Dancing With the Stars has crowned its latest Mirror Ball champion. During Monday night’s finale, former NBA player Iman Shumpert became the ABC reality competition’s 30th winner, alongside his pro dancing partner Daniella Karagach. By taking home the top prize, Shumpert has made history as the first-ever professional basketball player to make it to the show’s finale or win the Mirror Ball trophy.
Earlier in the night, Shumpert and Karagach received perfect scores for both of their dances: a freestyle dance and a cha cha and foxtrot dance set to “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire. “Sometimes underdogs bite back, and that’s what you have done tonight,” judge Len Goodman told them.
JoJo Siwa and her partner Jenna Johnson (who also made history as the show’s first same-sex duo) also received perfect scores for both of their dances. Meanwhile, finalist Cony Rigsby and his partner Cheryl Burke scored 76 out of 80, while Amanda Kloots and her partner Alan Bersten scored 78 out of 80.
Shumpert was rendered speechless by his win, and his new Mirror Ball trophy is bound to look good next to his NBA Championship Trophy! Siwa and Johnson came in second place, followed by Rigsby and Burke in third and Kloots and Bersten in fourth.
Meanwhile, the Dancing With the Stars finale underwent some behind-the-scene changes, as Julianne Hough guest-judged the episode after her brother Derek Hough tested positive for breakthrough COVID-19.