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Four couples remain - but only one will take coveted mirrorball trophy - on 'Dancing with the Stars' finale

by jmaloni


Fri, Nov 22nd 2013 07:00 am

Musical performances from Kellie Pickler, TLC, Lady Antebellum, Enrique Iglesias, Ylvis and Colbie Caillat

After 10 weeks of entertaining, stylized dancing from Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Bill Engvall and Emma Slater and Amber Riley and Derek Hough, only one couple will be crowned "Dancing with the Stars" champions. These four remaining couples will have one last opportunity to impress the judges and the viewers Monday, Nov. 25 (8 p.m.), concluding with the season finale, Tuesday, Nov. 26 (9 p.m.) on the ABC Television Network.

On Monday, "Dancing with the Stars" season 16 champion Kellie Pickler returns to open up the show with her country hit "Little Bit Gypsy," accompanied by the pro dancers. The four remaining couples will then compete in three rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple will take on the "Judges Pick" and repeat a selected routine from earlier in the season. In round two, the couples will be challenged to a samba relay, where each pair dances to a different section of the same song. The samba relay will be accompanied by 90s hip-hop group TLC, who will perform their classic hit "No Scrubs." In the last round, and one of the biggest competitive dances of the season, the couples take on a supersized freestyle featuring special effects, additional dancers and unexpected surprises. At the end of night, one couple will be eliminated based on the previous weeks' viewer votes, combined with the judges' scores from Monday night. 

In the two-hour season finale Tuesday, and in the last element of competition, the couples will perform a new routine as part of a "24 Hour Fusion Challenge." During Monday night's show, the remaining couples will choose songs for their competitors that fuse two contrasting dance styles and they'll all have less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges' points the following night. 

The finale will feature performances by Lady Antebellum, who will perform new single "Compass," and Enrique Iglesias will sing his current hit "Heart Attack." The entire celebrity cast returns, including Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Brant Daugherty, Keyshawn Johnson, Christina Milian, Bill Nye, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Leah Remini and Valerie Harper, who will dance with partner Tristan MacManus to a version of "What a Wonderful World" by singer Colbie Caillat. In addition, Ylvis will perform hit single "The Fox," accompanied by select celebrity and pro dancers.

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 17 champion.

Hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet, "Dancing with the Stars" is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines, which are judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

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