Jennifer Grey, Derek Hough take lead in 'Dancing with the Stars' finale
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/23/2010
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough cemented their standing as the couple to beat during last night's final Dancing with the Stars' eleventh-season performance show on ABC.
The actress and her professional partner -- who had already previously topped the judges' leaderboard for seven of the competition's first ten weeks -- received a combined perfect score of 60 out of 60 possible points for their two Monday night routines.
Disney Channel star Kyle Massey and his partner Lacey Schwimmer finished in second place with 56 out of 60 points, while teen mom Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas placed third with 53 points out of 60.
Grey and Hough received a perfect 30 out of 30 score for their initial paso doble dance during the performance show's "redemption" round, which required the three couples to re-perform a prior dance that either earned them a low score or failed to impress the judges.
Grey and Hough also received an additional 30 points during the "freestyle" round, which allowed the celebrities to perform any style of dance with their partner and show off their personality and strengths as a dancer. The couple chose to pay a tribute to Dirty Dancing, the movie Grey once starred in.
Massey and Schwimmer earned 27 points for their initial foxtrot performance and 29 points during the "freestyle" round for their hip-hop-inspired routine.
Palin and Ballas received 27 points for their jive during the "redemption" round and earned an additional 25 points during the "freestyle" round, where they performed a Broadway-inspired waltz based on Chicago.
Each of the three remaining couples will perform two more routines, where the scores they receive will contribute to their final combined judges' score total, but home viewers' votes will not be cast.
Dancing with the Stars' eleventh-season mirror ball trophy winner will then be revealed based on the combination of the judges' score shares for the dancers' Monday and Tuesday night performances, and the share of home viewer votes cast immediately after Monday night's broadcast.