The second night of the Dancing with the Stars finale was full of winter frolics and merriment, as the opening number set to “Dancin’ in the Streets” indicated. Finalist Lindsey Stirling joined forces with Becky G for a spirited performance of “Christmas C’Mon”. Finalist Jordan Fisher rocked a medley of “Sleigh Ride”/”What Christmas Means to Me” with former competitor Debbie Gibson, while Nick Lachey returned to perform a brand-new ballad inspired by his time on the program: “Someone to Dance With” (which made me tear up because they had him sing while the final voting tallies were totaled and they showed a montage of all three’s best dances this season). Other special performances included Kelsea Ballerini’s performance of “Legends”, more sneak peeks of the Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up the Night tour and even a routine inspired by the new Frozen short titled “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”.
Each remaining finalist was given a chance to repeat their favorite dance from the season for a fresh round of scores and then they were forced to take part in the infamous 24-Hour Fusion Challenge in which they were given less than 24 hours to successfully fuse two contrasting dance styles. Did you remember to cast your “Last Chance Votes” for your favorites live? Let’s see how your remaining finalists did on this final night of competition for Season 25:
Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas, Jive
Lindsey and Mark came out and recreated their pajamas-clad Jive to Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”. Bruno admired its crispness, saying she’s become too hot to handle. Carrie Ann said she’s special and has a star quality that’s unique and pure, commending her for becoming such a wonderful dancer. It was one of their best from the season, though I’m surprised they didn’t choose to recreate their sci-fi Argentine Tango. That one was my favorite.
Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson, Argentine Tango
Frankie and Witney chose to recreate their Argentine Tango from Disney Night – this was probably my second favorite routine of theirs (after their breathtaking Contemporary dance on Halloween Night). Bruno proclaimed it smoldering and compelling and said it was even better the second time. Carrie Ann loved seeing his confidence, which was notably improved. Len said it had a certain mood about it and called it a fantastic Argentine Tango. Bravo, Frankie!
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, Samba
Jordan and Lindsay recreated their spicy Samba from Latin Night. I don’t remember what this dance looked like the first time, but I’m sure it was perfect. Carrie Ann said he’s light on his feet and much improved, while Len thought it was great performance, technique and choreography. Bruno likes how hypnotic and mesmerizing Jordan is when he dances. I’d concur.
And then after all the fluff came the bittersweet 24-Hour Fusion Challenge to mix things up a little:
Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas, Tango/Cha Cha
Lindsey and Mark were tasked with combining the Tango with a Cha Cha. Len called Lindsey amazing because the Tango was full of attack and aggression, while her Cha Cha was full of hip action. Bruno loved seeing the contrast of the cheeky Cha Cha with the controlled movements of the Tango. Carrie Ann couldn’t believe how much they created something uniquely theirs with their Fusion. It was enough to please the judges into another perfect score.
Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson, Foxtrot/Tango
Frankie and Witney were given a Foxtrot/Tango Fusion. Bruno said he was hot to trot, but he thought he lost some of the steps in the excitement of it all. Carrie Ann called him the heart and soul of what this show is based on and she loved seeing him look so elegant and smooth. Len admitted that he’s not always been the judges’ champion, but he commended him for always being the people’s champion. I wish I had more votes.
Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold, Salsa/Paso Doble
Jordan and Lindsay had to combine a Salsa with a Paso Doble for their Fusion Dance. These two make everything seem so effortless. I was sad in the knowledge that this would be their final performance. Carrie Ann praised him for his out-of-this-world skills and acknowledged how much Jordan has caused Lindsay to grow as a pro this season as a testament to his talent. Len told him he’s the most complete male celebrity to ever appear on the program. I missed what Bruno said, but I’m sure it was equally nice as I scrambled to cast my Last Chance Votes.
Argh! This season’s competition was more heated than ever before, as I found myself torn between the three finalists. Would it be the underdog Frankie? Would it be the natural-born entertainer Jordan? Or would it be the quirky, lovable Lindsey? I remained undecided until the end, not even giving all five of my Last Chance Votes to the same competitor. Frankie and Witney took third place, but he looked so incredibly happy to just be there that it melted my heart. I was really happy for Jordan and Lindsay’s win, though my heartstrings tugged for Mark and Lindsey (they’re who I wanted to win). All in all though, it was an incredible season and I can’t wait to see what the next has in store.
Editor’s Note: After the conclusion of the finale, ABC announced that Season 26, premiering in Spring 2018, would be an all-athletes edition featuring ten athletes from all corners of the sports world.
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