TENDER HEART: Moments before the show ended, a video recap of the night aired on the studio monitors. The three couples took their marks on the dance floor, except for Donny Osmond. Downright giddy after receiving a perfect score for his freestyle routine, Osmond ran across the dance floor to embrace his sister Marie Osmond. Tears welled up in his eyes as his sister congratulated him. After the show, the famous siblings shared another tender moment and once again, Donny had trouble holding back his emotions. “I lost it with Marie,” Donny told PEOPLE, dabbing his eyes with a tissue. “Last week I blamed her for being a distraction in the audience. This week when I saw her, it was just the opposite. She was here supporting me and gave me what I needed to leave it all on the floor.”
BALLROOM WHITNEY: Pop queen Whitney Houston graced the ballroom following Monday night’s live show. Houston was on hand to pre-tape two musical numbers, which will air during Tuesday night’s live results show. Ten of Dancing‘s pros, including Lacey Schwimmer, strutted their stuff while Houston sang her popular 1980s anthem “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” “She is literally an icon. We were rehearsing this morning and she walked in and we were all staring at her,” Schwimmer said after the performance. “It was like a goddess walked in. We talked to her and she was the nicest! She didn’t have to do that and she did. Who gets to dance for Whitney Houston, and to her biggest dance song? It was such a cool experience.” And Schwimmer says if Houston ever wants to come back as a contestant, “that would be awesome. If she did, all of the guys would be fighting over who gets to dance with her for sure!”
HOST WITH THE MOST: If there’s anything Tom Bergeron doesn’t do, it’s miss out on a comedic opportunity. Minutes before Monday night’s show went live on the air, judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman walked to their seats. But where was Bruno Tonioli? Warm-up comedian Cory Almeida called out, “Where’s our third judge? I guess we’re only going with two judges tonight.” That’s when Bergeron jumped up onto the platform, and then again onto the judges’ table. Channeling the flamboyant Italian judge, Bergeron swiveled his hips, much to the delight of the crowd. Tonioli walked onto the stage and could barely contain himself. The two men hugged and laughed, then returned to their rightful spots moments before show time.
IT AIN’T OVER YET: They received the lowest scores Monday night, but Louis van Amstel and Kelly Osbourne weren’t about to let that discourage them. “It ain’t over yet,” van Amstel said backstage after the show. “We have been getting tremendous fan votes and not one week have we campaigned. But now we’re saying ‘vote!’ We have one more dance tomorrow night, so don’t count us out.” Pro Lacey Schwimmer agrees that Osbourne does have a fighting chance against the higher scoring Mya and Donny Osmond. “Kelly has the personality and for that alone, want to watch her and want to root for her.” Schwimmer went on to say that the other two finalists were pretty amazing to watch too. “Donny is such a performer and Mya is the most polished of all. It can go any way. The scores are pretty close, but I think the fan votes will decide the winner.” Mark Ballas, meantime, had a clear vision of who will be crowned the season nine champ Tuesday night. “I think Donny’s got it. He completely played his cards right with the Broadway show dance. Kym looked beautiful tonight, too.”
STAR POWER: There’s nothing like a finale to bring out a cast of who’s who in the audience. Dionne Warwick was on hand for the show, as were former DWTS contestants Steve Wozniak, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Jane Seymour, Marie Osmond, Maurice Green, Denise Richards and Gilles Marini. Female fans in the balcony seats called out to Marini during a commercial break and he kindly waved back. During the next commercial break, they called out to the French actor again, and this time Marini bounded up the staircase to the balcony, where he embraced as many fans as he could before returning to his seat. Not one to disappoint, during the following commercial break, he visited with fans seated in the ballroom’s other balcony.–Monica Rizzo