TikTok stars Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas are the champions of the 31st season of Mirror Ball.
The winners of the 31st season of “Dancing With the Stars” have been announced, defeating fellow celebrities Shangela, Wayne Brady, and Gabby Windey, who are paired with professional partners Gleb Savchenko, Witney Carson, and Val Chmerkovskiy, respectively.
On “Good Morning America” Tuesday, D’Amelio and Ballas opened up about their win.
“I think for me, I really gave my all on this trip and got a lot out of it, whether it was the confidence in my dancing, or my new friends, you know, memories that I will remember forever,” D’Amelio said, adding that she was “happy” and “grateful” for the experience. This experiment.
Ballas described the experience, his first on a DWTS ballroom in five years, as “fantastic.”
He added, “I had a really great time, made a great friend and had a great time getting creative and dancing with Charlie.” “And also to be so down to earth with all my buddies, I grew up with all of them. I loved it. I had a really great time.”
In their final battle on the dance floor, which was broadcast live on Disney+, the four couples performed a redemption routine chosen by one of the judges. The actions selected were those he had performed earlier in the season.
Read on to see how the night went.
Show stopping salvation and free dances
For his recovery routines, Brady did the quickstep to Jackie Wilson’s “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” while Shangela did the quickstep to Rochelle Diamante’s “Queen Bee.” They each got a score of 36.
But it was Wendy’s cha-cha to “I Like It (Like It)” by Pete Rodriguez and Jeff DiAmelio to “Grown” by Little Mix that wowed the judges, each receiving a score of 40.
The final four couples then participated in a freestyle round. Brady took to the dance floor first with his “Superbowl” routine with his dance partner, Carson, to a medley of Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” and Ciara and Chamillionaire’s song, “Get Up,” which earned him a 40.
TikTok star D’Amelio also earned 40 for her moving freestyle rendition of Pinar Toprak’s “Us Again,” which told a story about her love and loss of dancing, and then her love of dancing again.
Windey also took home 40 awards for her song “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago, which was choreographed by Chmerkovskiy’s wife, Jenna Johnson.
But it was Shangela’s sexy freestyle to “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child and “Call Me Mother” by RuPaul, which also featured Shangela’s partner, Savchenko, in drag as Natasha, that got the entire dance floor on its feet.
“I forgot to vote because I was so blown away by the whole thing,” Len Goodman said at the end of Shangela’s performance.
“It even had chicken in it,” he said, referring to the moment they were dancing when Shangela threw him a fried chicken leg.
Cheryl Burke says goodbye
Also hitting the dance floor for the last time was Cheryl Burke, who announced her retirement from the show over the weekend after 25 seasons.
The two-time Mirrorball champion delivered a fierce routine to Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana (At the Copa)” with two of her professional dance partners, Louis Van Amstel and Pasha Pashkov.
Before taking the mic, co-host Tyra Banks called Burke a living legend and said Burke was her first memory of “Dancing with the Stars.”
“This is my family,” Burke began. “Everyone has been a part of this cast, behind the scenes, prior to today. Everyone, thank you for believing in me and thank you for helping me find my voice. You’ve been part of who I am and I thank each and every one of you.”
“Professional dancers, celebrities, thank you for pushing me to be the greatest artist I can be. I love you all,” she said as the crowd began chanting her name.
Len Goodman receives the Mirrorball Trophy
He also bid farewell to Goodman, who announced his retirement from “Dancing With the Stars” last week. Judge, who has been known as the “strong” one on the show, was honored with a video montage of all of his most memorable moments.
“All good things must come to an end,” Goodman said in the video. “For me, it was a privilege to be a part of Dancing with the Stars.”
I will miss the judges. Carrie Ann [Inaba] and Bruno [Tonioli]We’ve been together since season one, and then Derek [Hough], I think it’s great. I just loved being a part of it – it was amazing. He will always be with me. It was unforgettable.”
When the montage was over, co-host Alfonso Ribeiro surprised Goodman with his very own Mirror Ball trophy.
“That’s great and thank you very much,” he said as the crowd chanted his name, and Inaba, Hough and Tonioli lifted their “Ten Ten” paddle boards. “It was a pleasure to be a part of Dancing With The Stars. That is definitely the cherry on top.”
Throughout the evening, former celebrities who have competed on the show also paid tribute to Goodman, including Jerry Springer, Shawn Johnson, and Christy Yamaguchi.
“I remember how hard Mark and I worked on your first 10,” said Yamaguchi, “and when that finally came along, sheer elation. My best wishes for what’s to come.”
“When I got on the show, I was an insecure little girl, and through your guidance, love, and support, I became a woman,” added Kelly Osbourne, who stars in the ninth season of the show. “I will never be able to thank you enough.”
The line-up for the ‘DWTS’ 2023 tour has been revealed
If you can’t get enough of Dancing With The Stars, you’ll be able to catch some of them on the road when they go on tour.
During the show, it was announced that Windey would be performing live for all of their tour stops across North America. Charlie and Heidi D’Amelio, “Cuda” actor Daniel Durant and “Jersey Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino will also perform live in select cities.
“We love it so much, we’re so alive, we feel this energy and nothing means more to us,” said Dancing With the Stars pro Emma Slater. “We can’t wait for you to come and see her.”
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