This has been a weird season of “Dancing with the Stars” all around, from the shocking longevity of Joe Amabile and Bobby Bones to a number of eliminations we didn’t see coming. But the most surprising eliminations happened to befall celebrities of color, leaving the upcoming finale without much diversity. How did we end up with #FinalsSoWhite?
“DWTS” certainly has a diverse history. Out of the past 26 Mirror Ball Trophy winners, almost half of them (12) are nonwhite. But this season has been on an unusual course. It started with an exodus of female contestants: the first five ousters in a row were women, which was unprecedented. One of those was R&B singer Tinashe, who was sent home in 10th place despite being one of the judges’ favorite contestants.
The final two ladies, Evanna Lynch and Alexis Ren, held on for the rest of the season, but there were still a couple of surprise exits for the men. On Country Night football player DeMarcus Ware was unexpectedly ousted even though NFL stars have a long history of success on “DWTS.” And then Argentinian Juan Pablo Di Pace was sent home at the end of the Semi-Finals even though he was the single highest-scoring contestant of the whole season.
That leaves an all-white lineup for the finals: Lynch, Ren, Bobby Bones and Milo Manheim. But it’s not all bad news for people of color. Lynch’s pro partner Keo Motsepe, who made history as the show’s first black pro dancer, could make history again next Monday night as the first black pro to win the Mirror Ball Trophy and the first pro of color to win since Filipino Cheryl Burke‘s back-to-back wins in seasons two and three.
What do you think of the lineup for the finale? And who do you think deserves to win the Mirror Ball Trophy now that it’s down to the final four?
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