‘Dancing’ stars share post-finale reactions

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Dancing With the Stars’ crowns Season 20 champion.

On Tuesday night’s grand finale of the hit ABC reality show, it was she who took home the mirror ball trophy with partner Val Chmerkovskiy as her famous parents Bruce Willis and Demi Moore cheered in the audience. Rumer Willis stunned judges and viewers alike with her performances on Dancing With The Stars and kept it up on Tuesday as she became the latest celebrity to win the Mirrorball Trophy.

Willis and partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy beat out runners-up singer Riker Lynch and his pro partner, Allison Holker, who also hit a high note with a perfect 120 from the judges. Chmerkovskiy, who’s been dreaming of a first-place finish for years, said, “I was like, please, please, let me hear it how I heard it in my sleep. After 13 weeks of grueling training the couple raised the 10-year anniversary golden Mirrorball Trophy prize – marking the show’s 20th season finale. The 26-year-old singer-actress, daughter of famous movie stars Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, used the exposure of the popular weekly program to shed light on her personal experiences with bullying and Internet attacks. It finally happened.” Rumer recalled how she and Val worked to be “DWTS” champs: “I wanted it from day one and that was the intention and the goal that we both set, and I think that whether or not it was something that we were both conscious of or not, I think that part of the drive and the passion that got us here was just a desire to be able to have this moment and be able to share it together.” Backstage, Bruce and his wife Emma Heming, Demi, Rumer, and Tallulah Willis were spotted posing for photos together, with all telling the new “DWTS” champ they loved her. “I have an incredibly supportive family.

Noah was an ongoing inspiration on the show as the former US Army soldier who lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee during the Iraq War advanced to the finals. ‘I think that’s one of the most beautiful things about being able to come and dance live is that you don’t really have the option but to put everything that you have on the floor,’ she said. Though the 33-year-old vet was clearly the fan favorite, especially after proposing to fiancee Jamie Boyd on air a few weeks ago, but his 108 final tally was too far below his two fellow finalists to have a chance at the title. Next was busty model/actress Charlotte McKinney, 21, who paraded among giant crabs and dancing dolphins for a beach-themed ditty with South African professional Keo Motsepe. Throughout the season, Moore and daughters Tallulah and Scout, along with famous family friends like Glenn Close, had been in the “DWTS” studio as an on-site support system.

The night, however, belonged to Willis, who was almost as overcome with emotion as her mother, Demi Moore, as the confetti rained down on the dance floor. Next was former The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro who played Carlton on the 90s sitcom and won season 19 of the dancing competition show. ‘You have given me so much love and support in doing this and I couldn’t be more proud to take over for you,’ said Alfonso, muddling his words slightly in his eagerness. After her ‘shock elimination’ in the seventh week Hunger Games star Willow Shields, 14, played Alice In Wonderland dramatically with Mark Ballas – who was dressed as a ‘crazy rabbit’ according to Tom Bergeron. After suffering from exhaustion in the run up Riker and Allison pulled in a final reserve of vibrancy for a salsa/quickstep fusion to MKTO’s track Classic.

Seventy-year-old Grammy winner Patti LaBelle was welcomed back after being eliminated earlier this season to belt out her heartbreak song 2 Steps Away. Rumer and Val, in perhaps pivotal numbers from Monday night, scored two perfect 40s for their foxtrot to Hozier’s “Take Me to Church,” and the all-important freestyle routine that blended contemporary dance with the Argentine tango. Rumer had recorded a breathy, slow-motion cover of the Britney Spears pop hit, “Toxic,” to go along with the dance, and Val, a classically trained musician, accompanied her on violin. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba declared the number, “poetry in motion.” The winners got hoisted onto their fellow competitors’ shoulders as a celebration, while the Willis family went wild amid a standing ovation from the audience and streamers and confetti raining from the ceiling.

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