After weeks and weeks of competition, it all came down to the two celebrities that did seem the odds-on favorites to win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy on season 17 of the ABC ballroom dance competition series, Dancing with the Stars!
Last night, after performing one final dance, a fusion combo, Glee’s Amber Riley and her partner, now a five-time champion, Derek Hough, landed the only perfect 30, and with a late surge in the competition in the final weeks, things seemed to be going their way.
As for One Life to Live and High School Musical star, Corbin Bleu and his partner, Karina Smirnoff, they landed a 27 with their fusion combo, but even though the judges cited Bleu for falling out of synch with Smirnoff, he later conceded that he was so lost in the moment of this being his final dance with Karina ,and his adoration for her, that may have been the cause. All throughout the season, Corbin showed incredible dance prowess and truly seemed to be the strongest dancer in the competition.
After the emotional favorites, Jack Osbourne and dance partner, Cheryl Burke received third place, it came down to Amber and Derek and Corbin and Karina, and in the end … it was Amber Riley (who has battled through knee problems throughout the competition) and Derek Hough who were voted the Mirror Ball Trophy! Riley said she wanted to show women everywhere, no matter what size, if you put your mind to something you can have a favorable and wonderful outcome. For One Life to Live’s Corbin Bleu, a terrific season where viewer sentiment could have leaned more towards Amber Riley which in the end that could have cost him the title, in what he related was one of the highlights of his professional career … getting to be on DWTS and to dance with Karina.
So, what did you think of Amber Riley winning DWTS? Did the right celebrity take home the Mirror Ball Trophy? Comment below!