It’s anybody’s trophy in the finals of “Dancing With The Stars”

We are down to one last night of competition on Monday. Who will take home the Mirror Ball? Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy, Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd, or Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas

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The Season 22 finalists are (l to r) Paige VanZant, Nyle DiMarco, and Ginger Zee. Photos: ABC/Adam Taylor
The Season 22 finalists are (l to r) Paige VanZant, Nyle DiMarco, and Ginger Zee. Photos: ABC/Adam Taylor

SAN DIEGO, May 22, 2016 – All three couples in the Season 22 finals of “Dancing With The Stars” have a real chance to win the Mirror Ball Trophy. During the current season, fans have enjoyed one of the highest overall levels of ballroom dancing skills ever.

We are down to one last night of competition on Monday. Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy, Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd, and Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas will have to give performances that please the judges and the fans, because they will need both to be named “Dancing With The Stars” champion.

Fans took to social media after Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold were eliminated. Most felt Wanya and Lindsay had been too harshly scored for a prop mishap the prior week, in order to sneak through a “member of the family,” ABC “Good Morning America” meterologist Ginger Zee.

Wanya’s fans will rally around one of Ginger’s competitors now.

Fans were unhappy when strong competitor Wanya Morris and partner Lindsay Arnold didn't make the finals. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
Fans were unhappy when strong competitor Wanya Morris and partner Lindsay Arnold didn’t make the finals. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

The finalists will each perform two routines. The first is their judges’ choice for a repeat or “redemption” dance routine, a performance the judges believe the couple can improve on from their first effort.

 

The judges’ routines are:

Ginger and Val: Jazz, “Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay
Nyle and Peta: Quickstep. “S.O.B.” by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Paige and Mark: Salsa – “Fireball” by Pitbull

These choices seem to favor Paige and Mark.

Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas dazzled fans with their steamy Argentine Tango. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas dazzled fans with their steamy Argentine Tango. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

The second dance is the routine fans wait for all season, the freestyle. Couples have soared or sunk depending on their choices. Remember Marie Osmond’s twisted doll dance? Or Donald Driver’s inspired two-step freestyle?

Singer/songwriter BC Jean will perform “Over the Rainbow” during Paige and Mark’s freestyle dance.

The freestyle song choices:

Ginger and Val: “Orange Colored Sky” by Nat King Cole
Nyle and Peta: “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed
Paige and Mark: “Over the Rainbow” performed live by singer-songwriter BC Jean

Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy danced a Quickstep in the semifinals accompanied live by Leona Lewis. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy danced a Quickstep in the semifinals accompanied live by Leona Lewis. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

Based on the songs alone, Ginger and Val will dance a lighthearted blend of smooth ballroom steps, while Nyle and Peta and Paige and Mark will bring the drama in Contemporary style routines.

Couples will have one last element of competition on Tuesday, “24-Hour Fusion Challenge.” The remaining couples will fuse two contrasting dance styles in less than 24 hours for judges’ points.

To determine the Season 22 champion, votes from last week and this week (May 16 and May 23) will be combined, along with the judges’ points from both weeks. The “24-Hour Fusion Challenge” will be added on top determine the winner, who will be presented with the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.

Nyle DiMarco had a little trouble in his Trio routine but made the finals with ease. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor
Nyle DiMarco had a little trouble in his Trio routine but made the finals with ease. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

Voting Information: In this Finals Week, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday night during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT and closing at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT on Tuesday evening.

As a reminder, here are the scores will which go toward determining a winner:

Semifinals Leaderboard

Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas: 59 POINTS TOTAL
Phone: 800-868-3410

Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: 57 POINTS TOTAL
Phone: 800-868-3409

Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: 56 POINTS TOTAL
Phone: 800-868-3404

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for “The Finals” on Monday, May 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, followed by “The Results” on Tuesday, May 24, at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

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