SAN DIEGO, November 25, 2014 – After an exciting season of competition, after 10 weeks the three finalists battled it out to reach their ultimate goal, winning the Mirror Ball Trophy as champion of Season 19.
“It’s like a novel, and we’re on the last page, I still don’t know who’s going to win,” said senior judge Len Goodman.
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson, Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy, and Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas all performed beyond expectations, and all three have devoted fan bases who supported them all season. The judges’ scores were so close that fan votes would make the difference.
Whose fans came through?
Fourth place finishers Bethany Mota and Derek Hough performed the freestyle encore, another look at their impressive hip-hop style routine whose athletic, daring, and sharp choreography evoked Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation.”
Fans got to walk down memory lane with competitors eliminated earlier in the season, including a graceful turn by Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff, a reprise by Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni of her “Material Girl” routine, and judge Len Goodman rode shotgun Cheech Marin in the low rider as Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd brought back their crowd pleasing routine to “Drop It Like It’s Hot” that showed he’d be more than just an amusement this season.
Once all the buildup was done during the first hour, the three finalists performed their fusion dances. Sadie and Mark drew a Quickstep/Samba, Janel and Val a Foxtrot/Paso Doble, and Alfonso and Witney a Cha Cha/Tango. Sadie and Mark were the least successful; Janel and Val were full of attack while Alfonso and Witney sparkled and dazzled with speed and precision.
The judges gave all three couples perfect scores of 40 points. It was their way of stepping out of the fans’ way and letting them make the call among three truly deserving finalists.
Finishing in third place was the one bit of surprise, as Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy heard their names called. Janel said Val was her real trophy, with a smile through a few tears. Their fans weren’t as classy, howling via Twitter Val had now been robbed twice of the Mirror Ball Trophy, once with Zendaya and now with Janel.
Finishing in second place were Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas. Few would have picked Sadie to go this far. The coltish, long legged teen came into her own as a graceful, gracious and happy role model. She may have been the biggest winner on the show considering how much she achieved and how many people she’s impressed.
“This has just been an amazing experience, I’m thankful to God who brought me this far in the competition,” said Sadie after the announcement.
As predicted at the beginning of the season, it was Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson who had the honor of winning Season 19, though their road to the win was anything but predictable. Witney Carson showed what a talent she is at just 21 years old, producing week after week of excellent choreography and style for her star partner.
Alfonso has said many times he’s wanted to be on the show for 10 years, and finally got his chance. “I’ve wanted it forever, I don’t know what to say… these are happy tears!”
Many fans across the U.S. will now have the chance to see many of the pros and several stars including the winners Alfonso and Witney on the “Dancing With The Stars” tour over the next few weeks. The rest will now have to wait until March when Season 20 begins.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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