So Melissa and Tony reached parity with the other two duos with their Mirror Ball Trophy win. Finale judges scores scores were:
Kelly & Val danced first with a good luck video from Ne-Yo! Their "instant" (one hour preparation) jive got a score of 28.5/30 and a total of 87.5/90 from the judges. Melissa and Tony danced the instant samba for a score of 28.5/30 and a total score of 88.5/90. Shawn and Derek closed the show with their instant cha cha for a score of 30/30 and a total score of 87/90. All 3 pretty much had the prior week to prepare for all of the 3 possible dances that could be selected.
Kelly and Val were eliminated in 3rd place. The separation in judges' scores among all 3 was miniscule except for the point off from each of the judges on Monday night for breaking the rules by Shawn and Derek. That may have provided the difference or it could have been the popular vote for Melissa Rycroft that made the difference.