made, she's still no match for Olympic athletes Meryl and Amy.
Odds: 25 to 1
Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy
Strengths: Though they were part of the Olympic trio "in jeopardy" last week, Meryl and Maks have been one of few consistently strong couples this season. (As far as average scores go, they're the No. 1 couple this season.) Their chemistry is unmatched, and Meryl's ice dancing experience certainly isn't putting her at a disadvantage. Plus, wouldn't the Mirrorball trophy be a nice "Welcome back" present for Maks?
Weaknesses: Though the judges are impressed by Meryl week after week, voters might feel more inclined to vote for someone who isn't a dancer by profession. And if it comes down to Meryl and Amy, both voters and the judges might be more inclined to tip their hat towards Amy, simply because of the odds she's had to overcome.
Odds: 2 to 1
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James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd
Strengths: The judges (especially Carrie Ann Inaba) love James, and the fact that he's been able to make it this far into the competition means he has a pretty healthy voting base as well. Also, with Charlie White gone, James could find himself the recipient of some leftover heartthrob votes as well.
Weaknesses: James' technique is still far from perfect and, like Candace, his skill level is nowhere near that of Meryl's or Amy's. He and Peta have been in jeopardy a couple of times this season, and we just can't see him pulling out a victory over any of the three ladies.
Odds: 50 to 1
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough
Strengths: A win for Amy and Derek would mean three victories in a row for the fan-favorite pro. It would be easy to dismiss a victory by Amy as being the result of a "sympathy vote," but the Paralympian has deserved every bit of praise she's gotten this season. Even her weakest routines are simply awe-inspiring,
Weaknesses: We're giving a slight edge to Meryl and Maks only because their routines are more transfixing, due in large part to the M&M chemistry. Also, the "Welcome back, Maks" story line may dovetail with some minor backlash for Derek, who's won the Mirrorball a record five times.
Odds: 3 to 1
Which pair are you rooting for? Vote in our poll!
The Dancing with the Stars Season 18 finale airs Monday and Tuesday at 8/7c on ABC. Catch up on the latest episodes here.