Tonight’s season finale featured a variety of items leading up to the big reveal of the Dancing With the Stars Season 19 champion. The first hour of the season finale was an amalgamation of the performances over the past few months. A number of interviews that had already aired during the season were also compiled as part of the feature.
You the viewers chose Bethany and Derek’s freestyle performance from last night to return for an encore. All that can be said was that the choreography was just as powerful the second time around. Bethany reappeared for her red Paso Doble as well later in the show in addition to a fun video tribute to Fresh Prince (complete with DWTS-themed rap) performed by all four finalists (Bethany, Sadie, Janel and Alfonso).
The next two hours were filled with various performances from the season which included all the former contestants. Special guests to the ballroom included Nick Jonas, Jennifer Hudson, and Meghan Trainor. Also, tWtich of So You Think You Can Dance joined wife Allison in a couple of performances including her dance with Jonathan Bennett who had been eliminated earlier in the season.
Then came time for the 24-hour fusion challenge for last three finalists. First up were Sadie and Mark in a cute Samba-Quickstep mashup. Sadie admitted to being tired in rehearsal but there was no evidence of fatigue in her performance. The judges’ score was an enthusiastic perfect score of 40/40 for a total of 118 for the two nights.
Janel and Val had a Foxtrot Paso Doble fusion to contend with in the studio. All the elements of the dance were performed with such attack that it seemed nearly impossible to choose a winner tonight. Janel does incredibly well when the dance requires a lot of attitude. The judges agreed awarding another perfect score of 40/40 and a total of 117.
Alfonso and Witney’s Cha-cha and Argentine Tango fusion showed Alfonso’s brilliant showmanship and sense of timing. Some of the choreography seemed to hide Alfonso a little bit behind Witney’s glittering turns and a slight snafu on her part. Fortunately, it did not dampen the judges’ enthusiasm for the performance and Alfonso earned a 40/40 for a total of 120. It was also announced that Alfonso would be going on the DWTS tour where Janel would also make an appearance.
The third place couple was Janel and Val. Then the winners of the Dancing With the Stars Season 19 mirror ball were announced as Alfonso and Witney!
Readers, you can see your favorite pros (and a couple of stars) on the upcoming live tour. Dancing With the Stars also returns for its 10th season in the Spring of 2015.