Dancing With the Stars Winner Is…
“Dancing with the Stars” has a new winner! The ABC ballroom competition’s season 18 champion was crowned on Tuesday’s finale.
But before any of the final couples, Amy Purdy and Derek Hough, Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas, could get their hands on the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy, they each had to compete in one last round.
For the “24-Hour Fusion Challenge,” in which each pair had just one day to create a routine from two dance styles, Purdy managed to go from 59 points to 89 out of a possible 90, Davis soared from 60 to 90, and Bure increased from 51 to 78. Those scores were combined with viewers’ votes from Monday’s show to determine the final outcome.
Bure and Ballas came in third place. Hough and Purdy came in second place, making Davis and Chmerkovskiy the winners of season 18!
Their victory is Chmerkovskiy’s very first in his 14 seasons on the show. The results mark the second time Hough has finished in second place on the series, following season 15, and back-to-back first-place wins in seasons 16 and 17. This is also the third time Ballas has finished in third place, following seasons 11 and 12.
Check out video of the announcement below!