NEW YORK – The dance-off is over, voters have called in, and the fate of former pro football player Emmitt Smith and dimpled hunk Mario Lopez has been decided.

Now all viewers can do is wait until Wednesday night’s finale of ABC-TV’s “Dancing With the Stars” to find out the winner of this season’s championship.

Smith and Lopez had matching scores from the three-judge panel after performing three routines in Tuesday’s final showdown, so audience votes were the deciding factor.

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In the first round, both danced the samba to the same song — Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke” — to heaps of praise.

“What’s so great about you is you are the everyday man who became a dancer in 10 weeks,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Smith, flanked by his smiling professional dancer-partner Cheryl Burke.

Inaba was also wowed by Lopez and his partner, Karina Smirnoff, saying the intense duo appeared to be enjoying themselves on the dance floor for the first time.

Lopez and Smirnoff came back strong in round two, performing a crowd-pleasing repeat of their favorite Latin dance, the paso doble. “It was full of fire. It was full of passion,” gushed judge Len Goodman.

Backstage, Lopez did some gushing of his own. “What I’m going to miss the most is spending time with Karina,” he told co-host Samantha Harris, adding that Smirnoff had made him a “better man.”

Smith, who has retained his bulging biceps from his days as a pro football player, also generated heat during his second turn on the dance floor with Burke. “It looked like you’ve been doing this all your life,” judge Bruno Tonioli said of their lively mambo.

Round three — the freestyle — was the most fun to watch because Smith and Lopez weren’t scolded by the judges for being goofy and breaking the rules. Smith shuffled to MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This,” breaking into that old-school dance fad “the Running Man” and wearing loose black pants.

“You just put MC Hammer to shame out there,” Inaba said.

Lopez, he of the “I-know-I’m-sexy” smirk, was clearly born to bust a hip-hop move. “That was a hit parade on the dance floor! You ARE a true dance idol,” Tonioli declared after Lopez’s high-kicking routine, for which he earned a perfect score.

Both Smith and Lopez want to go home with the championship trophy and bragging rights.

“Keep voting,” Smith told viewers. “Just vote, vote, vote, vote, vote, vote.”

Reality Check: Is Mario Really Modest?

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Dancing with the Stars 3 runner-up Mario Lopez is not a happy dancer. And he’s somewhat annoyed that, even though he says he’s the better dancer, he lost to Emmitt Smith.

“I figure if this was truly a dance competition they would have voted for the better dancer,” he told The New York Post. “I would like to think the criteria was based solely on being the best dancer, and I thought we did enough to accomplish that.”

Despite saying that, he insists, “I’m not crying over spilled milk. If I was going to lose to someone, it couldn’t have been to a better guy than Emmitt Smith.”

Speaking of losing, the Post asks Mario about reports that the competition was fixed in favor of Emmitt Smith because Mario wasn’t going to participate in the tour. On Wednesday, Janet Charlton, who previously claimed Rock Star Supernova had decided upon its winner weeks in advance, wrote “that Emmitt Smith is set to win tonight, regardless of how the voting goes. Producers decided that Emmitt HAS to win because Mario, as you read here, has told them he will NOT be going on the Dancing with the Stars tour! They can’t have a tour without the winner, can they?”

Sadly, had Janet done her homework, she would have seen that Emmitt Smith is not touring, either. Joey Lawrence is, and we all know how far he made it in the competition.

Mario confirms that Janet Charlton’s report is crap, just like Dave Navarro said her earlier report was crap. “He’s not doing the tour, either. I don’t know of any conspiracies. … I think was sort of a ‘Rocky’ element, kind of the underdog thing.”

Update: Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell reprints a funny story about a chance encounter with Mario on the night the finale aired. Apparently, Mario was wandering the streets of L.A. with his driver during the actual broadcast on the West coast (although hours after the live finale had concluded). Maxwell’s correspondent, acting coach Lisa Maile, writes that she was walking “when a car pulls up & Mario Lopez & his driver get out at the market. … Obviously not watching his finals, (you could tell) he was so disappointed, & Art & I told him he was great & congratulated him. He wanted to talk & asked us genuinely if we thought the best dancer won & if he’d done anything to offend viewers. … He was so down to earth & sweet, I was charmed! Just seemed so strange he’d be alone while millions were watching him.”

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A FEMALE former Strictly Come Dancing star’s sex tape has been posted online.

In the video, which has been circulated on multiple websites, the star is fully aware she is being recorded.

1 A female Strictly star’s sex tape has leaked online

It’s not known how the footage was obtained or if police have been contacted about the leak.

The person in question has built her career on her family friendly persona, according to the Daily Star.

Reports say the footage features a female who took part in the show, but it’s not any of the past or present Strictly judges.

It comes after judge Darcey Bussell sensationally quit the show after becoming embarrassed by the show’s sleazy reputation.

The ballet legend, 49, was sick of the “soap opera” romance scandals such as Seann and Katya’s snog last year.

Darcey — on the show for seven years — also wanted a £40,000 pay rise and had become annoyed by flamboyant judge Bruno Tonioli’s theatrics.

The 49-year-old judge’s shock decision to end her decade-long association with the show stunned BBC bosses.

But sources say the ballet legend was sick of non-stop stories about romances between pro dancers and celebs such as the snogging scandal involving Seann Walsh and Katya Jones.

Darcey Bussell quits Strictly Come Dancing after seven years as a judge

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Dame Darcey also wanted a £40,000 pay rise to put her in line with other top judges, and a documentary series with the BBC.

A show insider said: “Darcey felt she deserved to be on par with the rest of the judges, especially after the recent series scored such high ratings.

She made it clear if her demands were not met, she’d walk. And despite the BBC’s best attempts to keep her, she remained true to her word.”

Darcey was also disgruntled at plans to make judges do more dancing in future because her background is ballet not ballroom.

And sources said she was annoyed by Bruno Tonioli’s theatrics, Craig Revel Horwood’s spats with fellow judges and the celebrity status of the pro dancers.

Darcey insisted she was “not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all”.

She’ll be replaced by Motsi Mabuse.

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Ben Cohen has been humiliated by the historical images (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Former Strictly star has been left ‘devastated’ after explicit footage of him and images from the footage surfaced online.

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The two-minute tape reportedly shows Ben, 38, alone and was reportedly filmed when he was single.

Addressing the images, a spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘A number of historical images of Ben, which are of a private nature and which were taken whilst he was single, were recently posted online. The matter is now in the hands of his lawyers and Ben and Kristina remain in a happy relationship.’

Ben Cohen is the victim of a sex tape leak (Picture: BBC)

A source added that he is worried the effect the release of the tape will have on his family:

The insider told The Sun: ‘He’s devastated. The video was filmed years ago. He’d forgotten all about.

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‘Not only is he worried about his reputation, he also has to think of his three girls who’ll one day be old enough to use the net.’

The footage was stolen and published without his knowledge.

Ben and Kristina have been together since 2013 (Picture: PA/Hello)

Ben is now in a relationship with Kristina Rihanoff, 39, having got together following his stint on Strictly in 2013. The pair had their first baby together, Milena, this summer.

Ben also has two daughters with ex-wife Abby Blayney, Isabelle and Harriette, twins aged eight.

Reps for Ben have been contacted by Metro.co.uk for comment.

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Here is a GIF of Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba falling out of her chair last night. It is great. Look at her face. I love it. Now, on to a story about sex.

According to a Fox News report, the celebrity contestants and the professional dancers they’re paired up with bone (industry term), like, all the time.

“When you have two single people in a room and you are spending so much time together, it’s natural to have chemistry and to be curious,” longtime pro Cheryl Burke tells The Post.

“All of a sudden you think you are in love because you are grinding on each other seven days a week.”

Backstage love connections happen “a lot more than people know,” pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy confirms.

Hmmm. Interesting, but not altogether surprising, I suppose. People have been sleeping with their co-workers, secretaries, and tennis coaches forever. It’s a matter of proximity as much as anything else. It’s certainly not ideal when it happens while one or both of the parties in question are already involved in a committed relationship, but it’s nothing to be shocked and horrified over like some flustered, gossip-y housewife. Right, breathless anonymous Dancing With the Stars inside source?

“They all fool around with each other,” the insider says. “The problem is that many of these people are married. It is disgusting!”

“I mean, first they kiss and touch each other’s butts, which is gross because butts are where poop comes from, but then — AND YOU WON’T EVEN BELIEVE THIS — the man puts his thing into her… you know. Her… … vajayjay. Why would he do that?! It’ll get all wet and slimy! I’ll tell you, I don’t know how people do it without throwing up right there. Just… ew. Ew.”

With a lineup of celebrities including a supermodel (Christie Brinkley), a former White House press secretary (Sean Spicer), a Bachelorette (Hannah Brown), pro-athletes from the NFL (Ray Lewis) and NBA (Lamar Odom), a Supreme (Mary Wilson), a country music star (Lauren Alaina) and a TV icon (James Van Der Beek) to name a few, Dancing with the Stars is waltzing its way into its highly anticipated upcoming 2019 season. The new celebrity season 28 cast is adding some glitzy bling to their wardrobe, breaking in their dancing shoes and readying themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, as the show kicks off MONDAY SEPT 16 8|7c on ABC. For the first time ever, viewers will have to tune in to the season premiere to find out with whom their favorite professional dancers are paired. This season also features the return of beloved pro Peta Murgatroyd, and two new professional ballroom dancers join the Dancing with the Stars fall 2019 cast. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

So who’s on Dancing with the Stars? As announced this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, the celebrities and professional dancers heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are the following:

Celebrities:

  • Lauren Alaina – country music star
  • Christie Brinkley – supermodel
  • Ally Brooke – pop star
  • Hannah Brown – The Bachelorette
  • Karamo Brown – TV host
  • Kate Flannery – TV star
  • Ray Lewis – NFL Hall of Famer
  • Kel Mitchell – comedian/actor
  • Lamar Odom – two-time NBA champion
  • Sean Spicer – former White House press secretary
  • James Van Der Beek – TV icon
  • Mary Wilson – The Supremes

Professional dancers:

  • Brandon Armstrong
  • Lindsay Arnold
  • Alan Bersten
  • Cheryl Burke
  • Witney Carson
  • Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Sasha Farber
  • Jenna Johnson
  • Daniella Karagach
  • Keo Motsepe
  • Peta Murgatroyd
  • Pasha Pashkov
  • Gleb Savchenko
  • Emma Slater

The Dancing with the Stars 2019 cast is revealed live on GMA!

LAUREN ALAINA – Platinum-selling country star Lauren Alaina’s critically acclaimed sophomore album, Road Less Traveled, landed on multiple Best Of lists including Billboard, Rolling Stone and Amazon, and it became the top-streamed female country album release of 2017. Praised as “full of life lessons and uplift” (PEOPLE), the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star includes Alaina’s first No. 1 smash, “Road Less Traveled,” the Top 25 hit “Doin’ Fine,” and the deeply personal and inspiring “Three.” Called an “audio delight” and “a big ol’ dance party,” the Georgia native’s latest, “Ladies in the ’90s,” pays homage to some of Alaina’s biggest female role models from Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Dixie Chicks to Britney Spears, TLC, Spice Girls and more. Following the release of Road Less Traveled, Alaina has received multiple nominations for the ACM Awards, CMA Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Radio Disney Awards and Billboard Music Awards, including taking home last year’s ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year Award and CMT Collaborative Video of the Year Award for “What Ifs,” the 4x platinum-selling No. 1 hit with childhood friend Kane Brown. Alaina is one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and she received her very first CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year with her No. 1 hit “Road Less Traveled.”

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CHRISTIE BRINKLEY – Supermodel, author and entrepreneur Christie Brinkley has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers worldwide. Brinkley is also an actress and recently returned in the Tony® Award-winning revival of the mega-hit musical Chicago as Roxie Hart. Combining her modeling experience with her artistic talents and diverse interests, Brinkley’s legendary career has been extraordinary and well-respected. She has been photographed in six continents and more than 30 countries around the world. A model for more than 30 years, and 45 years in the beauty industry, Brinkley was discovered by a photographer while studying art in Paris, France. Since then, she has become the first model to ever appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated for three consecutive years, with a fourth special issue cover. As a successful businesswoman, Brinkley has an exclusive line of organic Prosecco called Bellissima, from Treviso, Italy, which is quickly becoming one of the fastest-rising brands of Prosecco across the country.

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ALLY BROOKE – For as long as she can remember, Ally Brooke has been on a path to self-discovery. And now, with the singer having endured her share of detours, obstacles and unexpected challenges along the way, she’s finally tapped into her most honest and sincere spirit. “It’s an answered prayer,” says the preternaturally talented pop star who, after breaking out as a member of the multiplatinum pop group Fifth Harmony, signed with Atlantic Records in 2018 and is now preparing to release her solo debut album. Following years ceding her individual creative spirit to a group’s collective mission, Ally says she’s nothing short of ecstatic to at last paint her own portrait: a rich tapestry decorated with history and culture, passion and commitment. Many first met her as a solo contestant on The X Factor, and then as a member of the assembled group Fifth Harmony, but now, central to Ally’s palpable excitement about planting her own artistic flag is wielding artistic control over her future and, more specifically, shaping her signature sound. To that end, the singer spent an intense last year in the studio with some of the music world’s top songwriters and producers, together working tirelessly until she landed on a specific sound and style that moved her.

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HANNAH BROWN – Hannah Brown recently wrapped her memorable run as The Bachelorette in the show’s milestone 15th season on ABC, which soared to new ratings highs thanks to her genuine personality and dramatic season finale. As a fun country girl who is unapologetically herself, Brown first won over America on Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor. Now, she is ready to hit the ballroom floor and find a new type of love: dancing. Brown was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She went on to become Miss Alabama USA in 2018 and used her platform to help others. She became an advocate for those suffering from depression and anxiety, something she battled with during her teenage years.

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KARAMO BROWN – Three-time Emmy® Award Winner and culture expert on the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown is a “sympathetic talk therapist warped inside a life coach and zipped into a fast-fashion bomber jacket…” according to The New Yorker. ​ Lauded for his ease and natural comfort in relating to different types of people, Brown is tasked with making over the hearts and minds of the individuals they help on the show: by helping them to confront and grow beyond the internal and external issues holding them back. ​ His memoir, Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope, explores how the challenges in his own life have allowed him to forever transform the lives of those in need.​ Karamo’s podcast, Karamo, is an in-depth look at life’s thorniest issues where everyday people from around the world can call in and chat with Brown to receive direct advice or share their personal feelings on the everyday situations affecting their lives. The show also includes special interviews with Brown’s celebrity friends who share personal moments from their lives with him. ​ His upcoming children’s book, I Am Perfectly Designed, is an empowering ode to modern families, co-authored with his son Jason.

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KATE FLANNERY – Actor, comedienne and singer Kate Flannery is best known for her nine seasons as Meredith the drunk on NBC’s The Office. She has recently been seen on Young Sheldon on CBS and has been heard on Cartoon Network’s OK K.O.! and Steven Universe. She has guest starred on FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl, ABC’s American Housewife, Comedy Central’s Another Period, Hulu’s All Night and the FOX NFL pre-game show on Riggle’s Picks. Flannery was in the Tribeca Film Fest’s Tenured and Slow Learners, and in the critically acclaimed 4th Man Out on Netflix. She stars in the HBO short Emergency Contact, How to Get Girls, Dial a Prayer with William H. Macy and the Sundance hit Cooties with Elijah Wood. Flannery is currently singing with Jane Lynch in their anti-cabaret act Two Lost Souls, where they did a residency at The Carlyle Hotel in New York. Flannery is featured on Jane Lynch’s Christmas album A Swingin Little Christmas, which reached #6 on the Billboard Top 100 charts. She has toured with Lynch for the past four years, playing at the Kennedy Center, Joe’s Pub and in 40 cities over the past two years. Flannery’s original cult comedy lounge act, The Lampshades, plays comedy festivals and Hollywood regularly.

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RAY LEWIS – NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis’ life has been an amazing journey through extremes – from the impossible odds of a challenging childhood to playing 17 noteworthy years in the National Football League and his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2018. Lewis is widely considered to be one of the most dominant defensive players in the history of the NFL. He led the Baltimore Ravens to victory in Super Bowl XXXV, where he was named Super Bowl MVP, and again in Super Bowl XLVII, in what would be the final game of his career. The Hall of Famer is only the second player in NFL history to win both the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl MVP awards in the same year (2000). His 13 Pro Bowl selections are tied for the fifth-most in the NFL by any player and the most by a linebacker. He was named AP All-Pro 10 times and NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice (2000 and 2003). Today, Lewis is a New York Times bestselling author for his breakout memoir, I Feel Like Going On. He returns this fall for another season as a member of Showtime’s popular Inside the NFL.

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KEL MITCHELL – Kel Mitchell is a two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor, producer and stand-up comic hailing from the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois. Currently, Mitchell is executive producing and appearing in the new iteration of the beloved Nickelodeon series All That, bringing him full circle since he got his big break and won several awards for the original show. All That was Nickelodeon’s longest-running live-action series with 171 episodes across 10 seasons from 1994 to 2005. The franchise paved the way for a number of successful spinoffs, including Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show, The Nick Cannon Show and the feature-length film Good Burger, all of which cemented the show’s and Mitchell’s impact on pop culture. Additionally, Mitchell is the host of the heart-warming TV series Tails of Valor, which takes a look at true stories of service animals working to change people’s lives. The show airs on CBS Saturday mornings. He also recently starred as Double G, an impulsive and unpredictable billionaire rapper on Game Shakers. Other acting credits include TRU TV’s Friends of the People, Cartoon Network’s Loiter Squad, TV One’s Love That Girl, Disney Channel’s Liv & Maddie, as well as Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat and The Thundermans. Additionally, Mitchell wrote and directed the faith-based, anti-bullying film She Is Not My Sister, and also directed several music videos. When he is not acting, writing or directing, Mitchell speaks to youth across the country encouraging them to follow their dreams.

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LAMAR ODOM – Lamar Joseph Odom is an American professional basketball player. As a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA), he won NBA championships in 2009 and 2010, and was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2011. Odom played on the United States national team, winning a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics and a gold medal in the 2010 FIBA World Championship (known later as the World Cup). While married to Khloé Kardashian, Odom made several appearances on the reality television show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” He and Kardashian also had their own reality series, Khloé & Lamar. In October 2015, Odom fell into a coma and was hospitalized with life-threatening medical problems. He has since recovered from his health scare and obtained drug treatment. Present-day, Odom feels God kept him on this earth for a reason. He feels it is time to use his story to impact others and is now a professional speaker, traveling the world to inspire others with his breathtaking life story.

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SEAN SPICER – Sean Spicer’s political career began long before the former White House press secretary made his mark as one of the most recognized staffers in the Trump administration. Spicer built a decades-long career in Republican politics, witnessing and shaping the inner workings of Washington, D.C., from every vantage point: House of Representatives communicator, heading up incumbent retention at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, assistant U.S. trade representative in George W. Bush’s White House, chief strategist and director of communications at the Republican National Committee, top advisor to presidential campaigns and, of course, White House press secretary. Spicer made his way up through the ranks and has experience at every level in Washington. Few are as well-equipped as Spicer to pull back the curtain and dissect what’s really happening in the nation’s capital. Since leaving the White House, Spicer has become the founder and president of RigWil LLC, a strategic consulting firm that provides insights to C-suite corporate and association executives.

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JAMES VAN DER BEEK – James Van Der Beek is a writer, actor and producer who launched his acting career on the New York stage at age 16 to rave reviews in an original work by Edward Albee. He made his big-screen debut the following year in the movie Angus, but is perhaps best known for starring in the hit films Varsity Blues, the cult classic The Rules of Attraction and as the title character in the series Dawson’s Creek, which ran for six seasons and continues to syndicate around the globe. Most recently, Van Der Beek co-created, wrote, show-ran and starred in Vice’s first scripted series, What Would Diplo Do?, which scored over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. He portrayed Matt Bromley in the FX original series Pose from Ryan Murphy, which debuted to critical and commercial acclaim and was nominated for a Golden Globe®, Critics Choice and Gotham Awards, and won a GLAAD Award, AFI Award and a Peabody. Van Der Beek’s other television credits include HBO’s series Room 104, created by Jay and Mark Duplass; Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23, Friends with Better Lives, Criminal Minds, How I Met Your Mother and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, among many others. He is also the voice of Boris on Disney Junior’s hit animated series Vampirina. Van Der Beek has done a variety of work on the big screen, including the cult classic Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Backwards, Formosa Betrayed, Jason Reitman’s Labor Day and Alexander Payne’s Downsizing.

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MARY WILSON – A singer, bestselling author, motivational speaker, businesswoman, former U.S. Cultural Ambassador, wife, mother and grandmother, the legendary Mary Wilson continues to make great strides in her inevitable journey to greatness. Performing with the same passion as she did singing with the original Supremes, as well as with her solo career, the world-renowned performer is an advocate for social and economic challenges in the United States and abroad. Wilson uses her fame and flair to promote a diversity of humanitarian efforts including ending hunger, raising HIV/AIDS awareness and encouraging world peace. With no sign of slowing down, Wilson is getting ready to release her fourth book, Supreme Glamour, on Sept. 17, 2019. This highly anticipated coffee table book will showcase the gowns The Supremes were known for over the decades and delve into more history of the most successful female recording group of all time.

Wilson was honored at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, celebrating her work in music and her influence on young African Americans and entertainment. In 2021, she will also be celebrating the 60th anniversary of The Supremes. Her website is www.marywilson.com

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Hosted by two-time Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, Dancing with the Stars is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including head judge, Len Goodman, and dancers/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

Dancing with the Stars is produced by BBC Studios. Andrew Llinares is executive producer.

Dancing with the Stars 28
Presented By: Tom Bergeron
Erin Andrews
Judges: Carrie Ann Inaba
Len Goodman
Bruno Tonioli
Broadcast
Original Channel: ABC
Original Run: 16 September 2019
– 25 November 2019
Season Champions
Celebrity Winner: Hannah Brown
Professional Winner: Alan Bersten
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The twenty-eighth season of Dancing with the Stars premiered 16 September 2019 on ABC.

Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews returned as hosts. Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman returned as judges.

It is executive produced by Andrew Llinares, who previously produced Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.

On 25 November 2019, Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten were announced as the winners.

Development

The show’s renewal was announced 10 May 2019. The premiere date was announced 2 July 2019.

During an Upfronts press briefing on Tuesday (7 May) morning, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke revealed that “some really fun” changes to the show’s structure are on their way. Burke wasn’t able to offer specifics about the shake-ups, but she said Dancing’s producers are planning to “surprise and delight the audience in new ways,” while maintaining “the same show that everyone knows and loves.”

Burke added that Dancing is pursuing “bigger stars” than the show has previously cast, though the full lineup wasn’t revealed until late summer.

After a controversial 27th season, Llinares has announced that this season will introduce live voting, where viewers will see the results at the end of the episode. He promised that West Coast viewers will also still be allowed to vote. In Week 2, Tom announced on the show that the bottom two couples would be revealed at the end of the show and the judges would be able to save one of them.

Sharna Burgess reports that some of the creative control that the dancers had previously has been reassigned this season. Dancers no longer choose their costumes, set, or song.

Filming of promos began 13 August 2019.

Leah Remini returned as a guest judge for ABC’s “Cast from the Past” promotion in Week 4. Disney Night was 14 October. Halloween Night was 28 October. Emma Bunton was to appear with Joey Fatone as guest judges for Boy Band & Girl Group Night in Week 9; due to scheduling conflicts, Emma was unable to appear, so Joey guest-judged both sets of dances.

Tom tweeted 24 October that there would be a one-night finale on 25 November. Cher, Pitbull, and Ne-Yo performed in the finale.

Cast

Good Morning America tweeted 2 August 2019 that they would be announcing the first two celebrities on 5 August, but no such announcement happened in deference to other news over the weekend. Tom Bergeron tweeted 9 August that no announcements would come the following week either.

On 16 August, the show tweeted a pic with clues to one of the celebrities. Fans quickly deduced correctly that it was Karamo Brown. The cast was revealed 21 August on Good Morning America, but their professional partners were not announced.

During rehearsals for the premiere Christie Brinkley broke her arm and required surgery, rendering her unable to participate this season. Her daughter, Sailor Cook, took her place.

Professionals

Dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy returned. Peta Murgatroyd also returned for the first time since Season 25.

Twelve other professionals appeared in the GMA cast reveal, Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Keo Motsepe, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, and Emma Slater, but they themselves had not been told with which celebrities they would be dancing. Which of the fourteen pros would compete and who their partners would be was not revealed to the public until the premiere episode. Emma and Sasha each tweeted that they would discover their partners on Monday 26 August. On Monday 26 August, Ray Lewis announced that Cheryl Burke was his partner.

There was not a troupe this season. Tom revealed in a Sirius XM radio interview that Keo and Daniella would not have partners, but would perform much like the troupe, dancing in bumpers and group numbers and being available to fill in for ailing pros if necessary.

Couples

Celebrity Known for Professional Partner Result
Mary
Wilson
The Supremes
singer
Brandon
Armstrong
Eliminated 1st
on 23 September 2019
Ray
Lewis
Former
NFL player
Cheryl
Burke
Withdrew
on 30 September 2019
Lamar
Odom
NBA
player
Peta
Murgatroyd
Eliminated 2nd
on 7 October 2019
Sailor
Cook
Model Valentin
Chemrkovskiy
Eliminated 3rd
on 21 October 2019
Karamo
Brown
Actor Jenna
Johnson
Eliminated 4th
on 28 October 2019
Kate
Flannery
Actress Pasha
Pashkov
Eliminated 5th
on 4 November 2019
Sean
Spicer
Former White
House press secretary
Lindsay
Arnold
Eliminated 6th
on 11 November 2019
James Van
Der Beek
Actor Emma
Slater
Eliminated 7th
on 18 November 2019
Lauren
Alaina
American Idol
singer
Gleb
Savchenko
Fourth place
Ally
Brooke
Fifth Harmony
singer
Sasha
Farber
Third place
Kel
Mitchell
Comedian Witney
Carson
Second place
Hannah
Brown
Bachelorette
star
Alan
Bersten
Winner

Scoring Charts

Average Scoring Chart

This table only counts dances scored on a 30-point scale (scores by guest judges and those awarded in the dance-offs are excluded).

Rank by
average
Place Couple Total
points
Number
of dances
Average
1 3 Ally & Sasha 399 15 26.6
2 1 Hannah & Alan 384 15 25.6
3 2 Kel & Witney 382 15 25.5
4 5 James & Emma 326 13 25.1
5 4 Lauren & Gleb 371 15 24.7
6 7 Kate & Pasha 202 9 22.4
7 9 Sailor & Val 133 6 22.2
8 8 Karamo & Jenna 168 8 21.0
9 6 Sean & Lindsay 197 11 17.9
10 12 Mary & Brandon 32 2 16.0
11 11 Ray & Cheryl 30 2 15.0
12 10 Lamar & Peta 48 4 12.0

Highest- and Lowest-Scoring Performances

The best and worst performances in each dance according to the judges’ 30-point scale are as follows:

Dance Highest scored dancer(s) Highest score Lowest scored dancer(s) Lowest score
Cha-Cha-Cha Kel Mitchell
James Van Der Beek
24 Lamar Odom 12
Foxtrot James Van Der Beek
Lauren Alaina
27 Lamar Odom 11
Salsa Kel Mitchell 28 Sean Spicer
Lamar Odom
12
Tango Hannah Brown 29 Kel Mitchell
Sean Spicer
16
Rumba Lauren Alaina
Hannah Brown
27 Sailor Cook 18
Viennese Waltz Kel Mitchell 30 Lamar Odom 13
Paso Doble Ally Brooke 30 Sean Spicer 15
Quickstep Hannah Brown 29 Karamo Brown
Sean Spicer
19
Samba Ally Brooke 30 Kel Mitchell 20
Jive Ally Brooke 30 Karamo Brown 16
Argentine Tango Lauren Alaina 27 Kate Flannery
Sean Spicer
19
Jazz Ally Brooke
Kel Mitchell
30 Sean Spicer 20
Contemporary James Van Der Beek
Kel Mitchell
30 Karamo Brown 25
Team Dances Ally Brooke
Hannah Brown
James Van Der Beek
Lauren Alaina
27 Karamo Brown
Kate Flannery
Kel Mitchell
Sean Spicer
24
Charleston Ally Brooke 30
Freestyle Ally Brooke
Lauren Alaina
Hannah Brown
30 Kel Mitchell 29

Couples’ Highest- and Lowest-Scoring Performances

Scores are based upon a potential 30-point maximum.

Weekly Scores

Individual judges’ scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.

Week 1: Season Premiere

Performances

Opening Number Season 28 – Dancing with the Stars Hannah Brown’s Cha Cha – Dancing with the Stars Kel Mitchell’s Tango – Dancing with the Stars Kate Flannery’s Cha Cha – Dancing with the Stars Lamar Odom’s Foxtrot – Dancing with the Stars Lauren Alaina’s Cha Cha – Dancing with the Stars Sailor Brinkley-Cook’s Foxtrot – Dancing with the Stars Karamo Brown’s Salsa – Dancing with the Stars Ray Lewis’ Salsa – Dancing with the Stars Mary Wilson’s Foxtrot – Dancing with the Stars Ally Brooke’s Cha Cha – Dancing with the Stars Sean Spicer’s Salsa – Dancing with the Stars James Van Der Beek’s Tango – Dancing with the Stars
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Week 2: First Elimination

Judges’ votes to save

  • Inaba: Mary & Brandon
  • Goodman: Ray & Cheryl
  • Tonioli: Ray & Cheryl

James Van Der Beek’s Cha Cha – Dancing with the Stars 28 Sailor Brinkley-Cook’s Rumba – Dancing with the Stars 28 Ray Lewis’ Foxtrot – Dancing with the Stars 28 Ally Brooke’s Viennese Waltz – Dancing with the Stars Mary Wilson’s Cha Cha – Dancing with the Stars Lauren Alaina’s Paso Doble – Dancing with the Stars Sean Spicer’s Tango – Dancing with the Stars Karamo Brown’s Quickstep – Dancing with the Stars Kate Flannery’s Foxtrot – Dancing with the Stars Kel Mitchell’s Samba – Dancing with the Stars Lamar Odom’s Salsa – Dancing with the Stars Hannah Brown’s Viennese Waltz – Dancing with the Stars The First Elimination of Season 28 – Dancing with the Stars 28
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Week 3: Movie Night

  • Couples danced to songs from classic movies.
  • BB-8 appeared on stage with Tom to promote the new movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  • After Ray Lewis withdrew, Rashad Jennings appeared to dance Ray’s routine with Cheryl.

Movie Night Opening Number – Dancing with the Stars 28 Lauren Alaina’s Tango – Dancing with the Stars 28 Hannah Brown’s Rumba – Dancing with the Stars 28 Karamo Brown’s Jive – Dancing with the Stars 28 Ally Brooke’s Rumba – Dancing with the Stars 28 Rashad Jennings’ Cha Cha – Dancing with the Stars 28 James Van Der Beek’s Rumba – Dancing with the Stars 28 Kate Flannery’s Quickstep – Dancing with the Stars 28 Lamar Odom’s Cha Cha – Dancing with the Stars 28 Sailor Brinkley-Cook’s Tango – Dancing with the Stars 28 Kel Mitchell’s Rumba – Dancing with the Stars 28 Sean Spicer’s Cha Cha – Dancing with the Stars 28 Week 3 Elimination – Dancing with the Stars 28
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Week 4: Top 10

Individual judges’ scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Leah Remini, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.

Judges’ votes to save

  • Inaba: Karamo & Jenna
  • Tonioli: Karamo & Jenna
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Karamo & Jenna

Week 4 Opening Number – Dancing with the Stars 28 Sean Spicer’s Paso Doble – Dancing with the Stars 28 Ally Brooke’s Jive – Dancing with the Stars 28 Kel Mitchell’s Cha Cha – Dancing with the Stars 28 Kate Flannery’s Argentine Tango – Dancing with the Stars 28 James Van Der Beek’s Quickstep – Dancing with the Stars 28 Hannah Brown’s Paso Doble – Dancing with the Stars 28 Lamar Odom’s Viennese Waltz – Dancing with the Stars 28 Sailor Brinkley-Cook’s Cha Cha – Dancing with the Stars 28 Lauren Alaina’s Foxtrot – Dancing with the Stars 28 Karamo Brown’s Tango – Dancing with the Stars 28 Week 4 Elimination – Dancing with the Stars 28
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Week 5: Disney Night

  • For Disney Night, each couple performed one previously unlearned dance to a song from a Disney film.
  • No elimination took place.

Disney Night Opening Number – Dancing with the Stars Sailor Brinkley-Cook’s Viennese Waltz – Dancing with the Stars Karamo Brown’s Samba – Dancing with the Stars Kate Flannery’s Jazz – Dancing with the Stars Sean Spicer’s Quickstep – Dancing with the Stars Ally Brooke’s Contemporary – Dancing with the Stars Lauren Alaina’s Samba – Dancing with the Stars Kel Mitchell’s Jazz – Dancing with the Stars Hannah Brown’s Foxtrot – Dancing with the Stars James Van Der Beek’s Paso Doble – Dancing with the Stars Disney Night Frozen II Performance – Dancing with the Stars

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Week 6

Judges’ votes to save

  • Inaba: Ally & Sasha
  • Tonioli: Ally & Sasha
  • Goodman: Did not vote

Week 6 Opening Number – Dancing with the Stars Ally Brooke’s Quickstep – Dancing with the Stars Kate Flannery’s Viennese Waltz – Dancing with the Stars Kel Mitchell’s Quickstep – Dancing with the Stars Karamo Brown’s Contemporary – Dancing with the Stars Hannah Brown’s Samba – Dancing with the Stars Sailor Brinkley-Cook’s Jive – Dancing with the Stars Sean Spicer’s Viennese Waltz – Dancing with the Stars James Van Der Beek’s Samba – Dancing with the Stars Lauren Alaina’s Contemporary – Dancing with the Stars
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Week 7: Halloween Night

For Halloween Night, couples performed in costume to Halloween-themed songs. Each first performed one previously unlearned dance, then performed a Freestyle Team Dance.

Judges’ votes to save

  • Inaba: Karamo & Jenna
  • Tonioli: Kate & Pasha
  • Goodman: Kate & Pasha

Halloween Night Opening Number – Dancing with the Stars Kel Mitchell’s Jive – Dancing with the Stars James Van Der Beek’s Viennese Waltz – Dancing with the Stars Ally Brooke’s Tango – Dancing with the Stars Hannah Brown’s Jazz – Dancing with the Stars Karamo Brown’s Paso – Dancing with the Stars Lauren Alaina’s Argentine Tango – Dancing with the Stars Sean Spicer’s Jive – Dancing with the Stars Kate Flannery’s Rumba – Dancing with the Stars Team Trick – Dancing with the Stars Team Treat – Dancing with the Stars Halloween Night Elimination – Dancing with the Stars
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Week 8: Dance-Off Night

Couples performed one previously unlearned dance. James and Emma were granted two extra points and immunity based on cumulative judges’ scores, and the others danced-off in pairs in a Cha-Cha-Cha, Jive, or Salsa.

  • This week Sean danced with Jenna as Lindsay’s mother-in-law passed away and she was with her family.

Judges’ votes to save

  • Inaba: Ally & Sasha
  • Tonioli: Ally & Sasha
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Ally & Sasha

Dance-off

Sean Spicer’s Jazz – Dancing with the Stars Lauren Alaina’s Jive – Dancing with the Stars Kel Mitchell’s Salsa – Dancing with the Stars Ally Brooke’s Paso Doble – Dancing with the Stars Hannah Brown’s Quickstep – Dancing with the Stars Kate Flannery’s Jive – Dancing with the Stars James Van Der Beek’s Contemporary – Dancing with the Stars Immunity Dance Off Jive – Dancing with the Stars Immunity Dance Off Cha Cha – Dancing with the Stars Immunity Dance Off Salsa – Dancing with the Stars Week 8 Elimination – Dancing with the Stars
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Week 9: Boy Band & Girl Group Night

Individual judges’ scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Joey Fatone, Bruno Tonioli.

  • Once again Sean Spicer danced with Jenna Johnson in the absence of Lindsay Arnold.

Judges’ votes to save

  • Inaba: Lauren & Gleb
  • Tonioli: Lauren & Gleb
  • Goodman: Did not vote

Boy Band & Girl Group Night Opening Number – Dancing with the Stars James Van Der Beek’s Jive – Dancing with the Stars Sean Spicer’s Argentine Tango – Dancing with the Stars Hannah Brown’s Salsa – Dancing with the Stars Ally Brooke’s Samba – Dancing with the Stars Lauren Alaina’s Quickstep – Dancing with the Stars Kel Mitchell’s Paso Doble – Dancing with the Stars James Van Der Beek’s Jazz – Dancing with the Stars Hannah Brown’s Tango – Dancing with the Stars Sean Spicer’s Foxtrot – Dancing with the Stars Lauren Alaina’s Rumba – Dancing with the Stars Kel Mitchell’s Viennese Waltz – Dancing with the Stars Ally Brooke’s Jazz – Dancing with the Stars Boy Band & Girl Group Night Elimination
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Week 10: Semi-Finals

Each couple danced two rounds. In the first round, each couple repeated a dance with which they previously struggled; in the second, each performed a previously unlearned dance.

Judges’ votes to save

  • Inaba: Ally & Sasha
  • Tonioli: Ally & Sasha
  • Goodman: Did not vote, but would have voted to save Ally & Sasha

Semi-Finals Opening Number – Dancing with the Stars Lauren Alaina’s Paso Doble – Dancing with the Stars Kel Mitchell’s Tango – Dancing with the Stars Ally Brooke’s Viennese Waltz – Dancing with the Stars Hannah Brown’s Rumba – Dancing with the Stars James Van Der Beek’s Cha Cha – Dancing with the Stars Lauren Alaina’s Viennese Waltz – Dancing with the Stars Kel Mitchell’s Contemporary – Dancing with the Stars Ally Brooke’s Charleston – Dancing with the Stars James Van Der Beek’s Foxtrot – Dancing with the Stars Hannah Brown’s Contemporary – Dancing with the Stars Semi-Finals Elimination – Dancing with the Stars
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Week 11: Finale

Each couple performed their favorite dance of the season in the first round, then a freestyle in the second.

For the opening number, the remaining couples danced to “Last Dance” by Donna Summer. Pitbull and Ne-Yo performed “3 to Tango” and “Me Quedaré Contigo”. Cher performed “The Beat Goes On”. A sneak preview of The Bachelor showed Hannah Brown’s return to the show. Lionel Richie revealed the winner of the American Idol fan vote, Layla Spring. The cast of the Dancing with the Stars: Live! 2020 tour danced to Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know”.

Finale Opening Number – Dancing with the Stars Ally Brooke’s Jive – Dancing with the Stars Lauren Alaina’s Foxtrot – Dancing with the Stars Kel Mitchell’s Jazz – Dancing with the Stars Hannah Brown’s Viennese Waltz – Dancing with the Stars Ally Brooke’s Freestyle – Dancing with the Stars Lauren Alaina’s Freestyle – Dancing with the Stars Hannah Brown’s Freestyle – Dancing with the Stars Kel Mitchell’s Freestyle – Dancing with the Stars Season 28 Winner Revealed – Dancing with the Stars
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Trivia

  • The premiere date, 16 September, was a week before the official start of the broadcast season, when the rest of ABC’s fall shows premiere.
  • The premiere episode ended with a shot of the stars in the dance floor for deceased contestants Florence Henderson and Valerie Harper.
  • Emma Bunton was to be a guest judge for Boy Band & Girl Group Night in Week 9, judging the Girl Group dances, but did not appear due to scheduling conflicts. Instead, she taped a message to her friend Ally Brooke.
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Tonight was the night when “Dancing with the Stars” crowned its season 28 Mirror Ball champion. The show won’t be back in the spring, but fans may need that extra time just to recover from this season’s controversial surprises. So how did it all end? Find out below in our live blog with all the minute-by-minute developments as they happen.

It all came down to four celebs: country singer Lauren Alaina, pop star Ally Brooke, “Bachelorette” star Hannah Brown and former “All That” comedian and actor Kel Mitchell. But getting to those finalists was a long and winding road, which included shocking early eliminations of contestants like Sailor Brinkley-Cook, a certain former White House propagandist long overstaying his welcome, and then front-runner James Van Der Beek getting the axe in the Semi-Finals. It all makes the upside-down Bobby Bones season look tame by comparison.

There were two rounds of competition before a winner was announced. In the first round the contestants repeated their favorite dance from earlier in the season: Alaina danced the foxtrot again, Brooke revisited her jive, Brown re-did the Viennese waltz and Mitchell performed another jazz routine. The second round, of course, was the long-awaited freestyle routines where the rules went out the window and the celebs could express themselves however they and their pro partners saw fit.

The night also featured musical performances from Cher, Pitbull and Ne-Yo. So what did you think of the finale? Are you sad to see it go until next fall (at the earliest), or relieved that it’s finally over? Follow along below starting at 8:00pm (times listed are Eastern).

Cordell Martin, 8:00pm — I’m rooting for Kel, but expecting a win for Hannah.

Jeffrey Kare, 8:01pm — I have a feeling Kel and Whitney are going to win, but we’ll see.

FAVORITE DANCES ROUND

Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber (Jive)

Daniel Montgomery, 8:04pm — I feel bad for the position Ally was put in last week, being in the bottom two again and sent to the finale over James Van Der Beek. She was in jeopardy three different times this season and always saved by the judges, but she absolutely deserves to be there.

DM, 8:07pm — Great start, loved those flicks and kicks, great rhythm and energy.

JK, 8:07pm — Ally and Sasha really just kicked off the finale with a huge bang!

CM, 8:08pm — Ally isn’t playing tonight. She really has to pull out all the stops tonight to get those fans votes.

JUDGES — Len Goodman tells Ally, “You have done your chances no harm at all.” Bruno Tonioli said, “That’s how you start a show, in top gear … full throttle, going for maximum effect … You succeeded on every level.” And Carrie Ann Inaba says that dance is why Ally is here tonight in the finale.

DM, 8:10pm — I love that James is there. I hope he gets to do something nice in the finale.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Bruno (10) — TOTAL: 30 out of 30

JK, 8:11pm — And already, we have a perfect score tonight.

CM, 8:13pm — Well deserved.

Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko (Foxtrot)

DM, 8:15pm — Lauren was stunned last week when they announced she was going to the finale. She looked like she was sure she was a goner. Out of the final four, she’s the one who still needs to watch her technique the most, but she’s been a delight. She’s performing her Dolly Parton “Jolene” foxtrot again, connecting to her country roots again.

CM, 8:17pm — I love Lauren’s personality, wish she was paired with a different pro LOL.

JK, 8:18pm — Well, I at least found her routine with Gleb just now to be quite lovely.

CM, 8:19pm — She really softens Gleb up,

DM, 8:19pm — I thought it looked a tiny bit slow in places, but overall lovely.

JUDGES — Bruno thinks she “brings the character to life.” He likes her “commitment to the storytelling,” and her balance has improved. But Carrie Ann didn’t think she wasn’t as open emotionally as usual. She wants Lauren to let it all out for her freestyle and not hold anything back. Len thought it was “well done.”

JK, 8:21pm — How rude of them to almost skip Len’s comments.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (9), Len (9), Bruno (9) — TOTAL: 27 out of 30

DM, 8:22pm — Erin accidentally called Ally by Lauren’s name. Then they almost skip Len’s comments. And the set falls apart. This season in a nutshell LOL.

JK, 8:23pm — That’s the thing with live television, anything can happen.

Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson (Jazz)

DM, 8:26pm — Kel has improved a lot this season, and he’s got a secret weapon: Witney is the only pro in the finals who has won a Mirror Ball Trophy before, and she has choreographed killer freestyles. She even got an Emmy nomination for her choreography the season she won with Alfonso Ribeiro, so she could give him a winning routine at the end of the night. He’s re-doing his “High School Musical” jazz number, which was a stylistically looser routine, so this should be nothing short of solid at the very least.

DM, 8:30pm — A+ routine, solid B+ performance. I liked it a lot.

JK, 8:30pm — Kel and Whitney really know how to bring on the energy.

JUDGES — Carrie Ann thought it was better the second time, and he makes it look easy while being spot-on with his movements. Len thought he was “terrific” and “the leader of the pack.” Bruno called it “life-affirming,” and it’s “beautiful” the way he interprets the music through his body.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Bruno (10) — TOTAL: 30 out of 30

DM, 8:32pm — Okay, I think every non-Lauren dancer is just gonna get automatic 10s tonight.

JK, 8:35pm — Of course ABC would to give a plug-in to “The Bachelor,” one of their current flagship reality shows.

CM, 8:36pm — Yeah the fix is in LOL, Hannah’s going to win.

Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten (Viennese Waltz)

DM, 8:38pm — “The ‘Bachelorette’ star, who should consider Tinder,” says Tom Bergeron, introducing Hannah’s package a few minutes after teasing Hannah’s appearance in the next season of “The Bachelor.” I really like Hannah and think she might be the best technical dancer in the final four, but that made her journey on “DWTS” this season seem more manufactured. She’s probably gonna kill this Viennese waltz, though.

JK, 8:41pm — That was breathtaking!

DM, 8:41pm — Okay, credit where it’s due,, I do think that was the best dance of the first round.

CM, 8:42pm — Yes, I will give her that.

JUDGES — Len thought the footwork was “suspect” here and there, but he loved the sweep across the flow. Bruno thought she was “radiant,” but there was a little “incident.” Carrie Ann disagrees with the others, calling it her “best dance of the season.”

DM, 8:43pm — I think the judges are nitpicking her in a way they aren’t with the other dancers tonight.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (9), Bruno (9) — TOTAL: 28 out of 30

CM, 8:46pm — Interesting.

DM, 8:46pm — I feel like the judges have decided who the 10 dancers are and who the 9 dancers are and are deciding their critiques backwards from that, because I thought Hannah’s dance was certainly a 10 if Kel’s was.

CM, 8:47pm — I agree.

JK, 8:47pm — At least Carrie Ann was able to give Hannah a 10.

DM, 8:47pm — Yeah, I’m with Carrie Ann on this one.

CM, 8:48pm — They should’ve given them new routines.

CM, 8:56pm — So when is Pitbull going to become a contestant? LOL

JK, 8:56pm — Maybe next season (assuming we get one)?

DM, 8:57pm — It does seem like he comes by to perform or guest judge every other season or so. He’s such a ballroom tease LOL.

FREESTYLE ROUND

Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber

DM, 9:00pm — Before the start of the round, Tom introduced champions Emmitt Smith, Bobby Bones, and Jordan Fisher in the audience — one of those things is not like the others LOL. But I’m really looking forward to seeing what Sasha can do with Ally without any choreographic restrictions. Their Charleston last week was already super ambitious.

JK, 9:04pm — For Ally and Sasha’s last hurrah, I thought they absolutely killed it!

CM, 9:04pm — Her best performance!

DM, 9:04pm — I LOVE that they leaned into her Latin heritage with that Gloria Estefan number. There was one lift that looked super awkward, but I thought they threw everything at the wall with that one and nailed about 90% of it.

JUDGES — Bruno exlaims, “Unleash the star power! … It was a showstopper.” Carrie Ann adds, “I have never seen anything like that … You are such an explosive performer.” Len thought it was “high-energy” and “fast-paced,” and that “the music was recreated in every movement.”

DM, 9:06pm — With all those lifts, Ally kinda gives me Kelly Monaco vibes.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Bruno (10) — TOTAL: 30 out of 30

DM, 9:07pm — Another perfect night for Ally: 60 out of 60 for the night.

JK, 9:07pm — Two well-deserved perfect scores for her tonight!

Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko

DM, 9:14pm — “It’s really bittersweet that it’s almost over,” says Lauren about her last dance with Gleb. She’s even making him cry with her appreciation. I didn’t even know he had tear ducts. He says he’s “a better teacher and a better human being” after partnering with Lauren, and it looks like he might be right.

CM, 9:16pm — Oh wow, Gleb is showing some emotion.

CM, 9:18pm — That was cute.

DM, 9:19pm — Whole lotta fun from Lauren. Still not the strongest technique, but a fun way to showcase her personality.

CM, 9:19pm — Ally’s was better

DM, 9:19pm — Agreed.

JK, 9:19pm — While Lauren and Gleb started off pretty good, they at least ended with a terrific finish.

JUDGES — “This was the perfect freestyle for you,” says Carrie Ann. “That was a great end to this beautiful chapter.” Len liked that she “paid homage” to her roots. Bruno called it “happy hour at Lauren’s saloon,” and he especially enjoyed the line dancing.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Bruno (10) — TOTAL: 30 out of 30

DM, 9:21pm — And watch Hannah still not get a perfect score. This means Lauren actually got a 10 from Len before her, which is surprising given their trajectories this season.

Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten

DM, 9:28pm — I hope Alan brings something energetic or emotional out of Hannah. Her biggest drawback has been connecting emotionally to her dances, and if there were ever a time for Hannah unleashed it’s now.

CM, 9:32pm — Yeah this a no for me.

DM, 9:32pm — I love that Carrie Ann criticized her for giving a cheerleader performance, and they kinda put a cheerleader routine into the middle of this one. I liked some of that performance, but I still think Ally’s freestyle was the best by far out of the three.

JK, 9:33pm — I thought Hannah and Alan’s final performance was on fire (pun intended)!

JUDGES — Len was “caught unawares.” He’s used to her performing with lyrical movements, but this time she was “sharp” and “crisp” and “great.” Bruno said it went from the “dramatic to the acrobatic to the sexy … It was superb.” And Carrie Ann says Hannah is living her best life: “That was a victorious freestyle.” There was one little stumble, but the rest of the performance made up for it.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Bruno (10) — TOTAL: 30 out of 30

DM, 9:35pm — This means there won’t be a Mirror Ball champ without at least one perfect score this season. They’ve all gotten at least one.

CM, 9:35pm — My rankings so far: Ally, Lauren, Hannah.

Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson

DM, 9:39pm — So far I think the door is wide open for a Kel win. He has the personality and the natural rhythm for a great freestyle, and Witney is a killer choreographer. Plus, he’s giving the last performance of the night, so they’re setting him up nicely for a potential victory.

JK, 9:43pm — What a way to bring the house down on this season!

DM, 9:43pm — Not as much going on as Ally’s freestyle, but played to his strengths better than Ally’s. I’d say they had easily the better two freestyles tonight. Witney did a GREAT job of playing to Kel’s strengths.

CM, 9:43pm — I think Kel is the new winner of “DWTS.”

JUDGES — “What a ride!” says Bruno. He loved the final “exhilarting” acceleration of the routine. Carrie Ann adds, “My inner Fly Girl is so happy” with that ’90s throwback routine. Len thought it was too similar to their first dance of the night. Everyone boos. Emmitt Smith is ready to throw down.

DM, 9:45pm — Devil’s advocate: Len’s not wrong about the two routines being similar. It’s because Kel is a better hip-hop dancer than a ballroom dancer, which has been my problem with him this season.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (9), Bruno (10) — TOTAL: 29 out of 30

CM, 9:47pm — Yeah he should’ve went with a different dance for the first round.

DM, 9:47pm — I would have reversed it: the freestyle should have gotten a perfect score, but the jazz dance shouldn’t have.

CM, 9:49pm — I’m really curious as to who’s going to win.

JK, 9:50pm — Me too.

DM, 9:50pm — It’ll be interesting, though. We all thought the ’90s nostalgia winner would be James Van Der Beek, but it might be Kel. Boy would I have liked to see a Van Der Beek freestyle. He would have slayed.

RESULTS

DM, 9:55pm — They had better reveal the rankings and not just the winner, unlike last season when we had to figure it out after the fact.

DM, 9:56pm — OMG, Ally’s reaction to Gloria Estafan’s message — I don’t think she cares about the Mirror Ball anymore.

DM, 9:57pm — The couple in fourth place is … Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko. The couple in third place are Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber. Not too surprise in either case.

DM, 9:59pm — The winners of “DWTS” are … Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten! Also not too surprising since they were never in the bottom two, so we knew Hannah had the support from viewers. This also means Alan Bersten wins his first Mirror Ball Trophy on only his fourth season as a pro. Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson, therefore, finish second.

FINAL RESULTS

Mirror Ball Champion: Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten

2nd Place: Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson

3rd Place: Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber

4th Place: Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko

It’s no secret that, even with budget cuts, that the celebrities participating on “Dancing With the Stars” can make a killing, but what about the pro dancers that teach them how to become dancers? According to reports, the professional dancers also take home a nice paycheck on the ABC series.

It’s generally unknown what exactly the pros make, but the salary has previously been revealed as being decent enough to occasionally convince pros who have otherwise left the show to come back. When Maks Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd both returned for Season 24, it was reported that they did come back because the pay was too good to pass up as they began raising their newborn son, Shai.

“Having a kid is not cheap and doing the show gives them a lot more financial freedom,” a source told People at the time. “Maks had concerns that being a dad would consume his whole life but since Shai arrived, he and Peta both realized they can handle the show and being parents too.”

While Maks is not returning to the show, Peta will be back for Season 28, meaning the pay may have once again been enticing, though what in particular she is making could be different from previous seasons.

“…Contracts are renegotiated each season, and obviously there’s going to be pay increases based on longevity and other factors,” Gossip Cop reported a few years ago.

According to The Reel Rundown, pro salaries could range widely, with more popular veteran ones earning as much as $5,200 a week, with newer additions to the cast making a much lower amount. Overall, if those figures are correct, then pro dancers could make close to $100,000 per season.

Regardless of what exactly they make, the show has undergone a series of budget cuts ahead of Season 28, which included a downgrade in what the celebrities can earn depending on how long they last on the show, but also made some changes necessary when it came to the pros. The show has eliminated the troupe dancers and did not ask veterans Artem Chigvintsev and Sharna Burgess back, choosing to introduce new pros Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov instead.

It’s unclear if finances were the reason for Artem and the Troupe being cut, but it has been reported that Sharna is sitting at least this season out due to constraints, as she was the highest-paid female pro last season, after renegotiating her contract prior to at least Season 27 to be paid more than the other girls.

“Dancing With the Stars” Season 28 premieres tonight at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.

STUART, Fla. – The contestants have been selected for the 2019 Dancing with the Martin Stars cast, each of whom will put their skills to test to raise funds for the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition.

Contenders will be paired with a dancing pro to sharpen their skills while raising funds for pregnant women and babies in Martin County. The annual not-to-be-missed event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at The Lyric Theatre, where one lucky competitor will be awarded the coveted mirror ball trophy.

This year’s star-studded casts features local business owners, educators and parents all with one thing in common – the drive to support healthy pregnancies and birth outcomes throughout our community.

Competing for the mirror ball trophy are Laura Crawford, the co-owner and director of Coastal Detox in Stuart, Maggie Slobasky, a wife and mother to four boys, Kimberly Brisky, Learning & Organizational Development Educator at Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, Amy Snow, account manager at Red Hawk Fire and Security, Dean Lopes, president of Audio Visual Guy, Fabi Gonzalez, trainer at Sailfish Point Country Club, Eddie Arguelles, real estate broker at Engel & Volkers Jupiter and David Bradford, husband and father to three sweet kids.

Each dancer will square off with their professional partner after five-months of training. They’ll take on dance styles ranging from the Cha Cha to the Waltz.

“Our dancers never fail to put on a great show,” said Samantha Suffich, chief executive officer of Martin County Healthy Start Coalition. “Their passion and commitment to women and infants is unparalleled, and we are so grateful for their dedication and support. I can’t wait to see them on stage this year!”

Last year, contestants raised a record of $160,207. The overall winner, George Gozdz along with his partner Marianella Tobar, raised $31,289 and received a perfect ten dance score.

Dancing with the Martin Stars first began in 2011 and has raised $931,929.87 to date. This year, organizers are ready to pass the one-million dollars raised mark – all to support healthy babies.

Martin County Healthy Start Coalition works to ensure that every Martin County baby is born healthy. They offer a variety of programs to support that mission, including healthy start screening, care coordination services, , childbirth and pregnancy education, Beds 4 Babies, lactation support and family planning education. They also operate the Prenatal Outreach Center in Port Salerno, an invaluable resource for expectant mothers and babies to get the care and support they need.

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