Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe is in the running for the mirrorball trophy on tonight’s finale of Dancing with the Stars. Partnered with Artem Chigvintsev, she has often been among the top of the leaderboard, likely due to her dance background growing up.
Bristowe has been vocal about her desire to appear in the dancing competition, claiming that Bachelor Nation creator Mike Fleiss prevented her from participating after her season of The Bachelorette. Stars of the dating franchise are frequent participants, with Melissa Rycroft and Hannah Brown even winning.
Her dream came true when appearing on The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons – Ever!
“I have a very, very real question for you Kaitlyn, and this is a question I am so excited to ask you, because well, your life is about to change and I’m not joking,” said Bachelor host Chris Harrison. “Kaitlyn, will you be on the next season of Dancing with the Stars?”
Check out her finale performances below:
Their First Performance Was a Repeat
For the finale, each celebrity and their professional partner had to choose one of their previous dances they’ve performed throughout the season. Bristowe and Chigvintsev chose to repeat their Argentine tango to Britney Spear’s “Toxic” from Icons Week. At the time, the performance earned a perfect score.
“I’m so glad you chose to do this dance again, because this was the dance where you went from being an amazing dancer to being an unforgettable, exquisite… I can’t even find the words right now,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba during her critique. She commended Bristowe for pushing herself before declaring the performance one of her three favorite dances “of all time.”
Bristowe and Chigvintsev scored 30 out of 30.
They Performed a Freestyle Dance for Their Last Performance
Bristowe was able to live out her Moulin Rouge fantasies with her second performance of the night. After descending to the dancefloor, she and partner Chigvintsev danced to “Sparkling Diamond” from the film.
Prior to the performance, Chigvinstev told Entertainment Tonight, “We’re definitely incorporating a section of very much, like, theater and jazz special. Definitely incorporating some Charleston, incorporating some lifts. It’s like a big shebang number.”
He added, “It’s supposed to be the finale ending to the whole season, you know. And that’s what I want this number to be, just like the closing of this whole journey.”
For their last performance of the season, they were able to score all 10s, bringing her finale total to a 60 out of 60.
Did Bristowe Win the Mirrorball Trophy?
In the final moments of the Dancing with the Stars finale, host Tyra Banks dropped the lights and read out the season 29 winner.
Before narrowing it down to the final two of the season, Banks revealed Nelly and Machado finished third and fourth respectively. Then, Banks read Bristowe’s name from the card crowning her the winner of the mirrorball trophy as confetti was released.