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Dancing with the Stars Finale: Who Will Win?

Dancing With the Stars

Is Zendaya the one to beat on Dancing with the Stars? Not according to TVGuide.com voters — a whopping 59 percent of whom have pegged Kellie Pickler to take home the Mirrorball trophy. Zendaya received 27 percent, while Aly Raisman and Jacoby Jones earned 9 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

They will face off in the show's first four-couple final Monday and Tuesday with four routines: the judges' choice, the cha-cha relay and the super-sized freestyle on Monday, and the Instant Dance on Tuesday. But before they do, let's size them up.
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Aly Raisman Gets Drug Tested at Access Hollywood Live

Alexandra Raisman, Mark Ballas

Talk about strange timing. Olympic gymnast and Dancing with the Stars contestant Aly Raisman underwent her random drug test from the World Anti-Doping Agency this week — just before an appearance on Access Hollywood Live and days before she's set to compete in the DWTS finale.

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Dancing's Aly Raisman: I Want to Have Fun in the Final

Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas

It was a big Dancing with the Stars week for Aly Raisman. Not only did she make the final four, but she finally received her first perfect 30 of the season for her rumba. "It was amazing. I almost couldn't believe it," she tells TVGuide.com. "But I was more excited for Jacoby [Jones] and Karina [Smirnoff] when they got their 30l. So, I almost forgot that I got one too." Why was she so excited for him? And what do she and Mark Ballas have planned for the final? (Hint: It won't involve the Fierce Five.)
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Dancing's Aly Raisman: I Really Want to Make the Final

Aly Raisman, Mark Ballas

Forget the Fierce Five. Aly Raisman has made the final five of Dancing with the Stars and is one step closer to the Mirrorball trophy. "It feels awesome. I can't believe how fast the competition has been," she tells TVGuide.com. "Week 1 feels like it was forever ago, but at the same time, the finals are only a week away." The Olympic champ will have two chances to make her case for the finals on Monday with a rumba and a Twitter-voted Afro-jazz. Find out what she and Mark Ballas have planned, why they wanted Afro-jazz and what she thinks of Len Goodman's outburst at Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough last week.
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Dancing's Aly Raisman: Hopefully My Butt Will Be an Advantage This Week

Aly Raisman, Mark Ballas

Len Goodman wants Aly Raisman to stick her butt in on Dancing with the Stars — but that won't happen this week. "It's Latin Night and we have the salsa, so you have to move your butt," she tells TVGuide.com. "Sorry, Len!" But butt-shaking isn't the only thing the Olympic champ is focused on this week. Find out what else she and Mark Ballas have planned.

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Dancing's Aly Raisman: "I Want to Do This for Boston"

Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas

Last Monday's Dancing with the Stars was a tough one for Aly Raisman, not just because she flubbed a move in her samba, but because the Needham, Mass., native performed hours after the Boston Marathon bombings. (Her family and friends are OK.) "It was really difficult," she tells TVGuide.com. "I just want to say that I love everyone back home from Boston. You're all in our thoughts and prayers. Mark [Ballas] and I tweeted a picture of us making a heart. We're all thinking about you. I'm so sorry that this happened. My heart goes out to everyone who's affected. Hopefully I can do well for... read more

Dancing's Aly Raisman: "This Has Been the Most Difficult Week"

Mark Ballas, Alexandra Raisman

It was mission accomplished for Aly Raisman on Dancing with the Stars last week: She impressed Carrie Ann Inaba. "I was really excited. I couldn't believe it. I honestly thought it might take a bit longer," Raisman tells TVGuide.com. "She actually told me on Tuesday that I did it better [during the encore] than I did on Monday." Of course, Inaba wasn't the only judge Raisman blew away. She and Mark Ballas earned a 27, the highest score of the season so far. So what's her goal for this week's side-by-side dancing? read more

Dancing With the Stars: Lisa Vanderpump Faints, Performs Anyway

Lisa Vanderpump, Gleb Savchenko

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Lisa Vanderpump, who is fighting what ABC reps are calling a "viral infection," and fainted earlier in the week during rehearsals, was this close to eliminating herself from Dancing With The Stars on Monday night.

"She wasn't feeling well enough to do dress rehearsal," said one ABC rep, "and only decided that she would dance 15 minutes before she went on." Vanderpump, whose husband and daughter were in the audience, was immediately whisked away after the show, "to go home to bed and chicken soup."

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Dancing's Aly Raisman: I Want to Impress Carrie Ann

Aly Raisman, Mark Ballas

Aly Raisman is focused on one thing this week on Dancing with the Stars. "I want to impress Carrie Ann [Inaba]," she tells TVGuide.com. "She said I held back the first week and that I went out of character last week, so I don't want her to think that again this week." Raisman and her partner Mark Ballas have contemporary, and this week's theme is the Best Year of Your Life. Needless to say, that was 2012 for the Olympic champ. Find out what they have in store and get her take on the men vs. women Dancing debate.
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Dancing's Aly Raisman: We Have a "Really Cool Surprise"

Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas

Dancing with the Stars' first elimination turned out to be moot after Dorothy Hamill withdrew with a spine injury. But since that was kept on the down low from the cast until the show announcement, no one's nerves were quelled. "No one knew [so] I was really nervous," Aly Raisman tells TVGuide.com. "Standing up there, I was like, 'This just got real! Someone's going to leave.' Luckily, we were saved pretty early." Raisman and her partner Mark Ballas are in third place on the leader board after two weeks and have the Viennese waltz next on Prom Week. Get the scoop on the routine and their "cool surprise."
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