On Monday, “Dancing with the Stars” concluded its 30th season. It was marked by a historic moment.
Iman Shumpert and Daniella Karagach, his professional dance partner took the Mirrorball Trophy home. Shumpert is the first basketball player to win the dance competition.
After he had defeated finalists JoJo Siwa and Amanda Kloots, Tyra Banks presented the trophy to the 31-year old NBA player. Season 30 saw dance professionals and celebrity partners break it down again for the finale, with a fusion dance performed and the fan-favorite Freestyle.
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Many of the contestants who made it to the top received excellent scores. Kloots (39), cohost of “The Talk”, performed with her partner Alan Bersten a Viennese dance, a paso doble and Viennese-style fusion dance to the song “Never Tear Us Apart” written by Bishop Briggs. They then did a Freestyle to Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars”. For their first performance, they received 38 points out of 40 and finished the second night’s dance with 40.
Rigsby, a fitness guru, and Cheryl Burke, a partner, also received a perfect score. Their freestyle, which included a medley from “Beethoven’s Fifth”, and “Nail, Hair, Hips, Heels, (Just Dance Version),” was performed by Todrick hall. They received a 36 for their paso doble, cha-cha fusion dance to En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind”.
YouTuber JoJo Siwa received two top marks for her tango/cha cha dances to Icona Pop’s “I Love It”. Jenna Johnson, dance professional, was awarded a perfect score. Charli XCX performed a freestyle to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”.
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Lastly, Shumpert and Karagrach scored back-to-back perfect scores for a cha cha and foxtrot fusion dance to “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire and a freestyle to a medley of “Lose Control” by Missy Elliott featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop and “Bounce” by DJ Client.
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Burke was just one of many people who wished Shumpert well. Writing on her Instagram Story, Burke said, “Huge congrats to @imanshumpert & @daniellakaragach – such an incredible time spending this season with you both [heart emojis]”We are so happy for both of you!”
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The winter tour for “Dancing with the Stars,” which will feature alums Kaitlyn Bristow, will start in January. Kloots, Jimmie Allen and Jimmie Allen will likely make appearances. In Season 29, Bristowe was accompanied by her Pro Artem Chigvintsev who took the trophy home.