It almost certainly has to be Amy or Meryl winning later tonight, but I think it's too close to call. Meryl is the better dancer, but Amy's dancing with the prosthetics is so amazing to watch and she has Derek for a partner, no small factor when it comes to winning.
It's an all-ladies finale tonight. Meryl Davis, Candace Cameron Bure and Amy Purdy are shown first in the dance intro, then the judges, then the other contestants this season. Aw, man. There's Danica McKellar -- I'm still ticked she got the boot when she did.
Tom Bergeron tells us the finalists will have one more challenge -- "The 24 Hour Fusion Challenge." Quick recap of the scores last night: Meryl & Maks, 60; Amy & Derek, 59; Candace & Mark, 51. Erin Andrews tells us that Candace's score apparently was the lowest score for a freestyle ever. Dang.
Our first performance of the night is Team Loco doing their salsa routine, the one they didn't get to perform live on the show because of an injury to Amy. It features the three finalists plus Danica and I'm mad ALL OVER AGAIN that she didn't make the finals and Candace did. Seeing them dance right after each other in this routine makes it blindingly obvious how much better Danica is.
Good gracious, Meryl & Maks in their solo are just as special as the judges always exclaim they are. It looks like they're both pros and have been partnering each other for years.
Maks says that no one ever expected Candace to be in the finals. He's not saying it in a mean way, but I'm shouting at my tv, "YOU AND ME BOTH, BROTHER." Derek talks about how Meryl has brought something out in Maks emotionally that's really showing in their dances. Maks is most worried about the fact that Derek is a five-time champion and Amy is tough competition.
Iggy Azalea performs "Fancy" with a '50s prom theme, because why not. Then we get footage from past episodes, starting with the series premiere. It's painful all over again to watch Billy Dee Williams "dance."
Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke are back to reprise their jive. I'm still glad Drew was on this season, because he was fun to watch and looked like he was really enjoying himself. Sometimes that's all I ask of my silly dance show.
We then get a clip montage of Erin, and see that some of her best moments were during dress rehearsal. I wish they'd let her be that loose during the show. She's funny and quick.
Back from commercial, we get a little bit of Charlie White and Meryl dancing together. And, again, as much of a champion pairing as they are, their chemistry is more of the sibling variety than what she has with Maks.