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'DWTS': Jordan Fisher takes home the mirrorball

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 11/22/2017 Justin Kirkland

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In a way, finale night of Dancing with the Stars is a lot like a farewell tour: Even when the dances aren’t perfect, they’re still perfect. (Unless you’re Frankie Muniz, in which case, JEEZ.) Finale night is not a game changer, even if the 24-hour dance challenge is incredibly impressive. The hard work is done after ten weeks of flicks and kicks. 

So this is a night of celebration, which is why we get the gift of another Lindsey Stirling jive, a strangely alluring pirate Argentine Tango from Frankie Muniz and an impeccable samba from Jordan Fisher. As well as a whole bunch of strange Christmas performances (God love Debbie Gibson and those shirtless Santas for doing their best).

Walking in, we have two perfect scores and one just shy of perfection (you’re perfect nonetheless, Frankie). So it all comes down to America’s vote.

With that being said, let’s do a quick assessment.

Finale Night 

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas: 40 + 40 + 30 + 30 = 140 

Lindsey is, at her core, an artist. That artistry has been evident since the beginning, so choosing a dance from the season that highlights skill over performance is a perfect way to show that Lindsey really is the full package. With hair full of energy and volume, a win from Lindsey would go down as a win for Dancing with the Stars

Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold: 40 + 40 + 30 + 30 = 140

Jordan is the technician. From the beginning, it was practically a formality that Jordan was given perfect scores. The foot placement, the reflexes, and the absolute professionalism combines for the perfect package. The question was whether Jordan could combine that perfectionism with humility in a way that made America realize just how incredible he is. And as the competition came to a close, he did just that.

Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson: 38 + 38 + 30 + 28 = 134 

And of course, there’s no replacement for heart. While skill and vision are important, there was no competitor that wanted this season as much as Frankie. A somewhat frustrating four point dock from last night’s scores kept Frankie from finishing perfectly. But Frankie’s focus has been on diving deep into dance. He’s not the kid from My Dog Skip or Malcolm in the Middle. He’s a competitor who came here to perform.

Lindsay Arnold and Jordan Fisher on night two of the finale. © Eric McCandless, ABC Lindsay Arnold and Jordan Fisher on night two of the finale. And the winner is...

How could it have really gone to anyone but Jordan? Averaging nearly 28 points out of 30 a week throughout the season, he’s the closest to perfection that we’ve seen in a while. And his personal journey from perfectionist to relatable dance master helped secure what was in the cards since day one.

So, that’s it dancing fans. Do you agree with the big finish? Who do you think should have taken the silver mirrorball? As sure as we can be that Len will demand constant body contact through a quickstep, we’ll see you next season with more critiques. More sashays. More intentional pointing. And of course, more Sparkle Points.


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