It was a big night, filled with incredible dances. Check out the eight most memorable moments from the night’s episode, followed by the big winner reveal! (You can skip to the end if you’re impatient and just want to see who won.)
WARNING: Spoilers toward the end, but really just watch the show first if you don’t want to be spoiled.
Contestants Recreate Celebrated Past Performances
One of the best parts of the grand finale was seeing past and present contestants re-create some fan-favorite dances. Riker Lynch and Allison Holker kicked off the show with their 1920s-inspired dance from the finals, while Willow Shields got a chance to dance again in the bizarre Alice in Wonderland-themed routine Mark Ballas designed weeks ago. Also, Patti LaBelle redid her “In Da Club” dance, which was as bizarre and wonderful as it was the first time around.
Redfoo performed his recently released single “Juicy Wiggle.” It was super fun, but it also made us a little sad at the crazy moments we missed out on by eliminating Redfoo so early on.
Bad Lip Reading Season 20
The guys who do the hilarious Bad Lip Reading YouTube videos tackled DWTS, and we got crazy gems like Tom Bergeron supposedly saying, “We’ve sold 29 bearded platypuses worldwide."
A bunch of the super-ripped male pro-dancers performed, and then a giddy Erin Andrews got to interview them. As Tom Bergeron said, “I haven’t seen Erin that happy since we told her that her birthday cake didn’t have any calories.”
Sia’s fantastic performance of “Elastic Heart” was accompanied by a breathtaking interpretive dance by siblings Derek and Julianne Hough, as well as two very young dancers playing the childhood versions of Derek and Julianne. If any star in competition had attempted this number in the contest, they would have been a sure bet to win the Mirror Ball.
Riker and Allison blew the judges and the audience away with another energetic and masterful number that was overflowing with the warmth and fun that became the duo’s signature over the last 10 weeks.
Rumer and Val Have Tons of Fun
Rumer and Val closed out the show with their stunning performance that was as romantic and spectacular as anything they had done before. Their chemistry is undeniable and in this final episode they left it all out on the dancefloor, hoping it would secure their victory.
With Noah, Riker, and Rumer all waiting to hear who would find themselves in third place, Tom revealed that it would be Rumer and Riker making their way into the final spots, earning Noah and Sharna the bronze, so to speak.
Finally, it all came down to Riker and Rumer, and for the first time in a long time it was clear that whoever won, they deserved it. But, someone had to take home the Mirror Ball, and the honor went to…
Rumer and Val! Their chemistry, their hard work, their charm and their undeniable talent earned them the hard fought victory. Now, Rumer has the DWTS Season 20 (and 10th Anniversary) Mirror Ball to adorn her mantel.
This was also the first time Val has lead a star partner to victory, and was something he said many times that he was really looking forward to.
Riker and Allison were total pros, even as runner ups. Riker explained that the pair had become close friends over the last 10 weeks, and it was clear from everyone’s overwhelming excitement that season 20 is likely going to be hard to beat when DWTS returns in September.