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"Dancing with the Stars" Finals Begin Monday Night

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- This week, a new Dancing with the Stars champion will be crowned. 

The finals begin Monday night with the four remaining couples -- Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff, Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, and Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy -- stepping onto the dance floor to perform three times.

First, the duos will have to repeat a dance style as chosen by the judges.  Next, the couples will take part in a "cha cha relay," in which they each dance to a different section of the same song.  Finally, the pairs will participate in a "supersized freestyle."

Zendaya isn't lacking in confidence; she says she knew from the get-go that she would advance this far into the competition.

The Disney star tells ABC News Radio, "I've always kind of thought I'm here to the end.  I'm going to work hard, and it's always been in my thought process."

Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman suggests she's just happy to be in the finals.

She comments, "I just really, really wanted to make it to the finals.  You know, this competition is so tough. It's going to be a very, very tough final."

Super Bowl-winning football player Jacoby Jones isn't satisfied with his performance yet.  He has his eyes on the prize: "I want the trophy.  It is a competition at the end of the day, and I am competitive."

Kellie Pickler undoubtedly wants the Mirror Ball trophy, too, but if she does take it, it will have come at a price.

The country singer laments, "My legs are sore.  My calf is, we have to do the quickstep this week.  That dance is exhausting.  My legs, they're like overcooked noodles where they're just like, they're going to collapse at any minute."

The performance show airs Monday on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.  The Mirror Ball trophy will be awarded Tuesday night, at the end of a two-hour results show.

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