Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater Crowned DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 24 Champions
On last night's 2-1/2 hour season finale of ABC's DANCING WITH THE STARS, NFL star Rashad Jennings and his professional dance partner Emma Slater were crowned Season 24 champions! Monday night, the three finalists advanced to the final stage of the competition. The night kicked off with a rousing opening number, featuring a reunion of all 12 of this season's couples, along with judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough, and hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. Exciting season finale performances included Academy® Award-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld, who performed her latest single, "Most Girls"; OneRepublic performed their latest hit, "No Vacancy," alongside a dance by Sharna Burgess and Gleb Savchenko; and Lady Antebellum performed their hit song, "You Look Good," alongside a dance with Witney Carson, Hayley Erbert, Artem Chigvintsev and Gleb Savchenko.Also, from ABC's upcoming new adaptation of the global pop-cultural phenomenon "Dirty Dancing," celebrating the 30th anniversary year of the iconic film, rising star Colt Prattes, who portrays Johnny, and season 10 "Dancing with the Stars" champion Nicole Scherzinger, who plays 'Penny," danced to the hit song from the movie, "Do You Love Me?" The TV musical movie event airs Wednesday, May 24 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Additionally, fans got a sneak peek at the sensational "Dancing with the Stars: Live! - Hot Summer Nights" tour that will be traveling across America over this summer. There was also separate girls and guys' numbers. The girls' number featured Heather Morris and female Pros and Troupe dancing to "River" by Bishop Briggs, and the guys' number incorporated the male Pros and Troupe dancing to "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars. In the last element of competition, the three couples performed a new routine as part of a 24-Hour Fusion Challenge. The couples fused two contrasting dance styles that they've performed this season, and they had less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges' points. The viewer votes and judges' points from May 15 and May 22 were combined along with the judges' points from the 24-Hour Fusion Challenge to determine the winner. At the end of the night, Rashad and Emma were crowned Season 24 champions and presented with the coveted Mirrorball trophy.