Dancing with the Stars: Which Couple Deserved to Win?
Zendaya and Kellie Pickler led in scores going into Tuesday's grand finale
The final four Dancing with the Stars contestants – Jacoby Jones, Kellie Pickler, Alexandra Raisman and Zendaya – and their pro partners have overcome injuries and potential eliminations to make it all the way to the season 16 finale. But only one couple can take home the tantalizingly close mirror-ball trophy.
Pickler’s strong performances throughout the season were magnified Monday night, when she and Derek Hough earned a perfect 30 score for a freestyle dance judge Carrie Ann Inaba called “one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.” Pickler later admitted “I let all of my walls down” for the fearless show-stopper.
NFL player Jones and pro partner Karina Smirnoff did not have the most stellar performances, getting flak from the judges for an imperfect jive, and later for a super-sized freestyle dance. But Inaba nevertheless dubbed the wide receiver the “number one entertainer of season 16,” in the semifinals the previous week.
Olympic gymnast Raisman, who once again finds herself as part of a fab four in a competition, earned a perfect score for her futuristic freestyle dance with pro partner Mark Ballas. And no matter what happens, the gold medalist recently told PEOPLE, “I have never had this much fun in my life.”
Disney star Zendaya had the strongest night in the finals – earning perfect scores for all three dances despite pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy’s eye injury – and judge Len Goodman told the pair, “that was eye-popping, show-stopping, jaw-dropping,” after their samba.
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