Actors, athletes and nostalgic icons litter the new celebrity cast of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
The coveted Mirrorball trophy has a new owner.
Country-radio host Bobby Bones and pro Sharna Burgess were crowned the winners of Season 27 of “Dancing With the Stars,” beating out fellow competitors model Alexis Ren (with pro Alan Bersten), “Harry Potter” star Evanna Lynch (with pro Keo Motsepe) and Disney Channel star Milo Manheim (with pro Witney Carson).
“Thank you to the people and thank you to Sharna, who made all this possible,” an emotional Bones said after co-host Tom Bergeron named him the winner.
The final four were challenged to learn two dances Thanksgiving week, the first a style of dance the celebrity contestants performed earlier in the season and the second a new freestyle.
Here is what went down during the finale:
Ren kicked off the competition with another dose of showmance with partner Bersten. During a pre-taped package before their performance, Ren declared she’s “really found love” and “never felt better.”
The pair’s chemistry was evident in their Argentine tango to “Swan Lake” by Ray Chew Live. Ren and Bersten scored a 27 out of 30, with judge Bruno Tonioli adding that the “the connection works” in the routine.
Next, Bones pulled his MC Hammer pants back out for another shot at the cha-cha with Burgess. Before hitting the dance floor to “U Can’t Touch This,” the duo pondered on “How did we get here?”
Despite not having any dance experience, the radio personality credited “showing up and putting in the hours” to his success on the show. He scored a 24 out of 30 on his fun routine that got the judges laughing.
Lynch, the clear front-runner after Juan Pablo Di Pace’s shocking semifinal exit, continued to show her growth in the competition with a redo of her Halloween tango.
Dancing to Rihanna’s “Disturbia,” the “Harry Potter” alum and Motsepe dominated the ballroom with a hauntingly good routine, earning a perfect 30 out of 30. It was Lynch’s third week in a row picking up a perfect score.
As if that were not enough, her “Potter” co-star Emma Watson surprised Lynch with a special video message: “You are in the final. I am so proud of you. I don’t know where those dancing skills came from but you are unbelievable. We are so proud of you. We love you. We are rooting for you.”
Next, Manheim gave his Charleston another go to “Living in New York City,” this time with a live performance from Robin Thicke. He brought his A-game with high energy and Charleston swivels, worthy of a 30 out of 30.
Inaba doubled down on her belief that the Disney star was the person to beat, which would have made the 17-year-old the youngest competitor in “DWTS” history to win the Mirrorball trophy.
Ren gave it her all in a freestyle dance to a live performance of Avril Lavigne’s new single, “Head Above Water.” Their dramatic routine full of emotion also earned a 30 out of 30.
The couple reflected on their journey together following their last dance together. “Thank you so much. This has been the best experience of my life,” Ren said while hugging Bersten. (Awww)
Bones’ hard work finally paid off in the freestyle round, when he earned his first perfect score of the entire season at what couldn’t have been a better time.
The radio host let his personality – and flossing skills – shine in a “Greatest Showman”-themed routine to Panic! at the Disco’s “The Greatest Show.” At one point, former contestant DeMarcus Ware lifted Bones over his head like he was lifting weights.
“You’ve always been the people’s champion. And tonight you’ve become my champion,” judge Len Goodman applauded, while Tonioli added, “That was the perfect freestyle for a free spirit.”
Manheim went all out for his final routine with lots of props, including numerous umbrellas, intricate footwork and Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine.” He and Carson scored a 30 out of 30, their second perfect score of the night.
“My mind is blown right now. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a freestyle with that much content,” Inaba said.
Lynch also finished the competition on a high note with another perfect score. Set to Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet,” her dance moves did all the talking in a spellbinding performance that seriously impressed the judges.
Goodman called her last routine the “cherry on the cake,” adding it “showed every part of your dancing off beautifully.”
In the end, it was Bones who hoisted the trophy.
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