LIVE CHAT: Dancing With The Stars All-Stars FINAL tonight, 8 p.m. Eastern

Who will win: Shawn, Melissa, or Kelly? The finals start tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern. Join our live Communities chat for commentary and cheering. Photo: ABC/Communities collage

SAN DIEGO, November 25, 2012 –  The Mirror Ball Trophy will find a new home this week with either Shawn Johnson, Melissa Rycroft, or Kelly Monaco as the winner of the All-Stars Season of “Dancing With The Stars.”  The two-part finale begins Monday, November 25, with the final competition dance and crowning of the winner on Tuesday, November 26. 

Each of the couples will perform two dances Monday night. First is a dance chosen by the couple from previous performances this season, one the judges believe will show improvement over the course of competition. The couples are allowed to include new music and new choreography.

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy have chosen their paso doble, Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough will perform their quickstep to “Hey Pachuco;” Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni will perform their samba.

The second dance is the highlight of the season for many fans, the freestyle dance. Each couple can choose whatever music they like and there are no rules for the performance at all. This is where the choices and not the skills can make or break the star’s chances of winning.

The three pros need to play to their star’s strengths, make it challenging but not so difficult that there are any obvious mistakes, and not do “too much messing about” as Len Goodman is fond of saying. The dances need to be wow the fans so they will be energized and vote.

fter the one-hour performance show on Monday, the couples will come back and dance one last routine on Tuesday night, the “24 Hour Challenge.” Competitors will be given music right after Monday night’s show, and must then come up with a dance of their choice. The routine will be scored on the same 30-point system as the other dances this season, so the judges get the final say. 

Who will win? Who is your favorite? What are your thoughts about the All-Star Season? Join us tonight for a live chat with your Communities friends in the virtual ballroom. Be sure you’re on time at 8 p.m. Eastern. The show is only one hour tonight.


Join Communities ball room dance expert Gayle Falkenthal and TV Den’s Lisa King for tonight’s live chat and offer your thoughts as to who is winning or losing, and who will take home the Mirror Ball Trophy Tuesday night!


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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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