Down to three couples, Tuesday night was about finding out who would take home the coveted mirror ball trophy on "Dancing with the Stars."
Lady Gaga kicked off the night with her song, "Just Dance," which was apropos for the evening.
Looking back...: Then began the dances of stars past. In order of their elimination, Season 8's "Dancing" finalists and their partners took to the dance floor, starting with Belinda Carlisle & Jonathan Roberts and Denise Richards & Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Holly Madison & Dmitry Chaplin rounded out the first group of dancers.
"The Woz" was back, but "The Worm" was not. After dancing his quickstep with partner Karina Smirnoff, Steve Wozniak was unfortunately goaded into doing "The Worm" again, and it looked more like a mild seizure.
David Alan Grier & Kym Johnson did their Viennese waltz, quickly followed by Steve-O & Lacey Schwimmer. Afterward, David Alan made a crack about how well he and the judges have gotten along since he left the show (and blasted them in subsequent interviews). "They will not stop texting me!" he said.
The new pro: After four weeks of competition, the race for the new pro spot next season was won by Anna Demidova. She thanked the voters and said it was her dream to be on the show. She and Maks then treated the crowd to their quickstep.
Back to the stars of 'Dancing' past: NFL legend Lawrence Taylor stepped away from the golf course long enough to return to the "Dancing" ballroom and offer up a jive with partner Edyta Sliwinska. "Just when they get you out, they pull you back in," Lawrence said before joking that he does lap dances on the 19th hole of his golf course in Florida.
Chuck Wicks & Julianne Hough took breaks from their country music careers to perform their samba. After their dance, Chuck says he has "a new respect for satin, silk, glitter ... and thongs." Ummm, what?
Ross' Roast: Jeffrey Ross didn't bring much to the show last season in the way of dancing, but he began a new tradition with a season-ending roast, which he continued tonight. The three finalists sat to listen to what he had to say.
Some highlights: "The word Bergeron is an old French word, it means Seacrest."
"It's always fun to see my three favorite judges (Carrie Ann, Len and Bruno): Smokin', Croakin' and Flamin'"
"This is the first season ever where no actual star has made it to the finale." "I didn't know the show was called 'Dancing with the Vaguely Familiar.'"
"(Lil' Kim) was just here for community service, anyway."
"Tonight it's all about the underage, the unwed and the unpronounceable." (Shawn Johnson, Melissa Rycroft and Gilles Marini)
On Gilles' "Sex and the City" performance: "You may not have had the biggest role, but you definitely had the largest part."
On Shawn Johnson: "If you win, ABC's going to send you to Disneyland, but you're too short to ride Space Mountain."
On Melissa Rycroft's "Bachelor" disappointment: "You're so beautiful. Can I marry you? Wouldn't it be ironic if she came in second on this show, too?"
Back to the stars of 'Dancing' past: Lil' Kim & Derek Hough stopped by to perform their jive to Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock." Tom said, with no disrespect to the three final couples, he expected to see her competing this week.
Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower took to the floor to perform their Lindy hop. Ty warned his cowboy buddies out there thinking about dancing, "Don't do it!"
To the final three: After the faux-smack talk segment, the minutes ticked down until the final three couples performed for the judges one last time in hopes of helping their scores before the final results were announced. The judges' scores for the final dances Tuesday night would be added to the judges' scores from Monday night and still make up half of the total, combined with the audience vote making the other half.
The couples were introduced one at a time, but before they danced, a quick look at the leader board:
Gilles & Cheryl: 58
Shawn & Mark: 58
Melissa & Tony: 56
Shawn & Mark: Shawn Johnson said she'd grown up a lot during the course of the season and her partner Mark Ballas said she was like a cocoon growing into a beautiful butterfly. They danced their cha cha cha to "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)," which gave Mark a chance to don his super-high Michael Jackson pants and glittery socks. Len said Shawn came out and proved her case. Bruno called it great. Carrie Ann said everyone underestimated Shawn and she powered her way to the final and deserved her spot. Scores: 10, 10 and 10 for 30. Two-night Total: 88 out of 90.
Melissa & Tony: "Bachelor" star Melissa Rycroft recalled her journey and noted that 11 weeks ago, nobody knew who she was, and the audience pushed her through to the final -- particularly when her rib injury appeared to have spelled her doom. Melissa and her partner Tony Dovolani danced their samba. Bruno wanted thirds, fourths and fifths after getting a second helping of Melissa's samba seconds. Carrie Ann said Melissa has been Tony's muse and brought the best out of him. Len loved it and said it was fantastic. Scores: 10, 10 and 10 for 30. Two-night Total: 86 out of 90.
Gilles & Cheryl: Gilles Marini said he was happy to get Cheryl Burke as his partner and Cheryl says that even though Gilles is known as a sex symbol, he's a total family man. Nice. They danced an Argentine tango. Carrie Ann said Gilles is a very special performance brings artistry to his dances, which sets him completely apart. Len said Gilles took him back 50 years to the first time he ever saw the dance performed. Bruno called it "an Argentine triumph." Scores: 10, 10 and 10 for 30. Two-night Total: 88 out of 90.
To the results... It was time to reveal which of the dancing couples came in third place. Did Melissa make up the two-point gap?
The couple in third place was ... Melissa & Tony.
Tom announced that this was the closest vote/point total in history, with less than 1 percent separating the top two couples. It was down to Gilles & Cheryl and Shawn & Mark. Who would it be?
After 11 weeks of competition, the winners were ... Shawn & Mark!