‘Dancing with the Stars’ crowns new champs

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Dancing With the Stars’ crowns Season 20 champion.

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.The finals of the ABC dancing competition came down to three celebrity-professional couples: Noah Galloway-Sharna Burgess, Riker Lynch-Allison Holker and Rumer Willis-Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Before Dancing got around to crowning Season 20’s wining couple, however, there was nearly two hours of performance festivities along with a pivotal final competitive dance, the 24-Hour Fusion Challenge.

Though the 33-year-old vet was clearly the fan favorite, especially after proposing to fiancee Jamie Boyd on the 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. Stars and pros danced short bits as the judges clinked champagne glasses from a spot above the performers • Inside,, Riker and Allison, dressed all in white down to the top hats, took to the ballroom floor with a performance reminiscent of old Hollywood, before looking more contemporary for a dance outside after the commercial break. • Redfoo, the first celebrity to be eliminated this season, moved back to his comfort zone, singing – and dancing a little on a zebra-striped piano. • After Season 19 champ Alfonso Ribeiro returns for a short dance, host Tom Bergeron breaks some news.

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. Ribeiro will be taking over Bergeron’s hosting duties on ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos.• • Bergeron asked celeb finalist Noah Galloway, an Iraq War veterean who had an arm and leg amputated, how he came back for a resounding freestyle performance after getting low judges’ scores for Monday’s first performance. “It wasn’t me. It was everyone involved,” he said, including his fellow competitors. “They told me to brush it off (and) kill it.” • Hunger Games star Willow Shields, whose elimination came much too early for many Dancing fans, returned for as Alice for a Wonderland-like performance. • As Sia sings, a child and an adult couple dance emotionally in adjacent “rooms” set up on ballroom floor.

Instead, the finals consist of a singer/actress who admits she’s best known for her lineage, an actor/singer who isn’t even the most popular member of his moderately popular boy band, and a double amputee Army veteran. Two of the pros are here for the first time, and the third is on his fourth finals without a Mirror Ball. (For the record, we predicted Noah Galloway as an audience favorite at the Feb. 24 cast reveal, and he’s been arguably the most buzzed-about contestant all season.

Sharna Burgess, left, and Noah Galloway make up one of three finalist couples for Season 20 of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ (Photo: Adam Taylor, ABC) The judges praise them. “You really have been a beacon of inspiration for us all,” judge Bruno Tonioli tells Noah. “You are legend.” The judges’ scores: Carrie Ann Inaba: 9; Len Goodman: 9; Julianne Hough, 9: Tonioli: 9. Many of my other forecasts for the season were way off, alas!) Are you into journeys and the redefinition of dance that Noah and Sharna Burgess aspire to?

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