What Being in the Finals Means to Dancing's Stars

Dancing with the Stars: Who's Saving the Best for Last?

Dancing with the Stars is coming down to the wire with the first round of final performances, and Carrie Ann Inaba summed it up best with three words: “Hot, hot, hot.”

Chelse Kane, Kirstie Alley and Hines Ward and their pro partners each did two routines Monday night before their final one on Tuesday night to determine a champion. Find out how they fared in the stretch.

Chelsea Kane's Blog: It's Judgment Day on Dancing with the Stars

The end is near and I’m not talking about Saturday’s supposed rapture.

Granted, I’m writing this blog three hours before the clock ticks over to May 21, so I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that the world doesn’t explode just two days before the big Dancing with the Stars finale. Wouldn’t that be my luck?

Brooke Burke Breaks Down Dancing with the Stars Finale

Chelsea Kane Blog: Down to the Wire and Under Pressure

“Dun, dada dun, dada dun, dun. Dun, dada dun, dada dun, dun. Pressure, pushing down on me ” David Bowie’s famous tune has been on repeat in my head this week.

After the elation of two 10s glistening up at me from the judges’ paddles and surviving another week (thanks to the overwhelming efforts of Team Kanenballers), I woke up on Wednesday with renewed energy, ready to charge into the battle of the semi-finals.

Chelsea Kane Blog: Why Can't Instant Dance Week Involve Tequila?

The word “instant” usually sounds promising. Instant messenger, instant replay, instant rice. However, instant dance? Doesn’t have the same ring to it.

This week we have the infamous instant dance, where we learn choreography, but won’t know the song we’ll be sweating to until minutes before we perform live on Monday. In a way, the instant dance sounds like an oxymoron considering it feels like we learn every dance almost instantly. As I write, Team Kanenball is two days into learning two very unrelated routines.

Chelsea Kane Loved Rocking Out with Boy Bands on Dancing with the Stars

This is Week 7 and the topic is PAIN.

It started when my partner, Mark, severely twisted his ankle in dress rehearsal and we weren’t sure whether we were going to be able to do a live performance of our Quickstep. Although I wasn’t the one with the throbbing foot, I was very concerned about his injury and Team Kanenball’s future, so I had an additional knot in my stomach.

Then there was the agony of being surrounded by boy bands.

Chelsea Kane's Dancing Blog: A Patriotic Samba

Monday will be “American Night” on Dancing with the Stars and nothing screams “USA” like the samba, a dance that originated in Brazil. However, my patriotic performance pants make up for the foreign footwork, especially since they are being held up by a belt with a big bald eagle soaring just under my belly button. Uncle Sam would be proud.

Chelsea Kane's Dancing Diet: A Doughnut a Day

What was the first thing on Chelsea Kane’s mind after making it through another Dancing with the Stars’ elimination show?

“I want to eat a burger,” the Disney actress, 22, told PEOPLE backstage. “I am eating excessive amounts of food. I eat a doughnut a day, easily.”

Chelsea Kane's Dancing with the Stars Blog: All About the Viennese Waltz

Three is a magic number. It’s the number of counts in the Viennese waltz. The number of days I’ve been learning the Viennese waltz for Dancing with the Stars since starting this blog and it’s also the number of years I’m going to have to spend in therapy to stop counting everything in three’s. For example …

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