ETonline EXCLUSIVE: 'Dancing With the Stars' Finale Preview -- Who Will Win the Closest Race
The winners and new champions of Dancing with the Stars are... too close to call!
Season 23 of Dancing with Stars has been one of its most exciting yet, with our own panel of champions and show insiders saying they have no idea who will take home the Mirror Ball Trophy tonight.
Will it be Laurie Hernandez, America's Sweetheart -- the front runner from the very beginning? Or will it be underdogs James Hinchcliffe, the Indy Car driver, or Calvin Johnson Jr., the NFL superstar, both of whom have surprised us all with their grace and personalities on the dance floor?
We turned to our Dancing insiders -- Seasons 2 and 3 Champion Cheryl Burke, Season 5 Champion Helio Castroneves, and DWTS choreographer Mandy Moore -- to predict the winners.
"It really depends and -- I hate to say this, it sucks, but the last nine weeks, ten weeks of the show, you might as well just erase. It really goes down to that freestyle round," Burke explained. "And then it doesn't really matter. Anything else you can just flush down the toilet."
However, last night's freestyle round ended in a dead heat, with perfect scores for Hernandez, Hinchcliffe and Johnson. So if whoever wins the freestyle, wins the show, what does this all mean? To further complicate matters, the couples are only separated by three points, with final combined scores of 78 for Laurie and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, 77 for James and Sharna Burgess and 75 for Calvin and Lindsay Arnold.
The last three standing have one more dance to go -- the 24-hour Fusion Round -- and it all comes down to this. For more of our predictions of who will take home the win, head to ETonline.com!
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