‘Dancing With the Stars’ Awards Its 24th Mirrorball Trophy

Normani Kordei Rashad Jennings David Ross
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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read on unless you’ve seen the “Dancing With the Stars” Season 24 finale, which aired May 23 on ABC.

One couple just danced their way to victory.

After a season full of shocking send-homes, “Dancing With the Stars” awarded its mirrorball trophy to winner Rashad Jennings and his partner Emma Slater Tuesday night. They beat fellow finalists David Ross and Lindsay Arnold, and Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy in order to win Season 24 of the ABC staple.

Jennings joins a line of NFL players who have won the dancing competition, including Donald Driver, Hines Ward, and Emmitt Smith. It was the first win for pro dancer Emma Slater. Had Ross won, he would’ve been the first MLB player to take the title.

Kordei’s Fifth Harmony bandmates Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui were all in the audience for the live finale and visibly disappointed by the results. Kordei’s third place finish matched her result on “The X-Factor.”

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The finale had special appearances from past eliminated contestants — including the controversially cut short Simone Biles and Heather Morris. In addition to crowning a winner, all three finalists also performed fusion dances that combined two of the styles they learned throughout the ten-week competition.

Musical guests included TLC, Lady Antebellum, Hailee Steinfeld, and One Republic.

“Dancing With the Stars” will return for Season 25 this September on ABC.

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  1. patricia c. byrne says:

    It’s about time DWTS returned to its roots: take a celebrity who has never before danced and turn that celebrity into a dancer. Of the three finalists, the two who came in 1st and 2nd, they are the ones who fit the concept of the show. Allowing those guidelines, either one could have won, and won fair & square. Why does everything have to be about race? Normani is indeed a beautiful woman and a fabulous dancer. Therein is the problem. She is a singer in a girl group, a professional entertainer with seasoned stage presence who learns dance routines for her show; this is how the woman makes her living. To be sure, that is an unfair advantage over all of the other DWTS contestants. Finally, the fans and voters got it right: vote for the most improved celebrity who came in not knowing how to dance and who ended up turning in bravo, twinkle-toe performances. One can only hope that in the future, the PTB at DWTS will remember the true concept of the show and not bring in as competition celebrities who already dance for a living.

  2. kem says:

    So disgusted with the voting system on DWTS! Popularity is not a TALENT! Normani will always be the winner in my eyes. Just because she’s a member of a singing group doesn’t mean she’s skilled in Ballroom Dance. I’m so sick and tired of the hypocrisy from these voters. Why are these people so afraid of giving beautiful black women, who put in the hard work, a chance to shine?

  3. Tamika Johnson says:

    I watched a mis-carriage of justice tonight on Dancing With The Stars. Normani got robbed. She had to settle for 3rd place behind a low-scoring contestant with two left feet. She had the only perfect score of the night. What is this, a dance competition, or a popularity contest. And Rashad was not that good. Normani looked like a professional dancer and deserved to have won. With everyone calling in more than one time, it’s no wonder that that clown David beat Normani out for second and Rashad should stick to football. What are the judges there for, it only the most popular person can win. I won’t be watching next season. This thing is rigged!

  4. Dee says:

    I am done with DWTS – Normani danced professionally throughout the entire competition – the others showed improvement but not to the level of Val & Normani.

    How can a man virtually taking a few steps during a dance compare to the intricate dance steps of a woman. It is “Unjust” that Normani did not win — she worked.

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