After ten grueling weeks, "Dancing with the Stars" is ready to crown its All-Star champ! Monday night, the top three finalists -- Shawn Johnson, Kelly Monaco and Melissa Rycroft -- hit the ballroom in full force, but only one couple received back-to-back perfect scores.
The competitors on "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" performed two full routines Monday night, leading up to tonight's double elimination. The first, a combination of a new dance style to an offbeat theme, and the second, a tribute to Michael Jackson's album, "Bad."
Olympian Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough led the charge with a score of 59 out of 60 for the evening, performing to the Indian folk dance, Bhangra, with a "Knight Rider" theme. Judge Len Goodman exclaimed after their routine, “Shut up, close the door, call me Mary: I tell you: This dynamite was fantastic."
"Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" Week 8 welcomed yet another, never-before-seen format to the ballroom. On top of their partner routine, couples were challenged to perform a trio dance with an eliminated pro or member of the "DWTS" troupe.
Former "Bachelorette" Melissa Rycroft "rose" to the occasion, scoring perfect 10s throughout the evening. Her graceful quickstep earned praise from judge Bruno Tonioli, who compared her performance with Tony Dovolani to that of "Ann Miller and Gene Kelly. It was as good as the best America has ever produced." Troupe member Henry Byalikov joined Melissa and Tony for a trio Paso Doble, earning her the "most impressed" award from judge Len Goodman.
On Monday night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars," the all-star celebrities had complete creative control, and the pressure was on for this week's double elimination. Gymnast Shawn Johnson and partner Derek Hough stepped up their game while Bristol Palin broke down backstage.
Shawn and Derek kicked off their routine with rule-breaking flips off trampolines and ended by jumping off the stage onto mats. Their performance received a two-minute standing ovation and was called the "best dance of all 15 seasons" by judge Bruno Tonioli.
Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics Sunday due to a longtime knee injury.
"Dancing with the Stars" season 8 champs Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas claimed their title in Hollywood on Tuesday night -- and by Wednesday, the two conquered Manhattan!
Shawn and Mark showed off their moves on a dance floor in Times Square during a performance on "Good Morning America."
A champion has been crowned! Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and professional partner Mark Ballas are the winners of "Dancing with the Stars" season 8! Shawn is the youngest star to compete in the history of the show.
The 17-year-old has had an incredibly busy year. Before winning the coveted mirror ball statue, Johnson won a gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. In the middle of her junior year of high school, Shawn left her home in Iowa for California to try her luck on the "Dancing with the Stars" ballroom floor.
In March, a man in search of Johnson was arrested for trespassing on the CBS lot, after which Johnson and her family filed a restraining order against 34-year-old Robert O'Ryan. He was later charged with felony stalking and two counts of carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
Actor Gilles Marini and partner Cheryl Burke placed second in the competition and "The Bachelor's" Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani came in third.
Last night saw the dances that counted the most on the eighth season of "Dancing with the Stars," and finalists Gilles Marini, Melissa Rycroft and Shawn Johnson were at their flipping, twirling and hip-shaking best!
Each pair of dancers performed a paso doble and a freestyle dance. As expected, Gilles and partner Cheryl tore up the floor with their paso doble, which was full of passion and "intensity," according to head judge Len. Gilles nailed the dance and landed a perfect score of 30. His freestyle didn't fare as well -- Cheryl choreographed a "Flashdance" style routine that Carrie Ann said highlighted Cheryl's skills more than Gilles'. The quasi-cheesy number earned the duo a 28.
Dark horse Shawn Johnson was a bit too technical with her paso doble, which Carrie Ann said lacked the emotional connection needed to wow the judging panel, but it did earn the tiny Olympian a 28. She was more commanding during the freestyle competition with choreography created by partner Mark Ballas -- which was joyful, bubbly, confident and included lots of flips. The dance seemed tailor-made to fit the gymnast's personality, and earned her a perfect 30.
"Bachelor" reject Melissa Rycroft trailed behind both Johnson and Marini last night. Her paso doble was performed well, although she stumbled at one point after a high kick. Len praised this paso as "more convincing" than her last, and she earned a 29. The former cheerleader's freestyle didn't sit as well with the judges -- the fast, hip-hop choreography wasn't the best choice for Rycroft, and both Carrie Ann and Bruno thought the choreography seemed "disjointed." She ended with a score of 27.
Shawn and Gilles are tied for first, with Melissa trailing just two points behind. The competition could be anyone's for the taking, so it's unclear who will win the mirror ball trophy. Find out tonight when "Dancing with the Stars" airs on ABC.