Totally agree with you MF. I was so excited to have Louis back this season. I hope he gets to return, and gets a really strong contender. I love seeing some of these pros who often get the short end of the stick get lucky and be able to really show what they're capable of, rather than having to dumb down the choreography for their partner to keep up.
I'm thinking final 3 of Gilles vs Shawn (again), with Melissa or Apolo coming in 3rd. How strange would it be for Melissa to make it that far and have the exact same final 3 as we did in season 8.