- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 24, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wendy Williams, Kendra Wilkinson, Sugar Ray Leonard and the rest of the celebrity contestants eliminated from “Dancing With the Stars” this season brought their sometimes stunning, sometimes wacky moves back to the ballroom Tuesday night for the season finale.

The entire season 12 cast of the hit ABC show joined finalists Kirstie Alley, Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward as they competed for the coveted mirrorball trophy.

The show opened with an all-cast routine and the Black Eyed Peas singing their new single, “Don’t Stop the Party,” to an energized audience.

Tuesday’s episode was punctuated with musical performances. Besides the Peas, the Go-Go’s played their classic “We Got the Beat” for a frenzied dance routine, and Josh Groban sang “You Raise Me Up” while Petra Nemcova danced. Sara Evans was also to perform.

Famed sports announcer Michael Buffer called Leonard and pro wrestler Chris Jericho to the dance floor for a tough-guy dance-off. Wilkinson reprised her sexy, booty-and-bosom-shaking cha-cha, then nearly fell off the judges’ table when she finished. Radio personality Mike Catherwood, who was the first contestant dismissed this season, poked fun at his lack of dancing skills and stripped down to a leotard during his goofy routine.

Williams didn’t take to the dance floor, instead interviewing herself during a segment where she said Alley would “be a perfect drinking partner.”

Ward, Kane and Alley will each perform a final dance before the new champ is named.

Judges’ scores will be combined with viewer votes to determine the winner.


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