- After 10 weeks of competition, a winner of “Dance with the Stars” was officially crowned.
- Monday night’s Season 30 finale saw Iman Shumpert, Jojo Siwa, Amanda Kloots and others compete for the title.
- Shumpert and her dance partner Daniella Karagach have been named Mirrorball Trophy winners.
In a mind-blowing “Dancing With the Stars” finale, NBA basketball star Iman Shumpert was crowned the champion of the reality dance competition.
Shumpert, who won an NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, introduced himself as the competition’s underdog on Monday night’s show. But the 6-foot-5 player beat a group of experienced celebrity dancers in the wild final that included over-favorite JoJo Siwa, dancer and fitness instructor Amanda Kloots and Peloton pro (and former professional dancer) Cody Rigsby.
Host Tyra Banks kept the suspense going beyond the show’s final moments, not announcing the winner between finalists Siwa, 18, and Shumpert, 31, until the program’s credits were released. disseminated. Then even Banks was shocked as she read the card in her hand screaming, “Oh my God!” before announcing Shumpert’s name.
After 10 grueling weeks of competition, the basketball star was the seemingly unlikely winner. Exuberant professional dancers and other contestants took to the dance floor, lifting the beaming Shumpert onto their shoulders with his professional partner Daniella Karagach as confetti rained down on them.
As Judge Len Goodman said earlier on the show after the energetic first dance of Shumpert’s finale: “You call yourself an underdog, sometimes the underdogs bite.”
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Shumpert’s second free dance summed up her fantastic appeal in the reality dance competition. It was an irrepressible acrobatic dance that went wild in the ballroom and the soft-jawed judges leaned on superlatives.
“What just happened in that ballroom?” Banks said after the dance, calling for a brief break. “Let me catch my breath. “
Judge Julianne Hough, replacing her brother Derek Hough, who has COVID-19, said: “I’m going to record, this was my favorite freestyle I’ve ever seen.”
Hough even tried to crawl across the judges’ table to cheer, but eventually gave up due to his formal attire. Bruno Tonioli comically fanned her to cool her down.
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Goodman was once again prescient in his assessment of the Second Dance, qualifying Shumpert’s growth in the book series being written. “You don’t know the end results until you’ve turned the last page,” Goodman said. “And the last page is a few minutes away.”
The judges gave Shumpert and his dance partner perfect marks during both dances, giving the duo a perfect score of 80 out of 80.
Shumpert, the husband of singer Teyana Taylor, is the first NBA player to win the mirror ball trophy. He beat Siwa, the first competing celebrity to have a gay dance partner with Jenna Johnson, who is also said to have made history tonight.
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Siwa’s second acrobatic dance on Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”, wearing a two-piece outfit inspired by a mirror ball, was not enough to win her the trophy.
Siwa, who revealed his homosexuality earlier this year in January, said earlier overnight that “winning the mirror ball is not just winning it for me and for us, it’s winning it for so many people. worldwide”.
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After the show, Rigby said he was thrilled with his third place finish alongside partner Cheryl Burke, saying he was happy to see the “adorable” Shumpert take the crown. “Iman has come so far this season.”
“The Talk” co-host Kloots, who lost her husband Nick Cordero following a long battle with COVID-19 in July, came in fourth in the competition along with her partner Alan Bersten. But she was smiling about Shumpert’s victory after the show.
“We were all for them. They worked so hard,” Kloots said. “It was passionate.