All three of the remaining contestants — Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, Olympian Evan Lysacek and ESPN’s Erin Andrews — stepped it up for Monday night’s finals on Dancing With the Stars, in which they were assigned a “redemption dance” by the judges, as well as a freestyle dance of their choosing.
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Andrews and her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who totaled 55 out of 60 points on the evening, spoke with RadarOnline.com’s Tina Malave following their steamy freestyle dance, in which they incorporated the use of a bed!
Chmerkovskiy said the idea was to “do something so different” that the judges wouldn’t be able to compare them to their peers. The couple, who are reportedly dating, both joked that they only had a day to practice their dance moves on the bed before Monday’s exhibition.
While Lysacek is no stranger to high-stakes performances, he credited his rivals for the “tough competition” they have brought to the ballroom floor the past ten weeks.
“I think Erin and Maks bring a very unique look to the competition — they have an amazing connection with each other,” Lysacek, who scored a mediocre 52/60 points on the night, told RadarOnline.com. “Derek and Nicole are perfect every time out — they’ve hit those moves, they’ve done them forever.”
Scherzinger, whose polished dancing skills had her regarded by many as this season’s favorite coming in, finished up with a solid 55/60 points on the evening. A botched lift-and-twist helicopter move on her freestyle dance with pro partner Derek Hough might have cost her a last perfect score.
“I’m actually just proud we got though it,” the Don’t Cha singer said. “Like, I don’t know how [Hough’s] arms got me [and] flung me on his back doing an upside-down helicopter.”
Dancing With the Stars will crown this season’s champion Tuesday at 8/7c.