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'Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars' topped by Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani heading into final dance


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/27/2012 

Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars' leaderboard is topped by Melissa Rycroft and professional dance partner Tony Dovolani heading into the competition's final dance.

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The reality TV star and Dovolani finished in first place on the judges' leaderboard during Dancing with the Stars' final fifteenth-season performance show on ABC Monday night.

Last night's broadcast featured each of the three remaining All-Star couples dancing two individual routines -- one being their favorite dance of the season they wanted to perfect, and the other being a supersized freestyle in which the pairs could take charge creatively and enhance the routine by utilizing extra performers.

Rycroft and Dovolani topped the leaderboard after they received a perfect 60 out of 60 possible points for their two dances from Dancing with the Stars judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. The couple received 30 out of 30 possible points for their recreated samba routine and then earned the same perfect score for their contemporary supersized freestyle.

Soap star Kelly Monaco and partner Val Chmerkovskiy finished in second place on the judges' leaderboard with 59 total points. Monaco and Chmerkovskiy danced their selected paso doble routine which received 29.5 points from the judges and then followed it up with a Dirty Dancing-themed freestyle that earned an additional 29.5 points.

Third -- and last -- place went to Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson and partner Derek Hough. The couple racked in a total of 57 points after earning only 27 for their favorite yet previously low-scored and risky quickstep routine and then a perfect score of 30 for their subsequent freestyle. Johnson's freestyle featured the Gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team.  

Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars' finals has three female celebrities competing for the mirror-ball trophy for the first time in the show's history. Monaco and Johnson have both been crowned Dancing with the Stars champions in prior seasons. Johnson won the show's eighth season with partner Mark Ballas in 2009, while Monaco won Dancing with the Stars' inaugural season in 2005 with partner Alec Mazo.

Rycroft, who finished in third place with Dovolani during the eighth edition of Dancing with the Stars, is the only remaining finalist who has never won the title.

Tonight's finale broadcast of the reality dance competition will feature the three remaining couples performing an "instant dance" in which they must choose to perform either a jive, cha cha or samba routine for additional points which will be added to their Monday night judges' scores.

The total judges' scores will then be combined with the results of Monday night's home viewer voting and the night will conclude with one couple winning Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars.

(Photo credit ABC)


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