- After 10 weeks of competition, the “Dancing with the Stars” winner has been officially crowned.
- Monday night’s Season 30 finale saw Iman Schumpert, JoJo Siwa, Amanda Kloots and more compete for the title.
- Schumpert and dance partner Daniela Karagach were declared the winners of the Mirrorball Trophy.
Schumpert, who won the NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, referred to himself as the underdog in competition during Monday night’s show. But this 6-foot-5 baller beat a cast of veteran celebrity dancers in the wild finale, including heavy-duty favorites jojo siwaMILF dancer and fitness instructor Amanda Kloots and Peloton Pro (and Onetime Pro Dancer) cody rigsby,
host Tyra Banks The suspense was maintained beyond the final moments of the show, with finalists Siwa, 18, and Schumpert, 31, withholding the announcement of the winner until the program credits ran out. Then Banks was also shocked when she read from the card in her hand, shouting, “Oh my God!” Before announcing Shumpert’s name.
After 10 weeks of grueling competition, the basketball star was the seemingly impossible winner. Enthusiastic pro dancers and fellow contestants crowd the dance floor, showering confetti with her pro partner Daniela Karagach carrying beaming Schumpert on her shoulders.
As judge Len Goodman on the show earlier in the show said after Schumpert’s energetic final Cha Cha fusion dance: “You call yourself an underdog, sometimes the underdog bites back.”
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Schumpert’s second freestyle dance summarized his stellar appeal in a reality dance competition. It was an irreverent freestyle dance to “Lose Control” by Missy Elliot feat. Ciara and the Fat Man Scoop.
The off-the-hook number had the ballroom crowd ditched and the slack-jawed judges were reaching for the exaggeration.
“What just happened in this ballroom?” Banks repeated after the dance, briefly calling. “Let me catch my breath.”
Hough even tried to crawl across the judges’ table, but eventually gave up because of her formal dress. Bruno Tonioli comically fancies him to cool off.
Goodman was once again the presenter in his assessment of the second dance, with Schumpert’s development on the show being written as a book. “You don’t know the end result until you turn the last page,” Goodman said. “And the last page is minutes away.”
The judges gave full marks to Shumpert and his dance partner during both dances, giving both a score of 80 out of 80.
Singer’s husband Shumpert teyana taylor, He is the first NBA player to win the Mirrorball trophy. He defeated Siwa, the first celebrity contestant to have a gay dance partner with Jenna Johnson, who would also have made history tonight.
Siwa’s second freestyle dance to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” in a two-piece outfit modeled after a mirror ball, wasn’t enough to earn her the trophy.
Siwa, who came out as gay in January earlier this year, said earlier in the night that “winning the mirror ball is not just winning for me and us, but for so many people around the world.”
After the show, Rigby said he was thrilled with his third-place finish with partner Cheryl Burke, adding that he was happy to see the “beloved” Schumpert win the crown. “Iman has come so far this season.”
“The Talk” co-host Kloots, who lost her husband Nick Cordero after a long battle with COVID-19 in July, came fourth in the competition with partner Alan Burston. But she was smiling about Schumpert’s victory after the show.
Kloots said, “We were all by his side. He worked very hard.” “It was thrilling.