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Four couples remain, but only one can take home mirrorball trophy on 'Dancing with the Stars'

by jmaloni


Fri, Nov 21st 2014 02:35 pm

After 10 weeks of competitive dancing spanning a variety of styles from the cha-cha to the quickstep to the Viennese waltz and more, Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson, Bethany Mota and Derek Hough, Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas remain in the competition, but only one couple will be crowned "Dancing with The Stars" season 19 champion.

Will the injured frontrunner Ribeiro break the two-and-a-half-year reign of women winning the mirrorball? Or will Mota and record five-time winner Hough bring home the trophy? With the four couples all receiving perfect scores from the judges this season, it is anyone's game. 

In the two-part finale, all will have one last opportunity to impress the judges and viewers beginning Monday, Nov. 24 (8 p.m.) and concluding with the season finale, Tuesday, Nov. 25 (9 p.m.), on the ABC Television Network.

On Monday, the remaining couples will compete in two rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple will take on the "Judges Pick" and perform a dance they previously performed this season that the judges have selected. In the second round, the couples take on the biggest competitive dance of the season, a freestyle routine featuring special effects, additional dancers and unexpected surprises.

The night continues by celebrating the new, contemporary spin on the classic show "Annie," coming to movie theaters Dec. 19. "Annie" stars Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne and Quvenzhané Wallis. Talented young dancers will join Wallis to perform a dance to "It's The Hard-Knock Life," choreographed by Mandy Moore. Then, at the end of night, one couple will be eliminated based on the previous weeks' viewer votes combined with the judges' scores from the previous Monday night. 

The season finale on Tuesdaykicks off with "Dancing with the Stars: Road to the Finals" (8 p.m.). This one-hour special chronicles the journey of the remaining couples, revealing never-before-seen moments, director's cut-style commentary on their past dances, and the judges' expert opinions on what to expect in the two-hour grand finale. 

The night continues with the season finale at 9 p.m. The show is packed with exciting surprises and kicks off with a high-energy all cast performance featuring a reunion of all 13 of this season's couples, the judges and hosts. Then, as decided on by a Twitter vote, one of the four finalists will perform their freestyle dance as an encore.

At the end of the night, the public vote from Monday night will be combined with the judges' scores from both nights to crown the season 19 champion.

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the "Dancing with the Stars" broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode Monday on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT, and closing at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT the next day. A custom Facebook app lets fans vote, share whom they voted for and say why, as well as see whom friends voted for.

Two-time champion and actress Julianne Hough joins Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges' desk. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Tom Bergeron ("America's Funniest Home Videos") and Erin Andrews (sports host, "Dancing with the Stars" season 10 finalist), "Dancing with the Stars" is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines vying for a chance to win the coveted mirrorball trophy.

The "Dancing with the Stars: Live! Tour" will launch Dec. 27 in Niagara Falls. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.dwtstour.com/. During the official 90-minute show, "Dancing with the Stars" dancers will choreograph new, never-before-seen numbers and re-create some of the show's most memorable moments. Mark Ballas, Witney Carson, Sasha Farber, Keo Motsepe and two-time champion (and "Dancing with the Stars Australia" judge) Kym Johnson are the first dancers revealed to be on the 38-city North American tour. Further announcements will be made throughout the season.

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