"DWTS: Athletes" Week 4 Recap: And The Winner Is...
Jenna Johnson and Adam Rippon competing during the "DWTS: Athletes" finale. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal, courtesy ABC)
Last night was both the best and the worst night of "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes." The best, because one lean, mean, dancing machine of a couple got to take home the Mirrorball trophy. The worst, because we won't be able to tune in to "DWTS" each Monday to get our weekly dose of dance mania until the fall. But all good things must come to an end, and "DWTS: Athletes" was certainly one of the best seasons yet. The remaining three couples all brought their A-games to the dance floor for the finale, showcasing two dances: a traditional ballroom routine and a freestyle. Here's the final recap.
Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber
Tonya and Sasha's first number was a stunning Viennese waltz performed to "The Time of My Life." But Harding really shined in her freestyle routine. Danced to "I Will Survive," the flashy piece gave us all the feels, and was the perfect anthem for Harding to end her "DWTS" run. She truly brought down the house. The freestyle routine earned a perfect score, while the traditional number earned a 26/30.
Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess
Josh and Sharna performed the foxtrot, and despite dancing most of his numbers this season shirtless, Josh managed to keep it on this time for the couple's elegant number—and still earned a respectable 27/30. But the real showstopper was their freestyle dance, where Sharna asked Josh to "unleash the beast" (so, of course, the shirt had to go.) The routine was themed around a football game (Josh was in his element!), had some super impressive lifts, and a drizzling finale where the couple literally got rained on. Their perfect score was much deserved, the dance was seriously one of the strongest of the season.
Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson
As per usual, Adam Rippon truly delivered last night. And though the couple earned a perfect score for their fabulous jazz routine, it was their freestyle that really captured the audience. From the music to the costumes to the moves, it was an epically unique routine that's honestly unlike anything we've seen on "DWTS." Grooving to "Scooby Doo Pa Pa" by DJ Kass, Adam and Jenna embodied the quirky and fun partnership they've portrayed throughout the entire season. Though there were some moments where they weren't quite in sync, the performance was a hit and earned them a 28/30. But in bigger news, they were crowned THE WINNING COUPLE. We're not really surprised, though. Adam's had it in the bag since...the Olympics, really! 😜
Congrats to the talented couple. Nothing like a Mirrorball trophy to keep an Olympic Medal company.