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Dancing with the Stars 15
Dancing with the Stars 15
Presented By: Tom Bergeron
Brooke Burke
Judges: Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli
Broadcast
Original Channel: ABC
Original Run: September 24, 2012 –
November 27, 2012
Season Champions
Celebrity Winner: Melissa Rycroft
Professional Winner: Tony Dovolani
Series Chronology
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Season 14
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The fifteenth season of Dancing with the Stars (also known as Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars) premiered on September 24, 2012.

The season featured twelve returning couples, deemed an "all-star cast".

Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke returned as hosts.

Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba all returned as judges.

On November 27, 2012, reality star Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani were announced as the winners; Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough placed second, and model Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy placed third.

DevelopmentEdit

The names of twelve returning celebrities were revealed on July 27, 2012. All 12 professionals from season 14 returned. A thirteenth contestant was chosen by the public, from either Sabrina Bryan, Kyle Massey or Carson Kressley. Bryan was announced the winner on August 27, 2012 over Kressley and Massey. Louis Van Amstel was partnered with Bryan, while the professional partners for the first twelve celebrities were revealed on August 13. Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke were the professionals with the most returning partners (3) and each reunited with one. Five contestants reunited with their original partners, while the other eight danced with new ones.

The returning members of the dance troupe for this season were Oksana Dmyrenko, Emma Slater, Sharna Burgess, Henry Byalikov, and Sasha Farber. Sonny Fredie Pedersen replaced Kiki Nyemchek.

This season is the only one to offer fractional (0.5) scores.

This is the first season where a couple performed a style of dance that no other couple performed: the waltz, danced only by Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel.

CouplesEdit

Couples Celebrity Occupation Previous result Professional partner Result
Pamela-Tristan-Promo15 Pamela
Anderson
Actress 6th place in
season 10
Tristan
MacManus
Eliminated 1st
on September 25, 2012
Joey-Kym-Promo4 Joey
Fatone
NSYNC singer
& actor
Runner-up in
season 4
Kym
Johnson
Eliminated 2nd
on October 2, 2012
Drew-Anna-Promo15 Drew
Lachey
Singer &
actor
Winner of
season 2
Anna
Trebunskaya
Eliminated 3rd
on October 9, 2012
Helio-Chelsie-Promo15 Hélio
Castroneves
Indy 500
driver
Winner of
season 5
Chelsie
Hightower
Eliminated 4th
on October 9, 2012
Bristol and Mark S15 Bristol
Palin
Teen
activist
3rd place in
season 11
Mark
Ballas
Eliminated 5th
on October 16, 2012
Sabrina-Louis-Promo15 Sabrina
Bryan
Singer 7th place in
season 5
Louis
Van Amstel
Eliminated 6th
on October 30, 2012
Kirstie-Maks-Promo15 Kirstie
Alley
Actress Runner-up in
season 12
Maksim
Chmerkovskiy
Eliminated 7th
on November 13, 2012
Gilles & Peta S15 Gilles
Marini
Actor Runner-up in
season 8
Peta
Murgatroyd
Eliminated 8th
on November 13, 2012
Apolo-Karina-Promo15 Apolo Anton
Ohno
Olympic
speed skater
Winner of
season 4
Karina
Smirnoff
Eliminated 9th
on November 20, 2012
Emmitt-Cheryl-Promo15 Emmitt
Smith
Retired NFL
player
Winner of
season 3
Cheryl
Burke
Eliminated 10th
on November 20, 2012
Kelly and Val S15 Kelly
Monaco
Model &
actress
Winner of
season 1
Valentin
Chmerkovskiy
Third Place
Shawn-Derek-Promo15 Shawn
Johnson
Retired Olympic
gymnast
Winner of
season 8
Derek
Hough
Runner-up
Melissa & Tony S15 Melissa
Rycrofy
Television
personality
3rd place in
season 8
Tony
Dovolani
Won

Scoring chartsEdit

Judge's scoring summaryEdit

ScoringChart-S15

Average scoring chartEdit

Couple Previous average New average
Pamela & Tristan 22.8 17.0
Joey & Kym 27.5 21.5
Drew & Anna 27.7 22.7
Hélio & Chelsie 27.1 23.3
Bristol & Mark 22.6 21.0
Sabrina & Louis 27.0 27.1
Kristie & Maks 24.7 24.2
Gilles & Peta 28.1 27.6
Apolo & Karina 27.5 27.3
Emmitt & Cheryl 26.8 26.8
Kelly & Val 22.3 26.8
Shawn & Derek 26.9 27.9
Melissa & Tony 26.8 28.0

Highest and lowest scoring performancesEdit

Dance Highest scored dancer(s) Highest score Lowest scored dancer(s) Lowest score
Cha-Cha-Cha Shawn Johnson 30 Pamela Anderson 17
Foxtrot Emmitt Smith 26.5 Kirstie Alley 19
Jive Apolo Anton Ohno 29 Kirstie Alley 21
Quickstep Melissa Rycroft 30 Bristol Palin 18
Tango Apolo Anton Ohno 29.5 Gilles Marini 25.5
Samba Melissa Rycroft 30 Kelly Monaco 24.5
Paso Doble Melissa Rycroft 30 Bristol Palin 22.5
Uncommon dances Gilles Marini
Shawn Johnson
29.5 Kirstie Alley 22.5
Rumba Sabrina Bryan
Apolo Anton Ohno
30 Shawn Johnson 27
Waltz Sabrina Bryan 29
Viennese Waltz Apolo Anton Ohno 30 Kirstie Alley 27
Fusion dance Shawn Johnson 30 Kirstie Alley 24
Salsa Emmitt Smith 30 Gilles Marini 29
Theme dances Shawn Johnson 30 Kelly Monaco 25.5
Argentine Tango Melissa Rycroft 30 Shawn Johnson 29
Freestyle Melissa Rycroft
Shawn Johnson
30 Kelly Monaco 29.5

Couples' highest and lowest scoring dancesEdit

Couples Highest scoring dance(s) Lowest scoring dance(s)
Melissa & Tony Quickstep, Paso doble, Argentine tango, Samba, & Freestyle (30) Foxtrot (21)
Shawn & Derek Tango/Paso doble fusion, Bhangra, Freestyle, & Cha-cha-cha (30) Foxtrot (22)
Kelly & Val Paso doble & Freestyle (29.5) Cha-cha-cha (21.5)
Emmitt & Cheryl Salsa (30) Quickstep (22.5)
Apolo & Karina Viennese Waltz & Rumba (30) Cha-cha-cha (22)
Gilles & Peta Bollywood, Quickstep & Rumba (29.5) Foxtrot (24)
Kirstie & Maks Rumba (27.5) Foxtrot (19)
Sabrina & Louis Rumba (30) Cha-cha-cha (22.5)
Bristol & Mark Rock n' Roll (24) Quickstep (18)
Hélio & Chelsie Quickstep (25.5) Foxtrot (21.5)
Drew & Anna Cha-cha-cha (24) Foxtrot (21.5)
Joey & Kym Quickstep (22.5) Cha-cha-cha (20.5)
Pamela & Tristan Cha-cha-cha (17) Cha-cha-cha (17)

Weekly scoresEdit

Unless indicated otherwise, individual judges scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.

Week 1Edit

Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Joey & Kym 20.5 (6.5, 7, 7) Cha-Cha-Cha "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" - Michael Jackson Safe
Shawn & Derek 22 (8, 6.5, 7.5) Foxtrot "Good Time" - Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepsen Safe
Sabrina & Louis 22.5 (7.5, 7.5, 7.5) Cha-Cha-Cha "What Makes You Beautiful" - One Direction Safe
Hélio & Chelsie 21.5 (7, 7.5, 7) Foxtrot "Pride and Joy" - Marvin Gaye Safe
Pamela & Tristan 17 (5.5, 5.5, 6) Cha-Cha-Cha "You Know I'm No Good" - Amy Winehouse Eliminated
Melissa & Tony 21 (7, 7, 7) Foxtrot "Big Spender" - from Sweet Charity Safe
Apolo & Karina 22 (7.5, 7, 7.5) Cha-Cha-Cha "Party Rock Anthem" - LMFAO Safe
Gilles & Peta 24 (8, 8, 8) Foxtrot "Call Me Irresponsible" - Bobby Darin Safe
Bristol & Mark 19.5 (6.5, 6.5, 6.5) Cha-Cha-Cha "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" - Pink Safe
Drew & Anna 21.5 (7, 7, 7.5) Foxtrot "Love Song" - Sara Bareilles Last to be called safe
Kelly & Val 21.5 (7, 7, 7.5) Cha-Cha-Cha "Bang Bang" - David Sanborn Safe
Kirstie & Maks 19 (6.5, 6, 6.5) Foxtrot "Set Fire to the Rain" - Adele Safe
Emmitt & Cheryl 24.5 (8, 8.5, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "Chain of Fools" - Aretha Franklin Safe

Week 2Edit

Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Melissa & Tony 23.5 (8, 8, 7.5) Jive "Shout" - The Isley Brothers Safe
Bristol & Mark 18 (6, 6, 6) Quickstep "Redneck Woman" - Gretchen Wilson Safe
Hélio & Chelsie 23 (8, 7.5, 7.5) Jive "Everybody Talks" - Neon Trees Last to be called safe
Apolo & Karina 24.5 (8.5, 8, 8) Quickstep "Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days" - Louis Prima Safe
Sabrina & Louis 26 (9, 8.5, 8.5) Quickstep 26 (9, 8.5, 8.5) Safe
Kirstie & Maks 21 (7, 7, 7) Jive "Non Non Rien N'a Changé" - Les Poppys Safe
Emmitt & Cheryl 22.5 (7.5, 7.5, 7.5) Quickstep "A Cool Cat In Town" - Tape Five Safe
Drew & Anna 22.5 (7.5, 7.5, 7.5) Jive "Dance, Dance" - Fall Out Boy Safe
Joey & Kym 22.5 (7.5, 7.5, 7.5) Quickstep "Creep" - Radiohead Eliminated
Shawn & Derek 25 (8.5, 8, 8.5) Jive "The Nicest Kids in Town" - from Hairspray Safe
Kelly & Val 22 (7.5, 7, 7.5) Quickstep "Who Says" - Selena Gomez & The Scene Safe
Gilles & Peta 25.5 (8.5, 8.5, 8.5) Jive "Don't Stop Me Now" - Queen Safe

Week 3: Iconic Dances WeekEdit

  • Celebrities must choose an iconic routine from the previous fourteen seasons and perform it but try to make it as "iconic" as it was previously.
  • There was also a double-elimination. Two couples were "in jeopardy" halfway through the hour, two more at the end, with one couple of each pair eliminated.
Couple Scores Dance Music Original couple Result
Drew & Anna 24 (8, 8, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "Crazy in Love" - Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z Joey & Ashly (season 1) Eliminated
Gilles & Peta 25.5 (8.5, 8.5, 8.5) Tango "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" - Eurythmics Erin & Maks (season 10) Safe
Melissa & Tony 27 (9, 9, 9) Samba "Conga" - Gloria Estefan J.R. & Karina (season 13) Safe
Apolo & Karina 25.5 (9, 8, 8.5) Foxtrot "Fever" - Michael Bublé Gilles & Cheryl (season 8) Safe
Kelly & Val 27 (9, 9, 9) Paso Doble "España cañí" - Erich Kunzel Laila & Maks (season 4) Safe
Kirstie & Maks 24 (8, 8, 8) Cha-Cha-Cha "Moves like Jagger" - Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera Carson & Anna (season 13) Safe
Sabrina & Louis 25.5 (8.5, 8.5, 8.5) Paso Doble "Free Your Mind" - En Vogue Mel B & Maks (season 5) Last to be called safe
Emmitt & Cheryl 25 (8.5, 8, 8.5) Paso Doble "Canción Del Mariachi" - Los Lobos ft. Antonio Banderas Mario & Karina (season 3) Safe
Hélio & Chelsie 25.5 (8.5, 8.5, 8.5) Quickstep "Mr. Pinstripe Suit" - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Apolo & Julianne (season 4) Eliminated
Bristol & Mark 22.5 (7.5, 7.5, 7.5) Paso Doble "Living on Video" - Trans-X Joanna & Derek (season 9) Safe
Shawn & Derek 26.5 (9, 8, 9.5) Quickstep "Hey Pachuco" - Royal Crown Revue Hélio & Julianne (season 5) Safe

Week 4: Opponents' Choice WeekEdit

Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Paula Abdul, Bruno Tonioli.

  • All of the celebrities chose a dance style for one of their opponents, as well as getting their style of dance chosen by a fellow competitor.
  • Paula Abdul served as guest judge.
  • Hélio & Chelsie would have danced Broadway, chosen by Shawn & Derek, had they not been eliminated.
Couple Scores Dance Music Chosen by Result
Kirstie & Maks 30 (7.5, 7.5, 7.5, 7.5) Charleston "Forty-Second Street" - from 42nd Street Sabrina & Louis Last to be called safe
Bristol & Mark 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) Rock 'n' Roll "At the Hop" - Danny and the Juniors Gilles & Peta (last style) Eliminated
Sabrina & Louis 35.5 (9, 9, 8.5, 9) Disco "You Should Be Dancing" - Bee Gees Kirstie & Maks Safe
Emmitt & Cheryl 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Bolero "Better in Time" - Leona Lewis Kelly & Val Safe
Gilles & Peta 39.5 (10, 9.5, 10, 10) Bollywood "Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)" - Pussycat Dolls ft. A.R. Rahman Bristol & Mark Safe
Melissa & Tony 37 (9, 9, 9.5, 9.5) Jitterbug "This Cat's on a Hot Tin Roof" - Brian Setzer Orchestra Apolo & Karina Safe
Shawn & Derek 39.5 (10, 9.5, 10, 10) Mambo "Para Los Rumberos" - Santana Hélio & Chelsie Safe
Apolo & Karina 34.5 (8.5, 9, 8.5, 8.5) Hip-Hop "Poison" - Bell Biv DeVoe Melissa & Tony Safe
Kelly & Val 37.5 (9, 9.5, 9.5, 9.5) Contemporary "Fix You" - Coldplay Emmitt & Cheryl Safe

Week 5: Guilty Pleasures WeekEdit

  • The two couples with the highest total cumulative points/average became "team captains" and chose teams to join them in the Team Freestyle; these captains were Gilles & Peta and Shawn & Derek.
  • Gilles & Peta's team consists of Kelly & Val, Emmitt & Cheryl, and Kirstie & Maks.
  • Shawn & Derek's team consists of Sabrina & Louis, Melissa & Tony, and Apolo & Karina.
  • Bristol & Mark would have joined the team who lost a member, had they not been eliminated.
  • Due to a presidential debate on October 22, this week of competition consisted of two performance shows - October 22 and 23.
  • There was no elimination, so all the couples returned to dance during Week Six.

Night 1

Couple Scores Dance Music
Kelly & Val 24.5 (8, 8, 8.5) Samba "Want U Back" - Cher Lloyd
Gilles & Peta 29.5 (10, 9.5, 10) Rumba "I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston
Kirstie & Maks 25.5 (8.5, 8.5, 8.5) Quickstep "Mrs. Robinson" - Simon and Garfunkel
Emmitt & Cheryl 29 (9.5, 9.5, 10) Samba "Copacabana" - Barry Manilow
Sabrina & Louis
Shawn & Derek
Melissa & Tony
Apolo & Karina
29.5 (9.5, 10, 10) Freestyle "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen

Night 2

Couple Scores Dance Music
Melissa & Tony 27 (9, 9, 9) Tango "Toxic" - Britney Spears
Shawn & Derek 27 (9, 8, 10) Rumba "My Heart Will Go On" - Celine Dion
Apolo & Karina 27 (8.5, 9.5, 9) Samba "Give It to Me Baby" - Rick James
Sabrina & Louis 29 (10, 9.5, 9.5) Waltz "So This Is Love" - from Cinderella
Kirstie & Maks
Emmitt & Cheryl
Kelly & Val
Gilles & Peta
27 (9, 9, 9) Freestyle "Gangnam Style" - Psy

Week 6: Country NightEdit

  • Each contestant and their partner danced to a country song, hence the name "Country Night.
  • Each individual routine included a solo portion by the celebrity member of the pair.
  • After all individual routines were performed, all of the couples did a group dance.
  • The couple that impressed the judges the most received 2 bonus points; that was Kirstie & Maks.
Couple Scores Dance Music Result
Gilles & Peta 27.5 (9, 9, 9.5) Cha-Cha-Cha "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" - Shania Twain Safe
Sabrina & Louis 30 (10, 10, 10) Rumba "Wanted" - Hunter Hayes Eliminated
Kelly & Val 27 (9, 9, 9) Tango "Good Girl" - Carrie Underwood Safe
Melissa & Tony 29.5 (9.5, 10, 10) Viennese Waltz "Why Ya Wanna" - Jana Kramer Safe
Shawn & Derek 28 (9.5, 8.5, 10) Cha-Cha-Cha "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" - Kenny Chesney Safe
Kirstie & Maks 27.5 (9.5, 8.5, 9.5) Rumba "Home" - Blake Shelton Safe
Apolo & Karina 30 (10, 10, 10) Viennese Waltz "Skin (Sarabeth)" - Rascal Flatts Last to be called safe
Emmitt & Cheryl 26.5 (8.5, 8.5, 9.5) Foxtrot "Islands in the Stream" - Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers Safe
Emmitt & Cheryl
Sabrina & Louis
Gilles & Peta
Kirstie & Maks
Shawn & Derek
Melissa & Tony
Kelly & Val
Apolo & Karina
N/A Group Country-western
(freestyle)
"Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" - Big & Rich
"I Play Chicken with a Train" - Cowboy Troy

Week 7: Dance Fusion WeekEdit

  • On the Week 6 Results Show, dance styles were chosen by the couples for each other, as was done for Opponent's Choice Week. For this week, however, a pair of dance styles was chosen that were to be "fused" together.
  • Due to the presidential election and effects of Hurricane Sandy for East Coast viewers, no elimination took place, so all remaining couples advanced to Week 8.
  • There was also a Swing dance marathon. Mark Ballas danced with Shawn Johnson in place of Derek this week due to Derek having an injury in his neck.
  • Sabrina & Louis would have danced a Tango/Foxtrot fusion, chosen by Emmitt & Cheryl, if they had not been eliminated.
Couple Scores Dance Music Chosen by
Apolo & Karina 27 (9, 9, 9) Cha-Cha-Cha
Paso Doble
"Scream" - Usher Gilles & Peta (last style)
Emmitt & Cheryl 27.5 (8.5, 9.5, 9.5) Rumba
Samba
"Fine By Me" - Andy Grammer Shawn & Derek
Kirstie & Maks 24 (8, 8, 8) Quickstep
Samba
"Sir Duke" - Stevie Wonder Apolo & Karina
Kelly & Val 27 (9, 9, 9) Foxtrot
Cha-Cha-Cha
"Don't Stop" - Gin Wigmore Sabrina & Louis
Melissa & Tony 29 (10, 9.5, 9.5) Tango
Cha-Cha-Cha
"Die Young" - Ke$ha Kirstie & Maks
Shawn & Mark 30 (10, 10, 10) Tango
Paso Doble
"Livin' On A Prayer" - Bon Jovi Melissa & Tony
Gilles & Peta 28.5 (9.5, 9.5, 9.5) Argentine Tango
Samba
"When I Get You Alone" - Robin Thicke Kelly & Val
Kirstie & Maks
Gilles & Peta
Apolo & Karina
Emmitt & Cheryl
Shawn & Mark
Kelly & Val
Melissa & Tony
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Swing Marathon "Do Your Thing" - Basement Jaxx

Week 8: Trio ChallengeEdit

  • All seven couples chose one professional that was either previously eliminated or participates in the dance troupe, to perform with them in their Latin routine.
  • There was also a double elimination.
  • In honor of Veterans Day, the first round featured performances to songs that pay homage to servicemen and women.
Couple
(Trio partner)
Scores Dance Music Result
Shawn & Derek
(Mark Ballas)
29.5 (10, 9.5, 10) Viennese Waltz "Angel" - Sarah McLachlan Safe
26 (10, 7, 9) Samba "Jungle Jazz" - Les Tambours du Bronx
Apolo & Karina
(Sasha Farber)
29.5 (10, 9.5, 10) Tango "Holding Out for a Hero" - Bonnie Tyler Last to be called safe
29 (9.5, 9.5, 10) Jive "Greased Lightnin'" - from Grease
Kirstie & Maks
(Tristan MacManus)
27 (9, 9, 9) Viennese Waltz "Hallelujah" - Leonard Cohen Eliminated
24 (8, 8, 8) Paso Doble "Bring Me to Life" - Evanescence
Kelly & Val
(Louis Van Amstel)
28 (9.5, 9, 9.5) Viennese Waltz "I'll Be" - Edwin McCain Safe
28.5 (9.5, 9.5, 9.5) Jive "Animal" - Neon Trees
Gilles & Peta
(Chelsie Hightower)
29.5 (9.5, 10, 10) Quickstep "Danger Zone" - Kenny Loggins Eliminated
29 (9.5, 10, 9.5) Salsa "Rebelión" - Joe Arroyo
Emmitt & Cheryl
(Kym Johnson)
28 (9, 9.5, 9.5) Viennese Waltz "Love Letters" - Ketty Lester Safe
30 (10, 10, 10) Salsa "Mr. Saxobeat" - Alexandra Stan
Melissa & Tony
(Henry Byalikov)
30 (10, 10, 10) Quickstep "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" - The Andrew Sisters Safe
30 (10, 10, 10) Paso Doble "Rumour Has It" - Adele

Week 9: SemifinalsEdit

  • The couples performed one unlearned dance to a song from Michael Jackson's album Bad and one dance chosen by the other couples. The theme of the last dance was also chosen by the other couples.
  • Gilles and Peta would have danced the "Mad Monk" Merengue, chosen by Apolo and Karina, had they not been eliminated.
  • There is also another double elimination this week, due to the Finals.
Couple Scores Dance Music Chosen by Result
Melissa & Tony 27.5 (9, 9.5, 9) "Caveman" Hustle "Walk the Dinosaur" - Was (Not Was) Kelly & Val Safe
30 (10, 10, 10) Argentine Tango "Dirty Diana" - Michael Jackson
Shawn & Derek 30 (10, 10, 10) "Knight Rider" Bhangra "Mundian to Bach Ke" - Panjabi MC Emmitt & Cheryl Safe
29 (9, 10, 10) Argentine Tango "Bad" - Michael Jackson
Apolo & Karina 27 (8.5, 9, 9.5) "Big Top" Jazz "What You Waiting For?" - Gwen Stefani Gilles & Peta Eliminated
30 (10, 10, 10) Rumba "Man in the Mirror" - Michael Jackson
Emmitt & Cheryl 27 (9, 9, 9) "Espionage" Lindy Hop "Secret Agent Man" - Johnny Rivers Shawn & Derek Eliminated
27 (9, 9, 9) Tango "Leave Me Alone" - Michael Jackson
Kelly & Val 25.5 (8, 9, 8.5) "Surfer" Flamenco "Malagueña" - Brian Setzer Melissa & Tony (last style) Safe
28.5 (9.5, 9.5, 9.5) Rumba "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" - Michael Jackson

Week 10: FinalsEdit

  • Each couple performed their favorite dance of the season, along with a super-sized freestyle on night one, and an instant dance on night two in which they had to choose their dance style as well as their music the night of the competition.
  • Each couple was allowed to bring in extra performers for their freestyle only.
Couple Scores Dance Music Guest performer Result
Kelly & Val 29.5 (9.5, 10, 10) Paso Doble "España cañí" - Erich Kunzel Troupe members &
church choir
Third place
29.5 (10, 9.5, 10) Freestyle "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
28.5 (9.5, 9.5, 9.5) Instant Jive "Cat and Mouse" - Nikki & Rich
Melissa & Tony 30 (10, 10, 10) Samba "Conga" - Gloria Estefan Trapeze artists Winner
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "I Was Here" - Beyoncé
28.5 (9.5, 9.5, 9.5) Instant Samba "Life Is a Highway" - Rascal Flatts
Shawn & Derek 27 (9, 8.5, 9.5) Quickstep "Hey Pachuco" - Royal Crown Revue Fierce Five Runner-up
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "Carnaval de Paris" - Dario G
30 (10, 10, 10) Instant Cha-Cha-Cha "Respect" - Aretha Franklin

TriviaEdit

  • The finale marked the first time three female celebrities competed head-to-head for the mirror ball trophy.
  • Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke were the professionals with the most returning partners (3) and each reunited with one.
  • Season 8 saw the most returning contestants, with 3 out of the 13 contestants coming from that season.

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