‘DWTS’ Finale Recap: Xochitl Gomez Named Season 32 Winner
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Dancing with the Stars returned on Tuesday night for the Season 32 finale, as the remaining five couples performed two dances each — a redemption dance, and a Freestyle. At the end of the night, Xochitl Gomez and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy were announced as the winners of the Len Goodman Mirrorball trophy.
Xochitl Gomez, Val Chmerkovskiy Named DWTS Season 32 Winners
At the end of the night, Xochitl Gomez and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy were announced as the winners of the Len Goodman Mirrorball trophy. In second place were Jason Mraz and Daniella Karagach, followed by Ariana Madix and Pasha Pashkov in third, Charity Lawson and Artem Chigvintsev in fourth, and Alyson Hannigan and Sasha Farber in fifth.
This is Val’s third time winning the Mirrorball in his time on DWTS. Between last week’s Semifinals and this week’s Finals, he and Xochitl had a perfect combined score of 120 out of 120. On Tuesday, they performed a redemption Foxtrot to “Unconditionally” by Katy Perry and a show-stopping Freestyle to “Que Calor” by District 78.
During the finale, judge Derek Hough described Xochitl as the “epitome of grace and fluidity,” while Bruno Tonioli called her an “outstanding talent.”
Finalists Deliver Powerhouse Freestyle Routines
Tuesday’s episode featured some seriously awesome Freestyle routines from the finalists. Charity Lawson and her partner Artem Chigvintsev kicked things off with a routine set to “Lose My Breath” by Destiny’s Child that incorporated some high-flying cheerleading moves. It earned a perfect score of 30 out of 30.
Next up, Jason Mraz and his partner Daniella Karagach performed an energetic routine to “Happy” by C2C. Judge Bruno Tonioli called it “out of this world.” The routine earned another perfect score of 30 out of 30.
Ariana Madix and her partner Pasha Pashkov delivered a sexy Freestyle to “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé and “Level Up” by Ciara. Derek Hough called Ariana “the main character.” The routine earned a perfect 30 out of 30.
Meanwhile, Alyson Hannigan and her partner Sasha Farber danced a romantic Freestyle to “Enchanted” by Taylor Swift, followed by a saucy routine to “Papi” by Jennifer Lopez. Alyson earned a score of 28 out of 30, including her first 10 of the season from Tonioli.
Special Guests Perform During the Finale
Tuesday’s season finale featured a few guest appearances from DWTS favorites of seasons past. That includes Season 31 winner Charli D’Amelio and her partner Mark Ballas. They delivered an amazing performance, and co-host Julianne Hough congratulated Ballas on his new baby with wife BC Jean.
Later, Hough and her co-host Alfonso Ribeiro performed a Christmas-themed routine to “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” Ribeiro was joined by his former pro partner Witney Carson, while Hough danced with her Season 5 partner Hélio Castroneves. The performance also featured appearances from past winners Hannah Brown and Rashad Jennings.
The finale also featured a performance from finalist Jason Mraz, who sang his song “I Feel Like Dancing,” accompanied by a colorful routine by the show’s pro dancers. Judge Derek Hough even got in on the fun.
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