Dancing with the Stars

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Dancing with the Stars Episode: "Dancing With the Stars"

Season 11, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: The 10th and final week of performances for the 11th season. The remaining three couples perform two dances each: a freestyle and a redemption dance.
Original Air Date: Nov 22, 2010

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 Season 11, Episode 20

Dancing with the Stars' final three couples face off two more times before Season 11's champion is crowned. Plus: The cast returns with new routines.

It's here! Who's going to take it? But first, we've got two hours to kill and two more rounds to see: a repeat dance and an Instant Cha-Cha.

The opening pro number turns into a cast rollout — a nice little shake-up — save for Michael Bolton and Audrina Patridge. The latter is sick; the former, performing on tour. You mean, avoiding Bruno! Ah, you know Bolt will never show his face there again. He does get props for filling in for Susan Boyle.

After a recap of Monday — during which we get footage of Mark telling Bristol to be a "bad bitch" and to "give me some sex" before their Chicago-inspired freestyle — we learn that Jennifer ruptured a disc last night. She got the OK from the doctor this morning to dance tonight. She says she wants to tough it out for her last two dances.

Following a performance from Christina Aguilera, we get to Round 1 of Part 2 of the finale: a repeat of everyone's ballroom dance, after which the couples will be ranked to pick their order for the Instant Cha-Cha.

Favorite Ballroom Dance
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: tango

They consider their original tango, which scored a 23, their turning point. Kyle wants to work on his posture and footwork. And that he does. Kyle's upper body is firmer and he's leading with more authority. His footwork is crisper. The dance itself is once again full of pizzazz and pow — pure Kyle. Len loves his attitude and his energy. Bruno says he's a talented young man and a "stage animal." Carrie Ann loves his strength and fluidity, and says they bring freshness to the floor.
Score: 26

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: tango
Bristol had fun during the first one, which also got them a 23. They got docked the first time for breaking hold and Bristol wants to break hold again. Rebel! Bristol gives us another clean number — I guess repeating choreography helps — but she's still not delivering any stage presence except for the air guitar break. Yawn! Bruno says her performance level has improved. Carrie Ann says there was a new command in her. Len says she and Kyle are two sides of a coin, lacking the performance factor, and it's a matter of what you prefer. So, um, what do you prefer, Len?
Score: 25

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: Viennese waltz
The Viennese waltz was their first dance, which got a 24, so they want to bookend the competition. This is better known as the tear-inducing routine that reminded Jen of Patrick Swayze, but she says now she connects it with Derek. The number is more polished and is still fluid and elegant. Jen's not exerting too much energy here, so her back should be fine ... which means a 30 is probably in the cards. Carrie Ann says there was a wisdom in her body. Len calls her the complete package. Bruno says it was a blissfully beautiful waltz.
Score: 30

They pick their running order for the Instant Cha-Cha, which they will perform in succession. Kyle is going first, followed by Jen and then Bristol will perform Season 11's final competitive dance! They are dancing to Pink's "Raise Your Glass."

Parade of Fallen Dancing Stars
The Hoff, floppy man boobs and all, runs from the "beach" to the studio ... to sing! The Baywatch theme song — because it's Hoffwatch. He croons and struts a little here and there, surrounded by his beach babes, one of whom is Kym. No words. Really.

Rick and Kurt face off next to settle the athletic score on the floor once and for all. They dance to "Eye of the Tiger," natch. Ah, they're both wearing the respective Lakers and Cardinals colors. After paso doble-ing with Anna and Cheryl, they tangle with each other and end with a chest bump! That was all super adorable — easily my favorite filler so far.

Funny ladies Margaret and Florence follow with a sassy sashay to "Copacabana" with an assist from Dmitry and Damian. When are they coming back? Next, we go back to the future with Governor Sorrentino (yes ... in 2030), who tells us he would trade all his success for that one last dance. Cue up the time machine again! Sitch finally takes off his shirt and shows us The Situation — dancing appropriately to "I'm Too Sexy." I still prefer Kyle's drawn-on abs.

And lastly, Brandy and Maks close with their TV Theme Week routine to "I'll Be There for You." They're the only ones who didn't do a new routine, but, hey, you can't blame them after the stress and disappointment of last week.

Instant Cha-Cha
Kyle and Lacey kick it off. Before we get to the dancing, what is Lacey wearing? Shredded lace? At least we know she's wearing underwear. Kyle puts on a show again. He's so joyous and a powerhouse. He deserves to have a 30 under his belt this season, but somehow, I don't think the judges will give it to him here. Jennifer and Derek are next, and she's showing no sign of injury, twisting and twirling all over the place. Bristol and Mark finish with more dry-humping from him and some semi-sexy hip-shaking from Bristol. And that is our last dancing image from Season 11.

Scores:
Kyle and Lacey: 28
Jennifer and Derek: 28
Bristol and Mark: 27

Now it's finally time for results! And the couple in third place is ... Bristol and Mark! Bristol calls it a life-changing experience. Tom says that above all the controversy, he loves that she drove for five days in her truck to come to the show and lasted until the finale.

Kyle vs. Jennifer! And the winners are ... Jennifer and Derek!

Shocker! Not. The best dancer won, and this makes Derek the first pro to win three Mirrorball trophies and his second in a row. He's 3-for-3 in finals. The crowd is surprisingly subdued. Or maybe unsurprisingly subdued is more like it. Jen is a deserving winner, but how crazy would the place have been had Kyle won?

So Season 11 is a wrap! What do you think? Is Jennifer a deserving winner? Should she have risked her health for a Mirrorball trophy? Can you believe Derek has three Mirrorballs? Did you like that they brought back the Instant Dance? Which returning star's routine was your favorite? Did The Hoff blow your mind? Who do you want to see next season?

Thanks for checking in this season. See y'all in 2011!

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Dancing with the Stars' final three couples face off two more times before Season 11's champion is crowned. Plus: The cast returns with new routines.

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