Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Let The Championship Dance-Off Begin...

Gilles Marini said he never expected to get a perfect score in Week 4. The French native was overwhelmed by the audience and the judges. But the slate was wiped clean and he and partner Cheryl Burke had to tackle the Paso Doble in Week 5. To help get him in the right state of mind, Cheryl took him to a martial arts center. They also brought along his young son, and the Marini men learned how to Paso.

Let the championship dance-off begin. Shawn Johnson and Gilles Marini came into Tuesday night's "Dancing With the Stars" season finale tied with 58 points. Fellow finalist Melissa Rycroft was two points behind with 56. All want to win the ABC show's coveted mirror-ball trophy, which host Tom Bergeron described as "18 inches of sparkly splendor." Viewer votes are combined with judges' scores to determine which celebrity takes home the trophy. Gilles, who appeared in the "Sex and the City" movie, says he already has a place for the DWTS dance-off big prize! Gilles has topped the judges' leaderboard for weeks. He earned a perfect score of 30 for his paso doble on Monday's show, but said he is "by far the underdog". His professional partner Cheryl Burke earned 28 points for their freestyle dance!

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