Annie Barrett
November 21, 2011 AT 12:00 PM EST

Update: Annie’s recap is live.

And BREAKING: Derek Hough has reintroduced the Crotch Bob to a new generation of DANCMSTRs.

Welcome to part 1 of the TWO-NIGHT FINALE EVENT of Dancing With the Stars season 13! The three finalists — Rob Kardashian, Ricki Lake, and J.R. Martinez — will perform an “unlearned dance” routine as well as a freestyle. Evan Lysacek will be a hidden gem in the crowd, hopefully dressed as Lucille 2 like that one time in season 10.

Go ahead and discuss the two-hour performance show here, or try our more “live blog”-esque experience over at’s Viewer.

Check out the video player below for my trailer-park chat with mischievous leprechaun Tristan MacManus in Parts 1 and 2…. plus, a scattered glimpse of the set and backstage featuring DWTS Troupe member Teddy Volynets (I apologize for sound issues on that one) in Part 3, and a chill discussion on (but not about) lawn furniture with musical director Harold Wheeler in Part 4!

I hope you’ll go back as many times as I did to replay the part where Tristan says “Snuffleupagus” in his adorable accent (01:47 in ‘Tristan Pt. 1’).

Remember to nominate your Hidden Gems of the Week in this post as usual, and I’ll see you tomorrow morning for my full recap!


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All of Annie’s ‘DWTS’ episode recaps

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