November 27th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

'DWTS: All-Stars' finalists take it to the next level

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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  1. tuy can

    Melissa won because she was rewarded , Shawn did not in because she was denied the second mirrorball trophy ../.

    December 2, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. MIchele...

    i've heard that song and dance 872, 673, 321 times ....bye fierce oh and xo to charlie

    November 28, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. michele

    Wake up people, this was the all stars and the rules changed. I don't know about you, but I am glad they did. No star should have played it safe, although many did. I applaud Shawn and Derek for the excitement and redidulously perfect routines they brought us. Shawn never missed a step and did it mostly in heels, which is a far cry from a barefoot floor routine that she is used to. I have watched the show since season 2 and I am a huge fan of the freestyle dance, but I am picky about it. I want it to be high energy with lots of tricks and a showcase of dance styles. Shawn is the only one who achieved that just as she has done all season. I am very disappointed that the sympathy vote won even though Melissa is a good dancer. I am also not a fan of Tony D's choreography especially his freestyles.

    November 27, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Diane W

    Please tell me this is the last time it will ever be is so fixed and I did not watch a single episode this year because I can't stand that @#$!& Melissa, as soon as I heard this years lineup I knew they would let her win, repeat LET!!!

    November 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. y nelson

    Derek and Shawn may have broken the rules but they are right as far entertaining the public. They were a blast to watch every week where Melissa and Kelly danced the same old routines. BORING!!!! This is All Stars not the regular DWTS and they should have given more leeway because of that. GO DEREK AND SHAWN!!!!!!!!

    November 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Moe

    Come on people, the ratings on this show are way down because everyone is bored to death with watching the same old thing. The judges obviously are pushing Melissa but Derek has the right idea to try to put a little excitement into this to keep people watching. Let's face it Melissa and Kelly are like clones of each other and most people are looking for something different. Derek is way above all these other pros and doesn't have the big ego to go with it. I also feel that the dance from Dirty Dancing is something sacred never to be done again by anyone and Val certainly is no Patrick Swayze!

    November 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sharron

    I love them all, but I do think Melissa is the BEST. I would like Kelly to win, but she did make a slip. Shawn went against the rules but depended on her fans rather than the judges. I guess I'm on Team Melissa!!!!

    November 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dawn ferguson

    mellissa and tony hands down were the best this season got all my votes hope they win

    November 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. imnoliar

    The only way Melissa will win is because society is getting tired of her being the runner-up.Especially after that Bachelor Finale.She will never be happy until she wins big on national t.v!!!That Bachelor scarred her but of course she got over being so in love just after a few months...Umm-hmmm

    November 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steffanie

    No fair having the "Fierce Five" with Shawn and Derek....Did the others know they were allowed to have people from outside the show included in their routine? Why not Chris Brown? Or Usher? Or Beiber? No Fair!

    November 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol F

      Yes, it was fair. Hey, they were all given the same rules about bringing in outsiders for that dance. Who was that choir that Melissa had? Who were those dancers hanging in those squares over the dance floor? They were told to bring in who they wanted. Did they ask Usher? Beiber?

      November 28, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
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    November 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff

    I'm definitly sticking with team Shawn Johnson. She has blond hair and that is just better. I think she will definitly win.

    November 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. t

    This is dancing with the stars, not gymnastics with the stars. Shaun and Derek didn't follow the rules. One week he didn't perform because his neck hurt. Melissa and Tony were injured, but they still danced. Melissa even went to the hospital on a stretcher. Almost every dance Shaun and Derek performed had gymnastics included. The judges are pro Shaun and Derek. And Inaba, what an embarrassment. They need new judges, and the couples performing the same routine to the same music. And why is Derek always paired with a "fit" younger partner? Because they want him to win...
    Although Melissa & Tony DANCED the best and deserve the trophy, Shaun and Derek will probably "win"...

    November 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mh

      Tony and Melissa! Shawn is just doing her gymnastics and not dancing. Kelly is always so sad – never looks happy and she makes me sad to watch.

      November 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • to be fair

      Derek didn't stay out of a dance "because his neck hurt." He didn't dance because he had a ruptured vertebrae in his neck and spinal fluid was leaking out. This has been a problem before and he actually needs surgery to correct it. He wasn't cleared by the medical staff to dance, while Tony and Melissa both were. Get the facts straight.

      November 28, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Chuckles

    I believe that if you look at last nights dances they were great. But the one thing that I did see somethings that seemed a little fishy to me. The first thing started with the first dance she made a mistake and the judges said so but she still gets 2 tens. NO WAY!!! The second is yes Shawn and Derek did break some rules but how can you judge them so harshly but let the first one get two tens. I voted for Shawn and Derek because I look at the whole season and who has been the most consistent, not just the past few weeks but from week one and from the final three that is Shawn and Derek. This is the first time she has been on the bottom and who wouldn't mind being on the bottom with Derek just saying. Go Shawn and Derek and to be the judges are pro Melissa.

    November 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Crain

      If Shawn and Derek win knowing they broke the rules are we sending a message to our young people that it is ok to break the rules as long as you win.

      November 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Linda

    I have been watching dancing with the stars since the first show, but I will not watch it any more. What was a great dance show has turned into nothing but filth. Kissing and acting badly is not my idea of dancing. Its just filth and Maybe the dancers need to put a few more clothes on. Junk, thats all it is and I do not think it will last much longer. Alot of people are sick of those professional acting unprofessional

    November 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  16. CGT

    Shawn and Derek's routine was more like a gymnastic exibition than a dance. Go Melissa and Tony !! And I liked how Lynn said he'd given Melissa and Tony a 10.5 (or was than an 11?) if he could.

    November 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  17. shannon griffin

    A rule is a rule and when it is broken the first time and they are reprimanded about it yes I could continue to see that they get my vote. but after knowing the judges opinion and knowing that during that type of dance there is no break and they said so what we are doing it again, that is just a slap in the judges face and disrespect not to mention not fair to those who stick to the rules and still came out doing a better job and gettign a higher score. Shame on Shawn and Derke. my by far the best dancer this season is Melissa and she followed rules. so I voted for Melissa and Tony as many times as I could. they deserve the trophy this year. hands down. TEAM MELISSA/TONY 🙂

    November 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Come on people, we all know Derek can break any rule he wants and will still win. The first time they broke the rules a slap on the wrist. Second time should be disqualified. Go team Melissa andTony.

      November 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Kim H

    Personally it is the all-stars, and I think that the rules should be broken. I have the sneaky feeling that while I have wanted Shawn to win, Melissa will win. Why?? Because she hasn't won. Plain and simple. I think that is how they are going to "spin" it. Am I upset?? Will I be like a lot of others on the boards that are furious and will never watch again? Heck no!!! Its reality TV, its entertainment and its fun!!

    November 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • shannon griffin

      Melissa has beent he best dancer through this whole season and if she wins its because shes better than Shawn. I believe she is and I believe her and Tony are the deserving winners tonight, not because they havent won but because they are simply the best and any real dancer out there knows that. breaking the rules are immaterial at this point the best dancer last night was simply Melissa.

      November 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alice

      That is definitely the narrative the show wants. And there are a couple of dances of Melissa's I remember – the country one that showed off her ballet training was nice- but my favorite dances this year have all been Shawn's. It has been obvious that this season the scores matter even less because the All-Stars have pre-establised fan bases, so while the judges might bristle at having their irrelvance highlighted, I don't blame Derek for thinking strategcically. And also, if I were Shawn and I knew I only had 3 dances left, I would SO want to dance Hey Pachuko again, it looks really fun! (Although I would have liked to see them to repeat the Paso-Tango, since she never got to dance it with Derek on the show.)

      November 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Lynn

    They got our votes for being all-star dancers, all-star performers, and an all-star couple!!! For every one rule follower that abondens them, 10 innovators will have their backs...why...because it's DWTS ALL-STARS...these rules aren't laws, and for this season they were made to be broken!

    November 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Dee

    And for breaking the rules I did not vote for Shawn and Derek. Go Tony and Melissa!!

    November 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • shannon griffin

      Dee, thank you for agreeing with me. I believe rules are there for a reason or every dance would be a freestyle/ I believe Melissa is the best dancer anyhow and I am also TEAM MELISSA/TONY.

      November 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |

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