Season 29 came down to four finalists – star , rapper , MTV's host , and actress . While Bristowe, Schulman and Machado each received a perfect score of 60 points, Machado took fourth place, Nelly took third, and Schulman took second.
Bristowe and her partner Artem Chigvintsev are the Season 29 champions!
We talked to Banks about the winning moment. The host told Yahoo, "You know what? I never got a word in. I just was watching them, and Kaitlyn was just like this," said Banks as she physically reenacted Bristowe's expression. Banks added, "Artem was tearing up and I just didn't really get a moment because it was all just emotion, emotion, emotion, honestly." Unfortunately, Banks did not get a chance to speak to any of the contestants following the show.
Banks shared, "You know what's so interesting? It's very challenging because I want to hug everybody. You want to, like, caress, and say, 'You did such a good job,' but there are COVID restrictions, and I follow them to the letter. I live with my mom and she's a senior citizen." Banks went on to say that, while she wanted to talk to everyone and celebrate with them, it just wasn't "like normal." Banks understandably stated, "It's just a different time right now."
Overall, the DWTS finale night was filled with great performances. As for which performance of the night was her favorite, Banks shared that she loved all of the freestyle dances the most.
Other than fun performances, Banks also had a lot of fun with multiple wardrobe changes throughout the night. However, viewers will be surprised to learn that all of her gowns were only planned one hour before the show went live. "I was not able to do a fitting this week," shared Banks.
As for whether or not Banks had a feeling Bristowe would be named the Season 29 champion, Banks admitted, "I had a feeling she would be a final finalist. I felt it. She's got that technical thing. She knows what she's doing."