‘Dancing with the Stars’: Watch Rashad Jennings win the Mirror Ball Trophy

Football player Rashad Jennings pulled off an upset in the “Dancing with the Stars” finale by taking home the Mirror Ball Trophy. Our readers were rooting for singer Normani Kordei (check out those poll results), and she was the heavy favorite to win according to our users’ collective predictions. But not only did she fall short of the trophy, she actually finished down in third place. Baseball player David Ross pulled off an upset of his own by finishing second.

Jennings had the highest judges’ score during Monday night’s finals, but he had the second best cumulative score for the season, behind Kordei. His victory makes him the fourth football star to prevail on “DWTS,” following Emmitt Smith (season three), Hines Ward (season 12) and Donald Driver (season 14).

But this is the first ever Mirror Ball victory for Jennings’s pro partner Emma Slater. This was her seventh season competing on the show, and her past competitions have been a mixed bag. Before this her best finish was fourth place in season 17 with Bill Engvall. Since then it’s been a struggle for the English dance pro. She and Billy Dee Williams had to withdraw in season 18 due to his injury. And she finished in 12th place in season 20 (with musician Redfoo) and season 23 (with politician Rick Perry).

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As for the other pros in this year’s “DWTS” finals, Lindsay Arnold also had her best ever finish on the show, placing second with Ross. This was only her fifth season competing on the show, but she has almost always finished high in the standings. She placed third in season 21 (with Alek Skarlatos) and season 23 (with Calvin Johnson), and she finished fourth in season 22 (with Wanya Morris).

Kordei’s pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy is a “DWTS” veteran. Out of his 12 seasons on the show he has made the finals a whopping seven times, including a pair of Mirror Ball victories in season 20 (with Rumer Willis) and season 23 (with Laurie Hernandez). Alas, he wasn’t able to add a third trophy to his mantel, which would have made him the second most decorated “DWTS” pro of all time, behind six-time champ Derek Hough. This was Chmerkovskiy’s fourth time finishing third.

What did you think of the finale? Did the right person win the Mirror Ball Trophy, or do you think Ross or Kordei was robbed? Vote in our poll below. Then join the discussion on this and more with your fellow reality TV fans in our forums, and keep up with all the latest Gold Derby entertainment news.

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