As if there weren’t enough differences with “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,” the finale threw in another curveball when Tom Bergeron did not reveal who finished in third and second place to Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson. And he didn’t because of one reason: Rhymes with Shamerican Schmidol.
The show didn’t have time to do all three placements and producers were under strict orders not to run into the “American Idol” finale, a source close to production told “Entertainment Tonight.”
Outside of the first season, which went into the finale with two couples, in every past season third place was announced midway through the finale, leaving the final two duking it out for the Mirrorball trophy. But on Monday, Bergeron merely announced Rippon and Johnson as the winners, rendering Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess, and Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber tied for second. An ABC press release following the show called Norman and Harding runners-up, so we will probably never know the actual order of finish. (The other couples this season were all eliminated pairs or in a group of three, so they all have tied placements as well.)
“Idol,” of course, was also the culprit that led to this four-week season of “Dancing” after ABC acquired the show and slotted it on Sundays and Mondays, “Dancing”’s longtime home. Even after it was reduced to one night a week, “Dancing” still had two-night finales: one hour on Monday and two hours on Tuesday. Monday’s finale was only one-hour long and it had to squeeze in six dances and the winner announcement by the end.
The good news is Bergeron suspects this will be the first and last four-week “Dancing” season, which is great news for fans and “Dancing” stats collectors.