Charli D’Amelio Crowned Winner On Finale Of ‘Dancing With The Stars’
“Thank you so much for the opportunity,” D’Amelio said as she received the trophy in a dazzling jeweled dress. “Thanks, Mark for becoming my new best friend.”
The 18-year-old earned perfect scores for her and Ballas’ Jive and Freestyle routines.
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In second place was Bachelorette alum, Gabby Windey, followed by TV host Wayne Brady in third and drag queen Shangela in fourth.
The season finale recapped the stars’ most notable moments each week. In a surprising turn, Selma Blair returned with Sasha Farber for an emotional dance number after she was forced to leave the show because of complications from multiple sclerosis.
In an interview on Good Morning America, D’Amelio said the first thing she wanted to do after the show is sleep.
“I really just gave everything I had to this journey,” she said. “And in that, I got so much out of it, whether it’s confidence in my dancing, new friends, memories that I’ll remember forever. I’m just so glad that I did this and it’s really been such an incredible time and I’ve met so many amazing people.”
One of the key takeaways of the season was Shangela’s role as the first drag performer on Dancing With The Stars, making their duo the first same-sex male partnership on the show. The finale made history again when Shangela put her partner, Gleb Savchenko, in full drag.
“I hope that the representation of a drag entertainer on Dancing With The Stars just inspires more love,” Shangela said. “Seeing the first male and male partnership with me and Gleb and seeing how we got along and created such amazing art together, I hope, especially with the tragedies facing the LGBTQ community recently, I think it’s really important to showcase love.”
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