Iman Shumpert & Danielle Karagarh Win ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Mirror Ball
Iman Shumpert and his dance partner Danielle Karagarh are the winners of Dancing With the Stars season 30.
The finale aired Monday night and the pair breath out the other three finalists: reality TV star Jojo Siwa, Peleton instructor Cody Rigsby and The Talk co-host Amanda Kloots.
Eliminated contestants included celebrities Suni Lee, Olivia Jade, Melanie C and The Miz to name a few.
The final two showdown was between Shumpert and Siwa, a heavy fan favorite in the competition. Siwa and her dance partner Jenna Johnson made history on the show for being the first same-sex dance couple to compete on the show.
Host Tyra Banks announced the winners and congratulated the duo on their win.
Shumpert has made history on the show for being the first former NBA star to win the Mirror Ball trophy. His win may have been a result of his freestyle dance that wowed the crowd.
Guest judge Julianne Hough called it her favorite freestyle routine in 30 seasons, and it pulled in Shumpert’s second and final perfect score of the night.
The basketball star compared the win to the moment he won the NBA title with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers five years ago.
“Thank you ‘Dancing With the Stars’… y’all gave us some streamers before we came out with mirrors on the floor. It was so nice, man,” he told Page Six. “We don’t got all that in the NBA…Championship or not, all you’re getting is the hardwood, so thank you.”
He dedicated his win to his mother, L’Tanya, who couldn’t see her son win due to Covid-19.
“I just can’t wait for my mom to actually get her hands on this trophy, because this is a show that means a lot to her. It really makes her smile to see people be more than an athlete, more than an entertainer, more than whatever their respective field is. She loves when people grow… so this mirror all is defiantly for her,” he said.
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