Monday night, Nov. 19, was heavy with anticipation as fans awaited the results of season 27 of Dancing With the Stars. The final four contestants, including radio host Bobby Bones, actress Evanna Lynch, actor Milo Manheim and social media influencer Alexis Ren, were ready with two dances and hopes of taking home the mirror ball.
The first dance of the night allowed the finalists to revisit their favorite dances of the season. Bones and his partner Sharna Burgess went all the way back to week two with their MC Hammer-inspired Cha Cha.
The performance earned praise from judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, who each awarded the pair a score of 8, bringing their total to 24 out of 30.
“I actually honestly do understand why you’re here because whatever you do is so totally, honestly you, that you’re irresistible. You really are,” praised Tonioli.
While the judges were blown away by his repeat Cha Cha, it was Bones’ second dance that was a showstopper. Because of his innate ability to entertain the crowd, Burgess pulled together a freestyle routine inspired by The Greatest Showman. The two pulled out all the stops as they danced across the ballroom floor for their final performance to “The Greatest Show.”
As the dance came to an end Bones paused the performance, calling out a promise Burgess had made to him.
“You promised we could do the thing,” he said after quieting the cheering crowd. “Okay, okay, Bobby, let’s do the thing,” she agreed.
That’s when the music kicked off again and Bones, Burgess, the troupe, former contestants DeMarcus Ware and “Grocery Store Joe” and hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews joined in for a massive floss dance session (with Bergeron actually pulling out floss for his teeth).
“That was the perfect freestyle for a free spirit,” said Tonioli. Added Inaba, “Talk about strategy. Talk about bringing every element that he did well and putting it front and center and adding a reprise at the end…this is everyone’s moment to shine. You shone so brightly, Bobby Bones.”
“Bobby, you have not always been the judges’ champion, but one hundred percent, you’ve always been the people’s champion,” said Goodman. “And I’m going to tell you, tonight, you’ve become my champion.”
After their praise the judges announced their scores, giving the couple a perfect 30, causing the team to collapse on the floor in excitement.
As the dances wound down for the evening it was up to the fans to cast their votes. Combining the judges’ scores with the vote from this week and last, Bergeron and Andrews stepped center stage to announce the winner.
After a long pause to drag out the anticipation, Bergeron announced Bobby and Sharna as the season 27 champions. Clearly overwhelmed, Bones removed his glasses to wipe away the tears and was left speechless.
He later took to Twitter to thank the fans, saying “You guys did this. Thank you.”
And that’s a wrap on Season 27 of Dancing With the Stars.