Awwww, we heart the Season 28 final four so much. (Erin McCandless, courtesy ABC)

"DWTS" Finale Recap: And the Winner Is...

It's beyond crazy that Season 28 of "Dancing With the Stars" is over. This has to have been one of the most dramatic seasons in the show's history, complete with major injuries, last-minute mother-daughter replacements, shocking eliminations, controversial contestants—the works. But it's also been one of our favorite seasons, because the dancing has been next-level amazing, week after week.

Last night's finale required every couple to perform twice: first, a dance they'd done before, and then, of course, their freestyle. And we are such suckers for a good freestyle, when the professionals and stars can bring their personalities to the ballroom, and you never know quite what to expect.

In case you missed it, here are all of last night's freestyle performances—plus the Season 28 champions!


Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber

Okay, Ally Brooke, we see you, manifesting your own destiny in the finale by starting your freestyle inside a giant Mirror Ball. Ally and her partner Sasha Farber performed a fast-paced, energetic number jam-packed with Latin and contemporary elements. We were a little surprised to see the couple still struggling with some of their more challenging lifts, but the judges loved the performance, awarding the couple three 10s.

Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko

We love, love, LOVED watching "country girl" Lauren Alaina get back to her roots—and loved watching everyone's favorite Russian stud Gleb Savchenko get into the vibe, too! Lauren and Gleb's freestyle was more about having fun than anything else, and it managed to feature line dancing, Luke Bryan, and lots of cowboy hat choreography. The judges gave the country couple three 10s, for a perfect 30.

Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten

We're just going to say it: This girl was on FIRE. We were absolutely blown away by Hannah Brown's freestyle with partner Alan Bersten. She delivered a powerful performance, with elements of Argentine tango, waltz, jazz, and hip hop, and some totally jaw-dropping lifts thrown in for good measure. The judges gave Hannah and Alan three 10s, and Carrie Ann Inaba even described the freestyle as "victorious." 👀

Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson

Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson's freestyle made us want to "Jump" (sorry not sorry) up and dance along with them. The duo's routine was inspired by Kel's hometown, Chicago, and they totally brought the Chi-town funk—lowrider car and all. It's rare that we see serious hip hop in the ballroom, but Kel and Witney's freestyle totally delivered. The duo received two 10s and a 9 (and head judge Len Goodman got more than a few boos for docking them a point).

So after all that amazing dancing, who was awarded the Mirror Ball Trophy? Your Season 28 champs are...

...HANNAH BROWN AND ALAN BERSTEN!

We're totally thrilled for Hannah. After all, who needs a final rose when you've got a Mirror Ball?

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Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

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