After a whirlwind of freestyle and sambas and lifts and whatnot, the remaining Dancing With the Stars contestants stepped off the dance floor, exhausted and exhilarated at the same time.
Or at least that's the vibe we got while talking to them after the show. Chelsea Kane, Kirstie Alley and Hines Ward spilled on their night full o' dances, and how they feel being so close to that mirror-ball trophy. Plus, who wants to hang up their costume after it's all over?
Chelsea and partner Mark Ballas are confident that regardless of the outcome tomorrow, they are satisfied with their performance tonight, and throughout the whole season. "We couldn't have done any better, I feel. At least we get to go out knowing we left everything out on the table," Chelsea tells us. "Whatever happens, happens. We saw it all the way through to the end. We put up a good fight."
Although, since tomorrow is Mark's birthday, winning the trophy for the third time would be a sweet little cherry on top. "It would be amazing to win on [my] birthday, but I feel like we've won already," he says. "Chelsea's killed it every week. It couldn't have gone any better tonight. The best early birthday present was getting Chelsea as my partner."
How cute are those two? And hey, if they happen to lose, Chelsea has a backup prize for herself all worked out. "You know how they hang jerseys? I want them to hang my fringe pants and no one can wear them anymore," she says with a laugh. "I'm going to shadowbox all my fringe pants and hang them somewhere in this ballroom."
Hines and Kym Johnson looked awesome tonight, right? Maybe it's because Kym has had the freestyle number mapped out for a very long time. "It was her vision. She had this vision week five! I took her to a Hawks game and she saw these drummers," Hines began before his partner adorably interrupts his thought. "It was at a basketball game! I thought they would be amazing as a freestyle," she finishes gleefully.
The duo also revealed they'll be performing the dance from Personal Story week as a way to bookend the season. "We've chosen that one because it meant so much to Hines and his mom, and I think it's very fitting to end the journey on that note," Kym says. And when we asked Hines if he finally felt like a dancer, he tells us: "My feet hurt! Yes, I do. My feet are killing me."
Finally, Kirstie (who was still fighting with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy like a old married couple), tells us that tonight was "the most fun [she] had all season," and tomorrow they're going to finish just how they began: with the cha-cha. "But not with the same dress," Maks says before turning to Kirstie. "Since yours would have to be four sizes smaller."
Hear that, everyone? To drop four sizes, all you have to do is dance with a professional dancer all week for 10 weeks! Now go out there and get started!
But before you do, why don't you tell us who you think will be crowned victorious on DWTS? Who's your favorite, and who do you think might upset the whole competition?