After a night of big-name musical performances, a surprise announcement from a judge, and dances from every couple, it was time to name the winner of season 18 of Dancing with the Stars.
Up for the mirror ball trophy were season frontrunners Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, along with Amy Purdy and Derek Hough and Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas.
Long before one of the three finalists was eliminated during Tuesday night's finale of Dancing with the Stars, another celebrity found himself getting the boot from the ballroom.
Season 16 competitor Andy Dick, 48, arrived at the finale with a guest and seemed to be acting erratically, reeking of smoke and exhibiting eyebrow-raising behavior. He was running in and out of the ballroom every five minutes, saying, "I have to pee!" Within the hour, he had lunged at a production staffer's breast.
One observer tells PEOPLE that four security guards stepped in quickly and they "told him he had to go, and he said, 'Why? Because I'm drunk?' "
Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native will blog for PEOPLE about competing with Big Time Rush band member James Maslow during the show's 18th season.
Last week was rather stressful for both of us. In our Michael Jackson number, everything was sort of coming together, but then on the day we were doing our walkthrough with the band and our dress rehearsal, they took our stage away.
We had a catwalk and a round stage and they took that away because they realized they couldn't get it up in time. So all week long, we were practicing and had marked out the floor and width and depth and stuff and used choreography that would fit the catwalk.
Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring in the popular series Full House. Since the series wrapped in '95, the actress got married, had three kids and wrote two books. She's been paired with two-time mirror ball winning champ Mark Ballas for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars, and she'll be sharing her experience with PEOPLE readers.
It's the finale!!
We've had so much drama the last few weeks, I haven't been able to keep up with my blog. I'm writing this Monday morning and I still have no idea what is going to happen tonight.
Mark's shoulder popped out during rehearsal on Sunday and he was taken to the hospital. They couldn't see exactly what happened from the x-ray, and Mark is getting an MRI this morning. It's still unclear at this point as to whether or not he'll be able to dance with me in the finale tonight.
Their chemistry on the dance floor is undeniable – and led to rumors that they are an item – but there's something even more special that bonds Dancing with the Stars frontrunners Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
They bring out the best in each other.
"I feel that I can really be myself with Maks," the Olympic ice skater, 27, tells PEOPLE. "He pushes me to stand up for myself, whether it's in real life or on the dance floor. It's cool."
It's crunch time on Dancing with the Stars, and Peta Murgatroyd and James Maslow are one of four couples heading into next week's fight for the mirror ball trophy after surviving elimination during Monday night's semifinals.
"I knew we could do it," Murgatroyd, 27, told PEOPLE backstage after the show, reflecting on her and Maslow's first rehearsals at the beginning of the season.
Added Maslow, 23: "We couldn't have predicted the path of who would have been voted off each week. I think because it's been so strange and seemingly random, we were confident in what we could do, but you can never be too confident in staying. So we've got to keep that humility, and we've got to do better than we've done each week and that's all we can do."
Happy birthday, Bob Saget!
The actor, best known for playing Full House patriarch Danny Tanner, turns 58 on Saturday. Because we're committed to bringing you the finest nostalgia Photoshop can make possible, PEOPLE proudly presents: The Full House gang with their younger selves.
They're everywhere you look.
Charlie White hasn't earned success without a struggle.
With only a few weeks left of Dancing with the Stars, the stress is on for the contestants, but at least one pair isn't letting it get to them.
"The important thing now is not to put any pressure," Derek Hough told reporters backstage after Monday night's show, of him and partner Amy Purdy.
"Now we're at the top of the leader board, which is great, but those are the moments when you start to see [partners] break down because they say, 'Oh, my gosh, oh my gosh, I can do this. I can win.' Let's go back to week one when we were loving this and we were just happy to be here. Now we have a week one attitude with a week nine skill set."