November 27th, 2012
10:05 AM ET
Finals week on "Dancing With the Stars" typically means contestants and their pro partners going that extra mile to win love from the judges and viewers.
Last night's "All-Stars" finale was no different, with the three remaining contestants dazzling the audience with thunderous performances.
Melissa Rycroft was the big winner after the first night of performances, garnering a pair of perfect scores for her samba and freestyle. Rycroft has been on fire the last three weeks of competition, with five perfect scores in her last six dances. Can the former "Bachelor" contestant take home her first Mirrorball?
Gymnast Shawn Johnson also landed a perfect 30 for a freestyle routine that featured the 2012 U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team, but it was also her first dance that featured some controversy.
Johnson and pro partner Derek Hough opted to repeat their "Hey Pachuco" quickstep from six weeks ago for their favorite dance, and the performance, while a definite crowd-pleaser, disappointed the judges.
Once again, the judges blasted Johnson and Hough for breaking the rules of the quickstep in their "Hey Pachuco" dance, giving them just a 27 for their effort. But at this point in the competition, Johnson doesn't seem to mind that she's breaking the rules of the show. Can this new "bad girl" of "DWTS" become a two-time champ?
As for actress Kelly Monaco, she garnered a pair of 29.5's for her paso doble and freestyle, the latter of which was a tribute to "Dirty Dancing." The soap star has been somewhat of an afterthought, but Monaco has remained consistent throughout the season, and a loyal fan following could lead her to a second Mirrorball.
Tonight, the final three will perform an "Instant Dance," and a winner will be crowned.
Click on the video above to hear what the performers thought of the finale's first night, and let us know below who you think will be tonight's big winner!
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