Season 22 crowns a new champion

May 25th, 2016

The finale of Dancing With the Stars was a two hour event bringing back the entire cast to celebrate the naming of the new champion.  Each of the contestants from season 22 danced either a favorite routine or a new number.  The three finalists selected their favorite dance to reprise.  Mark and Paige selected their paso doble, whose unique choreography featured them simulating a fight in the octagon.

The men of Dancing With the Stars also performed a crowd pleasing routine to Badman by Pit Bull.

During the second half of the evening, each of the finalists danced a final fusion dance for one more set of judges scores.  Paige and Mark danced a jive/salsa fusion to Little Bitty Pretty One.  Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said Paige had set the standard for the entire competition.  Judge Len Goodman said that if the competition was based on dance only, Paige would be the one to beat.

Paige and Mark received a perfect 30, landing them at the top of the leaderboard with 89.  Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy were named in third place, and then Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd were named the winners, giving Mark and Paige second place.

Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas Top the Leaderboard at DWTS Finale

May 24th, 2016

The long anticipated finale of Dancing With the Stars featured the three remaining celebrities vying for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.   Round one was the redemption round, where each couple selected a dance style which they felt they could improve on from their original dance.  Mark and Paige selected the salsa.  In week two they were doing the salsa when Mark was injured and unable to perform.  Alan Bersten stepped in for him.  They elected to do this style because they did not previously get to dance it together.  The fiery routine to "FireBall" by Pitbull earned perfect scores from judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, but judge Len Goodman said it lacked hip action and gave it a 9.  They ended the first round of competition at the top of the leaderboard.

For their freestyle, Mark was inspired by Paige's story of how she has dealt with the severe bullying she faced in high school.  The contemporay routine was performed to Over the Rainbow, which was sung by Mark's fiancee BCJean.  After the stirring routine, several of the judges, as well as Mark, were moved to tears. The routine earned a perfect 30 from the judges.

The scores from week 9 were added to the scores from last night resulting in Paige and Mark being on op of the leaderboard with 118, and Nyle and Ginger each having 114.  The finale of Dancing With the Stars will feature each couple doing a 24 hour fusion dance for more points and the season 22 winner will be announced!

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