Alfonso Ribeiro, Witney Carson
Well, we've arrived at the end of another long, hard season of Dancing with the Stars. I don't know about you guys, but I totally empathize with the physical pain the contestants are in at this point. I've gotten multiple leg cramps from sitting on my couch watching these performances week after week.
Per usual, the two-hour final episode — preceded by an hourlong look back at the season — is an exercise in fluff and short-term nostalgia.
Janel Parish, Val Chmerkovskiy
The final four pairs are facing off on Night 1 of Dancing with the Stars' Season 19 finale. And, as we did last season, we're bringing you a TVGuide.com group-effort recap. Tonight my esteemed colleagues Joyce Eng (former DWTS recapper) and Robyn Ross (who has admitted to imitating DWTS routines alone in her apartment) will also be offering their thoughts on tonight's routines.
Let's get to it!
Carrie Ann Inaba
Heading into the season finale of Dancing with the Stars, the winner is typically at least somewhat a foregone conclusion. So it's unusual that, in Season 19, the Mirrorball trophy is truly anyone's to lose on the two-part season finale, which kicks off Monday at 8/7c and concludes on Tuesday at 9/8c on ABC.
"This to me is by far the closest competition we have had in a long time," veteran judge Carrie Ann Inaba tells TVGuide.com. "I'm really interested to see how it's all going to play out. ... At this stage, it could be any of them. It's going to be great."
Witney Carson, Alfonso Ribeiro
We've reached the semifinals of Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, and everyone has that Mirrorball trophy glint in their eyes as they tackle "plugged-in/unplugged night."
The question on everyone's minds: Will Alfonso Ribeiro be able to dance in spite of his back injury? (Which sounds awful, by the way. After hearing Alfonso talk about how much pain he was in when he was dancing regularly, I can't imagine how serious the new injury must have been for him to question whether he could dance on the show. Ouch.)
The Carlton Dance might cost Alfonso Ribeiro the Mirrorball!
The Dancing with the Stars frontrunner injured his back in rehearsals Wednesday and might not be able to perform on Monday's semifinals.
Bethany Mota, Derek Hough
Greetings, Dancing Queens!
We're in the home stretch of Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, with the semifinals next week and the finals the following. Before "America's Choice"-slash-trio night gets underway, Tom Bergeronreveals that last week's lowest-scoring couple, Tommy and Peta, are safe and have definitely secured a spot in the semis. So who will be the "surprise elimination" this week? (My money's on eitherLea or Alfonso.) Let's find out:
Alfonso Ribeiro has occasionally mentioned his groin injury on Dancing with the Stars, often in a joking context with co-host Erin Andrews, but one doesn't get the sense of just how serious the condition is until speaking with Ribeiro one-on-one.
"It's been really grueling for me, because it's constantly doing treatment on my body," Ribeiro tells TVGuide.com. "There's never enough hours in the day, because I've got to literally dance all day and then try to do treatment in between. So, I'll either do treatment in the morning or I do it in the evening. I had someone at my house last night show up at 9 p.m., working on me 'til10:30 p.m., working on my body, trying to help make it last. It's really been very frustrating."
Lea Thompson, Artem Chigvintsev
Immunity is back on the table on Monday's "Dynamic Duos" episode of Dancing with the Stars, with a new twist that allows the highest-scoring couple of the night to be automatically safe from elimination. The rest will go head-to-head in a dance off.
Who will be able to rest easy, and who will get sent home? Let's find out:
Peta Murgatroyd, Tommy Chong
Halloween has come a few days early to Dancing with the Stars, and with it,Len has risen from the dead! The esteemed judge — who's been absent from the show for the past few weeks — returns to the show by emerging from a coffin during the opening group number. Erin Andrews is back as well.
With two team dances to get through in addition to the individual numbers, there's no time to waste. The routines:
Sadie Robertson may have been introduced to fame by appearing on the A&E show Duck Dynasty, but she says she hopes her time on Dancing with the Stars will allow her to be seen as her own person.
"For my whole life I've kind of been shadowing what my family says," Robertson, 17, tells TVGuide.com. "They'll say something about my faith and I agree. But now, it's time for me to say, 'This is who I am as well.' I'm not hiding behind my family anymore. I'm sharing my faith by myself, which has helped me to be more bold and more confident saying things. It's the same God; it's the same faith. It's just my opportunity to share it in my words. And I have enjoyed it. It's been good for me and I've grown a lot from it."