It’s here! The Dancing With the Stars Season 17 Finale is tonight and the final three have one last dance: the 24-Hour Fusion Challenge. We won’t get to see Bill Engvall and Emma Slater do a Jive-Quickstep, since they were eliminated after getting that style, but the final three talked to On the Red Carpet about their fusion plans and what it felt like to nail their perfect Freestyles.
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Cha-Cha Foxtrot
Corbin & Karina got this style from Jack & Cheryl, but they think the 24-Hour Fusion Challenge has a misleading name.
"They call it the 24-hour challenge, which technically I think it's maybe eight to 10 hours depending on how long you can stay awake," Karina told OTRC.
Corbin said they'd go straight from interviews to the rehearsal hall. It was just before 8 p.m. West Coast time and they'd have till midnight, so they'll have less than three hours to rehearse Monday, and then not a ton of time on Tuesday.
There are other surprises on the final show too, beyond the fusion dances Karina added, with a review of some of the season's most iconic routines. So they've had to prepare for more than just the three dances of Monday's show, plus now this fusion routine.
But it's the last day and this is their one last dance to go out there and shine, so they're going to give it their all. Watch the video to hear them talk about this emotional week.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Paso-Salsa
Jack & Cheryl got this style from Corbin & Karina. Corbin was trying to be nice, since he loved Jack’s Paso, but there’s also a downside.
"[Jack has] never Salsa-ed before,” Cheryl explained to On the Red Carpet. “That requires lots of hip movement. So there's got to be some, like, angel that will bless him with hip movement overnight."
Jack added, "I'm going to basically start praying to any and all faiths and denominations this evening and hope that a miracle will happen and the good lord will give me hips that move."
They too were going straight from the Monday interviews to the rehearsal studios to work on the fusion dance.
Watch the video to hear them talk about how they both cried this week. Cheryl joked that Jack has turned her into a crybaby this season. Jack said he cried for the first time this week and he's not quite as bad as his mother, who cries way more often.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Samba-Quickstep
Derek said Bill and Emma were so sweet, since they thought Amber and Derek wanted this fusion style. But they were like "Nooo!"
"Quickstep twice, really?" Amber said. But she thinks she can do better this time.
But to Derek, as important as Tuesday is, the big night was Monday and they couldn't have done any more than they did. A weight has been lifted for them. They were planning to go eat after interviews and rehearse, but it’s just fun now. The hardest part is over.
Whose dance are you most looking forward to seeing tonight? Who will win the Mirror Ball trophy? Do you have a prediction?
Watch the DWTS Finale tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC.
Source: On the Red Carpet