dancing with the starsThe first season of Disney+ has come to an end! Many changes have already been announced ahead of tonight’s Season 31 finale. First, Judge Len Goodman and Cheryl Burke have resigned. Disney then gave Bob Chapek a boost and rewarded Bob Iger with his former CEO job. A desperate plea from the cheap seats, Mr. Iger: return the mirror ball to ABC! I think we can all agree that this streaming experiment has gone the way of the polka: no one wants Disney+ anywhere near the ballroom. Perhaps coming home to Mondays on ABC could be your next big move after cutting the price of Genie+ skip-the-line service in the parks?
Speaking of redemptive acts, it’s time for the couples to redo their performances of the season.
Wayne Brady and Whitney Carson. The game show host knew instinctively that he would be asked to redo the fast pace from week 6. Len Goodman implored Brady to improve his frame and flash his “boyish smile” as he performed “Higher and Higher” from Jackie Wilson. Brady showed signs of progress, but Goodman wasn’t completely satisfied. “I have to say I thought his frame was stronger…he needed a little more movement though,” Goodman said. “You know I’m a fan of yours… I have to say what I say, I could have done it a little more fluently.” Score: 36 of 40
Shangela and Gleb Savchenko. With Bruno Tonioli as their mentor, the duo revisited their fast pace from week 2. Dressed in white top hats and crystal-encrusted silk suits, the pair opened the show by jumping up and down to Rochelle’s “Queen Bee.” Diamond, but Shangela missed a clue. step at the beginning that did not go unnoticed by the judges. “So many people inspire me, but you excite me,” said Carrie Ann Inaba. “You’ve grown up and that’s what the redemption round is all about.” Score: 36 of 40
The competition took a short break to say goodbye to Burke, who announced Sunday that he is leaving the show after 26 seasons. The two-time Mirror Ball champion danced the Argentine tango and samba to “Copacabana” with Pasha Pashkov and Louis Van Amstel before delivering a final speech to the crowd. “This is my family, every single person that was part of this cast, every single person, thank you for believing in me,” he said. Thank you for helping me find my voice. You have been part of my identity. Thank you for pushing me to be the best artist I could be.”
Gabby Windey and Val Chmerkovskiy. D’Amelio’s only competition was instructed by Derek Hough to revisit his Cha Cha from Bond night during week 3 of the competition. Dressed in the cutest boa miniskirt, Windey performed it to Pete Rodriguez’s “I Like It.” “Gabby, you have the superpower to embody all the dances. You were born to act,” Hough said. “You definitely redeemed that Cha Cha. Well done.” perfect score
Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas. Does the favorite really need to redeem himself for a past performance? Apparently yes: Inaba suggested repeating the week 5 jive during prom night. And what a repeat it was: dancing to Little Mix’s “Grown,” D’Amelio positively glowed as he performed Ballas’ fabulous choreography. “Charli, that was remarkable,” Inaba said. “You have proven to be so incredible this entire season. This is you, you just danced with your heart.” perfect score
The freestyle round follows.
brady and carson. The game show host channeled the best of him Bruno Mars in a medley of “24K Magic” and Ciara ft. “Get Up.” Chamillionaire. It wasn’t his most impressive performance of the season, and he couldn’t do the backflip he called for in rehearsal, but he was pleased with his “perfect” ending to the season. “It sounds to me like you have a big hit on your hands,” Tonioli said. “Honestly, you always act like the greatest showman on the greatest show on television.” perfect score
D’Amelio and Ballas. The reality show star opened up about how she stopped dancing after internalizing the hate and negativity from followers on TikTok. then she came DWTP, and she was transformed! She fell in love with dancing again. What a way to end her ballroom career: D’Amelio’s number with Ballas was a brilliant mix of the best of all ballrooms: waltz, tango, quickstep, a bit of tap dancing. ! — to “Us Again” by Pinar Toprak. Man, Ballas deserves some extra pay for coming back this season. “I know what it’s like to lose the love of dance,” Hough said with tears in her eyes. “That was so powerful, the storytelling, the narrative, but most importantly, you two, the connection.” perfect score
Shangela and Savchenko. The show’s first drag host used the final rehearsal package to pay tribute to Savchenko and her support throughout the season. The two expressed their love for each other before embarking on the mother of all freestyles to Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” and RuPaul’s “Call Me Mother”. Where to start? Shangela posing backstage on a towering podium before breaking with a thrilling pop and lock? Savchenko impersonating a new alter-ego named Natasha and bringing the house down? RuPaul, Eat Your Heart Out: Drag Has Finally Taken Over The Ballroom And DWTP it is much better for it. “For the first time in 31 seasons I forgot to vote because I was absolutely mesmerized by the whole thing,” Goodman said. “It had performance, it had entertainment.” perfect score
Windey and Chmerkovskiy. When he thinks of the bachelorette party, Chmerkovskiy says that she reminds him of her strength and sensuality, so he wanted to add that to her final performance. Dancing “Cell Block Tango” by chicago, the pair began their number in a cage before exploding into a ferocious Broadway-worthy tango. Bad timing for Windey though; she looked like she had tripped when she finished the number. But you should have seen when the set of men threw her into the air! “You are so impressive tonight because something has definitely changed,” Inaba said. “I’m proud of you for making this journey.” perfect score
Before declaring the winner, host Tyra Banks stated that the finale received the most votes this season. (If we only knew how many of you actually saw.)
Fourth place went to Shangela and Savchenko. Journal.
Third place went to Brady and Carson.
Second place went to Windey and Chmerkovskiy.
And in the most anticlimactic ending ever, D’Amelio and Ballas win!
Things we learned from season 31: Nobody cares if two men dance together. Fans still want to watch the show. to create famous dancers, don’t celebrate the trained ones. Three seasons of Tyra Banks is enough, thank you very much. Television can never replace a guy like Len Goodman. And Conrad Green should never again step down from his role as executive producer.
Until next season, ballroom fans?