Derek earned his fifth Mirror Ball trophy, the second in a row after last spring’s win with Kellie Pickler, and we have to imagine if he’s still around next spring his partner is an automatic frontrunner.
Second place went to Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, who didn’t quite get a perfect score for their 24-Hour Fusion Challenge dance. Third place went to Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke who were also just shy of perfection. Did the scores matter? We’re given all the numbers except the voting tally. Considering #encoreamber was trending on Twitter last night during Night 1 of the Finale, it’s very possible Amber and Derek were going to win no matter what.
How do you feel about the results? Did you enjoy the Finale show overall? It was very entertaining, from here!
Here’s a look at where the couples stood, when combining the Night 1 scores with Night 2:
Read on for a full recap of Night 2 of the Finals:
BIG OPENING: Led by the three stars and their pros, then the rest of the cast and judges. Tony gave the judges a 5! Love these intros. Said it before, will keep saying it. Best change of the season by far. “A little party never killed nobody”!
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS: Sings “Heart Attack." Massive flashing lights. Is he tearing up as he sings or just really getting into the song? Do the audience members get to keep their lighters? That’s worth the trip alone.
PROS SIZE UP COMPETITION: Derek said everyone in the finals is there for different reasons. Cheryl said Corbin may be one of the best celebrity dancers; you can’t sometimes tell who the celeb is. Derek said his weakness can sometimes be in the partner work. Cheryl said sometimes Amber relies on Derek too much in the dance, but she can dance and she’s the one to beat. Derek said Jack is the dark horse; he calls him “twinkle toes” but that name has been claimed by Emmitt Smith. Karina said Jack has to go after the emotional aspect of his dance.
ENCORE FREESTYLE: Considering #encoreamber was trending on Twitter last night, it’s no shock to see this as the encore dance. And if Freestyles win seasons, this could be a sign that Amber just won.
FOXING AWESOME ENCORE: Team Foxing Awesome featured all three of the Finalists. They do another routine as Ylvis performs, or at least lip syncs.
FEMALE PROS DANCE: Sharna is the star of these pro routines, she’s almost always out front. Or maybe it’s just that she’s one of the only brunettes so she stands out.
BILL NYE RETURNS: Funny video package showing Tyne rebuilding Bill Nye the Science Guy as the first bionic celebrity dancer. They do a Cha-Cha-Cha to “Weird Science” and he definitely seems healed. Love how they try to make it look like he did a series of flips.
ELIZABETH & VAL RETURN: Redo their perfect-scoring Cha-Cha-Cha.
CHRISTINA & MARK AND BRANT & PETA PERFORM: to Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” Brant should keep growing that facial hair. It looks
VALERIE & TRISTAN RETURN: They perform to "What a Wonderful World" by singer Colbie Caillat. "I just love you, Tristan MacManus. You're as good as it gets."
SNOOKI RETURNS: Snooki missed Brooke’s boobs and body? She said she would love Jack to win. Snooki says she’s still a hot mess, but she’s a mom hot mess, not a party girl hot mess anymore. They dance to Britney’s “Work, Bitch” again. They were go great. Why did they leave?
LADY ANTEBELLUM: They perform “Compass” as the pros dance. Nice Tristan sightings tonight.
LEAH & TONY RETURN: They redo their red-hot Tango. She makes the best faces.
BILL & EMMA RETURN: Cuban Pete is back. Emma has her tail feathers again. Telling you, she wins the costume award this season.
JUDGES: Len Goodman said Corbin is a fantastic dancer. The Foxtrot was terrific. The Cha-Cha started it was crisp. He messed up one little part toward the end. The crowd booed. “I didn’t mess it up!” Bruno Tonioli said to deliver this in such a short time is incredible. The Foxtrot was one of his best ballrooms ever. Even the best people sometimes go wrong and he did i the Cha-Cha-Cha. Carrie Ann Inaba said she can’t believe they are still making them dance. (Tom quipped that it’s only for another three hours then they award a trophy.)
JUDGES: Bruno said it was a wonderful fusion of two different dances. He didn’t know Jack could be so tough. In and out his timing was good. Carrie Ann said she liked the strategy. He was a hair flat-footed in the Salsa. Up until last night he only knew Salsa as food. Len said of all the celebs Jack has given him the most pleasure. The others have climbed hills, Jack has climbed a mountain.
SCORES: 9, 9, 9 = 27 out of 30. Total of 84. Was that really as good as Corbin & Karina’s?
3. Amber Riley and Derek Hough— Samba-Quickstep — Why are they getting the final spot again? How do they make it look so easy out there?
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said they just created a whole new dance. It was seamless and effortless. Well done. Len said a couple of times throughout the season he’s been critical but he’s never lost the thought of the joy he gets from watching Amber. “You are absolutely bedazzling.” Amber is a fantastic dancer. “My little sausage.” Bruno said that’s how you Quickstep the South American way. Her performance is faultless. She didn’t put a foot wrong.
SCORES: 10, 10, 10 = 30. Total of 94. Think we know who won...
COLBIE SINGS “HOLD ON”: Poor Colbie Caillat tried to sing but you could barely hear her over the screams.
PARTING WORDS: Sweet thank yous from the celebs to the pros.
WHO TAKES THIRD PLACE? Jack & Cheryl. They nodded. They saw this coming. Heck, we all saw this final two on Day 1. Brooke asked what he learned about himself. “I’ve learned that I’m definitely not a better dancer than my sister. … We are now tied!” Was he better than Kelly, though?
WHO WON SEASON 17? The winners and new champions of Dancing With the Stars are … Amber & Derek. Fifth Mirror Ball trophy for Derek, but the first for Amber. She did do some amazing dancing this season.
What does she want to say to all the people who were voting? She wanted to let women of all sizes and colors know you can do whatever you put your mind to.
Are you happy for Amber? Should Derek get a more challenging partner next season or do you like when he has someone he can just unleash with?