The two-hour season 27 finale of “Dancing With the Stars” is here!
ET is live blogging all the action in the ballroom Monday night, as the “Thanksgiving Spectacular” show kicks off with an epic opening parade, followed by performances from Avril Lavigne, Dan + Shay, Lauren Daigle, John Schneider, Robin Thicke and Tinashe.
But before hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced the season 27 winners, the remaining four couples will each perform two dances. The first will be a redemption routine, where the duos will perform a piece they danced to earlier this season, along with a new, freestyle performance. So be sure to follow along with us here, on Twitter and Facebook as we recap the night’s many epic numbers.
And the Season 27 Winner Is…
7:01 PM: After forcing the four couples to stand in a line and stare at the Mirrorball trophy while Lauren Daigle sang live, Tom finally announced the winner!
This year’s big winners are… Bobby and Sharna!
After a whole season of getting the lowest scores, they managed to pull off the win with support from Bobby’s legion of devoted fans.
“Thank you to the people and thank you to Sharna, who made all this possible,” Bobby said, through tears, as he held the coveted trophy above his head.
While it wasn’t announced on the show, ABC revealed how all the stars placed in a statement released after the show. In second place was Milo, in third place was Evanna and finally, in fourth place was Alexis.
Evanna and Keo Wrap Up Season on a High Note
6:50 PM: With Evanna by his side, Keo has finally made it to the finals, and this is the first time he’s ever got to choreograph or perform a freestyle on the show.
So, for the special occasion, he chose the song “It’s Oh So Quiet” by Bjork and pulled off a dance that was unlike almost anything we’ve ever seen.
Infused with a technicolour rainbow and a gorgeous retro-vibe, it’s hard to explain exactly what his freestyle dance was like. But it ended with Evanna dancing directly toward a DWTS camera while being raised into the air on a motorized platform
“This was the cherry on the cake,” Len said, praising the dance from start to finish.
“It was bright, it was colourful, it was quirky,” Bruno said, before praising how the dance perfectly mirrored Evanna’s own fun, wild personality.
Unsurprisingly, the duo earned another 30 out of 30, tying Milo and Witney for a combined score of 60 out of 60.
Now, we just have to wait and see if getting two perfect scores will actually help them in their quest for the Mirrorball trophy.
Milo and Witney Get Emotional Over Their Last Dance
6:41 PM: It’s clear from their pre-taped package that Milo and Witney really have forged a super sweet friendship over the course of the show, and they both seemed pretty sad that this would be their last dance together.
So, as they took the floor for their freestyle performance to “Ain’t No Sunshine (Lido Remix)” by Bill Withers, it became clear that the song was the perfect choice for the dance — which was about the duo parting ways.
Then, for their performance, Milo and Witney simply tore the roof off the joint with one of the most incredible displays of the season. The routine had umbrella props, a dance ending in a water pool, and some of the most insane steps in “DWTS” memory.
“My mind is blown right now. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a freestyle with that much content,” Carrie Ann said, almost unable to wrap her head around what she’d just seen.
“Your musicality is off the charts,” Bruno chimed in. “You’re not just an outstanding talent, you’re a star.”
Needless to say, the couple earned another perfect 30 out of 30, for a combined score of 60 out of 60. They certainly made the most of their last dance together!
Bobby and Sharna Perform ‘Epic’ Freestyle
6:33 PM: Bobby has been an absolutely spellbinding showman during his time on “Dancing With the Stars”, so it was a perfect fit when Sharna chose “The Greatest Show” by Panic! at the Disco, from the bombastic movie “The Greatest Showman”, to accompany their freestyle routine.
The radio host introduced the dance with a short speech and also turned to some of the friends he’s made during his time on “DWTS” to help during the number — including DeMarcus Ware, who literally lifted Bobby above his head like a circus showman.
Then, in one of the most memorable moments of the season, Bobby stopped the dance to ask Sharna if they could “do the thing.”
That “thing” was having Tom and Erin come out onto the stage to do the viral dance The Floss, along with dozens of backup dancers, which was an amazing call back to Bobby’s wild week 1 performance.
It was truly something to behold, and whether he wins or not, Bobby deserves a lot of love.
And he certainly got it from the judges! The pair earned a 30 out of 30 for the insanely fun number, making it their highest score of the season by a country mile.
Avril Lavigne Performs New Single for Alexis and Alan
6:21 PM: The singer recently came out of a lengthy hiatus to release new music, and joined Alexis and Alan for their freestyle routine, where she performed her new song, “Head Above Water.”
The number was filled with passion, grace and beauty, and the pair couldn’t have pulled off a more beautiful display of drama and theatricality.
The judges absolutely loved what they were able to accomplish, praising the dance for its story, its choreography and its raw emotion.
They joined host Erin Andrews on the balcony, where the couple reflected on the fact that it was their last dance together.
“Thank you so much. This has been the best experience of my life,” Alexis said, hugging Alan, making the whole audience swoon.
For their efforts, the pair were rewarded with a perfect 30 out of 30, for a combined score of 57 out of 60. Will it be enough to earn them the Mirrorball trophy?
Juan Pablo and Tinashe Prove They Should Be in the Finals
6:11 PM: Juan Pablo and Cheryl should be competing in the final. They just should. It is an objective fact. So, when they took the dance floor for a performance that was as good (if not better) than anything we’ve seen so far, it really rubbed it in.
Afterward, Tinashe took the stage in a stunning red ensemble to sing a super sultry cover of the Peggy Lee classic “Fever,” and she brought more magnetic energy to this appearance than many of her numbers on the show. It’s still a shame she got eliminated in week 4!
Wow, That’s a Lot of Stars Joining the Tour
6:07 PM: Every year, a few of the stars who competed on the show end up joining the “Dancing With the Stars Live Tour”. This season, they tapped five guys, and it’s kind of hard to believe.
Bobby, Milo and Joe will be joining John Schneider and Juan Pablo for a tour that is certainly going to be interesting.
Even if some of the stars didn’t wow each week on the dance floor, they’ve certainly had enthusiasm in spades, and hopefully, that will translate to their live stage shows in the coming months.
Robin Thicke Plays Live for Milo and Witney’s Epic Charleston
5:59 PM: “When I was seven years old, me and my mom would sit down and watch this show,” Milo reflected in the pre-taped package before his performance, hammering home the fact that if he wins, he’ll be the youngest contestant to ever take home the Mirrorball trophy.
For their repeat dance, the duo decided to try and recreate the magic of their New York City-themed Charleston, and this time around they got a little help from Robin Thicke!
The singer performed on the piano as the pair dominated the dance floor, and the electric energy of a live performance gave them even more bounce in their step.
The accompaniment from Thicke was even more special considering the singer recently lost his home in the Woolsey wildfire, and Tom made sure to share his appreciation.
When Milo and Witney faced the judges, they loved the dance even more than the first time around, and with a perfect score of 30 out of 30, Milo might just have a chance at making “DWTS” history at the end of the night.
Emma Watson Sends Evanna a Special Message
5:47 PM: As if getting a perfect score wasn’t exciting enough, after her dance, Evanna was surprised with a special video message from her “Harry Potter” co-star, Emma Watson, praising her for her incredible “DWTS” journey and wishing her luck in the finals
“She’s a woman who inspires me so much,” a beaming Evanna told host Tom Bergeron after watching the message, “so that means a lot.”
Evanna and Keo Heat Up the Dance Floor
5:45 PM: No dancer in the finals has grown as much as Evanna, and it was clear just how much she’s managed to come out of her shell, so to speak, with the repeat dance she chose to perform.
The pair hit the dance floor to recreate their tango from week 6 — set to “Disturbia” by Rihanna — and there was more fiery energy and undeniable chemistry between them than ever before.
It was a bold choice to pick this tango, as they previously earned a 29 out of 30, which doesn’t add a lot of room for improvement. However, their quest for perfection paid off! The pair earned a flawless 30 out of 30 this time around.
‘DWTS’ Doubles Down on Insane ‘Bachelor’ Dance
5:35 PM: Despite getting kicked off last week, Grocery Store Joe couldn’t just leave without some sort of fittingly insane finale.
So, in one of the weirdest (and most shirtless moments) in recent broadcast TV history, Joe and some of his fellow “Bachelor” Nation stars — including Eric Bigger, Dean Unglert, Wells Adams and Nick Viall — recreated their “I’m Too Sexy” number from earlier this season, and it was just as bonkers this time around.
All the guys ripped their tops off, Jenna Johnson rocked super tiny shorts and grinded up against her fiance, Val Chmerkovskiy, and the only thing missing was the shower.
Luckily, Bruno, Len and Carrie Ann didn’t need to judge this dance so they were able to just sit back, relax and keep their thoughts to themselves.
Dan + Shay Make Sharna and Artem Look More Regal
5:30 PM: Country music duo Dan + Shay performed their hit song “Speechless,” which served as the backdrop for a jaw-dropping routine performed by Sharna and Artem, and it is definitely going to be one of the highlights of the night.
Side note: It’s pretty obvious why “Speechless” is so many peoples’ go-to wedding dance tune.
‘DWTS’ Pros Make a Great Song Even Greater
5:27 PM: Alice Merton’s “No Roots” is one of the best songs of the year, and the “DWTS” pros are some of the best dancers you could imagine. So having them dance to the awesome track makes for a pretty good combo.
Bobby Bones Gives Hammer Dance Another Shot
5:21 PM: Sharna summed up the question on everyone’s minds during the pre-taped package when she asked, “How did we get here?”
It’s admirable how much effort Bobby has put into this “DWTS” journey, and it’s pretty clear how his infectious energy and excitement has carried him further than his scores would necessarily suggest.
However, for their repeat dance, they decided to redo his cha cha — set to “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer — that earned them a disappointingly low score during trio week, and it was a bold choice considering how little the judges liked the routine the first time around.
After the dance, Bobby took his shoe off and hilariously got all three judges to sign it, and made sure to share some kind words about the trio.
“They have been so nice to me while giving me bad scores, and I love them,” Bobby declared.
While it’s clear Bobby isn’t as skillful as some of those he’s competing against in the finals, his charm earned him a lot of appreciation. The talented pair earned a 24 out of 30 for the dance, which is a full four points higher than the first time they did it.
Alexis and Alan Recreate Their ‘Swan Lake’ Magic
5:10 PM: For the duo’s repeat dance, Alan decided that they should recreate their Swan Lake performance from Week 2, which featured one of their most beautiful numbers, but also a minor wardrobe malfunction.
So the pair hit the dance floor (after a pre-taped package that featured a montage of their showmance moments) to perform an even more incredible tango than before, and they really pulled off something special.
Whether it’s the chemistry between them or Alexis’ evolution as a dancer or Alan’s growing strength as a pro, there was a spark between the two that brought the dance to a whole new level.
The judges seemed to really appreciate the number, as well as Alexis’ ever-increasing confidence, but had a few minor critiques regarding some hyper-technical aspects of the dance, meaning a perfect score was likely out of the question.
However, the two did earn a 27 out of 30, which topped their first attempt at the Swan Lake tango by two whole points.
‘DWTS’ Kicks Things Off With a Thanksgiving Parade!
5:03 PM: The finals got off on a festive foot with a pre-taped Thanksgiving Spectacular parade, in which the four couples competing tonight reunited with this season’s eliminated cast members for an opening number that featured a fun Mirrorball trophy float, a marching band, tons of troupe dancers and so much holiday spirit!
Previously on ‘Dancing With the Stars’…
5:00 PM: Following last week’s thrilling semifinals, three couples found themselves in jeopardy: Alexis and Alan, Juan Pablo and Cheryl as well as Joe and Jenna.
In one of the most genuinely shocking eliminations in “DWTS” history, Alexis and Alan were declared safe, meaning Juan Pablo and Cheryl got the axe! And on the same night in which they earned two back-to-back perfect scores! The three judges were so surprised by his departure they were nearly in tears and Len even delivered a fiery speech about the injustice of the results.
Meanwhile, Joe was also sent home, but even the “Bachelor in Paradise” star was pretty candid about how shocking it was that he made it to the semifinals.
So, tonight we’ll see the final four stars — Evanna, Milo, Bobby and Alexis — duke it out for the coveted season 27 Mirrorball trophy!
A Note on How the Votes Will Work Tonight
4:58 PM: While most “DWTS” finales have been two-night extravaganzas — where the stars dance on night one and votes are tallied and revealed on night two — this season, the whole event is one night only! Which presents some weirdness when it comes to voting.
According to the press release, the combined judges’ scores for both of the night’s dances will be combined with the viewers’ votes from last week. However, there’s a third element incorporating live online votes cast during the show. Here’s how the show explained things:
“Viewers will be allowed to participate in an online-only live vote at http://DWTSLiveVote.com. Voting will open at the beginning of the live broadcast and close approximately five minutes after the last dance. The live vote will only be available during the live broadcast in the Eastern and Central time zones. However, any individuals with access to http://DWTSLiveVote.com will be permitted to vote while the vote is open, regardless of their time zone (provided they are voting from within the U.S. and Puerto Rico).”
So that means people on the West Coast will have to vote for their favourite couples without even getting the chance to watch their finale dances.
Check out the video below for highlights from last week’s semifinals.
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