'Dancing With the Stars' Season 18 Finale: We Have a Winner!
We have a winner! Tuesday night's Dancing With the Stars finale had it all: a final fusion dance challenge, a reunion of all 12 of this season's contestants, and, most importantly, the crowning of the show's newest mirrorball champion.
Yes, despite all the fabulous fluff and filler (more on that in a minute), the night was about the final three couples — Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Amy Purdy and Derek Hough, and Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas. At the end of the evening, a winner was crowned — the 18th in the series — and it was an emotional moment for sure. After a final "24 Hour Fusion Challenge" to earn the last of the judges' points, Meryl Davis and pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy were announced as the latest Dancing With the Stars mirrorball trophy winners. Purdy and Hough took second place in the competition.
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But Chmerkovskiy's partnership with Davis was a beautiful one. The adorable ice dancer helped transform the outspoken, gruff DWTS pro into a bona fide teddy bear this season, and their chemistry was undeniable. Davis didn't comment when the winner's announcement was made, but instead turned to her partner and said, "It's all you."
"It's just plastic, but it means so much," Chmerkovskiy said of his long-awaited DWTS trophy. "And when it's lasted a decade of running after, it means so much more, and to do it with Meryl is a dream come true. There's a reason why it didn't happen before. This was meant to happen with this one."
See the winning pair's Argentine Tango:
The two-hour season finale also featured the return of last season's mirrorball champ Amber Riley, musical performances by everyone from Season 18's own Cody Simpson to rapper Iggy Azalea (her duet pals Charli XCX and Ariana Grande were also in the house), and encore performances of some of this season's most memorable dances, including Charlie White and Sharna Burgess's darling Disney dance to the Mary Poppins song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." (Fun fact: The peppy Olympic ice dancer didn't drop his cane this time, but he did bust his partner's umbrella!)