'Dancing With the Stars' Season 30 Finale: Epic Performances, Emotional Messages & a New Winner!
By Zach Seemayer
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Dancing With the Stars returns Monday for the season 30 finale! ET is following along throughout the two-hour spectacular to break down all the best performances and the most surprising moments.
The competition has reached fever pitch with the final four remaining couples getting ready to duke it out on the dance floor in the race for the coveted mirrorball trophy.
As the couples dance their hearts out with their last routines of the season, judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and guest judge Julianne Hough will be giving feedback and doling out their scores -- all before a new DWTS champion is crowned.
The fun kicks off on Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, and ET will be covering all the highlights in real time.
And the Season 30 Champion Is...
With all the votes counted, Tyra is revealing the results!
In fourth place, we've got: Amanda and Alan.
In third place: Cody and Cheryl.
This means it all comes down to the two couples who, truly, deserve to win it the most: JoJo and Jenna and Iman and Daniella
So who earned the trophy?..
Iman and Daniella! In a truly unexpected moment -- one of many -- Iman and Daniella took home the top prize, leaving JoJo and Jenna in 2nd.
First NBA star to make it to the finals, and now the first to win! This is just epic.
Jimmie Allen Returns!
He may not have made it to the finale as a contestant, but Jimmie Allen is back in the dance floor for a live performance in the closing moments of the night!
It's a fun song, but my anxiety over voters making the wrong (or just bad) choice in this voting has me too on-edge to really appreciate it.
Iman & Daniella Close the Night With Epic Freestyle
Iman and Daniella are truly a dream team. He's got personality for days and she knows how to channel his power and energy to make truly unforgettable moments.
Tonight's finale dance of the night -- a freestyle set to both "Lose Control" by Missy Elliott and "Bounce" by DJ Clent -- might be the best number they've ever done.
It combines everything they're beloved for and more, and proves just how mindblowing Iman's footwork has really gotten.
"This season has been like a fantastic book!" Len says. "You don't know how it will turn out until you turn the last page, and the last page was amazing."
"That was my favorite freestyle I've ever seen in 30 seasons," Julianne declares.
Carrie Ann praises Iman for letting Daniella shine and for showcasing her talents during their final performance.
Unsurprisingly, the couple earned another slew of 10s for another flawless 40, giving them a perfect 80 for the night!
JoJo and Jenna Dance As Besties
Seeing JoJo's journey on DWTS has been a delight, and it's great to see the genuinely strong bond between her and Jenna. Their friendship brings so much joy to the world.
Tonight's freestyle is also particularly meaningful, as they are dancing to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" -- a song that has ben a central theme to JoJo's entire time on the show.
Glamming it up, this dance lets JoJo embrace everything she loves with pyrotechnics, glittery outfits, a next-level lift (in which she lifts Jenna and it's epic).
This number is such a celebration of love and self-acceptance -- and it's also phenomenal.
"That was beyond amazing!" Carrie Ann gushes. "When I watch you dance, I feel safe for the future because you are such an incredible role model."
Len says he loved all the elements of the freestyle mixed together and says they've been the "stand-out couple" for all the time they've been here.
"I am floored by you," Julianne marvels.
"That smash hits keep coming and just keep getting better," Bruno marvels. "I wish you'd been around when I was younger."
Obviously, the pair earn all tens for a total of 40 and a combined perfect score of 80.
Amanda and Alan Dancing Among the Stars
In the pre-taped package, Amanda explains how important her friendship with Alan has been for her, especially in the wake of the loss of her husband.
So, to truly cap off their incredible partnership over the season, the pair are giving their final freestyle dance their all.
The number -- set to Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars -- begin with the pair spinning in from the air, holding onto suspended rings that lower them onto the dance floor.
The number, like the song, is an joyful celebration of love and life and is the life-affirming performance that really makes the freestyle dance so special.
"This show really is special," Bruno marvels, before telling Amana, "You're shining brighter than ever."
Carrie Ann says Amanda is "hope and resilience personified," while Len praises her "lyrical" dancing and stage presence.
The pair earn a perfect 40, giving them a combined total of 78 out of 80.
Cody and Cheryl Are Freestyling
For their freestyle routine, Cody and Cheryl kick off the number with a dance set to Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5."
However, the multi-colored leather bodysuit Cody is rocking hints at the twist: The music cuts and is replaced by the Todrick Hall dance hit "Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels."
It's a big, wild, fun and showy number that embraces everything Cody has been bringing to the stage every week.
"Let that freak flag fly!" Julianne cheers. "Your true self is shining through! I feel alive!"
Bruno compares the number to The Devil Wears Prada and Gina Gershon (somehow).
Len says the dance was "wild, wacky and wonderful."
The pair earn a flawless 40 out of 40 for a total of 76 out of 80.
The Pros Rock
Right in the middle of this finale, they are having the all the pros deliver a leather-clad routine set to "Pour Some Sugar on Me" by Def Leppard.
It's a great routine, as you'd expect. The men all rip their shirts off, the women are all clad in black. It's the best glam-rock hypersexual dance number you could hope for.
The problem is... well, it kind of reminds you of how TRULY great the pros compared to all the celebs (except maybe JoJo).
Iman and Daniella Have Come SO FAR
Iman has done something never accomplished before by being the first NBA pro on DWTS history to make it to the finale.
I never would have guessed that he and Daniella would make it this far -- until Halloween night, and they delivered their routine based on the movie "Us."
This was one of the most incredible numbers in the show's history. They have lifts that are beyond belief and they know how to make a real moment.
Their first dance tonight is a fusion dance blending cha-cha and foxtrot and set to Earth, Wind & Fire's "September."
It's clear that Iman's charisma and personality are effortless, and lets them showcase a different side of Iman's growth as a dancer.
"What I love about your dancing, you dance cool," Len said. "Well done."
Julianne praised Iman for learning how to incorporate dance into who he is as a person.
Bruno marvels that is the the "King of the Ballroom," and Carrie Ann says that he has "evolved to a point beyond words."
The judges praise is matched by their scores and the duo nab a perfect row of 10s for a total of 40 out of 40!
Derek Makes a Special Appearance
Derek might not be in the ballroom, but he does make a remote appearance via video chat to share an update on his health.
"I'm feeling great, I definitely turned a corner. But I'm so sad I can't be there with you all." Derek shares.
He also wishes the stars luck, and gives a special shout-out to the pros who have been working so hard this season.
JoJo and Jenna Bring Fun Fusion to the Floor
To be honest, JoJo and Jenna have been the frontrunners from week 1 and never looked back.
Their story, their friendship, their groundbreaking coupling, all of it has lead to a incredible story of growth and evolution. JoJo and Jenna have delivered some of the biggest and best musical moments of the season.
Tonight, their first dance is a cha-cha and tango fusion set to the most JoJo-themed song ever: Icona Pop's "I Love It."
While this could have been a moment for JoJo to retreat back to her comfort zone -- with glitter and hair bows -- she instead embraces her brilliant evolution into adulthood and blends her bubbly personality with a flawlessly fun, sexy, high-octane number that is beyond anything we've seen before.
"What are you doing to me?!" Carrie Ann marvels. "What I see is a woman transformed... I am so proud of you."
"You've just proved it doesn't matter if it's two girls dancing together, two guys, if it's good dancing magic happens," Len shares.
Bruno declares that they are "freaking awesome" and that the dance was "nuclear fusion."
After the feedback, Tyra asks what winning the mirorrball trophy would mean to her.
"Winning the Mirrorball isn't jsut for me or for us, it's winning it for so many people aroiund the world who are maybe afraid to be themselves," JoJo shares.
As you'd expect from the feedback, JoJo and Jenna earn four 10s for a total of 40 out of 40.
Cody & Cheryl Blend Cha-Cha and Paso Doble
Cody and Cheryl have weathered so much to get to the finals -- including catching COVID-19, which meant having to perform virtually, as facing some tough critique.
However, their fans have really pulled through and kept them safe week after week until tonight, where they will get two final dances to shoot their shot for victory.
Tonight's first dance is a fusion of cha-cha and paso doble, and that might prove to be a winning combo for the high-energy pair.
The pair hit the stage and bring their fan-favorite flair to their fiery routine, set to "Free Your Mind" by En Vogue.
"Cody, I have to give you credit. At the beginning of this season, it looked like Mission: Impossible. But you've made it to the final and you deserve it," Bruno shares.
Carrie Ann says the dance was "so strong," while Len said it was full of "vim, vigor and vitality."
"I'm feeling so proud, and I'm so proud of Cheryl, she's just been the best partner," Cody tells Tyra after the judges feedback.
The pair earned four 9s across the board for a total of 36 out of 40.
Amanda & Alan Deliver Fusion Perfection
For their first number tonight, Amanda and Alan are going to be dancing a fusion routine that blends Viennese waltz and Paso doble.
The performance is set to the moody and emotionally stirring Bishop Briggs' song "Never Tear Us Apart," and it feels very thematically appropriate for Amanda.
Most of her time on the show has showcased her delicacy and vulnerability. For tonight's number, she's wearing red and she's coming at it with seductive, fiery passion. It's a new look for her, and it's a good look.
Before the feedback, Julianne shares a few words about being back: "I stepped away for a while only to become a fan... and I'm so excited to be back so I don't have to yell at the TV anymore."
As for the dance, Julianne tells the paid, "You found the balance perfectly" between the dance styles.
"You have beauty, talent and range!" Bruno marvels, adding that the routine was "scalding."
Carrie Ann says that she "danced that from the bottom of your heart." Len, meanwhile, adds that the dance was "spectacular."
The pair get two 9s from Carrie Ann and Julianne, and two 10s from Len and Bruno, for a total of 38 out of 40.
That's a solid start to what could shape up to be a really special finale.
Julianne Hough and Tyra Banks
Tyra is rocking a puffy ensemble that gives real Glinda the Good Witch vibes, and oddly I'm here for it.
She introduces Julianne, and explains that Derek got a breakthrough case of COVID. While we already knew all this, it's exciting to see Julianne behind the judge's desk again.
Although it's disappointing to know Derek won't be able to be here for the finale after spending the whole season helping and guiding the performers.
The Grand Finale Is Here!
We're kicking things off with a high-energy performance from the show's army of super talented pros all dancing to BTS' "Dynamite" and it's the exact kind of spectacle that the finale calls for!
The judges -- including fill-in judge Julianne Hough -- are on their feet and dancing, and it's really a fun way to get the blood pumping before the couples take the stage.