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Who is the greatest Dancing with the Stars champion of all-time? Relive all the winners here.
1. Kelly Monaco and Alec Mazo
2. Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke
3. Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke
4. Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough
5. Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough
6. Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas
Dancing with the Stars: Athletes came to a dramatic conclusion Monday night as the winner of the condensed season was announced.
Yes, this was the fourth episode of the season, and it was also the season finale, so there’s that. We’re not going to lie: The breakneck pace was a little bit much.
Also, the finale was just one hour, which was a little too quick to let all of the dancing soak in. It was one extreme to the next.
Given the world’s obsession with Adam Rippon leading into the season, we already felt like we knew so much about him, while the other contestants fell by the wayside.
But did Adam manage to beat out the others to emerge with the coveted Mirrorball Trophy, or did someone else manage to eke out a victory?
Let’s break down the final dance routines of blink, and you’ll miss it season.
Tonya Harding and pro Sasha Farber
This dancing duo kicked things off with a Viennese Waltz, and it effortlessly showed off the progression from Tonya. The former athlete struggled in week one, but quickly came into her own.
Judges’ Score: 26/30
They then moved on to a Freestyle that was pretty great. Everything about it was fine-tuned, and you could tell they had been rehearsing like crazy.
They could be part of an All-Stars series down the line. Yes, they’re that good.
Judges’ Score: 30/30
Josh Norman and pro Sharna Burgess
Much like Tonya, Josh has been improving since the season kicked off. His first performance of the night with Sharna was solid, but not showstopping.
Judges’ Score: 27/30
It turns out, they were saving the good stuff for the Freestyle because they achieved a perfect score!
Judges’ Score: 30/30
Adam Rippon and pro Jenna Johnson
Adam and Jenna continued to ooze chemistry and class as they performed the Jazz, and got a perfect score in the process.
Judges’ Score: 30/30
Things slowed down for them when it came to the Freestyle, and they did not secure a double perfect score. You win some, you lose some.
When those performances were all said and done, the cast reunited and performed a group performance that helped show off how much greatness they had all achieved throughout the season.
In the end, we learned that Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson were the victors and had won the first all-athlete edition of the series.
While it was great to watch people who knew a thing or two about exercising on the show, this season was one of the worst because everyone was just too good.
It’s better to watch the middle of the pack performers wind up on finale night.
What did you think of the winners?
Hit the comments below.
Dancing with the Stars returns to ABC in the fall.
It’s hard to believe it, but Dancing with the Stars: Athletes is already gearing up for a conclusion.
Episode three found three competitors being sent packing as the stage was set for next week’s big finale, but who danced to the top of the scoreboard on Monday?
Let’s break down all of the performances and find out who exited the series.
Mirai Nagasu and pro Alan Bersten – Quickstep
Mirai and Alan are a match made in dancing heaven. Every single moment of their routine was filled with memorable set pieces, and they showed off that they work very well together.
The true test will be whether viewers have warmed to Mirai because she’s been one of the more polarizing figures on the show.
Judges’ Score: 35/40
Jennie Finch and pro Keo Motsepe – Viennese Waltz
Jennie is not the best performer, but her charisma and chemistry with Keo more than makes up for it. But this is a dancing competition, and there’s no way these two are going to make it all the way to the end.
Judges’ Score: 29/40
Chris Mazdzer and pro Witney Carson – Foxtrot
Chris has been one of the more consistent athletes, but there’s no denying that this week’s performance was a step in the wrong direction.
He works well together with Witney, but there were a few moments that made it look like some parts were less rehearsed than others, and it made them suffer in the scoring department.
Judges’ Score: 33/40
Tonya Harding and pro Sasha Farber – Rumba
Tonya has been steadily improving since the season debuted, and that’s what everyone at home looks for when they are voting. Progression is the key to success, and Tonya is going to garner the votes on that front.
Judges’ Score: 33/40
Adam Rippon and pro Jenna Johnson – Contemporary
Adam has been one to watch ever since this truncated season debuted, and that’s in part due to his finesse when it comes to performing.
The man has overcome every challenging routine set out for him, and he should have no trouble winning the entire competition.
Judges’ Score: 39/40
Josh Norman and pro Sharna Burgess – Contemporary
Like Adam, Josh went with a contemporary routine, and it was not one of his best performances yet. But it was still up there as one of the best of the night.
Judges’ Score: 36/40
Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson
Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber
Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess
Jennie Finch and Keo Motsepe
Chris Mazdzer and Witney Carson
Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten
Okay, what do you think of the eliminations?
Hit the comments below!
Dancing with the Stars is changing things up for Season 26.
Instead of having a bunch of celebrities who are no strangers to reality TV, all of the stars are athletes.
With that, we’re also getting a concentrated run of just four weeks. That’s six fewer than the last couple of seasons.
Monday night’s season premiere said goodbye to two athletes, but who topped the charts on the night?
Let’s break down all ten performances.
Chris Mazdzer and Witney Carson – Salsa
This was a solid if unspectacular performance. Chris has the moves, but there seemed to be a disconnect in the chemistry department between him and pro, Witney. That will need to be addressed if they have any hope of remaining in the competitive loop.
Judges’ Score: 21/30
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lindsay Arnold – Cha-Cha
Kareem is hands down one of Dancing with the Stars Season 26’s weakest contestants. He struggled in the rehearsals, and that’s because it’s so apparent that he’s out of his comfort zone.
There’s no getting away from it, but Kareem could stick around with the popular vote. He was a real hoot.
Judges’ Score: 17/30
Jennie Finch and Keo Motsepe – Foxtrot
There was no spark between these two and that resulted in a performance that felt more like something the duo had to do but didn’t really want to. They could be good together, but they need to work on their movements.
Judges’ Score: 21/30
Jamie Anderson and Artem Chigvintsev – Viennese Waltz
“I have no idea how to do anything I’m doing!” Jamie whined in the rehearsal, but she managed to turn in a better performance than we ever thought she would be able to. With some fine-tuning, she could emerge as a victor.
Judges’ Score: 19/30
Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten – Salsa
Mirai was a delight in both rehearsals and on the dance floor. She’s a likable competitor who knows how to dance and those are the ingredients for a successful tenure on this ABC hit.
Judges’ Score: 25/30
Arike Ogunbowale and Gleb Savchenko – Salsa
Arike is not up there with Mirai as one of the best, but she’s close. Her salsa was on point and had a lot of moments you would expect from someone much further into the competition.
Judges’ Score: 20/30
Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson – Cha-Cha
Did anyone really expect Adam to do anything other than succeed? He and Jenna wowed the crowd with chemistry, dancing, and most of all, synchronized movements. Oh yes, we may be looking at our winners already.
Judges’ Score: 24/30
Johnny Damon and Emma Slater – Foxtrot
Johnny is not great at performing. It was difficult to tell whether it was nerves or if it came down to his skill on the dancefloor. Either way, he will need to adapt quickly if he has any hope of making it through.
Judges’ Score: 18/30
Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber – Foxtrot
There was a myriad of debates online before the new season, and most of them involved Tonya being one of the first people to go. However, her performance was actually pretty decent, and she proved she deserved to stick around.
Judges’ Score: 23/30
Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess – Cha-Cha
Josh and Sharna may well be Adam and Jenna’s biggest competition. This performance was a real showstopper that felt like something you would see in a big budget spectacular. The set pieces were breathtaking.
Judges’ Score: 24/30
But which couples did not resonate with the audience?
Jamie and Artem, Johnny and Emma, and Tonya and Saha were the three in jeopardy.
Tonya and Sasha were swiftly sent to safety, meaning the other two were sent home.
Yes, two athletes bit the dust on night one.
Did the right people go home?
Dancing with the Stars continues Monday on ABC!
Dancing with the Stars announced its full cast for Season 26 on Good Morning America today.
A shortened season, upcoming episodes will feature 10 past and present athletes competing for the Mirrorball Trophy, with participants including:
The NBA’s all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The most famous women’s softball pitcher in history, Jennie Finch.
And Tonya Harding.
Yes, that Tonya Harding.
The very same Tonya Harding whose ex-husband confessed in 1994 to having masterminded an assault of Harding’s chief figure skating rival at the time, Nancy Kerrigan.
You can go look it up if you somehow aren’t familiar with this scandal:
Harding is VERY strongly believed to at the very least been aware of a plan to break Kerrigan’s kneecap just weeks prior to the Winter Olympics.
The former figure skater recently came out and admitted as much.
Despite Harding likely having played a role in severely injuring Kerrigan, and despite Harding showing absolutely no remorse in the years since, she has somehow been celebrated of late.
Heck, the disgraced ex-sports star even attended the Golden Globe Awards in January because a movie based on her life was nominated for Best Picture.
Fast forward a few months and Harding will now be placed in the spotlight on Dancing with the Stars.
She’ll be given a platform to resurrect her image… just one year after the show cast Kerrigan as a contestant!
We can’t imagine how Nancy must be feeling right about now, but we need not use our imagination when it comes to Twitter.
As you’re about to see below, social media users are aghast over ABC’s decision to team up with a basic criminal such as Harding.
“Have people forgotten what Tonya Harding did to Nancy Kerrigan? Why is she being celebrated and part of this show? I don’t get it. #DWTS,” wrote one disgruntled individual, while another added:
“I won’t be watching DWTS this season, I have no use for Tonya Harding who has no right being showcased anywhere other than in a jail cell.”
Shortly after the Kerrigan assault took place, Harding received three years probation and was sentenced to 500 hours of community service.
She was also assessed a $ 160,000 fine.
Three years later, she was banned for life by the U.S. Figure Skating Figure Skating Association from all sanctioned events for her involvement in the scandal.
What has she done to her a second shot at fame and fortune?
She sat back while a studio made a movie about her.
Truly, that’s all that has happened in the decades since.
This really is pretty disgusting.
Where do YOU stand on Tonya Harding going Dancing with the Stars?
It seems like an athlete wins nearly every season of Dancing with the Stars, doesn't it?
Looking ahead to Season 26, however, we can say with absolute certainty:
An athlete WILL win Dancing with the Stars.
This is because the ABC competition will air a special four-week event in which only current and former athletes compete.
Pretty cool concept, right?
With the exception of the inclusion of a certain disgraced figure skater who almost definitely played a role in assaulting her main rival at the Olympics back in the 1990s.
Who are we talking about?
Who are the players set to take Dancing with the Stars field next season? Scroll down. Find out!
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
2. Johnny Damon
3. Tonya Harding
4. Adam Rippon
5. Josh Norman
6. Mirai Nagasu
Watch out for your kneecaps! (Kidding!)
Tonya Harding will be on the new season of Dancing With The Stars.
Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson and Olympic figureskater and media darling Adam Rippon will also be joining the cast.
The finale of Dancing With The Stars was last November, and it’s about time that the world learns who’ll be starring on this next season.
Well, Us Weekly reports that Tonya Harding will be one of the “stars” who will be dancing.
Harding was infamous in the ’90s after her ex-husband … who was also her bodyguard … orchestrated a “hit” on Nancy Kerrigan, designed to injure Harding’s rival so that she could not compete.
Harding did not order it herself, and complains that she has been unfairly condemned for it. But she did admit to knowing about the attack before it happened.
It’s worth noting that Kerrigan has competed on Dancing With The Stars before, during season 24.
This will be the dance competition’s first-ever all-athletes season, so this controversial Olympian won’t be alone.
Olympian Adam Rippon made headlines earlier this year over his back-and-forth conflict with Vice President Mike Pence.
Rippon is openly gay, Pence is notorious for holding extremely anti-gay views.
Donald Trump himself has reportedly joked that Pence would prefer to see gay Americans be executed by hanging.
And Pence’s history of espousing extremely conservative views and carrying those beliefs into government speaks for itself.
Rippon, however, turns out to be a media darling, adored by American fans for his unbridled honesty and his sense of humor.
He’ll make a great addition to this upcoming season.
As one of the best figureskaters on the planet, he’ll also be one hell of a dancer.
Jamie Anderson will also be on Dancing With The Stars.
She is an extraordinarily talented snowboarder.
Anderson is one of the top slopestyle riders in the world, and demonstrated this at the Sochii Winter Olympics in 2014 and in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018.
With four gold medals, five silver medals, and two bronze medals, she’s proven that she’s devastating in the snow.
But how will that translate to dance?
We’ll just have to wait and see.
Tonya Harding reentered the spotlight recently with the Oscar-nominated film, I, Tonya.
It appears that she hopes that this film can be part of her redemption in the eyes of the public.
“The media had me convicted of doing something wrong before I had even done anything at all,” she lamented last December. “I’m always the bad person.”
Honestly, she hasn’t always done herself that many favors, as she has sometimes taken odd stances in interviews over the years.
It will be interesting to see how well she takes the inevitable jokes at her expense when she appears on Dancing With The Stars.
To be clear, ABC has yet to officially confirm that Harding, Rippon, and Anderson will be on this season.
They’ll announce the full list of “stars” on Friday, April 13th, on Good Morning America.
Considering how interesting these three names are, we have to wonder who else will be among their competition.
And, for that matter, who their dance partners will be.