Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani
Maybe Melissa Rycroft should keep setting the bar low. The Bachelor alum, who finished third on Season 8 of Dancing with the Stars, just wanted to make it to Week 4 of All-Stars with Tony Dovolani. But she exceeded all of her — and arguably everyone's — expectations by taking home the Mirrorball trophy and overcoming season-long front-runners Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough in the process. "Honestly, I don't think anyone predicted us to win," Rycroft tells TVGuide.com. "We wanted to win, but we certainly didn't expect to. I'm still in shock." See what else Rycroft has to say about her big win below. Plus: Where will she put the Mirrorball?
Shawn Johnson, Kelly Monaco, Melissa Rycroft
Shawn Johnson has been the favorite to win Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars since the cast was announced, but is she going to run away with her second Mirrorball trophy? While 44 percent of TVGuide.com voters picked the Olympic gold medalist for the win, her Season 8 co-star Melissa Rycroft is nipping at her heels with 37 percent, while Season 1 champ Kelly Monaco nabbed 19 percent.
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The three will face off in the show's first all-female finale on Monday and Tuesday with three dances: a supersized freestyle, a favorite routine from the season and an Instant Dance. But before they do, let's size them up.
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Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
Peta Murgatroyd and Gilles Marini could barely contain their excitement last week when they found out their Team Freestyle song on Dancing with the Stars is PSY's "Gangnam Style" — so much so that they had to double-check. "I couldn't believe it," Murgatroyd tells TVGuide.com. "It was too perfect, so I had to make sure. We were thrilled, as you saw." The defending champ is also thrilled with their team, which includes boyfriend Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley, Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkvoskiy, and Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke, Marini's former partner. So what can we expect from their team dance and their individual rumba? Keep reading!
Valentim Chmerkovskiy, Kelly Monaco
She has a broken second toe on her right foot. And her left ankle is swollen to twice its size. But General Hospital star Kelly Monaco wasn't going to let anything stand in the way of performing a contemporary routine on Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars with her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy.
Shawn Johnson, Derek Hough
Reunited, and it feels so — oh, wait.
Dancing with the Stars All-Stars season features plenty of old faces, but only five original pairings — a consequence of casting multiple celebs who on their respective seasons shared the same pros.
But change can be a good thing, right? Seven (potentially eight) of the returning stars hope so. Below, we size up the season's new couples on a scale of 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Melissa Gilbert
Just minutes after she danced an intense paso doble on Monday night's Dancing With the Stars, actress Melissa Gilbert was taken out of the ballroom on a stretcher. She was absent for the rest of the show.
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12. The Sexy But We're Not So Sure Award: LMFAO calls upon a few celebrity guests (Bieber in yellow leopard pants!) to hop onstage during their show-closing performances of "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy and I Know It" during the 2011 American Music Awards. Unfortunately, one of those guests is David Hasselhoff, who takes the latter song a little too literally and proceeds to tear away his stripper pants to reveal briefs with a giant smiley face on the crotch. Bonus tacky points: They say "Don't judge me" on the butt. (Too late.)
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I am really bummed Val and Elisabetta left. I was worried about him — we worry about each other all the time — and when he got eliminated, I felt bad because I want to see him win and do well. We're competitive by nature and it's hard to accept stuff like this at first, but you do and move on. It's not ideal, but he will be back. I thought they did a great job with their quickstep, but unfortunately, nobody knew her. They relied on getting a good score, which they got, but a lot of other people got good scores too, and it was a close spread, so that's where the fan bases make the difference.
As for our scores, it is what it is. I am more concerned with the judges' comments. I thought they were discouraging, not just for us, but other celebrities and pros. I understand when harsh criticism is deserved, but with ...
Dancing With The Stars, Tom Bergeron
If there's one guarantee every Dancing with the Stars season, it's this: There is always a backlash against one contestant.
"They're freaking out about Bristol Palin. They're freaking out about Kate Gosselin. They're freaking out about Nicole Scherzinger. Now, it's Chaz [Bono]. Pick a season, pick a freakout," Tom Bergeron tells TVGuide.com. "Just relax already. It's a ballroom show, for God's sake! I have no idea why Chaz being on is a problem. I sort of expected there to be a reaction, but nothing this big. Chill out."
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