Dancing with the Stars' season 30 finale felt a little like a consolation prize
by Kim Krober
Dancing with the Stars' season 30 came to a close, as the four remaining couples battled it out for the Mirror Ball trophy. I loved the opening sequence with all the former contestants returning to strut their stuff, especially when Martin Kove pretended to knock out The Miz. It was also good to see Melanie C from The Spice Girls and country singer Jimmie Allen return to perform. Notably missing was judge Derek Hough, who revealed he was diagnosed with a breakthrough case of COVID the day after Semi-Finals. His sister - DWTS darling Julianne Hough - was on-hand to fill in his judging shoes for the night. However, this felt like a consolation prize. And really the entire finale felt a bit like a consolation prize after so many of my favorites had already been knocked out of the competition.
From the beginning of the season, it seemed the judges were rooting for pop star JoJo Siwa and her pro partner Jenna Johnson. However, The Talk's Amanda Kloots and partner Alan Bersten certainly gave them a run for their money. The biggest surprises this season were seeing NBA star Iman Shumpert and partner Daniella Karagach and celebrity fitness guru Cody Rigsby and partner Cheryl Burke also make their way to the finale. Would an underdog capture the hearts of voters and take home the trophy or would it be awarded to the same-sex couple predicted to win from the start (not that they're undeserving of the title, but it felt like most of their stronger competition was missing)?
During the first round of competition, the couples were tasked with a Fusion Dance of two seemingly unrelated dance styles. Then it was time for the ever-popular Freestyle Round, which is often what makes or breaks a champion. Let's see how your favorites fared on this final week of competition:
Fusion Dance Round
Amanda Kloots & Alan Bersten, Viennese Waltz and Paso Doble
Cody Rigsby & Cheryl Burke, Paso Doble and Cha-Cha
JoJo Siwa & Jenna Johnson, Tango and Cha-Cha
Iman Shumpert & Daniella Karagach, Cha-Cha and Foxtrot
Cody Rigsby & Cheryl Burke, Freestyle
Amanda Kloots & Alan Bersten, Freestyleo
JoJo Siwa & Jenna Johnson, Freestyle
Iman Shumpert & Daniella Karagach, Freestyle
And the winners are...
Do you think the right couple took home the Mirror Ball trophy this season?