Tonight marks the season ender of Dancing with the Stars. After last night's final showdown, viewers will finally learn who will take home the coveted mirror ball trophy. Some people think that Gilles Marini has the competition in the bag but Melissa Rycroft and Shawn Johnson appear to have the most loyal supporters.
So who will be crowned winner? Dancing with the Stars veterans have weighed in on the finale and revealed who they are rooting for.
Brooke Burke, who took home the disco-ball trophy last season, says that Gilles and Cheryl Burke have the hottest chemistry in the history of the show and for that reason alone, she's rooting for the French actor.
"I was two feet from them and my heart was pounding," Brooke said. "And it's not just him--them together just exudes sensuality. That's my pick!"
On the other hand, Lacey Schwimmer, professional partner to Lance Bass and Steve-O, reveals that she adores Shawn but, like Brooke, Gilles is her pick.
"He is so talented and he's one of the nicest guys I've ever met," Lacey said. "So I'm going for Gilles. A lot of people are saying Melissa, but I personally don't know if she'll win."
As for Shannon Elizabeth, who danced with her now boyfriend Derek Hough, she also believes that Gilles is going to win. However, she's still voting for Shawn and Mark Ballas.
"Mark is like [Derek's] brother, so we're rooting for Mark right now," she said.
Meanwhile, season 5 champ HÃ©lio Castroneves has something to say about Melissa and partner Tony Dovolani, a pair who has consistently churned out great performances.
"She has habits, she was a ballerina for so long," Castroneves said. "She's very graceful and we know she can dance. She already has the finesse, now she needs to perform to the audience even more."
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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