After competing against Shangela, Wayne Brady, and Gabby Windey, who were partnered with pros Gleb Savchenko, Witney Carson, and Val Chmerkovskiy, respectively, it was revealed that the pairing had won the 31st season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
In the live, final round, which was broadcast on Disney+, each couple danced a redemption routine choreographed by a different judge. The routines they chose were ones from earlier in the season.
Redemption and Freestyle Dances That Steal the Show
Brady danced the quickstep to Jackie Wilson’s “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” for his redemption routine, while Shangela did the same to Rochelle Diamante’s “Queen Bee” for hers. Everybody got a perfect 36. But the judges gave perfect scores of 40 to Windey’s Cha Cha to Pete Rodriguez’s “I Like It (Like That)” and D’Amelio‘s Jive to Little Mix’s “Grown.”
A freestyle round was then performed by the last four pairs. To a mashup of Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” and Ciara and Chamillionaire’s “Get Up,” Brady and Carson were the first to perform their “Superbowl” routine, which was rated a perfect 40.
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D’Amelio, a TikTok star, received a score of 40 for her emotional freestyle performance to “Us Again” by Pinar Toprak, in which she shared her personal narrative of falling in and out of love with dance and eventually finding it again. Windey, whose “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago was choreographed by Chmerkovskiy’s wife Jenna Johnson, also received a score of 40.
When Shangela and her partner Savchenko (disguised as Natasha) performed a freestyle to “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child and “Call Me Mother” by RuPaul, the entire ballroom erupted in applause. At the conclusion of Shangela’s performance, Len Goodman commented, “I forgot to vote because I was absolutely mesmerized by the whole thing.” He replied, “It even had chicken,” recalling the part of the dance when Shangela had tossed him a fried chicken leg.
Cheryl Burke Says Goodbye
Cheryl Burke, who announced her retirement from the show over the weekend after 25 seasons, also danced for the last time. Two-time Mirrorball winner Sharna Burgess performed a tough sequence to Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana (At the Copa)” with professional dancers Louis Van Amstel and Pasha Pashkov.
Tyra Banks, Burke’s co-host on “Dancing with the Stars,” introduced herself to the audience by calling Burke a “living icon” and recalling that Burke was her first recollection of the show. Burke started up by saying, “This is my family.” “Every single person that was part of this cast, behind the scenes, prior to today.
Every single person, thank you for believing in me and thank you for helping me find my voice. You guys have been a part of my identity and I thank each and every one of you. “Pro dancers, celebrities, thank you for pushing me to be he greatest artist that I can be. I love you all,” when people started calling out her name, she said.
Len Goodman Gets His Own Mirrorball Trophy
Goodman has also said farewell to “Dancing with the Stars,” has announced his departure from the show last week. The judge, who has earned a reputation as the show’s “tough guy,” was given a video tribute that highlighted his most iconic moments.
“All good things have to come to an end,” Goodman said in the video. “For me, it was such a privilege to be a part of ‘Dancing with the Stars.'” “I’m gonna miss the judges. Carrie Ann [Inaba] and Bruno [Tonioli], we’ve been together since season 1. And then Derek [Hough], I think he’s brilliant. I loved being a part of it — it was great,” he added. “Thank you so much for letting me be a part of ‘DWTS.’ It will always be with me. It was so memorable.”
Co-host Alfonso Ribeiro surprised host John Goodman by presenting him with his own Mirrorball Trophy when the montage was over. “That is fantastic and thank you so much,” he said as the audience chanted his name and Inaba, Hough and Tonioli held their “10” paddleboards up. “It’s been such a joy to be part of ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ This is absolutely the cherry on top.”
Celebrities like Jerry Springer, Shawn Johnson, and Kristi Yamaguchi, who have all competed on the show in the past, paid tribute to Goodman throughout the evening. “I remember how hard Mark and I worked on that first 10 from you, and when that finally came, pure elation. And my very best wishes for what’s ahead,” Yamaguchi said.
“When I came on the show, I was an insecure little girl, and through your guidance, love and support, I became a woman,” added Kelly Osbourne, who competed on season 9 of the show. “And I will never be able to thank you enough.”
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‘DWTS’ 2023 Tour Lineup Revealed
Some of the “Dancing With the Stars” contestants will be touring so fans who can’t get enough may see them live. It was announced throughout the show that Windey would be performing live at every North American concert. Charli and Heidi D’Amelio, “CODA” star Daniel Durant, and “Jersey Shore” star Vinnie Guadagnino will all be making live appearances as well.
As “Dancing with the Stars” pro Emma Slater put it, “we enjoy it so much, we’re alive, we get to experience that energy, and there’s really nothing that matters more to us.” In other words, “We can’t wait for you to come and see it.”
It was revealed that the pair had won the 31st season of “Dancing with the Stars,” beating out Shangela, Wayne Brady, and Gabby Windey, who were all partnered with professionals Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, respectively.
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