Dancing with the Stars finale!

When the first season of Dancing with the Stars came out of the clear blue sky to become a surprise summer hit, many wondered if the show could hold up during the far more competitive winter season. But when the series returned, boasting a spiffed-up voting process and a results show, it quickly proved itself capable of trouncing the ratings competition--including formidable opponent Survivor: Panama. America has watched a second crop of celebrities stomp, stumble, spin, and soar their way toward the ultimate glory that is the Dancing crown, and the day of reckoning is finally at hand. The two-hour season finale of Dancing with the Stars will air live on Sunday, February 26, at 8:00 p.m. EST, and one nimble pair will win it all.

After weeks of brutal training, merciless judgment, and heartbreaking eliminations, three celebrities and their professional dancing partners are preparing their final routines. 98 Degrees member Drew Lachey dances with Cheryl Burke; professional wrestler Stacy Keibler dances with Tony Dovolani; and famed football star Jerry Rice dances with Anna Trebunskaya. Each team will perform two dances--including one freestyle number--during Thursday, February 23's two-hour performance and voting show. This will be the last opportunity for fans to cast their all-important votes and decide the destiny of their favorite Dancing pair. Thursday's show will also include a look back at the season's highlights and a dance performance by host Samantha Harris and professional dancer Jonathan Roberts.

Be sure to tune in on Sunday, February 26, for Dancing with the Stars' thrilling finale, during which all seven previously eliminated contestants will return to the show for one last dance. And don't miss an appearance by R&B; star Mary J. Blige, who'll grace the Dancing stage to perform two songs before the final winners are revealed.

We can hardly wait for the finale to air, but there are still quite a few agonizing hours left to fill--so until Sunday, why not let us know who you've been rooting for? Are you happy with the finalists, or do you wish twinkle-toed rapper Master P. had made it to the end? Should Wayne's World babe Tia Carrere still be in the running, or were you glad to see her put out of her misery on February 3? If you could bring back just one of the eliminated teams, who would it be? And, most importantly, which talented pair should win it all?

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