Finally, it’s the Season 32 finale of Dancing with the Stars.
There are just two dances between each of the remaining five couples and their chance at the mirrorball trophy. If anyone happened to miss any of the previous performances this season, this three-hour episode has you covered. The first 30 minutes are spent rolling through all of their previous dances as the judges review everyone’s strengths and weaknesses.
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Around 8:30 p.m. ET, the show kicked off the final leg of the competition with a glitzy opening number from the pro dancers. Read on to see who gets bragging rights as the Season 32 winner.
Actress Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) with partner Sasha Farber. Hannigan is ready to redeem herself with another go at the salsa. Carrie Ann Inaba felt like Hannigan and Farber’s week one dance was a little “too cute.” She wants to see Hannigan step into her “feminine power” and spice it up a bit on the ballroom floor. “You did an amazing job. Something is so different about you,” Inaba said after the performance. “You have grace. You have confidence.” Score: 25 out of 30.
Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz with partner Daniella Karagach. Bruno Tonioli issued a redemption foxtrot to Mraz and Karagach, explaining that the frame was “very tight” in the first attempt. The Grammy winning singer admitted that, during that week four performance, he wasn’t sure yet hoe to infuse his personality into the ballroom competition. “I knew you could do it!” Tonioli told Mraz after the redemption round. “Fantastic.” Perfect score.
Ariana Madix (Vanderpump Rules) with partner Pasha Pashkov. Derek Hough paid a visit to Madix and Pashkov to ask them to redo their samba from week two. He’s looking for them to slow it down a bit so the judges can see more control and “refinement,” specifically with Madix’s arms. Madix hoped to step on the ballroom floor and perform the perfect samba for the finale, and she did just that, effortlessly earning Hough’s stamp of approval. “Giving you the samba in the finale is mean, but Ariana you’re the samba queen!” Hough exclaimed. Score: 29 out of 30.
Charity Lawson (The Bachelorette) with partner Artem Chigvintsev. Lawson got some tango tips from Inaba, who hoped to see the reality star improve her confidence and let out her inner “panther.” Coming off of a perfect score, Lawson has to channel the eye of the tiger in order to redeem herself. She may have lost both her earrings during this performance, but she stays locked in from the moment the music starts, satisfying the judges. “The way you just danced with the passion and connection between you and Artem was palpable,” Inaba said, calling the performance “absolutely what I was asking for.” Score: 29 out of 30.
Actress Xochitl Gomez (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. Gomez took another shot at the foxtrot, which Tonioli hopes will include more “refined sophistication” than the couple’s first attempt in week three. She honestly made it look way too easy, impressing all three judges with her improvement. “It really is a delight watching you,” Tonioli told her after her redemption dance. Perfect score.
Second dance. All bets are off! Time for some freestyles.
Lawson and Chigvintsev. A bittersweet journey for the Bachelorette is coming to an end, and she wants to go out with a bang. After sustaining a jaw injury during rehearsals, the show must go on! Nothing is stopping her tonight. Lawson returns to her cheerleading roots with this fast-paced routine that brought the energy to the ballroom. “I feel like you’ve just been waiting all season to do that!” Hough told her after the dance, while Tonioli called it “thrilling and spectacular.” It’s gonna be hard for anyone to follow that up. Perfect score.
Mraz and Karagach. The Grammy winner is proud of himself for facing his fears and dancing on live TV for the past 11 weeks. He and Karagach wanted to infuse everything that makes him happy about dancing into this final performance, which translated to a pretty intense routine with some difficult footwork. Wow! What a crowdpleaser. The couple seemed to have a blast, and it brought the entire ballroom to their feet. “You pushed the feel good factor through the roof!” Tonioli yelled, calling the performance “out of this world.” Perfect score.
Madix and Pashkov. “This is everything,” Madix told Pashkov during rehearsals for their final freestyle. After a rough year for the Vanderpump Rules star, at least she’s ending it on a positive note! Through her dance journey, she has learned to trust again and never underestimate her own abilities. In a sassy red leather number, Madix infused a considerable amount of hip hop into her performance to a mashup of girl power anthems. And the judges ate it up! “That was off the charts, girl!” Inaba said. “You have showed us what an empowered woman looks like every time you get on this dance floor.” Perfect score.
Hannigan and Farber. Definitely the underdogs heading into this finale, Hannigan and Farber were ready to let loose. But that doesn’t mean she’s taking the easy way out. Hannigan described this freestyle as her most intense dance yet, and she wasn’t exaggerating. Don’t let the beginning of this dance fool you. While it started out slow to Taylor Swift’s “Enchanted,” the couple brought the heat in the second half of the number to Jennifer Lopez. “Not only are you the people’s champion, you inspire care,” Inaba said. Score: 28 out of 30.
Gomez and Chmerkovskiy. The Marvel star was ready for her mirrorball trophy! This freestyle was full of pizzazz. Gomez did not skimp on the technical moves, like some of her competition did. “Another outstanding performance!” Tonioli said, complimenting Gomez’s artistry. “You make us live the dance with you.” Perfect score.
Jason Mraz got to put in one more performance after voting closed, with the pros dancing to one of his latest singles, “I Feel Like Dancing.” Joined by Derek Hough, the crew put in some work to distract the audience while votes were tallied.
At last, it was time for the final results. Drumroll please…Gomez and Chmerkovskiy are the Season 32 champs!
Here’s how the results shook out:
1. Gomez and Chmerkovskiy
2. Mraz and Karagach
3. Madix and Pashkov
4. Lawson and Chigvintsev
5. Hannigan and Farber
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