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Dancing With the Stars finals winner is sure to be a Lindsay – or Lindsey

Written By | Nov 19, 2017

SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 19, 2017 – It’s been another entertaining season of competition on Dancing With The Stars.  After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples hit the ballroom for the finals. It’s a close race, and fan votes could make the difference if the performances result in close scoring from the judges.

One couple won’t make it to the last night and will go home in fourth place on Monday night. The remaining three couples will have one last night with two dances, and there will be a lightning round live vote for viewers seeing the show live in the Eastern and Central Time Zones.

At the end of the night, one couple will become “Dancing with the Stars” champion, culminating an incredible season, which will be announced live from The Grove on Tuesday, November 21.

Dancing With The Stars Finals

Valerie Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy were eliminated in the semifinals last week. ABC/Eric McCandless

On Monday, November 20, from 8 – 10:01 p.m. ET, Julianne Hough returns as a guest judge. On Monday, the four finalists will each perform two dances: a Redemption Style dance (paso doblé, foxtrot, Charleston or quickstep), and a Freestyle dance. This is the time to pull out all the stops and wow the voters in one of the biggest competitive dances of the season.

In addition, the night will include special performances by Pitbull & Fifth Harmony singing their latest single, “Por Favor,” and Alexander Jean performing “Wouldn’t Change Anything,” featuring a dance by Julianne Hough.

Dancing With The Stars Finals

Drew Scott and Emma Slater are longshots, but the Property Brother’s fans might come through for him. ABC/Eric McCandless

Dancing With The Stars Finals – Monday Dance Assignments:

Drew Scott and Emma Slater
Redemption: Paso Doblé, “Get Ready” by Rayelle
Freestyle: “The Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line” by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson
Redemption: Foxtrot, “I Won’t Dance” by Frank Sinatra
Freestyle: “Run Boy Run” by Woodkid

Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold
Redemption: Charleston, “Bad Man” by Pitbull feat. Robin Thicke, Joe Perry and Travis Barker
Freestyle: “Puttin’ on the Ritz 2017 (Jazzy Radio Mix)” by Taco feat. tomX

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas
Redemption: Quickstep – “Barflies at the Beach” by Royal Crown Revue
Freestyle: ”Remember the Name” by Fort Minor feat. Styles of Beyond/“Palladio” by Escala (Medley)

At the end of the night, one couple will be eliminated, and the three remaining couples will go on to vie for the coveted Mirrorball.

Dancing With The Stars Finals

Actor Frankie Muniz has been the big surprise of Season 25. ABC/Eric McCandless


For week 10, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples on Monday via phone during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at  and on Facebook which is open from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT until 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT on Tuesday morning.

Dancing With The Stars Finals at the Grove

In the two-hour season finale on Tuesday, November 21, from 9 to 11 p.m. ET,  DWTS will be in the holiday spirit early as the three finalists advance to the final stage of the competition.

There will be plenty of live performances at both The Grove and in the “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom.

Dancing With The Stars Finals

Jordan Fisher has the inside track to the Mirror Ball Trophy with pro partner Lindsay Arnold. ABC/Eric McCandless

The three final couples will each perform two dances. The first will be a repeat performance of their favorite dance from earlier in the season. The final element of competition is a long-standing tradition.

The couples will perform a new routine as part of a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge,” in which they will each fuse two contrasting dance styles, and they’ll have less than 24 hours to prepare. But don’t be too fooled: look for stretches of choreography from previous routines in the same style performed by the competition early in the season.

It’s a smart and necessary move.

Dancing With The Stars Finals Voting

For the first time ever, following the completion of both dances by the three remaining couples, the public will be allowed to participate in an online-only live vote via and Facebook.

The vote limit will be five votes per voting method, and the voting window will be open for approximately five minutes. Sorry, Mountain and Pacific time zone viewers: the live voting window will only be available during the live broadcast in the Eastern and Central time zones, and voters must be physically located in the U.S. or Puerto Rico to vote on

If you’re in Canada, you can vote on Facebook only.

Dancing With The Stars Finals

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas are hot on the tail of Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold for the Mirror Ball Trophy. ABC/Eric McCandless

All 13 couples from Season 25 will be performing in a big opening number at The Grove, Caruso’s award-winning retail, dining and lifestyle destination located next to CBS Television City where “Dancing With The Stars” is produced. Performers include Nick Lachey, Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsey Sterling, and a duet between Jordan Fisher and Debbie Gibson.

The judges’ points and viewer votes from November 20 will be combined along with the night’s judges’ points and online-only viewer votes from the repeat dances and “24-Hour Fusion Challenge” to determine the winner. At the end of the night at The Grove, a champion will be named, and the winner will be presented with the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.

We’d bet the house the winner will be a Lindsay, or a Lindsey: Jordan Fisher and pro Lindsay Arnold, or Lindsey Stirling, and Mark Ballas. We predict Drew Scott’s “Property Brothers” fans will also send him to the finals with Season 24 pro champion Emma Scott, and Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson will be the ones to leave on Monday.

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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.