Four Couples Remain in One of the Tightest Races Ever, on the Two-Part Season Finale of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ November 21 & 22
Here’s everything you need to know about next week’s Dancing with the Stars finale. Be sure to join our live blog on Monday and Tuesday.
- Len Goodman Returns to the Ballroom as Head Judge
- Musical Performers Include Train, Andy Grammer, Vanilla Ice and Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds
- Each Celebrity Will Perform a Freestyle Dance
- The Season 23 Champion Will Be Revealed at The Grove on Tuesday, November 22
After weeks of stunning competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the finals of Dancing with the Stars live, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. Len Goodman returns to the ballroom as head judge for the two-part season finale. At the end of the night, one couple will be eliminated.
The remaining three couples will have one last night of competitive dancing as they perform a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge,” vying to score some extra judges’ points, and one couple will be crowned the Dancing with the Stars champion, culminating an incredible season, which will be announced live from The Grove on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST).
On MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), the four finalists will each perform two dances – a Redemption Style dance (paso doblé, Viennese waltz or tango), and a freestyle dance – one of the biggest competitive dances of the season. In addition, Grammy Award-winning Train will perform its hit “Play That Song,” and there will also be a special performance from this winter’s most talked about movie, Lionsgate’s “La La Land” (in select cities December 9, expanding December 16), choreographed by Mandy Moore.
The couples will dance to the following songs (in alphabetical order):
Laurie Hernandez & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- Redemption Style: Paso Doblé – “Wicked Ones” by Dorothy
- Freestyle – “Brand New” by Ben Rector
James Hinchcliffe & Sharna Burgess
- Redemption Style: Tango – “It Had to Be You” by Harry Connick Jr.
- Freestyle: “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets” by The Piano Guys
Calvin Johnson Jr. & Lindsay Arnold
- Redemption Style: Viennese Waltz – “I Am Your Man” by Ryan Shaw
- Freestyle: “Please Mr. Postman”/”I Want You Back” medley by The Marvelettes/Jackson 5
Jana Kramer & Gleb Savchenko
- Redemption Style: Tango – “Stay the Night” by Zedd
- Freestyle: “Unstoppable” by Sia
At the end of the night, one couple will be eliminated, and the three remaining couples will go on to vie for the coveted Mirrorball.
In the two-hour season finale on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), the three finalists advance to the final stage of the competition. There will be live dancing and show-stopping performances at both The Grove and in the Dancing with the Stars ballroom.
The night kicks off with a high-energy opening number, featuring a reunion of all 13 of this season’s couples, at The Grove. The season finale will be filled with performances from Vanilla Ice, who will perform “Ice Ice Baby,” featuring Rick Perry and Witney Carson; a special guest performance by Andy Grammer of his global smash hit single, “Fresh Eyes,” 11-time Grammy-winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds performing “Winter Wonderland” from his Christmas album, featuring pro dancers Artem Chigvintsev, Cheryl Burke and Allison Holker; and an all-male number to Bruno Mars’ “24K,” featuring the men from this season, including Ryan Lochte, Calvin Johnson, James Hinchcliffe, Maks Chmerkovskiy and Val Chmerkovskiy, among others.
In addition, the season finale also features a special performance choreographed by Mandy Moore. This innovative and magical dance celebrates your favorite and heartwarming holiday traditions and stars some of your favorite Dancing with the Stars dancers, including Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Witney Carson, Artem Chignvinstev, and many more, and uses technology that will have to be seen to be believed! There will also be a special performance from the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: Live! We Came to Dance tour, hitting the road this winter.
Couples from across the season will celebrate their time on the show by repeating one of their favorite dances, including Laurie & Val’s trio with Maks, Amber Rose & Maks dancing to “Woman Up” by Meghan Trainor, Maureen McCormick dancing to “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” with Artem, Jana & Gleb’s infamous dance to “Hands to Myself,” by Selena Gomez, and more.
In the last element of competition, the couples will perform a new routine as part of a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge.” The remaining couples will fuse two contrasting dance styles, and they’ll have less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges’ points. The votes from November 21 will be combined along with the judges’ points from the “24-Hour Fusion Challenge” to determine the winner. At the end of the night at The Grove, a champion will be named, and the winner will be presented with the coveted Mirrorball trophy.
Hosted by two-time Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews (sports host and Dancing with the Stars season 10 finalist), Dancing with the Stars is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including dancers/choreographers Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough.