‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season 31 Winner Revealed – Deadline
dancing with the starsThe first season of Disney+ is over! So many changes have already been announced heading into tonight’s Season 31 finale. First, judge Lane Goodman And Cheryl Burke It is said to exit. Then, Disney gave Bob Chapek a heave-ho and reward Bob Iger with his old CEO seat. A desperate plea from the cheap seats, Mr. Iger: Return the mirror ball to ABC! I think we can all agree that this streaming experiment has gone Pollock’s way: Nobody wants Disney+ anywhere near the ballroom. Maybe bringing it back home to ABC on Monday is your next major decision after the Genie+ line-skipping service drops in the park?
Speaking of redeeming acts, it’s time for the couples to reprise their performances from the season.
Wayne Brady and Whitney Carson. The game show host knew instinctively that he would be asked to redo the move as early as 6 weeks. Len Goodman urged Brady to improve his frame and show off his “boy smile” while performing Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher.” Brady showed signs of progress, but Goodman wasn’t entirely satisfied. “I must say I thought your frame was stronger … but it needed a little more movement,” Goodman said. “You know I’m a fan of yours … I have to say what I say, it could do with a little more flow.” Score: 36 out of 40
Shangela and Gleb Savchenko. With Bruno Tonioli as their mentor, the pair revisited their quick move from Week 2. Dressed in white top hats and crystal-encrusted silk dresses, the pair opened the show by bouncing to Rochelle Diamante’s “Queen B” — but Shangela missed a key opening step that didn’t go unnoticed by the judges. “Many people inspire me but you excite me,” said Carrie Ann Inaba. “You grow up and this is the redemption round.” Score: 36 out of 40
The competition took a brief hiatus to say goodbye to Burke, who announced Sunday that she was leaving the show after 26 seasons. The two-time mirror ball champ danced the Argentine tango and samba to “Copacabana” with Pasha Pashkov and Louis van Amstel before giving a final speech to the crowd. “This is my family, every single person that was part of this cast, every single person, thank you for believing in me,” he said. “Thank you for helping me find my voice. You guys have been part of my identity. Thank you for pushing me to be the best artist I can be.”
Gabby Winde and Val Chmerkovskiy. D’Amelio’s only competition was instructing Derek Hough to revisit his cha cha from Bond’s night in week 3 of the competition. Clad in the cutest little boa mini-skirt, Winde performed Pete Rodriguez’s “I Like It.” “Gabby, you have a superpower to embody every dance. You were born to perform,” Hoff said. “You must have redeemed that cha cha. Hello.” Perfect score
Charlie D’Amelio and Mark Ballas. Does the front-runner really have to redeem himself for past performance? Apparently so: Inaba suggests repeating the jive from week 5 during prom night. And what a repeat it was: dancing “big” by Little Mix, D’Amelio positively shines when performing Ballas’ terrible choreography. “Charlie that was awesome,” Inaba said. “You’ve proven yourself to be so incredible this entire season. This is you, you just dance with your mind.” Perfect score
Next, the freestyle round.
Brady and Carson. Game show host Ciara ft. Chamillionaire channeled his best Bruno Mars on a mix of “24K Magic” and “Get Up.” It wasn’t his most impressive performance of the season – and he couldn’t do the back flip he wanted for rehearsals – but he was pleased to cap off his “perfect” season. “It looks to me like you’ve got a smash hit on your hands,” Tonioli said. “Honestly, you always act like the greatest showman on the greatest show on TV.” Perfect score
D’Amelio and Ballas. The reality show star spoke about how she stopped dancing after internalizing hate and negativity from TikTok followers. Then came DWTS, and he was transformed! She fell in love with dancing again. What a way to end his run in the ballroom: D’Amelio’s number with Ballas was a brilliant hodgepodge of all the best of ballroom — waltzes, tangos, quicksteps, some tap dancing! — “Us Again” by Pinar Toprak. Man, does Ballas deserve some bonus pay to come back this season. “I know what it’s like to lose the love of dance,” said an unheard Hough. “It was so powerful, the storytelling, the narrative, but more importantly the two of you, the connection.” Perfect score
Shangela and Savchenko. The show’s first drag entertainer used the final rehearsal package to pay tribute to Savchenko and how helpful she was during the season. The two expressed their love for each other before embarking on the journey The mother of all freestyles “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child and “Call Me Mother” by RuPaul. Where to start? Shangela posing on stage on a sky-high stage before breaking into some rousing pops and locks? Savchenko embodied a new alter-ego named Natasha and brought down the house? RuPaul, eat your heart out: Ten has finally taken over the ballroom and DWTS All the better for it. “For the first time in 31 seasons I forgot to vote because I was just so enthralled by the whole thing,” Goodman said. “It had performance, it had entertainment.” Perfect score
Winde and Chmerkovskiy. When he thinks of The Bachelorette, Chmerkovskiy says it reminds him of power and sex, so he wanted to pad that into their final performance. Dance to “Cell Block Tango” from ChicagoThe duo began their number in a cage before exploding into a ferocious tango worthy of Broadway. Bad break for Windy though; He looked like tearing up when the number was over. But you should have seen when the group of men threw him in the air! “You are very impressive tonight because something must have shifted,” Inaba said. “I’m proud of you for making this journey.” Perfect score
Before announcing the winner, host Tyra Banks announced that the finale received the most votes this season. (If only we knew how many of you actually watched).
Fourth place went to Shangela and Savchenko. Bummer
Third place went to Brady and Carson.
Second place went to Winde and Chmerkovskiy.
And in the most anticlimactic finish, D’Amelio and Ballas win!
Things we learned from season 31: No one cares when two men dance together. Fans still want to watch the show the creation Celebrity dancers, trained ones do not celebrate. Three seasons of Tyra Banks is plenty, thank you very much. TV can never replace a guy like Len Goodman. And Conrad Green should never relinquish his role as executive producer.
Ballroom fans until next season?
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