They’ll perform three routines on Monday, including the all-important Freestyle, which is often seen as the make-or-break dance. (Read details below.) However, one of the couples will be eliminated at the end of Monday’s show — using votes from this past Semifinals night — with only three couples competing in Tuesday’s Finale.
Showrunner Conrad Green explained the process to Entertainment Weekly, “So what we’re gonna do in the last week is on the Monday show, four couples go in, and the public vote from the week before will combine with the judges’ scores from Monday night, and the fourth place couple will be eliminated on that Monday night. And then the three couples will go into Tuesday’s show and we add the public scores from Monday night to Tuesday, after the Freestyles. So for the final three couples in the Tuesday show, it will be based on the votes from the night before, not from the week before. And they’ll all dance one more time.”
Read updates below, including details on the musical guests:
DWTS Season 16 champion Kellie Pickler returns to open up the show with her country hit "Little Bit Gypsy," accompanied by the pro dancers.
The four remaining couples will then compete in three rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple will take on the “Judges Pick” and repeat a selected routine from earlier in the season.
In round two, the couples will be challenged to a Samba relay, where each pair dances to a different section of the same song. The Samba relay will be accompanied by 90’s hip hop group TLC who will perform their classic hit “No Scrubs.”
In the last round, and one of the biggest competitive dances of the season, the couples take on a supersized Freestyle featuring special effects, additional dancers and unexpected surprises. At the end of night, one couple will be eliminated based on the previous weeks' viewer votes, combined with the judges' scores from Monday night.
In the last element of competition, the couples will perform a new routine as part of a “24 Hour Fusion Challenge.”
During Monday night's show, the remaining couples will choose songs for their competitors that fuse two contrasting dance styles and they’ll all have less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges’ points the following night.
The finale will feature performances by Lady Antebellum who will perform their new single “Compass,” and Enrique Iglesias will sing his current hit “Heart Attack." The entire celebrity cast returns including: Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Brant Daugherty, Keyshawn Johnson, Christina Milian, Bill Nye, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Leah Remini and Valerie Harper who will dance with partner Tristan MacManus to a version of "What a Wonderful World" by singer Colbie Caillat. In addition, Ylvis will perform their hit single “The Fox,” accompanied by select celebrity and pro dancers.
At the end of the night, the public vote from Monday night will be combined with the judges' scores from both nights to crown the Season 17 Champion.