It’s a really tight race tonight. Going into this week there was only three percentage points separating the top three – Nyle DiMarco, Ginger Zee, and Paige VanZant. Then they only had two points separating them after two dances last night. Depending on the votes, it could be a really tight finale. It’s certainly too tight to call at this point.
Kim Fields and Sasha Farber dance to the music of a new artist. She proves she was gone much too soon. This moves into a reenactment of Paige and Mark Ballas’ dance that was similar to a live cage match. It’s just as powerful as it was before.
Nyle and Peta Murgatroyd bring back one of their dances as well, and frankly no one cares about the dancing after he opens his shirt. But it happens to be my ear worm of the last few days – “Cake by the Ocean.” Former champions Bindi Irwin, Shawn Johnson, and Emmitt Smith come back to say a few words, and not nearly enough time is spent with them as we move into a performance by Fifth Harmony.
The female pro dancers get their own dance, then Ginger and Val Chmerkovskiy perform one of their greatest hits, the Argentine tango. It’s very crisp and sharp and hard to imagine she’s working with an injured back. Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess return to do an Aladdin dance. He has so much charisma it’s a shame he didn’t make it to the finale.
Val and brother Maksim Chmerkovskiy combine for a great dance together promoting their new tour. Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe take on the jive, and she’s another one it’s surprising never made it any further.
After music by Dan + Shay, Wanya Morris and LIndsay Arnold do an encore performance of their jive. And certainly this was a guy who many expected in the beginning of the season to make it her to the finale. The male pro dancers get their turn to perform their own dance as well.
Pitbull joins the show to sing “Messin’ Around.” All the stars from this season and their professional partners then come back to dance together for a dance to “A Summer Thing.”
Ginger and Val are up first tonight for their last dance together. It’s a fusion dance of the Argentine tango and the foxtrot. They do a superb job of blending these two dance styles. There’s a weird point where she waves at the audience. Len Goodman notes that she lost the routine a little bit at one point, which explains her weird waving. Bruno likes that she attacked it like a hurricane. Carrie Ann notes that she came right back after her mistake. She gets scores of three 9s.
Nyle and Peta are doing a cha cha/tango fusion. He has just passed through some of his earlier problems. He’s always had trouble keeping time with the faster dances but amazingly doesn’t have a hard time with it tonight. Bruno calls it glorious and says he has exceeded expectations every time. Carrie Ann stands up and signs something to him as he cries. Len says the only boundaries are the ones we put on ourselves, and he deserves to be in the finale. Their scores are three 10s.
Paige and Mark are doing a fusion of jive and salsa for their final dance. It’s hard to believe watching her that this was a little girl who was so bullied her family had to move. She has the ultimate in confidence and should, as she’s terrific. Carrie Ann says she has set the standard throughout the competition and did again tonight. Len says if it was judged purely on dance, she’s the one to beat. Bruno tells her she plays him completely. It’s three more perfect 10s.
Aloe Blacc performs as the finalists look back on their entire season being played out in front of them. The couple in third place is named, and it’s Ginger and Val. She talks about being a science nerd and being happy to find out she can be a science nerd who can dance.
It’s now between Nyle and Peta and Paige and Mark. The couple taking home the mirror ball trophy is Nyle and Peta. This is fantastic for people with disabilities of some type to learn they don’t need to be limited by anything. Just like Bindi Irwin’s win last season, it was well-deserved. I’ve been a little hard on him this season, but it’s still really well-deserved.
And in late-breaking news, it’s announced that Peta is pregnant with Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s baby. She’s been hiding a baby bump the past few weeks. Congratulations to them!
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