SAN DIEGO, May 19, 2015 – In one of the most competitive seasons with the highest quality performances and ballroom dancing skills in all 20 seasons, Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy Tuesday hoisted the Mirror Ball Trophy as winners of “Dancing With The Stars.”
It is the first win for professional Chmerkovskiy in three trips to the finals. Rumer Willis, 27, will now be known as “Dancing With The Stars Champion” first and the daughter of actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore second.
Rumer said she is a “completely different person” than when she started the show several months ago, crediting the show with changing her life, as many other competitors have done before her.
In second place were musician Riker Lynch and first season professional partner Allison Holker. In third place were veteran and endurance athlete Noah Galloway and professional partner Sharna Burgess.
“The best part about it is seeing how happy everybody else was to see us win. That’s the biggest compliment,” said Chmerkovskiy.
“This is for Val and for every person who every felt like they couldn’t do something, or like they weren’t good enough, because if you put your heart and your soul into anything you do, you can do whatever you want and accomplish anything,” said Willis.
As the judges’ scores for Riker and Allison and Rumer and Val were identical, it was the number of fan votes that determined the eventual winner. Noah and Sharna were behind in judges’ scores. It’s statistically possible they received more fan votes than the other two couples, but not enough to overcome the judges’ scores.
For many Noah and Sharna were “the people’s champions.”
Judge Len Goodman remarked during the finale that Noah had given so much in service to his country, “perhaps this country should give something back to you.”
If you missed the announcement, see it here.
The finale was filled with spectacular production numbers, many of which were performed on a special outdoor stage set up in the parking lot next to the soundstage at CBS Television City in Hollywood where “Dancing With The Stars” is produced.
Lucky fans piled into the bleachers watched dance numbers and a performance by pop girl group Fifth Harmony.
Also performing on the show were singers Sia, Jason Derulo, Redfoo and Patti LaBelle.
The final dance of the season was performed by the season 20 champions, a foxtrot/paso doble fusion dance by Rumer and Val. See it here.
The finalists will appear on “Good Morning America” and enjoy a whirlwind of media interviews. Following a brief break, many of the stars from this season and past seasons and many of the professionals will appear in the “Dancing With The Stars Tour” throughout the summer.
Until then, you’ll have to get your ballroom fix through the Fox network’s summer series “So You Think You Can Dance,” starting on June 1; and by reliving your favorite moments from season 20 on YouTube videos.
Season 21 starts in September; Communities Digital News will be ready and waiting for the cast announcement.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is president/owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego. In addition to writing about media, she is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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