No, it wasn’t Sean Spicer, although for a while there it looked like he might have had a running chance beating out other celebrities who were clearly better. And although this year’s winners are certainly deserving to be make it to the season finale, it is still debatable if they were the best couple out on the dance floor. Unfortunately, this is an ongoing debate since the dancers’ scores are calculated by adding the scrores from the studio judges as well as the viewing judges at home.
This year, Dancing with the Stars tried to make the competition more fair by allowing the judges to have an extra say on which couple should leave the ballroom each week. The two couples with the lowest scores would stand in hopes of making the judges’ approval. But this new system didn’t work. Spicer wasn’t the worst the dancer of the bunch. In fact, he tried really, really hard giving it his all every week. But despite his low scores from the judges, his fans back home kept him from facing the firing squad.
Fortunately, for the season finale, the final four couples all had scores worthy of making it there. But one has to wonder which four couples should have been there if this competition wasn’t run like a popularity contest.
This year’s finale was also different this year mercifully cutting it down from three hours to just two. Unlike other season where eliminated couples were allowed to perform one last time, they were given just a brief mention performing in one or two group dances. Then, the final four all repeated one dance that they did earlier in the season and then one more time with a freestyle routine where pretty much anything goes. The final fou couples included Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko, Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten, Witney Carson and Kel Mitchell and Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber. After an amazing performance by Cher performing the classic “The Beat Goes On” with an incredible 60’s vibe, the mirror ball trophy was awarded to the former “Bachelorette” Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten.
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