SAN DIEGO, May 23, 2017 – As expected, the Season 24 winner of “Dancing With The Stars” was determined less by the judges’ scores than the fan votes making the difference. If you aren’t happy with the results and you didn’t vote, remember this for next season.
Scroll to the end if you want to know who was named the Season 24 Mirror Ball Champion.
With one round of competitive dancing to go Tuesday night, there was a lot of padding in a two-and-a-half hour show. It was filled up with group numbers, the return of all previously eliminated Season 24 competitors – yes, even Chris Kattan – and some musical performances.
The competitors get to perform their favorite dance of the season, just for fun and for the fans. David Ross and Lindsay Arnold selected their Jazz routine to “Candy Shop.” We think David just wanted to wear the six-pack-abs outfit again.
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater went all the way back to Week 1 when he dazzled us Bruno Mars style with his Cha Cha.
The 24-Hour Fusion Dances only make a difference in the outcome if someone makes a major mistake. It didn’t happen this season.
The three finalists danced in the same order assigned to Monday night’s Freestyle routines.
Performing first, David Ross and Lindsay Arnold danced a Foxtrot/Salsa to “Living” by Baby Bakermat. No one lived up his time more on DWTS than David Ross, the People’s Champion. Major League Baseball waited a long time before sending a player to DWTS and the wait was worth it. The judges scored all nines for 36 final points.
Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy performed an Argentine Tango/Foxtrot to “There’s Nothin’ Holding Me Back” by Shawn Mendes. The judges didn’t hold back their scores or comments for the routine, giving it a perfect 40 points. Did the judges’ positive comments hint at the eventual winner?
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater ended the season’s completion with a Cha Cha/Tango to Flo Rida’s “I Don’t Like It, I Love It.” It summed up their season and the entire Season 24 beautifully, although Len Goodman left it one point shy of a perfect score with 39 points. With Rashad announcing he would join the summer DWTS Live Tour, he’s choosing ballroom over the NFL for now.
As it came time for the results, fans got a real shock as Normani Kordei and Val Chemerkovskiy were announced in third place, leaving David and Lindsay with Rashad and Emma in the top two. it is the first time Lindsay Arnold and Emma Slater have been finalists on the show, and the first time two male stars have been at the top since JR Martinez won and Rob Kardashian came in second in Season 13.
Second place was a significant accomplishment for David Ross, with the Mirror Ball Trophy going to Rashad Jennings and pro Emma Slater. At the top of the show, Rashad said he and pro partner Emma rehearsed for a total of 360 hours over the course of Season 24, 100 hours more than any other couple this season. There is no substitute for hard work, and this couple is living proof. Season 25 competitors, keep this in mind.
If you can’t make it until Season 25 next fall, take heart. The DWTS summer tour may be coming to your town. Check on DWTSTour.com for dates, kicking off on June 16 in Atlantic City, New Jersey through August on the West Coast. Until then, see you for Season 25 in September.
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater, Season 24 winner
24 Hour Fusion Challenge, Cha Cha/Tango: 10-9-10-10 = 39 points
FINAL WEEK: 119 points overall
David Ross and Lindsay Arnold, Second Place
24-Hour Fusion Challenge, Quickstep/Jive: 9-9-9-9 = 36 points
FINAL WEEK: 109 points overall
Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy, Third Place
24-Hour Fusion Challenge, Foxtrot/Rumba: 10-10-10-10 = 40 points
FINAL WEEK: 118 points overall
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She also covers the Sweet Science of boxing for Communities. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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