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November 19, 2018 at 11:25 PM EST


FREESTYLE ROUND

Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten
Freestyle, “Head Above Water” live performance by Avril Lavigne
Well, welcome back to the world Avril Lavigne. She provides the soundtrack for Alexis and Alan’s freestyle. Unsurprisingly, they decide to go the emotional contemporary route for their final dance. It’s all about Alexis’s journey on this show, conquering the mountain and a bunch of other metaphors. It’s not the celebratory freestyle so many look forward to in this round, but Alexis is right: the routine shows off her strengths. She moves all three of the judges both with her display of technical prowess and the dynamics in the emotional story she’s telling. But we just couldn’t get out of this season without some on-camera kissing, could we?
Judges’ Score: 30/30

Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess
Freestyle, “The Greatest Show” (Remix) by Panic at the Disco
Now, this is what I’m talking about Bobby Bones! Sharna choreographs a freestyle that is a complete celebration of his time on this show. From the start, Bobby brought joy (and sometimes madness) to the ballroom and that’s exactly what this routine is. I mean, DeMarcus Ware lifts Bobby in the middle of it. Other contestants from the season and Erin and Tom hop in at the end to floss with Bobby (Tom literally flosses his teeth, once again proving he truly is America’s Dad). The routine feels so Bobby Bones —which is exactly how a freestyle should feel. Even Len calls Bobby his champion. What a way to go out!
Judges’ Score: 30/30

Milo Manheim and Witney Carson
Freestyle, “Ain’t No Sunshine” (Lido Remix) by Bill Withers
Um, I’m sorry — did Milo just do a backflip off some dude’s hands? I LOVE THIS SHOW. This routine is much more artistic than Bobby’s, but the joy Milo has while dancing is still felt so profoundly. This is the type of routine you need to watch several times just to pick up all the nuances and details Witney added to the choreography. Like, props to the dancers just moving umbrellas up and down in the background. The judges are blown away by Milo’s versatility as a dancer and an entertainer. The routine shows off his control, his musicality, his technical skills, and his ability to dance in water while in the dark. That last thing is v. important, by the way. This routine is just stellar.
Judges’ Score: 30/30

Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe 
Freestyle, “It’s Oh So Quiet” by Björk
This song is built for a great freestyle and Keo and Evanna — who somewhere along the way became the cutest couple on this show — use the change in tempo and music styles to their advantage. Keo choreographs a routine that both pays homage to the original music video and really shows Evanna off. She’s doing jazz, she’s doing contemporary, there is waltzing. Len calls it stunning. Bruno tells Evanna she’s a leading lady. Carrie Ann wants to see it again. I know it’s sad and all that the dream team — Keo calls her his family, I am a dead person — has to break up, but it is truly the best way to go out. By that, I mean both those rave reviews and also getting hoisted up on a cherry picker for a view from the top.
Judges’ Score: 30/30

And somehow, so quickly, we’ve reached the end of our journey together here on season 27. Just as I’m about to write something snarky about how they had to cut so much from the finale but somehow keep the awkward “someone sings live while the finalists stand awkwardly and watch footage of themselves” tradition, I burst out into tears as Lauren Daigle sings over a dancing montage. Oh, DWTS, you know exactly what you’re doing.

Unfortunately, they’re only announcing the winner and not revealing where the rest of the finalists stack up. That seems unfair to the remaining couples, but add it to the list of things that seem unfair this season. And it doesn’t matter because, in the end, only one couple can be crowned champions, and that couple is…Bobby and Sharna.

CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE? The People’s Champ takes home the crown. Not to mention, DWTS Queen Sharna has been patiently waiting for her first trophy and finally, FINALLY she has one of her very own. It may not be with the partner we would’ve guessed, but what can you do? Bobby may not have been anywhere close to the highest scorer or the best technical dancer, but man, he really loves this show. Isn’t that the kind of person you want keeping the Mirrorball trophy safe and warm until season 28?

UPDATE 11/20/18: Dancing With the Stars announced the final standings through their social media pages the morning after the finale. After Bobby and Sharna in 1st place, Milo and Witney take 2nd place, Evanna and Keo land in 3rd place, and Alexis and Alan end the season in 4th place.

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27
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437
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03/21/11
creator
Richard Hopkins
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Carrie Ann Inaba,
Bruno Tanioli
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