Dancing with the Stars has a surprising new champion. On Monday’s live finale of the reality dancing competition series, the four remaining couples – Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten, Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess, Milo Manheim and Witney Carson, and Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe – went head-to-head as they competed for the Mirrorball Trophy.
They managed to survive a season that included a historic run by low-scoring Bachelor in Paradise alum Joe Amabile and the shocking eliminations of high-scoring celebs Tinashe and Juan Pablo Di Pace.
The finalists performed two dances on the finale: first, their most memorable number from the season and second, a freestyle for judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.
While it was a tight competition, radio show host Bones was declared the Season 27 winner. After being named the champ, Bones said, “Thank you to the people, thank you to Sharna for making all this possible.”
“You are, in very true words, the people’s champion my friend,” said co-host Tom Bergeron. Burgess, who took home her first Mirrorball Trophy, admitted that she is “still processing” the win.
Bones had the fan base, appealing to viewers at home despite having one of the lowest average scores of the season.
Bobby and Sharna’s repeat dance was the Cha Cha to MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” from Trio Night. The judges said they loved the way Bobby puts himself into the dances, and makes it so much fun to watch. Bobby received three 8s, for a total score of 24 out of 30.
Bobby and Sharna’s Freestyle was a big spectacle. “That was the perfect Freestyle for a free spirit!” observed Bruno. “You shone so brightly, Bobby Bones!” cheered Carrie Ann. Bobby and Sharna were shocked when they received three 10s, for a perfect 30 out of 30.
In addition to seeing this season’s celebrity contestants return to the ballroom, audiences were also treated to live musical performances from Robin Thicke, Avril Lavigne, Lauren Daigle and Dan + Shay during the episode.
ABC Announced Bones – alongside fellow DWTS contestants Juan Pablo Di Pace, Joe Amabile, Mary Lou Retton, John Schneider and Milo Manheim – has joined the Dancing with the Stars: Live! A Night to Remember tour, which begins December 15th.
Here’s how the scores played out last night:
Alexis Ren and pro Alan Bersten danced a Swan Lake-inspired Argentine tango for 27/30 and a freestyle for a perfect 30/30
Bobby Bones and pro Sharna Burgess danced MC Hammer-inspired cha-cha for 24/30 and a freestyle for a perfect 30/30.
Milo Manheim and pro Witney Carson danced a New York City-themed Charleston for 30/30 and a freestyle for 30/30.
Evanna Lynch and pro Keo Motsepe danced a Halloween Night tango for 30/30 and a freestyle for 30/30.