We have a winner! The four couples remaining on Dancing With the Stars faced off in the Monday, November 21, finale — but only one duo could take home the mirrorball trophy.Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas narrowly beat Gabby Windey and Val Chmerkovskiy in what cohost Tyra Banks called “one of the closest finales in the history of this show.” Wayne Brady and Witney Carson finished in third with Shangela and Gleb Savchenko placing fourth.Throughout the evening, the finalists each performed twice, taking the stage for a redemption dance and a freestyle.
In the redemption round, the contestants had a second chance at either a ballroom or Latin style routine that they attempted earlier in the season, in the hopes of getting a better score than they did the first time around.Carrie Ann Inaba assigned D’Aemlio, 18, and Ballas, 36, a jive, challenging them to improve upon their Prom Night rendition of the lively dance.“Charli, that was remarkable.
You have proven yourself so incredible throughout this whole season as far as execution and style and technique but this … she just danced for you guys with her heart,” Inaba, 54, said, turning to address the cheering audience.The finalists weren’t the only ones who got a chance to redeem themselves during the season 31 swan song — all the previously eliminated couples also returned to ballroom floor. Selma Blair — who left the competition early due to health concerns amid her battle with multiple sclerosis — danced a contemporary routine with her partner, Sasha Farber, as Jordin Sparks sang her song “No Air” live.The performance-packed finale marked the end of an era for Len Goodman.Read more on usmagazine.com