The best dancer won, naturally.
On Tuesday, Dancing With the Stars gave away its 25th Mirrorball trophy to Broadway star Jordan Fisher, while YouTube violinist Lindsey Stirling finished the 10-week competition in second place.
Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz came in third.
Fisher, who was a favorite from the start because of his lifelong love for musical theater and dance, earned more perfect scores for his salsa/paso fusion and his repeat samba from earlier in the season that had judge Len Goodman saying, “You are the most complete male celebrity we’ve ever had on Dancing With the Stars.”
Stirling used finale night to open up about a childhood bout with anorexia and how she overcame self-doubt — and the rejection of America’s Got Talent — to become a YouTube phenom. “That little girl that begged for violin lessons and dance lessons, that little girl brought the dream together,” she said. “It’s a dream come true.” Her final dance — a cha-cha/tango fusion — earned a 30 after her repeat jive garnered another perfect score.
But there was no denying the extraordinary popularity of Muniz, who garnered huge sympathy earlier in the season when he admitted how he couldn’t remember his time on his long-running Fox comedy. He revealed that he suffered from nine concussions and several mini-strokes, or transient ischemic attacks, but couldn’t say for sure what prevented him from recalling the past.
During Monday’s finale, Muniz talked about how DWTS “happened to me at the perfect time. The energy from the people in the ballroom made me feel so alive. It was the first time in a really long time that I put myself out there, and it was successful.” His foxtrot/tango fusion earned a 28, while the repeat of his Argentine tango got perfect 10s. After Muniz’s final performance, Goodman admitted that while the actor may not have always won over the judges, he definitely finished the season as “the people’s champion.”
Now that Fisher has earned the Mirrorball trophy, he will travel to Broadway, where he will assume the roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in Hamilton. His win on Monday also meant a first-time trophy for his partner, Lindsay Arnold. This was her 10th season on DWTS.