The Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars finale marks the first time in the show’s history that three women have made the final three. And it’s a competitive group of women — Shawn Johnson, Melissa Rycroft and Kelly Monaco all have a decent shot at winning. So what can we expect in this last week of competition?

Weird Finale Scheduling

Of course, since this is the big moment we’ve all been waiting for, the schedule is a little unusual. The first night of the DWTS finale will start on Monday, November 26 at 8pm as usual. This will, however, be a shortened episode, ending at 9pm.

The second night may cause even more trouble. The final episode of Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars will run from 9pm to 11pm on Tuesday, November 27.

The Performances

The remaining three couples will perform two dances apiece on Monday night. The first will be an encore of a favorite dance from earlier in the season. The second will be a freestyle — but we are not talking about just any freestyle. This will be a “Super-Sized Freestyle.” For this, each couple can add extra performers as desired. And as for the actual style, anything goes.

It’s definitely going to be flashy.

For the non-freestyle dances we will get:

  • Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: Quickstep
  • Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: Samba
  • Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy: Paso Doble

Tuesday Night

The final episode of the All-Stars season will feature two hours of returning performances and the last of the eliminations. Each of the 10 eliminated couples will return to remind us of their more memorable routines throughout the evening.

After that is through, the three couples in the finale will have to perform an “Instant Dance.” Given a dance style and music just before they have to perform, these performances will earn the final points used to determine the winner for the season.

And then someone gets a Mirror Ball.

The Standings

This is a close one. It’s a close one between the top two couples anyway — only half a point in cumulative scores separates Shawn & Derek from Melissa & Tony. So it’s safe to say that those couples are evenly matched. Kelly and Val are trailing considerably, but they have already demonstrated a strong ability to get fan support when points fail.

1. Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough — 332 total points
2. Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani — 331.5 total points
3. Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy — 314.5 total points

Who do you think will win the Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars Mirror Ball Trophy? Who do you want to win? Leave your comments below!

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Laurel Brown

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Laurel grew up in Mamaroneck, NY, Grosse Pointe, MI and Bellevue WA. She then went on to live in places like Boston, Tucson, Houston, Wales, Tanzania, Prince Edward Island and New York City before heading back to Seattle. Ever since early childhood, when she became addicted to The Muppet Show, Laurel has watched far too much TV. Current favorites include ChuckModern FamilySupernaturalMad Men and Community. Laurel received a BA in Astrophysics (yes, that is possible) from Colgate University and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and History of Science from Columbia University before she realized that television is much better than studying.