Season 30 of Dancing With the Stars came to a dramatic end on Monday, with Iman Shumpert and partner Daniella Karagach versus heavy favorites JoJo Siwaand partner Jenna Johnson. That’s when the fireworks — and the confetti — really started.
“One of these two couples is about to win it all. After 10 weeks of intense competition, it’s time for the final result,” host Tyra Banks said before announcing the winner. “Oh my god, Iman and Daniella! Oh my god! Congratulations, Iman and Daniella!”
Shumpert makes history as the first former NBA star to win the Mirror Ball trophy, and if reactions on Twitter were any indication, the turning point may have been his freestyle dance. Guest judge Julianne Hough called it her favorite freestyle routine in 30 seasons, as it pulled in Shumpert’s second and final perfect score of the night.
Despite not winning it all, it was still a groundbreaking season for Siwa as part of the first-ever same-sex dancing team. While some fans expected a different outcome, many took to Twitter expressing sadness over Siwa, but praising Shumpert’s evolution through the season.
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Iman Shumpert and Daniella Karagach dance Freestyle to “Lose Control / Bounce” by Missy Elliott ft. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop / DJ Clent on the Dancing with the Stars Finale! pic.twitter.com/hv5L3r3di6— Dancing with the Stars #DWTS (@DancingABC) November 23, 2021