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DWTS recap: Finale part 2

The first hour of tonight’s show was titled “The Road to the Finale.” The final contestants (Amy, Candace and Meryl) looked back at their journey in life so far and their journey on the show. We saw all the most emotional events on the show for the three, top ladies (many of the interviews from family and friends you will recall from last night) as well as heard some interesting questions answered from you, the fans.

In the live portion of the show, all the season’s contestants came back to the dance floor for the beginning montage. As it happens, all you Twitter DWTS fans voted (by a landslide) to have a reprisal of James and Peta’s freestyle dance battle. Hopefully, that was a sweet victory for the couple that was eliminated in the eleventh hour.

Earlier in the season Amy was prevented from joining in the team dance because of her back injury. As it turns out all three finalists were in this team so they brought back Danica and Val and gave Amy the opportunity to perform the dance live for the audience to “Livin’ La Vida Loca.”

What would a finale be without some musical performances? Iggy Azalea performed her number one single “Fancy”-despite some initial technical difficulties-with Charli XCX. The performance featured a number of pros in a prom-like scene out of a movie musical. Contestant Cody simpson sang is single “Surfboard” while showing off some of his dance skills with partner Witney. Ariana Grande sang her track “Problem” and last season’s mirrorball winner Amber Riley performed as well with a huge cast of dance pros while looking like a gold-clad flapper. Last up was artist Christina Perri singing her track "Human" which Amy and Derek had danced to earlier in the season.

Former contestants brought back some of the beloved, past performances and some new ones. Drew and Cheryl take to the dance floor together again and Charlie and Meryl danced a Contemporary duet together. Nene also got her own dance with the pro ladies. Danica and Val danced their exuberant and lively Beauty and Beast dance to “Be Our Guest.” Best of all Charlie and Sharna brought back their Mary Poppins dance complete with prop issues as before. James and Peta danced their Michael Jackson tribute dance again.

As one last piece of the competition the three finalists were given a 24-hour fusion challenge. Amy and Derek were given Argentine Tango and Cha cha cha which they danced beautifully to Clean Bandit’s new hit “Rather Be” for a perfect score of 30. You could see the pressure had melted away for Candace and Mark in their Samba and Quick Step fusion which more than earned their score of 27. Meryl and Maks’ Foxtrot and Cha cha cha mix was almost so flawless that it was boring for a final, unsurprising perfect 30 and a perfect overall judges’ score for the two nights.

Soon it was time to get down to business. We put aside the beautiful video montages, Maks’ strange prediction about having giant, ice skating children with Meryl (one of whom would be named Oleg) and Bruno’s exuberant comments for the results portion of the night. Third place went to Candace and Mark before the winner of DWTS Season 18 was announced as Meryl and Maks. This is actually Maks’ first victory in DWTS history.