I'm ready to find out who the final three will be on Dancing With the Stars. I learned my lesson (don't assume!) last week, when I was certain that Chelsie Hightower and Ty Murray would get the boot.
After a fun performance by Raphael Saadiq, there's a quick recap of last night's performance, which you can read about here on Reality Check, and Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas redance the Argentine tango, the judges' favorite performance Monday night.
Reigning champ Brooke Burke and former champs Helio Castroneves and Drew Lachey discuss the Top 4. (Check out those links to see them dance!) Brooke wants to see Melissa Rycroft "dirty it up a bit." Helio says, "Wow!" Gilles Marini can dance! They all say Ty has a lot of heart. They want driven Shawn to relax a bit.
Next up is our pick-the-next-star dance off. The winner will be teamed up with a celebrity next season. I'm disappointed that Afton DelGrosso is gone. Boo America for not voting for her. Mayo Alanen is dancing the cha cha and tango with Kym Johnson. Mayo is choreographing the dance (as will Anna Demidova for her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy). I cannot get over how gosh darn tall Mayo is. Judge Len Goodman says their tango showed the world just what he likes about ballroom dancing. Judge Bruno Tonlioli says they used their partner to their best advantage. Carrie Ann Inaba said the choreography was impressive and traditional, but that she wanted to see more personality.
Anna and Maks do a quickstep. (They break the hold!) It's quite bubbly. Bruno says it was lightning fast and radiant. Carrie Ann says any celebrity would be lucky to have her as a partner. Len says even though she's only 21, she is elegant and mature. The edge goes to Anna, I say.
After a quick interview with Ty and Gilles, Lacey Schwimmer, Julianne and Derek Hough, and Mark, chosen by viewers, dance the quickstep, chosen by viewers, in costumes, chosen by viewers, to music, chosen by viewers. It's OK. Kind of gimmicky. There are tables and trumpets. Thanks, Macy's Stars of Dance.
Mayo and Kym are back with their cha cha. Carrie Ann says Mayo is a great dancer, but she wonders if he'll be versatile enough if picked for Dancing With the Stars. Len says he's a great choreographer, but the tango was superior to the cha cha. Bruno says they went disco, which was a risk but, unfortunately, that risk didn't pay off. Host Samantha Harris says he got the judges' wrath.
Anna and Maks do a samba. It is awesome. OK, Marylanders, vote for Anna! Len says the competition is about the four-week process, and she's been strong since Week 1. Bruno says, among other things, that she's incredible. Carrie Ann says she wants to see more of Anna. The winner will be revealed in next week's finale.
Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelor/Bachelorette, is in the audience. His show returns next week. Will it ever die?
And ... yes ... finally. The first two couples in the finals are Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke and Shawn and Mark. After the commercial break, the judges talk about how great Ty and Melissa have been. "We have to get to the business of the evening right now," says host Tom Bergeron.
Who's going home? Ty and Chelsie. "I've got a whole new respect for what these guys do," he says. "Trying to teach me to dance is like trying to teach a blind guy to paint." He says he just tries to remember the steps. What a cutie.