'DWTS' Recap: Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough Do Something No Couple Has Ever Done Before (VIDEO)

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Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough

Uhhhhh, can someone please explain to me what just happened during the freestyle performances on Dancing With the Stars? Because I'm sitting here crying -- which never, EVER happens when I watch this show. Like ever.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy tuning in each week and all and it's fun to watch the performances, but I'm simply not one of those people who "gets" dance.

I never understood what the hype was all about -- that is, until I watched Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough's contemporary freestyle routine.

To say that I'm speechless doesn't even cover it. (I'm NEVER speechless.) Their performance was, in a word, unbelievable.

And now I get it. I really do. And if they don't win the mirror ball trophy, I may not be recapping the show next season. (Ok, that's a lie. But seriously -- that's how moved I am after watching them.)

Seriously, you guys -- I'm kind of a mess. And I've never teared up from watching DWTS, until tonight, I guess.

There is quite a bit of glitz and glamour on this show, and sometimes it's easy to forget what the competition is all about. It's about people who have no professional dance background learning how to captivate an audience after taking the ballroom floor. And it only seems fitting for the person who did that most effectively this season to take home the title of "winner."

Yes, Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas' routine was incredible. And yes, Jacoby Jones has a ton of heart and soul and he's such a fun guy, and Karina Smirnoff is beyond talented. And Zendaya and Val have been consistently awesome all season long.

But Kellie Pickler is the one to beat. She and Derek deserve to win DWTS -- if for no other reason than they earned it. Honestly, at this point, in my opinion, they've already won -- even if for some strange reason the voting doesn't go in their favor in the finals.

In case you missed Kellie and Derek's performance, here's the video clip. You might want to grab a tissue or two before watching -- it's that good.

Who do you think will win tomorrow night?


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bills... billsfan1104

She has some talent!! I didn't cry, but wow

Frederick Jankowski

If Kelli and Derek don't win tonight it will be a terrible injustice. Many of her performances this season have been so emtionally charged to watch them touches you. That goes beyond ballroom dancing... it goes to your heart. Amazing finale tonight.

Dora Poullos

That was awesome excellent choreography Derek!

nonmember avatar Lizzy

Kellie & Derek's freestyle tonight was brilliant, beautiful, and totally captivating. I watched it over again about 8 times and tears showed up each time...their sheer talent and dedication to the task made for an enchanting performance....Hands down, they deserve the mirror ball....Kellie consistently improved & and strove for excellence from day one!

Tress O'Nan Thompson

It was the most touching, personal exquisit damce, I've EVER seen on DWTS. I had Goosebumps, Chills and Tears all at once. Derek a
Wonderful Choreographer. Such a Moving dance. Words can NOT describe its pure beauty. PERFECT DANCE IN ALL FORM.

Carolynn Lyman

The most spell binding dance performance I've ever seen in my whole life. Absolutely breathtaking...Derek, your choreography is beyond masterful...you pulled the very essence of beauty into that dance....and Kellie, well, you are a force of dance nature...I can't even find the right words...brought me to tears and my husband to goosebumps! AMAZING!! The very best, without a doubt, dance I've ever seen on Dancing with the Stars!

Standing Deer

it should be Kellie and Derek without a doubt no one deserves it more then them..that was soo awesomely beautiful made me cry i do not cry over dances

nonmember avatar James

Is it just me or was Kellie's dance seemed weirdly/perfectly timed for the OKC tragedy. I cried for them this morning.

Jim Bell

Is it just me or was Kellie's dance seemed weirdly/perfectly timed for the OKC tragedy. I cried for them this morning.

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