‘Dancing With the Stars’ winner is Rumer Willis

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Dancing With the Stars’ crowns Season 20 champion.

Rumer Willis, the most technically proficient of the three finalists on this season’s “Dancing With the Stars,” took the coveted gold mirror ball trophy on Tuesday night. 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. With the announcement at the end of the two-hour show, capping its 20th season, her professional ballroom partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, scored his first-ever win out of three prior series finales.

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. After 13 weeks of grueling training the couple raised the 10-year anniversary golden Mirrorball Trophy prize – marking the show’s 20th season finale. And while she’ll never be completely separated — the camera obsessively panned to Bruce, a proud dad, beaming in the audience during the finale — at least now, people know she’s a pretty talented dancer. The crop of stars who populated the 20th season of the perennial competitive reality TV classic has been winnowed down to just three finalists — noted celebrity daughter Rumer Willis, decorated Iraq War veteran Noah Galloway and pirate enthusiast Riker Lynch.

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 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.

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. 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. 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. Carrie Ann Inaba called her “just the real deal” while Bruno Tonioli went with “an utterly irresistible shining star.” Julianne Hough upped the ante: “You make me want to be a better dancer,” she said. Choreographed by Mandy Moore (no, the other Mandy Moore) it was a big splashy routine that featured Derek back in dancing form. (Little late, Derek!) Repeat Performance: To kick off the show, Twitter voted and decided they wanted to see a repeat of Riker and Allison’s swinging jazzy freestyle.

Judges, though admittedly nitpicking some of her routines and grading harshly at midseason, praised Rumer during the show’s homestretch, with Bruno Tonioli saying she had “stage presence” and a “wonderful lyrical quality of movement.” For their only new number of the night, she and Chmerkovskiy danced a foxtrot-paso doble fusion during Tuesday’s jam-packed program, a routine they had only one day to choreograph and learn as part of the contest’s first-time 24 Hour Fusion Challenge. 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. It’s always fun to watch the repeat performances, because with voting over and the judges no longer weighing in, the dancers loosen up and actually have fun.

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. 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. 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 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.

In addition to just generally serving as an inspiration — judges called him and partner Sharna Burress “the heart of the competition” — he also proposed to his girlfriend during the show on live television. His one piece of advice for the incoming host? “Wear a cup.” Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony and Patti LaBelle: Jason Derulo and Fifth Harmony stopped by the show to help kill time. But it’s more than that, so we’ll see.” Other contestants this season, which averaged about 12 million viewers a week and slightly down from last year, included gymnast Nastia Liukin; football player Michael Sam; actress Suzanne Somers; actress Willow Shields; LMFAO musician Redfoo; singer Patti LaBelle; model Charlotte McKinney; “Bachelor” Chris Soules; and “Shark Tank” judge Robert Herjavec.

Chris Soules and Witney Carson: The Bachelor star repeated their Footloose performance, because he is heading back to the farm soon and needs to remember what small-town life is like. Willow Shields and Mark Ballas: Despite the fact that Mark couldn’t breathe in his White Rabbit mask, he and Willow did a repeat performance of their fun yet slightly creepy Alice in Wonderland–themed dance. Bruno called him a “unique and outstanding talent” and a “powerhouse performer.” Not to be outdone, Carrie Ann called him “a superstar.” Len won though by calling him “the boy who brings joy,” even though he admitted he didn’t always like his “wild and wacky” style of dancing. 40/40 Rumer and Val: This pair manages to make a foxtrot and paso doble fusion seem effortless and natural.

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