What a week in the "Dancing with the Stars" universe, amirite? After we bid farewell to Drew Scott and Emma Slater on Monday (in a surprise to pretty much nobody, despite the duo's strong performance in a super-fun freestyle that evening), it was time, last night, for Season 25's Grand Finale. And goodness, I don't know if we've ever seen quite so many perfect scores thrown around the ballroom. The final three—Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson, Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, and Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas—performed a total of six routines on Tuesday, and five of them earned straight 10s. Yes, those scores were well-deserved; the finalists danced their bedazzled behinds off. But it also felt like the judges were channeling Oprah. YOU get a 10, and YOU get a 10, and YOUUUU get a 10!
We're coming down to the wire on "Dancing with the Stars," and it's getting harder and harder to decide which of the remaining couples should hang up their dancing shoes. This week, the contestants were put to the test with two routines: one required the pros to choreograph a dance to a song that they felt best represented their partner; the other required them to redo an old "DWTS" routine that'd received a perfect score (talk about setting the bar high). The five celeb semifinalists didn't disappoint–but some had a better night than others.
"Dancing with the Stars" was basically designed for Halloween episodes, what with its emphasis on stage fog and amazing-bordering-on-insane costumes. But while we were expecting lots of delectable treats from last night's Halloween spooktacular—including the first round of team dances, always a good time—we weren't expecting the ep's final trick: a double elimination that actually managed to shock the heck out of us. [Cue evil laugh from the "DWTS" producers.]
Week five of "Dancing with the Stars" proved to be one of the best weeks of the season so far. (And we're not just saying that because Mickey made a cameo debut on the piano during one of the routines—although that certainly didn't hurt!) Everyone brought their A-game, and with such a fun theme the contestants were able to really let their guards down. There was true sincerity in their dancing that we hadn't seen before. But not all Disney stories end with a "happily ever after," and one couple still had to hang up their dancing shoes.
If there's one week you should watch all the routines of it's undoubtedly this one... But, ICYMI, scroll below for our highlights of the night.
Helloooo, and happy Wednesday! Did you realize there was a special bonus episode of "DWTS" last night? If you missed it, fear not—we've got you covered, as always. Right off the bat, we will say that the show's wasting no time this season. Just barely recovered from Monday's elimination, we then had to bid adieu to a second couple last night 😭. But that's the name of the game, and like I said yesterday, anything goes when there's a Mirrorball at stake 🏆. On to the dancing!
"Dancing With the Stars" doesn't mess around—we're only two weeks in and the eliminations have already begun. Not to mention, it seems like everyone is injured. But the show must go on, as it did last night. After all, there's a Mirrorball at stake! From the rhinestones, to the spray tans, to the first elimination (gasp), here's what went down last night.
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I, for one, am thrilled. I've been #TeamWitfonso since day one. From that first jive, to the Carlton dance, to that paso trio, this dynamic duo has had so many memorable moments throughout the season—and I can't help but feel a little proud.
OK, OK. Enough gushing! On to our highlights from the two part "Dancing with the Stars" Season 19 finale extravaganza.
It all started off on Monday night, when the final four couples competed for the Top 3 spots. Each couple performed twice: one "judge's pick" and one freestyle. As per "DWTS" ushe, it was the freestyle round that really struck a chord—with the audience and the judges. All teams earned perfect 40s, but in my opinion, Sadie Robertson and Alfonso Ribeiro out-danced their opponents. TBH, it could've been Mark Ballas and Witney Carson's keen eye for choreo that won me over.
I'm a complete sucker when it comes to classic video games, so Mark and Sadie's Super Mario Bros.-themed freestyle dance gave me all of the nostalgia feels. That moment when Sadie popped into the air like those piranha plants that would pop out of those green pipe thingies?!? (My nerd is showing...) Gah it was just so, so good.
When Witney revealed that Alfonso would be tap dancing in the finale, I just about lost it. And let me tell you, their freestyle to "Sing, Sing, Sing" would've made the Tap Dancing Kid proud.
But the absolute highlight of Monday night had to be the live performance by the cast of the upcoming remake of Annie, starring Quvenzhane Wallis. The girls performed a show-stopping routine to "It's a Hard Knock Life," choreographed by Mandy Moore.
At the end of the show, Bethany Mota and Derek Hough were eliminated, leaving Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson and Janel Parrish to battle it out for the Mirror Ball Trophy.
Last night's episode felt more like a celebration than a competition (although, I'm sure the Top 3 were sweatin' in their boots...err dancing shoes). The show brought pack eliminated contestants to revisit some season faves, and we got a good dose of candid behind-the-scenes clips. Most importantly, we got to see the pros do their thing! #Finally. We've been asking for more performances from the Pro Troupe Team all season.
First, we got to see Lindsay Arnold and Artem Chigvintsev dance a SMOKIN' hot routine to Nick Jonas' live performance of "Jealous."
Then, the ladies of "DWTS" got "All About That Bass" with Meghan Trainor.
But nothing from last night's show could top Alfonso and Witney's reaction when they earned that coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. So many emotions!! Congrats, #TeamWitfonso, you totally deserve it. I'll let Carlton Banks have the final word (read: dance) on this one, folks.