Dancing with the Stars has a new champion!
On Monday’s live finale of the reality dancing competition series, the four remaining couples — Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten, Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess, Milo Manheim and Witney Carson, and Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe — went head-to-head as they competed for the Mirrorball Trophy.
The finalists performed two dances on the finale: first, their most memorable number from the season and second, a freestyle for judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.
While it was a tight competition, radio show host Bones, 38, was declared the season 27 winner.
After being named the champ, Bones said, “Thank you to the people, thank you to Sharna for making all this possible.”
“You are, in very true words, the people’s champion my friend,” said co-host Tom Bergeron.
Reflecting on his win, Bones told reporters that he was “in shock” about taking home the trophy.
“I apologized so many times to [Sharna] for getting stuck with me because she’s so good and talented. I mean if you have a pencil, how do you paint a portrait? It didn’t make sense, but she stuck with me. It was very difficult for me to comprehend some very simple things, even today!” he shared.
He added, “I’m so thankful for her people because without the people we wouldn’t be here. Without Sharna I wouldn’t be here! I know my place in this and I don’t get it twisted one bit!”
Burgess, who took home her first Mirrorball Trophy, admitted that she is “still processing” the win.
“This is all so insane and incredible. And to know I won my first Mirrorball with Bobby and the journey we had and what it represented, it was the most epic moment I will probably ever figure out how to put into words. Now it is just so many feels and they are all so good!” said Burgess.
In addition to seeing this season’s celebrity contestants return to the ballroom, audiences were also treated to live musical performances from Robin Thicke, Avril Lavigne, Lauren Daigle and Dan + Shay during the episode.
“I don’t want to change any of Bobby’s quirks,” Burgess, 33, said of the on-air radio personality. “I think all of them make him awesome right down to when he dances with his mouth wide open and with his eyes looking up to the sky.”
“I’m not the best dancer,” the Bobby Bones Show host added. “It’s all [Sharna], I just hold on tight.”
Although DWTS season 27 is over, this won’t be the last time that Bones performs for audiences!
ABC announced on Monday evening that Bones — alongside fellow DWTS contestants Juan Pablo Di Pace, Joe Amabile, Mary Lou Retton, John Schneider and Manheim — has joined the Dancing with the Stars: Live! A Night to Remember tour, which begins Dec. 15.
To find out more about the tour, including which pro dancers will perform, click here.