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DWTS Season 13 Finale: Championship Title to Follow

Tensions are high on the dance floor, as the three remaining couples on season 13 of “Dancing with the Stars” prepare their last dance routines.

The two-part season finale starts Monday, and the winners will be determined by a combination of tonight’s scores from the judges as well as votes from viewers.

The stars remaining are Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez, and Rob Kardashian; and along with their professional dance partners, they will take to the ballroom one last time.

This week’s performances are free style, and the contestants have carefully selected their routines in the race for the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.

Widely slated to win, Lake and her professional dancing partner Derek Hough have received consistently high scores throughout the season. Besides wowing her fans with dancing moves, Lake’s appearance on “DWTS” has rebooted her television career. The former talk show host has announced “The Ricki Lake Show” is returning in 2012.

Ahead of the finale, Lake posted her thoughts about the dance competition on her Twitter account.

“I heart my dance partner and teacher @derekhough! What a season! I’ll never forget it. #DWTS #drikilous #Final3 xo,” tweeted Lake.

The 43-year-old added: “Last wardrobe fitting & camera blocking. Happy and sad it’s almost over. #DWTS.”

J.R. Martinez remained a favorite contestant on the show alongside his dance partner Karina Smirnoff. Despite twisting his ankle and receiving some of his worst scores last week, the Iraq war veteran and actor said he is ready to give a “fearless” performance Monday.

Feeling down about last week’s points, Martinez was able to rise above the challenging injury. He tweeted: “I love my life. Seriously I’ve been through hell but I feel like I’m in heaven. Never give up & always believe!”

Looking back, Martinez also tweeted: “Can’t believe this is the last Sunday of season 13. It all went by so fast- grateful to be in the finals along side (sic) @RobKardashian and @RickiLake.”

Rob Kardashian and his partner Cheryl Burke will also participate in the finals tonight. The dancing duo has remained in the competition with upbeat performances.

Preparing for the final round, 22-year-old Kardashian took to Twitter with his excitement.

“Just finished one of our last rehearsals! Excited for tomorrow. Make sure u all tune in and vote. Finals here we come,” tweeted Kardashian.

 “DWTS” airs on ABC Monday at 8 p.m.

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