Here’s Who Will Win—and Who Should Win—Season 25 of ‘Dancing With the Stars’
This season of Dancing with the Stars might go down as one of the most predictable in the show’s history, unless the last woman standing has something to say about it. Violinist Lindsey Stirling—the only female still in the competition—pulled out all the stops in her stunning freestyle (complete with a violin performance while doing jumps and twirls!) and tied for first with Broadway star Jordan Fisher. While Jordan has been the front-runner since day one, it isn’t lost on the audience that he’s a trained dancer. The Hamilton star will probably win the Mirrorball on Tuesday night, but it’s Lindsey who deserves it.
Meanwhile, Frankie Muniz continued to impress; as a result, he rounded out the third and final spot in the finale. That meant that Drew Scott and Emma Slater were sent home, which came as a shock to almost no one. “There’s no way I could have done anything I did out here without [Emma],” he said following his elimination. “I can’t even believe I’m here…you’ve made this a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Until tomorrow’s grand finale, it’s time to break down the redemption and freestyle dances! Let’s get to it.
The Redemption Dances
Drew Scott and Emma Slater: Drew said he couldn’t believe he’s in the finals, but maybe Drew doesn’t know what he’s talking about. After all, only a few weeks ago he said he had a good chance to win the Mirrorball. So which is it, Drew? Perhaps I’m being too hard on him, but I’m still shocked he’s lasted this long. Fan voting will do that for you. The judges gushed over his Paso Doble, but he’s still going home. Score: 36/40
Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson: The former child star performed his week one Foxtrot and completely slayed it. Guest judge Julianne Hough said there was something different about tonight, starting with the pivots and how he made Witney move. I didn’t know pivots were anything other than something Ross Gellar screams on Friends, but that’s why I’m not a judge. Score: 38/40
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold: The last time Jordan and Lindsay performed the Charleston, Lindsay hadn’t hurt her knee, Jordan’s cornea wasn’t scratched, and Len had some harsh criticism about their lack of Charleston in the Charleston. This time around, Team FishUponAStar were not 100% physically, but they sure were there technically—and the judges rewarded them with a perfect score. Rightfully so, as the dance was brilliant. Score: 40/40
Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas: Carrie Ann Inaba said Lindsey is the most improved contestant, which shocked the hell out of me considering she’s been pretty great since day one. She also poses the biggest threat to Jordan, who seems to have had this competition locked up since the premiere. Halfway through tonight’s show, she and Jordan were the only ones with perfect scores. Score: 40/40
The Freestyle Dances
Drew Scott and Emma Slater: Carrie Ann said Drew and Emma’s freestyle wasn’t entirely in sync, but the audience wasn’t having it. For the first time, I agreed with them. While Drew and Emma won’t win the Mirrorball, their freestyle was everything you could have hoped for from “a couple of quirky weirdos.” It was energetic, joyous, and the best note to go out on. Score: 39/40
Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson: In an emotional rehearsal package, Frankie broke down while talking about how thankful he is for Witney and what the experience has meant to him. Their freestyle was dark and intense, or as Bruno praised, a bit of “Janet Jackson and Rhythm Nation.” It’s a departure from previous, more light-hearted freestyles, but the audience loved it. Score: 38/40
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold: “The freestyle is everything when winning the Mirrorball,” Lindsay said in her rehearsal package. Considering every dance of theirs has freestyle elements mixed in, they were probably under the most pressure of the remaining couples to knock it out of the park. And spoiler alert: They absolutely did. Give ’em the Mirrorball now? Score: 40/40
Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas: Want to know how good Lindsey and Mark’s freestyle was? So good that it made me forget about Jordan and Lindsay’s freestyle. Between the violin playing and the acrobatics, the whole thing was off the charts. While I still think Jordan will win the Mirrorball, I will go on the record saying that Lindsey deserves it. Score: 40/40
See you tomorrow night for the season 25 finale!