'Dancing:' Will Kirstie, Chelsea or Hines Win?

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Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward earned top scores Monday, and Kirstie Alley is a fan favorite.

The competition is heating up on Dancing With the Stars.

On Monday's show, Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane, who are dancing with Kym Johnson and Mark Ballas respectively, tied with near-perfect scores.

But Kirstie Alley (who is partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy) has become a fan favorite with her memorable trips on the dance floor and jokes about losing weight from all the time spent rehearsing for the hit ABC show.

So who will take home the coveted mirrorball trophy?

"This season, more than any other, it’s up to the fans! You don’t know who is voting and who the dedicated fans are," writes pro Lacey Schwimmer on Celebuzz.

"Kirstie’s fan base is enormous and she got a standing ovation. Hines has all his football fans and also, not many people knew who Chelsea was when she first started and now she’s a household name," she continued.

The Los Angeles Times' Allyssa Lee is convinced Kane and Ward will dance into the finale. In her Show Tracker column, she writes that the performance show didn't seem "like the pressure cooker" it normally is because "we all knew who the final two contestants were going to be before this hour began, and the judges seemed to confirm it with their scores. Which of these stars was not like the other one?"

Katy Kroll writes on TV Squad that Alley "stole the show with a show-stopping, holy @#$! performance" but "probably doesn't have a chance in hell of winning."

"I could see a judges' tie coming a mile away for Hines and Chelsea, who each wound up with 59/60 total points, respectively, for their two combined dance scores. Now it's up to viewers to decide who deserves the trophy," Ryan goes on, adding that "each of the stars will perform one last dance during the grand finale -- and the judges ultimately get final say on who will hold the coveted mirrorball high above their head."

Her opinion: "[Who] should win? Chelsea and Mark. Most likely will win? Hines and Kym. But it's still anybody's race."

The finale airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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