Season 29 of Dancing With the Stars came to an end tonight with a two-hour finale, with one celebrity and their professional dance partner crowned the season champions and winners of the coveted mirror ball trophy.
What happened during the DWTS season 29 finale, and who won? Read on to find out!
BEWARE OF SPOILERS BELOW. Scroll to the end of the article for the finale results.
‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 29 Finale Recap
With one night left in the live season 29 competition, the four finalist couples remaining were Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev, Justina Machado and Sasha Farber, Nev Schulmann and Jenna Johnson, and Nelly and Daniella Karagach.
Heading into the finale, the finalist leaderboard from last week’s semifinals was as follows:
– Kaitlyn and Artem: 60 points out of 60.
– Nev and Jenna: 60 points out of 60.
– Justina and Sasha: 58 out of 60.
– Nelly and Daniella: 56 out of 60.
The finale opened with a socially-distanced group number from the season’s competing pros before introducing host Tyra Banks to the stage.
Following a montage video of their highs and lows throughout the competition, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev performed a revamped version of their favorite dance of the season. They chose to repeat the Argentine tango to “Toxic” by Britney Spears. The dance earned them a standing ovation, and Inaba praised the dance as one of her top 3 favorite dances of all time. They earned a perfect 30 out of 30 from the judges.
Nelly and Daniella Karagach chose to revisit their favorite dance of the season, the samba to “Rhythm of the Night.” The judges’ complimented his progress throughout the season and how much fun he has every time he takes the stage; the dance earned them 27 points out of 30.
Nev Schulmann and Jenna Johnson chose to repeat their Black Swan-inspired paso doble from “Villains Night” (this time with a fully shaved chest on Nev to commemorate his spot in the finals). The judges said the dance, which earned them a perfect score the first time around, was once again “perfection” – they got a 30 out of 30.
Closing out round one of the finale performances were Justina Machado and Sasha Farber. They danced an updated version of their favorite dance of the season: the Cha-Cha to “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. The dance was the first she tackled on the show, and she wanted to perform it for the finale to show how far she’s come through the season. They got a 30 out of 30 from the judges.
In a tribute to the season and his biggest dance heroes, judge Derek Hough took the stage for a dynamic solo performance.
Before their last dance of the season, Nelly and Daniella reflected on the brother-sister relationship that they developed as dance partners. Nelly said they were going to go “all-out” for their freestyle. Embodying Bonnie and Clyde, the number opened with “Savage” before transitioning to “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G. Inaba praised the number’s blending of hip-hop, ballroom, and Latin dance, and she said it gave her hope for the future. The number earned them 30 points out of 30.
Kaitlyn and Artem‘s freestyle was set to one of her favorite songs, “Sparkling Diamonds” from Moulin Rouge. The judges loved how cinematic the content-filled number was, and gave her a 30 out of 30.
Nev and Jenna gave an old Hollywood and Broadway-inspired freestyle performance to “Singin’ in the Rain,” in celebration of their partnership and time spent dancing together throughout the season. Jenna said that she lost some of her love for dance over the past few years, but re-found it partnered with Nev. They got a 30 out of 30 for their dance.
The final dance of the season was Justina and Sasha‘s freestyle, which they danced to “Let’s Get Loud.” Hough said “I couldn’t think of a better freestyle to end this season,” and Inaba said it was a celebration of Justina, her confidence, and her culture. They got a 30 out of 30 for the dance.
Before it was time to reveal the finale results, Nelly sang a medley of some of his biggest hits while Daniella danced with her husband and fellow DWTS pro dancer Pasha Pashkov.
The Winners of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 29 Are…
… Kaitlyn Bristowe & Artem Chigvintsev!
Finally, after 2 hours of incredible performances, it was time to find out who won season 29. Here are the results:
– 4th Place: Justina Machado and Sasha Farber
– 3rd Place: Nelly and Daniella Karagach
– 2nd Place: Nev Schulmann and Jenna Johnson
– 1st Place: Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev
Bristowe is the second Bachelorette alum in a row to win Dancing With the Stars. Hannah Brown won season 28 with Alan Bersten last year.
The season 29 finale of Dancing With the Stars airs on Monday, November 23 at 8/7c on ABC.