Dancing With the Stars Crowns a New Champion

November 22nd, 2017

The season finale of Dancing With the Stars reunited the entire cast for one more show.  First up was the favorite dances of the three finalists.  Lindsey and Mark elected to dance their jive to Wake Me Up Before You Go by Wham!  The fast and furious dance was a hit with the audience and the judges, earning Team Stark their 3rd perfect score of the final competition.

The final round of dances was the dance fusion challenge, where the teams had to fuse to dance styles into one dance.  Lindsey and Mark were assigned a cha cha/Paso Doble fusion to Hot2Touch.  Once again Lindsey and Mark nailed it, getting a standing ovation and effusive praise from the judges.  They earned three more 10's, giving them a perfect 140 score for the final competition.

After the fusion dances the fans had 5 minutes to vote for their favorites, then the final placings were announced.  Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson received third place and then Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold were announced as the winners.  Lindsey and Mark received second place for the competition.

Congratulations to all the couples and thanks for an amazing season!

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas Earn Perfect Scores in the Finale

November 21st, 2017

Night one of the Dancing With the Stars finale brought two more rounds of dance for the four remaining couples in the competition.  Round one was the Redemption round.  Each couple was assigned one of the judges, who worked with them to improve on a dance they had done earlier in the season.  Lindsey and Mark were with guest judge Julianne Hough, who assigned them the quickstep.  After some work on Lindsey's posture the couple were ready for a long dance that involved staying in hold nearly the entire time.  They danced to Barflies at the Beach by Royal Crown.  The couple received rave reviews from the judges, including a Lindsey is the most improved dancer comment from judge Cari Ann Inaba.  They also received a perfect 40!

After all the round one dances, the show told the story of Marinda Davis, a choreographer who has received a terminal diagnosis.  She choreographed a dance about her life, which was danced by Julianne Hough.  She danced to Wouldn't Change Anything by Alexander Jean, and the performance included Mark Ballas and BC Jean performing the song live.

The final round of performances is the much anticipated freestyle round.  Mark choreographed a routine to represent Lindsey and her journey.  The story was of a conductor being swept away by the music, and included Lindsey playing her violin while still dancing with Mark.  The performance brought down the house and was given a perfect 40!

Team Stark ended the night with a perfect 80, tied with Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold for first place.  Tuesday night will be two more dances, one last chance for the fans to vote, and then the awarding of the Mirror Ball Trophy.

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