Dancing With the Stars: And the Winner Is…

Bindi Irwin, left, and Derek Hough onstage during the finale of "Dancing With The Stars" held at The Grove on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Bindi Irwin, left, and Derek Hough onstage during the finale of “Dancing With The Stars” held at The Grove on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

I can’t believe the final night of the season is here already. With most reality shows, by the time the finale comes around, it feels like the show has been on forever. Not so with this show. I feel like it just started a few short weeks ago, and already we’re at the finale. So who will win? I think we’ve all got an idea, but you never know! Let’s get started and see who will come out on top!

Before all that though, we get a couple performances from Chaka Khan and Andy, and repeat dances from everyone else. I love it all, but come on guys! Let’s get to the good stuff! But hey, they’ve got to fill up the full two hours somehow. Though I will say, I don’t mind having to watch Carlos dance to Pony again. And the bit about Carlos and Alek’s bromance is pretty cute. Gary Busey as Santa is enough to scare any kid away from Santa forever, but it was a funny little skit.

Ooh, a message from Len! He’s coming back next season! Great news! But now, finally, we get to the final performances. It’s about time!

Nick and Sharna (Tango/Salsa)

These two find out that they’re going to have to dance a tango/salsa fusion, and Sharna is ready to do it. The last time they danced the tango, they had a little slip up, so they’re ready to make up for that moment. They’re also ready to just have fun and make the most of their last dance together. And they succeed! The dance is fast and crisp, and it looks like they’re dancing just for fun now, and not for competition. It makes it that much better. And the salsa portion is really great. I love every moment of it. The judges do too. Julianne says they left it all out on the dance floor and danced beautifully. Bruno says it was full of flashy flare. And Carrie Ann says he’s the real deal.

Score: 30

Alek and Lindsay (Rumba/Tango)

Lindsay breaks into a few tears when they walk into the rehearsal studio because it’s the end of the season, and I don’t blame her. I can imagine how close these stars and pros have gotten over the past couple months. Alek seems just as touched, and he shares with us how grateful he is to have had this opportunity. The dance is pretty good, though there are a few missteps, and though he definitely gives it a little more hip, there are parts where he still seems a little stiff. Bruno and Carrie Ann both comment on his improved hip work, and both explain that they love his hard work and integrity. Julianne says his rumba was better tonight than last night. Also, we find out that, along with Hayes, Alek will be joining the pros on tour in select cities. So if you’re a fan, grab your tickets!

Score: 27

Bindi and Derek (Cha Cha/Argentine Tango)

It’s very clear that the connection between these two is super strong, so their final day in the rehearsal studio seems a litle bittersweet. Bindi inspires Derek, which is rare for someone so young to be able to do. Let’s face it—she’s incredible. And she wants this last performance to be a celebration. And it is. She looks perfect up there on stage. It’s hard to believe she didn’t have any dance experience before this show, because honestly, she performs like a pro. The judges all give her a standing ovation. Bruno says she was a dancing delight. Julianne says it was everything fusion should be. Carrie Ann says it was the perfect way to end the season.

Score: 30

And after one final performance by Nick, along with a montage of the finalists dances over the course of the season, it’s time to name the winner! Third place goes to…Alek and Lindsay! Not gonna lie, I’m totally shocked. It looks like Nick is shocked too. Since Nick was in jeopardy last night, I was sure that Alek would come in second tonight. But he’s done extremely well! He’s had to overcome even more than the rest of the stars, since he’s not even remotely a performer. So to make it to third place with no prior experience on stage or in front of an audience is incredibly impressive. He should be very proud of himself!

So that leaves two more couples. Who will pull off the win? Nick and Sharna, or Bindi and Derek? And the Mirrorball Trophy goes to…Bindi and Derek!

So while not a surprise, it was definitely well-deserved. Bindi has been the front-runner in this competition from the start, and she’s been the perfect contestant. She was super hard-working, always positive, even when those around her lose their way. She’s proven that she’s a great dancer and a great role model too. As much as I would love to have seen Nick take that trophy, Bindi deserves it.

So what did you think of the season? Of the finale? Are you glad that Bindi won? Do you wish the finale had been shorter, or do you like seeing all the repeat performances and flashbacks? Let us know! It’s been a great season! Thank you for taking the time to read!

– Rebecca

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