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DWTS down to final three

Maria Menounos eliminated in semifinals

The semifinals of Dancing With the Stars was the closest of any season so far, with only three points separating the four couples on the leaderboard.

As DWTS host Tom Bergeron put it, “No matter which way this goes, it’s gonna suck.” Maria Menounos and Derek Hough were in first place on the leaderboard, William Levy and Cheryl Burke in second, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd in third, and Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas at the bottom.

In the end, TV host Maria Menounos and Derek Hough turned out to be the exiting couple. “I learned how strong I was; I learned to persevere,” said Maria of her time on DWTS. Their final dance was (oddly enough) set to R.E.M.’s It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).

Aside from the competition, DWTS was filled with plenty of entertainment. Alanis Morissette sang “Guardian” while two dancers performed; Chelsie Hightower and Tristan MacManus performed a samba for Macy’s Design-A-Dance; Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta and Mary J. Blige sang and danced a scene from their new movie, Rock of Ages; and Carrie Underwood sang “Good Girl” while Tristan and three dancers from the Troupe performed.

The show also revealed what’s up for the next season of DWTS – an all-star season. This fall they will bring back contestants from past seasons, including “former champions, finalists, fan favorites and some controversial celebrities.”

Tune in to DWTS Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC to see the final performances before the winner gets announced.

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