Tonight was the grand finale of Dancing With the Stars 2015 and the winner was … Bindi Irwin.
The couple announced as being in third place was Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold, which made Bindi Irwin and Nick Carter the top two contestants.
The opening number was unlike any other as the show took over The Grove in California and filled it with holiday decor and stages. All the cast members from season 21 returned and gave performances with the exception of Tamar Braxton who is still recovering from blood clots and pneumonia. Chaka Khan and Andy Grammer each performed musical numbers and Mark Ballas’ girlfriend BC Jean did as well. Grammer and Khan sang individually and later came together to sing a holiday number. Nick Carter also performed his latest single “I Will Wait.” Kim Zolciak returned to perform an I Dream Of Jeannie routine, Gary Busey danced again, Carlos PenaVega gave us some more Magic Mike and Alexa PenaVega performed her Breaking Bad set.
There was also some big news tonight from former longtime judge Len Goodman who announced that he’ll be returning to the show next season. In addition, it was announced that second runner-up Alek Skarlatos has joined the cast of the Dancing With the Stars Live tour.
Check out a clip of the opening performance below.
Finally, the three finalists performed their fusion dances, which they only had 24 hours to learn. Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess were up first with a tango fusion routine and it was incredible, scoring 10’s across the board. Next up was Alek Skarlatos who also did well with a tango fusion. Judge Bruno Tonioli said his hip work had improved though he had a little bit of issues with his nerves. As a results, Skarlatos earned all 9’s. Lastly, was Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough who rocked the dance floor as always. It was energetic and emotional.