Val Chmerkovskiy isn’t the only one still haunted by his and Zendaya‘s “Dancing with the Stars” loss on Season 16. In a recent poll, a massive 70 percent of our readers believe the pair should’ve won over Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough.
“Of course they were robbed, big-time!” user K.bell wrote. “Zendaya danced her ass off each time and was so talented. Derek and Kelli [sic] were good, but no way was she better than Zendaya. Val was right to feel the way he does because its [sic] the absolute truth.”
Zendaya and Chmerkovskiy dominated Season 16 five years ago, topping the leaderboard six out of 10 weeks, only to fall short at the final hurdle. The pro told “Entertainment Tonight” last week the defeat was his “biggest heartbreak” and felt he had “dropped the ball a little bit.” The consensus has been that the emotional freestyle routine from Pickler and Hough — who, to be clear, were also strong all season — pushed them over the edge, and 28 percent of you have no qualms with how the results went down.
Pickler and Hough “OWNED that season and that freestyle was beyond compare,” user Zeke wrote. “Val and Zendaya were great too but there is NO comparison. It went the way it should have.”
Only 2 percent of you feel that someone else should’ve won. (For the record: Third place went to Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff that season.)
Maybe Zendaya and Chmerkovskiy can get their do-over on an all-stars season.
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