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It's looking like a Ricki Lake vs. J.R. Martinez battle to the finish is coming on Dancing With the Stars Season 13. That’s the status for now anyway and, while anything can happen, history suggests these two will meet in the end. However, three dancers will make it to the finals, and that wild card of a third spot can wreak plenty of havoc. Often, that place goes to the most popular star among fans — like Bristol Palin, Kelly Osbourne or Jerry Rice — as opposed to higher-scoring dancers the audience just didn’t get behind. Usually, that wild card doesn’t win, but they do often displace the expected second place person. Here’s a look at some of the more memorable showdowns in DWTS history.

Drew Lachey vs. Stacy Keibler
For most of Season 2, it was Drew vs. Stacey. He was on top Week 1. She was on top Week 2. It was back to Drew on Week 3 and Week 4. Back to Stacy on Week 5. They tied on Week 6 and Week 7. Drew had one point over Stacy in the final week — but wait! That season, the popularity vote elevated low-scoring Jerry Rice all the way to second place, beating Stacy in the end. Drew won — as talent usually does over entertainment — but we think it should've come down to Drew vs. Stacy as the final two.

Apolo Anton Ohno vs. Joey Fatone
Apolo, Joey and Laila Ali were the only serious players on Season 4. For the first half of the season, it was Joey vs. Laila for the top spots. Apolo only became the number one threat around Week 5, and topped the judges' leaderboard four times in total, as opposed to Joey and Laila, who had the top spots five times each. However, Apolo was always close to the top, even when Laila and Joey had bad weeks. Inevitably, it came down to the three of them, but instead of it being Joey vs. Laila, Apolo nailed his Freestyle and ended up winning the night by two points over Joey. That was enough to give Apolo the win and push poor Laila down to third.

Helio Castroneves vs. Mel B
When top-scoring Sabrina Bryan was knocked out of the competition in one of the most shocking eliminations in DWTS history, the door was wide open for a Season 5 race between Helio and Mel B. The two went back and forth, with Mel getting the top spot more often than Helio. However, when the finale came down to Helio vs. Mel (with Marie Osmond as the wild card popularity vote), a one-point lead didn't help Mel enough, and Helio was able to seize the win.

Gilles Marini vs. Shawn Johnson
Kristi Yamaguchi ran away with Season 6, and Brooke Burke was unstoppable on Season 7. Gilles probably should've joined them. Looking at the scores, he dominated Season 8, only losing the top spot a couple of times to Melissa Rycroft, and only in ties with Shawn Johnson. When it came down to Gilles, Melissa and Shawn as the final three, and Gilles and Shawn tied for the top scores, Melissa was knocked out and Gilles' reign ended. Shawn pulled out a popularity vote win, showing that even judges' favorites and presumed front-runners don’t always coast to an easy win.

Nicole Scherzinger vs. Evan Lysacek
Nicole and Evan were the only dancers to get the top scores for the entirety of Season 10. Nicole has become the poster child for a DWTS “ringer,” but she didn't dominate her season the way, say, Kristi Yamaguchi did. She lost Weeks 3 and 4 to Evan, and tied him for Weeks 7 and 9. When it came down to Evan vs. Nicole in the end, Nicole had a surprisingly large seven-point lead that helped give her the rare win against an Olympian.

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