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"Dancing with the Stars" Finale Preview

Aired November 22, 2009 - 21:00   ET


TOM BERGERON, GUEST HOST: Tonight, "Dancing With The Stars" and the big countdown to the moment millions have been waiting for -- who will walk away with a coveted mirror-ball?

The last contestants standing are here to preview the finale -- Donny Osmond...


BERGERON: Kelly Osbourne...


BERGERON: Mya and their partners. Consider the odds for and against them.

Plus, a samba surprise -- one of the eliminated couples dances onto the set. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba is here, too, with me, Tom Bergeron, next on LARRY KING LIVE.

And good evening.

I'm Tom Bergeron sitting in for Larry King tonight.

Our topic is one I know well. I've been getting ready for nine weeks to do this show. It's the finale of the ninth season of "Dancing With The Stars." The result show is Tuesday. We'll crown a new winner.

And with us are the finalists.

All around entertainer, fabulous dancer -- I know, he's told me himself. He's in Vegas, Donny Osmond.


BERGERON: Now, Donny's sister Marie finished the third -- I'm good, buddy.

Marie finished third in season five of "Dancing With The Stars." And he and Marie are headlining in Vegas at The Flamingo.

Kelly Osbourne is here in the studio with me. She's a reality star singer and the daughter of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson.

And Mya, Grammy-winning, multiple platinum recording artist, she's the founder and executive director of the Mya Arts and Tech Foundation.

And it's going to be that kind of night.

This is fun for me because, you know, we've gotten to know each other over the past nine or 10 weeks and now I risk alienating the three of you by grilling you on LARRY KING LIVE.


OSMOND: Tom, can I just say...


OSMOND: ...something right now?

BERGERON: Of course.

OSMOND: Being on the show right now, you never really know what's going to happen. That's why I think it's -- it's such a popular reality show, because you look at the three finalists. You've got Mya, who is the most amazing dancer. And sometimes I wonder who's the professional there, you know, because she's so good.

You've got Kelly Osbourne...


BERGERON: ...who -- who is like the ultimate Cinderella story right now, you know. And then you've got the last man dancing -- or standing here. And it could go any way right now.


OSMOND: Any way.

BERGERON: OK. All right. Excuse me, Donny.

Just a note to the producer. We were saving Donny kissing up to the other contestants for segment four. We just moved that up.

Let me...


BERGERON: Let me -- let me just ask you guys, this has been a crazy week for you. Between the show Monday and Tuesday, you're going to have to dance four dances in your quest for the mirror-ball trophy.

How you holding up, Kelly?

KELLY OSBOURNE, "DANCING WITH THE STARS" FINALIST: You know, I'm doing surprisingly well. I've kind of changed my schedule around a little bit to where I rehearse in the morning and then I have a break and then I come back and I rehearse until night. And sometimes it goes a little later in midnight and then you have to be up and back in the studio at like 8:00 in the morning and you get really tired. BERGERON: Right.

OSBOURNE: But it's part of it. It's the excitement. It's the challenge. It's -- it's fun. It really is, believe it or not.

BERGERON: Oh, I -- I can see. I told you on one show, when you came over to me getting ready for the judges, that it's fun watching you have fun. And that was true back, I think, in week three or four. But as you've as a dancer, it's been even more fun to watch.

OSBOURNE: It's just, you know, I never thought in a million years that I would find myself through dancing. It just seemed so weird to me because, I mean, I was such a tomboy. I still kind of am.


OSBOURNE: But it just -- it allowed me to get in touch with a side of myself I never even thought existed.

BERGERON: That's cool.

Mya, how you holding up with this last week of training?

MYA, "DANCING WITH THE STARS" FINALIST: Well, my body's definitely in a lot of pain. And I have tons of bruises on my legs that I am sporting.


MYA: And, you know, we are going into overtime at this stage in the competition -- overtime around the clock.


MYA: Even until like 2:00 a.m.. The expectation is very high for the finals. And we want to go out on that floor and, of course, have fun. But we also don't want to look a mess. So we are putting in the work.

BERGERON: Now, Donny, you're also -- you're also doing the Vegas show this week, on top of getting ready for four dances.

How are you holding up?



BERGERON: That's kind of creepy, buddy.

OSMOND: Well, I've got to tell you, it is -- it has been a -- a huge challenge. Just like they were saying, we've got four dances this week and four shows a week on top of that here in Vegas with Marie.

BERGERON: Right. OSMOND: But like Kelly said, you know, we are having a good time. It's a dance show. We are really enjoying this process. Our bodies ache like crazy. You know, I'm dancing on a broken toe. And, Kelly -- and she can barely walk because of the pain in her feet. I mean every single one of us have aches and pains. But at the end of the day, it's a dance show and we are enjoying it. We have such a...

BERGERON: See this is why hosting...

OSMOND: ...great opportunity.

BERGERON: Hosting is the cushiest gig on this show, let me tell you.

We're going to look at everyone's dances from this week.

We're going to start with Donny and Kym.

Here they are doing the samba.


OSMOND: Can I come in?

KYM JOHNSON, DONNY OSMOND'S "DANCING WITH THE STARS" PARTNER: Good. That was very good. I don't know what you're doing with your feet...

OSMOND: I don't either.

JOHNSON: ...but that was really good. I'm going to go through your legs. She'll boogie. And then you're going to go woo-woo and look at my butt.


CARRIE ANN INABA, "DANCING WITH THE STARS" JUDGE: Donny and Kym, you guys certainly know how to work a room.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Somebody can work a room. This is the guy.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You can really play it. It was like watching a Lifetime movie -- romantic, emotional, a bit of drama.



BERGERON: Bruno, Bruno, relax. Take a chill pill.

So later in the show, Donny, I want to go back to what also happened this past week, the tango, because I have never seen anybody beat themselves up as much as you did.

But we're going to get to that a little later on.

I couldn't help but notice, Kelly, you brought your pretend dog with you.

OSBOURNE: You're being inappropriate. No, seriously, it's not pretend, it's my dog.

BERGERON: He looks like he'd be battery operated.


BERGERON: He's a Pomeranian?



OSBOURNE: And I have such separation anxiety, I can't go anywhere without him. And he cries when I leave him like so loud, so if I left him in there, you'd probably hear him in here. So I just...

BERGERON: Sort of like having Aaron Carter here.


OSBOURNE: Anyway, it's -- it's -- he just kind of sits there and he sleeps and he hangs out, don't you?

BERGERON: Let me ask you guys about what I think is one of the most pivotal dances of the final week. And it has -- it has made some couples champions and it has cost other couples the championship. That's the freestyle dance.

Mya, what do you guys have up your sleeve for that?

MYA: We are still trying to figure that out at this stage in the competition.

BERGERON: Because it's Friday.

MYA: There are four dances to worry about...


MYA: So we've covered two so far and we're still sort of working on the choreography for the second one. We haven't gotten to the third, which is our freestyle.


MYA: Yikes.

BERGERON: Are you nervous?

MYA: I'm very nervous at this point.


MYA: There is so much under our belts to cover. And we have -- we want to do a great job. And it's an amazing experience. But this week is unlike any other week in the entire competition.


How's your freestyle coming along, Kelly?

OSBOURNE: We finished it last night. And it's so -- it's something you would never expect like me and Louis to do. But we're kind of -- we're doing something really different. I'm even doing like four lifts in it, which are terrifying me.

BERGERON: Oh, which you can do in the freestyle...


BERGERON: know, you can do as many...

OSBOURNE: I've got four lifts going on in it. And it's just -- it's very busy, but, at the same time...


OSBOURNE: ...I think it's really important to show off what we have learned during the show.




All right, you saw a bit about Donny and his training and his dance.

We're going to focus on Kelly and Mya.

When LARRY KING LIVE returns, I'll apologize to Aaron Carter.

And later, our mystery dancers are here, so don't go away.

We'll be right back.



I am Tom Bergeron from "Dancing With The Stars."

Let's take a look at another pair of finalists. Here are Kelly and Louis this week, not in training, as we showed you with Donny, but actually dancing -- quickstepping.

(VIDEO CLIP) BERGERON: All right. Wow! Look at you move. And we will show that tape of Donny doing the samba a little later on in the show.

But this was a really important dance for you.

OSBOURNE: It was. And I actually hadn't been able to complete the thing from start to finish prior to actually when I was about to dance. And because my feet were so bad, I couldn't walk on them. I actually had to have my feet injected and numbed. And I think the only reason why I was able to keep up with Louis was because I kept such a tight close hold with him that I would feel when his feet hit the ground, because even when my feet hit the ground, I couldn't feel them, so I didn't know if they did or not. So I was just crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. And I ended up being minus one step.


OSBOURNE: It was -- I -- I never thought could I do that. So, afterwards, I was so excited.

BERGERON: Well, I remember we -- we -- that was the day we talked...


BERGERON: ...I think, during -- prior to rehearsal. And -- and I could see that you were upset. And I was just saying, when you walk into that room, into that ballroom, the energy of the audience -- they want you all to do well, even if they've shown up to support just one...

OSBOURNE: It's the most amazing atmosphere in the world...


OSBOURNE: ...being in that studio, because you've never been somewhere where everybody just wants everyone to do well. It doesn't matter if they're rooting for you or not.

BERGERON: And you feel that...

OSBOURNE: They want you to do well.

BERGERON: well, Mya?

MYA: There's nothing like live performance.


MYA: You give and you receive. When you're on that dance floor, it's magnetic. It's energetic. It's electric. And there's no other feeling like it.

BERGERON: Let me turn to Donny again. Donny, one of the things I found in all the seasons -- when your sister was on and -- and really going back to our first season, is that even though you guys were all competing against each other, you -- you form friendships and bonds that outlast any given season.

And that -- that's true on this one, isn't it?

OSMOND: Well, you know, it sounds like a cliche when you say we've pretty much have become a family backstage, but it is true. It's more than just a cliche. All 16 couples, when we first started, it was a family. And -- and, you know, you've been doing this for a long, long time, Tom. When somebody gets kicked off, you get closer and closer to that trophy.

But it's such a strange juxtaposition, because you're losing a friend. And it's going to be nice to have all 16 couples there for the finals, but -- but to be standing up there...


OSMOND: ...with Mya and with Kelly and myself -- to be honest, with you, we're in the finals. All three of us have won.

And here's the challenge -- we -- each one of us want that trophy so badly. I would love it for Mya. I would love it for Kelly. I really would like it for myself. But it's a...


OSMOND: It's a very strange, like I said, juxtaposition to be in, because they're my friends.

BERGERON: Yes. Well, you know, it's also been interesting just to watch you guys blossom to varying degrees on -- on the show.

We're going to round out the top three with Mya and Dmitry. This is from earlier this week, as -- oh, I hope your solos is in this.

It was the salsa you soloed in, wasn't it?

MYA: Yes.

BERGERON: Oh, man, that was good.

Watch them do the salsa.


BERGERON: You know, I loved the reaction of you. You almost look bashful about your own solo.

MYA: Well, you know, I don't watch these performances afterwards. I go on to the next immediately. I'm...


MYA: ...I'm not comfortable watching myself afterward.


MYA: Yes.

BERGERON: Kelly, now this is -- I -- this was fascinating to me. You completely went up on your solo. You -- you forgot it completely, right?

OSBOURNE: I did. It was one of those moments where, I swear, to go on, I was like, please don't start giggling, please don't start laughing, because something happened. Like, I completely forgot what I was supposed to do.

So I just sat there and like -- and made it up as I went along. And it somehow ended up working.

But when I got -- when I met Louis again and when I checked on his (INAUDIBLE), like we had this like one second of please don't giggle, please don't laugh. But we -- we made it work and it ended up being really good.

But when I -- when I watched it back, I was like all I was doing was like waving my arms like this.


OSBOURNE: You know, it was like, this is ridiculous.

BERGERON: It reminded me...

MYA: The same thing happened with Dmitry and I the first night. I forgot two parts of my salsa. And he says, turn, get down, go down.


OSBOURNE: It's like this thing that you have it. It's like instant fear and you feel like an instant failure. And then I just couldn't help but be like, I cannot believe this is happening. Please don't laugh, please don't laugh. And then it -- you wouldn't -- if you didn't know the dance prior, you would never know.

BERGERON: That -- well.

MYA: Yes.

OSBOURNE: Which is...

BERGERON: Good for you. And that's...

OSBOURNE: Which is good.


BERGERON: ...the wonder of live TV.

Now, Carrie Ann Inaba, who is going to be joining us in a bit, she's written a blog -- an exclusive blog about dancing and what it means to her. Read it only at

Carrie Ann is here with us -- I think she's toting some paddles -- in 60 seconds.



I'm still Tom Bergeron from "Dancing With The Stars."

The judges are an important part of the show. Eh, yes, it's in the prompter. I had to read that.

Let's take a look at the wild three who rate the fancy footwork.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And last night, excellent jive. And this wasn't as good.

INABA: I'm actually going to disagree with you. I thought this was better than last night.


INABA: You have to let go. You've got to shimmy it up.


INABA: I think it's going to be really exciting, because you're a diamond in the rough. I loved that performance.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You flirty, dirty little girl. (INAUDIBLE). Yes, yes, yes.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A top notch performance.


INABA: Mark, the way you flowed from your tricks back into your dancing was effortless. I'm so -- back in top form.


INABA: You went wrong a couple...


INABA: ...four times maybe. It's just...

OSMOND: Maybe five.

INABA: Maybe five.


BERGERON: All right. Now, joining us in sexy casual wear is Carrie Ann.

Come on over.

INABA: Well, thank you.

BERGERON: Come on, my dear.

How are you?

INABA: I am fine.

How are you?

OSBOURNE: Hi, Carrie.

BERGERON: This is...

INABA: Look, it's girls night.

BERGERON: It -- it feels like we've had sort of a coup of LARRY KING LIVE. We've kind of all taken over here and -- and I just have -- we just have to be careful that this doesn't become the same tone as our dress rehearsals, which tend to be a little spicier. But you're not there for those...

INABA: I'm -- I'm included so...

BERGERON: You're not there for those.


OSBOURNE: We were talking about how -- because Mya asked Tom like what -- what -- do people write your dress rehearsal for you or is that all just off-the-cuff?

And because it makes a -- we sit back there in the red room in dress rehearsal just waiting to see what he's going to say next, because everything is just so funny.

BERGERON: So, see...

INABA: Well, he's crazy.

BERGERON: So see, in the dress rehearsal, when you wait to hear what I'm going to ad-lib in our R-rated version, it breaks you up. In the actual show, when you're waiting to hear what she's going to say, it freaks you out.


BERGERON: What do you three regard as your roles?

I mean is Bruno -- did Bruno ever say just, OK, I'll be the nut ball and...

(CROSSTALK) BERGERON: ...and Len can be the crusty Brit and I'll be the -- the lift police.



INABA: He's not so crusty. I sit next to him. There's no crusts.


BERGERON: I didn't mean literally.

INABA: No. No, I think -- you know, I think Bruno just came out like that into the world.


INABA: And he's just -- you know, the thing with Bruno is he learned English by watching -- watching films. And so he speaks very colorful. You know, it's kind of -- remember, English is a second language for him.

BERGERON: Right. Right.

INABA: Right. And then Len is just older and has very set ideas of what ballroom is and what it should be and comes from that world. And so, rightly so, he should have those ideas.


INABA: I come from a whole different world. First of all, I'm American. A whole different world than the other two. And then my background -- I believe that the dance is all about, you know, the hold, not just the technique, not just the performance, but the connection, the excitement -- all the things that you almost can't quite speak about.

BERGERON: And, by the way, just so you guys at home know that Bruno and Len, one of the reasons they're not here now, they're also judging the mother ship of "Dancing With The Stars"...


BERGERON: ...which is "Strictly Come Dancing," which is the show in England which birthed all of the "Dancing With The Stars" shows around the world.

And they have been, all this season, flying to England, judging that show, and then coming back and -- and judging ours so...

INABA: And they get crankier and crankier...

BERGERON: They do, which...

INABA: ...each week behind the scenes, yes.

BERGERON: ...which I love. Which I love.

Wardrobe malfunctions and more still to come.

We're just getting warmed up on this special LARRY KING LIVE preview of the "Dancing With The Stars" finale.


BERGERON: Welcome back to our "Dancing With The Stars" finale preview.

I'm Tom Bergeron sitting in for Larry King, who is getting his suspenders realigned tonight.

We are joined by our stars' dance partners.

Kym Johnson is paired with Donny.


BERGERON: Kym -- hi, Kym.

How are you?


I'm good, Tom.

How are you?

BERGERON: I'm good.

Now, Kym, as you may know, is a former Australian amateur ballroom and Latin champion. She debuted on "Dancing" in season three, after winning the Australian version of "Dancing With The Stars."


BERGERON: Louis van Amstel has been teaching Kelly all that she knows. He's an Emmy nominee, former U.S. professional Latin Champion and seven time Dutch National Amateur Champion.

I'm going to start treating you with more respect.



BERGERON: And -- wow!

And Dmitry Chaplin has been putting Mya through her paces. Dmitry transitioned from the competitive reality show "So You Think You Can Dance?" to "Dancing With The Stars" last season. And he's twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.


BERGERON: Some of this -- some of this I'm making up.

Donny and Kim, by the way, have had an incredible run. Now, earlier, we showed sort of -- you know, the initial meeting and things like that.

Here now -- and I'm serious this time -- is a look at Donny's samba from earlier this week.


BERGERON: Now what made this particular dance all the more amazing, Donny, was that it came on the heels of a tango that was an unmitigated disaster for you. I felt so bad for you.

What happened on the earlier dance that night?

OSMOND: Oh, I'm going to let Kym start this explanation.

JOHNSON: Well, yes. I feel terrible. I got caught in my dress, first of all. And I don't even know how it happened.

OSMOND: Yes, I don't either.

JOHNSON: But suddenly, my legs were all tangled up in half of my dress, it seemed. And it just kind of threw us. And it was hard to get back on again.

OSMOND: And when you tripped, that tripped me.


OSMOND: And then -- and then mine -- I just went off to Cleveland at that point. I had no idea. And Kym was yelling at me, now do this step, now do this step. I have no idea what you're talking about.

JOHNSON: Yes. I got all really hot. I remember just like getting really hot and flustered, like, oh my god.

OSMOND: I have never seen you like that before.

JOHNSON: I was like OK...

OSMOND: You know, the sweetest lady on the planet says, do this step, do that step.

JOHNSON: No, I was just trying to get you through it.

OSMOND: I know.

JOHNSON: I was like I could see in your eyes that...

OSMOND: And you were dragging me across that floor.

JOHNSON: ...that you didn't know where you were.

BERGERON: I could, too.

JOHNSON: It was -- it was...

BERGERON: Yes, I could see that just -- I was -- where I was watching from the row I go to when you guys are dancing, I could see in your face that it was a look I hadn't seen before...

OSMOND: Now, Tom, can you...


OSMOND: Can you imagine...

BERGERON:'re so hard on yourself.

OSMOND: Well, you know we weren't...

JOHNSON: Yes, he is.

OSMOND: ...we worked really, really hard. Kym and I worked -- but we all work so hard, so many hours in the studio. And we completed a dance -- and you saw it in -- in the dress rehearsal. It was flawless, as far as I was concerned. But we did a dance and choreographed a dance that will never be seen. And it was a very important one for me.


OSMOND: But...

JOHNSON: But you are very hard on yourself.


JOHNSON: You -- you really beat yourself up. And, yes, it was horrible after that tango. And then to come back and do the samba was...

BERGERON: Well, that was...

JOHNSON: ...pretty difficult.

BERGERON: Yes. That was the mark of a pro right there. I think that the fact that you -- within minutes you were able to come back, right, Carrie Ann?

INABA: Yes. That was pretty incredible that you came back.

OSMOND: Well, I'll tell you something...

INABA: But, actually, you really came back by the third dance, I thought. OSMOND: Oh, really?

INABA: The third dance was amazing.




OSMOND: The person that got me back on that stage...


OSMOND: ...was my son. And he came back stage, pinned me up against the wall...


OSMOND: And he said dad, be the professional that you are. Snap out of it and get back out there.


OSMOND: He got me back on stage.

BERGERON: Nice, nice.


BERGERON: That's good to know.


BERGERON: You know, "Dancing With The Stars" has transformed many of our contestants -- maybe no one more so than Kelly Osbourne.

We'll look at her incredible journey and I'll still see if that dog's real, next.


BERGERON: Welcome back. We are previewing the "DANCING WITH THE STARS" finale here on LARRY KING LIVE. I'm sitting in for Larry. I'm Tom Bergeron. Kelly and Louis have bonded over dancing. We're going to do a video rewind and see them in action.

KELLY OSBOURNE: Gosh. I'm so excited.

LOUIS VAN AMSTEL, KELLY OSBOURNE'S DWTS PARTNER: I'm excited. How are you? Let's do it. Swing like a beautiful lady.

OSBOURNE: You got the wrong partner.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The wild child rock princess transformed.

OSBOURNE: Can you not make those noises, please? All dancers do it. I will never understand why.

I was impressed with myself.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Very well done.

OSBOURNE: Thank you.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You should be happy.

OSBOURNE: Thank you so much.

BERGERON: What fun. What was that you said to her? That was your what moment?

VAN AMSTEL: Beige moment.

BERGERON: Oh, the beige moment. Bruno.

VAN AMSTEL: You have no idea what that did to her.

BERGERON: Bruno, just so the folks watching, Bruno said that, right? It wasn't a compliment.


BERGERON: He said you danced beige. What did he mean?


BERGERON: It was bland.

INABA: It didn't stand out. It wasn't colorful enough.

OSBOURNE: That word to me was like someone going "you're boring." It literally -- it lit a fire inside me because I was like, I am not boring. And, like -- but it did what it need to do because I came out the next week and, you know, broke through to the next level where I needed to be to stay in the competition and I'm really lucky because every single week, somehow, I managed to keep learning what I'm doing and --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The comments that you guys made this season, both Bruno, Len and you, Carrie Ann, they have been so on top. When they were harsh, they were needed. I was laughing when he called her beige. I was like, yes, thank you.

CARRIE ANN INABA, DANCING WITH THE STARS JUDGE: Sometimes people -- we always get booed when we say something negative. Often it does help with a breakthrough. You get genuinely angry. Then you're working with real emotion.

BERGERON: The concern I had watching -- because I -- in all honesty this is no disrespect intended -- I didn't think you'd be here.

OSBOURNE: I didn't either. BERGERON: And the reason -- the reason I didn't think you'd be here is I didn't think you were ever going to get past that little crisis of confidence you were having in the early weeks. And I think you've blown through that admirably.

OSBOURNE: It's incredible what this show has done for my confidence. And I think that if it wasn't a competition, it wouldn't have done it. I think that that -- the little competitive voice inside your head is, like, you have to keep doing this. This is the only time you get to do this. And, you know, as you get more and more comfortable with what you're doing and every week it's a tiny little bit easier with the nerves, you start to realize what you really are capable of doing. I have little moments of it.

VAN AMSTEL: It's team work as well. You have to be patient as a partner. Not push too hard. Also sometimes push harder --

OSBOURNE: Oh, don't listen to him.

VAN AMSTEL: Oh, come on.

OSBOURNE: Because he's got this whole big thing he does where he gets me to a place where he knows I'm just about to cry and he'll say something to me to make me cry because then it will push me to the place where he needs me to be.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't do that to you --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It also lets it out.


OSBOURNE: Then what he does, he realizes he made me cry and he'll get super-emotional. Like, "I'm sorry." then we are both crying. And then it's like --

INABA: I love this story.

BERGERON: Dimitry is this your technique with Mya or does she make you cry? I can't figure out --

MYA, DANCING WITH THE STARS FINALIST: In some other ways maybe.

DIMITRY CHAPLIN, MYA'S DWTS PARTNER: No, we have physical --

MYA: Physical confrontation.

BERGERON: You've had physical confrontation?

MYA: That's because of his difficult choreography that he doesn't have a good time simplifying.

CHAPLIN: Sure it's choreography?

MYA: Yes, I would never do that intentionally. Yes.

OSBOURNE: The amount of time -- like, I smacked him in the head, elbowed him in the head.

CHAPLIN: At least in the head.

OSBOURNE: Our very first day of dancing, I accidentally kicked him in his man part and I felt like ooh.

MYA: I think next season you should put a clause in the contract that said all guys should wear cups period.

BERGERON: Almost like the other show I host. Donny, how are you and Kym doing in that department, in terms of --


BERGERON: Is she hard on you?

OSMOND: Kym is one of the sweetest -- she's one of the sweetest ladies. We're both so exhausted, right?

KYM: Yeah.

OSMOND: But --

KYM: I haven't made you cry, have I? No. No, I haven't.

BERGERON: All right. We're going to take a break. We'll get the LARRY KING commemorative cups out. The first perfect 30 this season is next. Mya and Dimitry will tell us how they got the judges on their side after the break. And the mystery dancers are warming up backstage right now. See who they are when LARRY KING LIVE continues.


BERGERON: The "DANCING WITH THE STARS" finale is Tuesday. Here on LARRY KING LIVE we're handicapping the last contestant's dancing. We've seen the others. Now it's Mya's and Dimitry's turn to shine. Let's look back and see when their magic started.

MYA: Oh, my goodness. Dimitry is the perfect partner for me because, number one, he's cute. Number two, he's tall and cute. Number three, he is incredible. I thought this was going to be like the simplest dance in the world.

CHAPLIN: Oh, yeah. That's what I thought too.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That was beautiful. Well done.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That was music in motion. The girl was magnificent.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I couldn't find anything to criticize.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This quickstep is like really fine champagne. After you taste it, nothing else will do. It ain't worth a trip to paradise BERGERON: Now, there was that moment when Len said I'm disappointed -- people were booing. He said, I'm disappointed because I couldn't find anything to criticize. What made that a special moment was he was a tough one to please for a while.

MYA: I have to say that Len's criticism definitely lit a fire up my behind. I didn't know exactly what the rules were. I didn't know what the guidelines were. I didn't know what the definitions of gimmicks and creative choreography were. So we took all of the criticism and analyzed ourselves from week to week. At one point, we were at the bottom about to go home and do our knockout dance to fight for our lives. And that is a scary position to be in. Standing on those steps under those lights, spotlight, by the way, waiting for your name to be called to say "you're safe." That didn't happen until the end. But you never want to feel like that again. So you go into that studio. And we went and bought beds and tents and slept there. And then the next week, after some harsh criticism, we came out and finally pleased all three judges for the first time and that was a feeling like no other.

BERGERON: I bet. Now, as that process was going on, Dimitry, the early criticisms, try to find a way to bring all the judges together, was that increasingly difficult for you? Were you bringing the so-called gimmicks to the choreography? Did you have to change your strategy?

CHAPLIN: Well, kind of had to, yes, because I'm kind of a rule breaker. So -- on the season, yeah. So but yeah, it was kind of difficult. Because at one point we didn't feel like we had to be limited by choreography. Wanted to be create if, work out of the box. On the other side, also, it's important to follow the rules, not just come out. Not to do, like, some, you know, crazy stuff. It was kind of hard to figure out what exactly Len was looking for.

BERGERON: I can't figure him out sometimes.

INABA: He was tough on you guys.

MYA: Carrie Ann definitely made a point with one of my weaknesses and I have to admit it, is the connection. This is a partnership. This is like the first time I'm getting to dance with a guy in my life. And it's about what we ignite for the crowd together. That was definitely one of my weaknesses from week one to probably six or seven. I'm just now getting it. It's all about trying to learn something really, really fast. And not overthink when you're on the floor.

BERGERON: It's interesting, to hear you describe it that way. Because back -- back in the production office when we're talking behind your backs -- [ laughter ] and I said, I said, I think -- I think Mya's finally come out of her shell now. And somebody else was saying, well, maybe she's been holding it back, holding it back. But it really was just you becoming more confident.

INABA: For people who have more experience dancing solo, it is a very difficult transition to make, to learn the partnership and to trust. It's really tough. I feel for you guys.

MYA: Thank you for that.

VAN AMSTEL: What I find interesting -- what I would like actually to happen more, we have all these rules, we got those e-mails from production --

OSBOURNE: No, lists.

BERGERON: All right, you know what, guys, we got to break. You can certainly argue off the air and I'll share that with you. When we come back, who's got what it takes to win the covered mirror ball trophy? We are back in 60 seconds.


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BERGERON: Welcome back to LARRY KING LIVE. I'm Tom Bergeron. Our finalists on "DANCING WITH THE STARS" have come a long way since they started to tango all those weeks ago. Let's see just how far they've come. Watch.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My expectations are really high. And I felt I was going to get a bit more.

CHAPLIN: Mya's been pushing herself really hard. And is under a lot of pressure.

MYA: Let's do that again. Again. One more time. This is like punishment, you know that?

VAN AMSTEL: 7, 8. 1, 2, 3.

OSBOURNE: Some of the stuff we're doing in our rumba, it's really, really hard. I want to make it more difficult because I want to prove my dancing ability is good enough to make it into that final.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As a performer, as a showman, I'll tell you what, Donny Osmond is second to none. I cannot believe the energy that he gets out there on every dance.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How old is this guy anyway? He acts like he's 3 years old on sugar.

KYM: Okay, seriously, we're going to do this 100 more times until you get it right because you keep getting that bit wrong.

OSMOND: Can we make a game out of it?

MARIE OSMOND: One word to describe my brother? Dedicated. I'd love to see my brother win. I think it would be fantastic.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Mya went from being a little girl not wanting to dance or sing outside of the living room to dancing on "DANCING WITH THE STARS," and I'm extremely proud of her.

MYA: Winning this competition would mean the most to me. I'd love to show this Maryland girl has what it takes to bring home that trophy.

OSBOURNE: "DANCING WITH THE STARS" was a hesitant step in the right direction for me because I started off being one of the most terrifying miserable experiences of my life. Why am I sweating like I'm in the shower? It's why I've been fat my whole life because I hate sweating. Because I stuck to it, it's opened up a whole new door for me.

SHARON OSBOURNE: She's an incredible young woman. I look at her and I go, she's ours.

OSBOURNE: Everything has changed. It's all through dancing. I never, ever thought these words would even come out of my mouth.

BERGERON: All right, who do you want to win season nine? That is tonight's quick vote. Go to, cast your ballot. Still ahead, more "DANCING WITH THE STARS" the finale preview when LARRY KING LIVE returns.


BERGERON: All right. Welcome back to a special edition of LARRY KING LIVE. it's the "DANCING WITH THE STARS" finale preview. I asked the two couples here with me earlier. But I want to bring Donny and Kim back in from Vegas. How is your freestyle coming, guys? For example, last season less than one percentage point separated the winning couple from the second couple and I think the freestyle is what won it for Shawn and Mark. How is yours coming?

KYM: No pressure, Tom. I'd love to go for second.

BERGERON: I'm sure you did.

OSMOND: The rules don't apply for freestyle.

INABA: There are no rules.

KYM: Good.

OSMOND: No rules. Okay.

INABA: You can lift as many times as you want.

OSMOND: She's lifting me throughout the whole thing.

KYM: Whatever you want.

INABA: Anything you want.

OSMOND: Except for ballroom though.

KYM: You can do anything you want, I think.

OSMOND: No, we have taken --

KYM: Anything you want.

OSMOND: Although, we've gone the direction of -- you have basically criticized me for being the performer, right? And more technique.

KYM: He's the ultimate -- full razzle-dazzle.

OSMOND: There will be some technique in there.

INABA: That's okay.

KYM: It's full on what we're doing at the moment. We're exhausted from it but it's going to be fun.

BERGERON: The only thing I would suggest, Donny, and I say that and Marie knows that I love her but steer away from floppy doll dances, all right? Yeah. Don't do floppy doll dances.

OSBOURNE: I'll tell her you said that.

KYM: That is one of best things I've ever seen.

OSMOND: Not in my book.

OSBOURNE: That is one of the best things I have ever seen in my life. It was amazing. Especially when he went into the running man.

OSMOND: The running man as a doll. Bless her heart. Now -- she's a sweetheart. She really is.

BERGERON: Earlier Mya said you haven't quite arrived at a decision about this yet?


MYA: Answer the question, I'm sorry.

CHAPLIN: It's okay.

BERGERON: So you are in agreement. You just haven't started rehearsing it yet? MYA: We're doing other dances right now. We have four this week. So we're still on our way. And we're still trying to work out mega mix.

BERGERON: Oh, yeah.

MYA: And remember everything.

BERGERON: That's a new edition to our final on Monday as well, the mega mix. Our mystery dancers are next. Which of our eliminated comes have the last live dance live right here next? Find out after the break.


BERGERON: Welcome back to a special edition of LARRY KING LIVE. I'm Tom Bergeron. We're here giving a preview of the finale of "DANCING WITH THE STARS" season nine. Joining me now, just come over here with me, if you would. Joanna Krupa and Derek Huff who are still getting over having been voted off last week. It's true every season, Derek --Donny is saying that he misses you.

JOANNA KRUPA, DANCING WITH THE STARS CONTESTANT: Well, I miss everybody. It was an amazing experience.

DEREK: This is what happens. Everybody deserves to be in the final for one reason or the other. And we're cheering for everybody.

BERGERON: That's cool. One of the things you were telling me during the break -- don't divulge anything because you may use this in subsequent seasons. You had a killer freestyle.

DEREK: I had a really interesting idea for this season. But, you know, I'll have to save it for next season.

KRUPA: I'll feel very heart broken if I see it next season. It was supposed to be with me.

BERGERON: Now we all talked about the journey of being on the show. How has it been for you? How were you different from when you started 10, 14 weeks ago whether you started training?

KRUPA: Gosh, it's such an amazing experience. It made me stronger and more competitive. And definitely made me realize I can really do anything that I want as long as, you know, you have the dedication and take the time and focus. I would say a great partner helps as well.

BERGERON: We'll put you to work again now if we can. What are you going to dance for us?

DEREK: I think we're going to do the salsa.

BERGERON: All right. Fair enough. Performing their knockout dance once again, Joanna and Derek.

KRUPA: That's my workout for the day.

BERGERON: It's amazing, you haven't gotten a concussion and you don't talk in a soprano. Do we have -- do you want to play judge along with Carrie Ann? What does the panel say?




UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All the way. 10 all the way.


BERGERON: And Donny and Kim give you 10 fingers.

OSMOND: Absolutely. Fantastic.

BERGERON: So who's your pick for the finale for the winner of the trophy?

KRUPA: It's a tough call. Everybody is so amazing in their own way. Kelly and I kind of bonded more throughout the week. So I'm rooting for my girl Kelly. But all of them are amazing.

BERGERON: Yeah. That is very diplomatic. Now, four people hate you.

OSMOND: Joanna who?

BERGERON: Who do you think, Derek?

DEREK: This is a dancing show for a dancing competition. I think Mya would take it on dancing style. I think if you want to see a journey that is a story, Kelly and Donny of course is a performer and he is a showman.

BERGERON: All right. See our "DANCING WITH THE STARS" finale this Tuesday. I want to thank Larry for letting me sit in tonight. Time now for "AC 360." Take care.