‘Dancing With The Stars’ Finale Recap: The Winner Is…

After a stellar sixteenth season, Dancing With The Stars has crowned another champion. The ABC show’s two-hour season finale was full of emotional moments from the top four finalists and featured plenty of crowd-pleasing performances from Pitbull, Wynona Judd and Idol alum, Jessica Sanchez. 

We also got to see the rest of the season 16 cast dust off their dancing shoes for another spin in the ballroom. All of the ousted contenders were there including Dorothy Hamill, who pulled out in week one due to a bad back injury. She joined the rest of the case in the show’s opening number to Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop The Party.”

The encore selection goes To Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough for their ovation-earning freestyle. Once again, the barefoot country star took the floor and gave an effortlessly emotional performance. 

After hearing that votes cast on the network’s website were thrown out due to a glitch, we get to hear the rundown for the rest of the night.

Judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli had their work cut out for them once again, as they still had one “instant dance” round to judge after we learned who was headed home first.

While I figured we would see three women in the final round, it turned out Jacoby Jones took the lead over Aly Raisman, landing the gymnast in fourth place in the first hour. She took the surprising news in stride and said, “This has been the best experience of my life.”

For the next awesome dance break, we got to see Zendaya, Kellie and Aly lead a pack of pros in a killer routine to Beyonce’s “Girls.” Next, country legend and eliminated contestant, Wynona Judd, takes the stage to sing her version of “I Want To Know What Love Is.”

A few more time fillers followed including Lisa Vanderpump’s return to the dance floor and a surprise appearance from Kristi Yamaguchi. Another standout comeback came from Andy Dick who revived his to Lady Gaga’s, “Poker Face.”

After Pitbull and PSY perform, the remaining three contenders are forced to perform an instant dance for their final round of judging.  Scores from this round were added to the teams’ totals to determine a winner.

Jacoby and his partner, Karina Smirnoff were first with a smoldering salsa routine.They were pulling out all the stops in a final attempt to snag the shiny mirror ball trophy. Despite a near run-in with a camera guy, the pair pulled off their final dance with ease and earns a perfect score.

Kellie and Derek were next with their jive and again, it was flawless. Carrie Ann compared Kellie to Derek’s sister, Julianne Hough and Len couldn’t find enough complimentary comments to send her way. “ I’m telling you, you’re the bees knees, my mama’s pajamas, my uncle’s carbuncle,” he said. “You’re awesome!” Another perfect score from the panel keep the competition as fierce as ever. 

When Zendaya and her freshly stitched partner, Val Chemrovskiy, hit the floor for their final number, it was clear this competition was getting no easier to call. Their upbeat jive was so fun to watch and technically flawless as well. Like the two before them, this couple nabbed a perfect score from the panel as well. The sixteen-year-old sweetheart was sad to see the competition coming to an end and thanked her partner for helping her “grow up.” Cute.

After Jessica Sanchez sings Pitbull’s, “Feel This Moment,” it was time to roll in the results. As expected, Jacoby and Karina finished in third place and the football star says he has never been pushed as hard in his training as he has been on the show.

Finally down to Kellie and Zendaya, the country singer was revealed as victorious over the Disney star. The blonde bombshell seemed shocked when she hears she’s the winner. “Oh my gosh! This is amazing!” Cue the confetti.