The finale (and season 17) are now over on the west coast.
Jack&Cheryl, Corbin&Karina and Amber&Derek were there for one more competitive dance - a fusion of different styles for which they only had 24 hours to prepare.
But all the other competitors were there to perform new and or old dances one last time.
Except Keyshawn. He was there just to watch.
First up was Bill Nye, supposedly reconstructed ala The Six Million Dollar Man (somewhere Lee Majors had to be cringing). Nice cutting to the stunt double who did the hard tricks (although Bill did a couple of flips and jumps on his own. I assume.).
And the rest came out. Even a reprise of the group dance to that same YouTube song by the artists who were on the show to perform it.
Then came the fusion dances (and forgive if I don't remember the specific combos).
Jack&Cheryl - 27 points, 84 points total.
Corbin&Karina - 27 points, 87 points total.
Amber&Derek - 30 points, 94 points total.
The final results -
3rd place - Jack&Cheryl
2nd place - Corbin&Karina
winner and new champions -
For Derek his FIFTH (yes, he now has 5!) mirror ball trophy.
(And somewhere in the ABC complex, Jimmy Kimmel is jumping up and down with glee (pun intended) as Nostra-dance-mus has now correctly predicted his SEVENTH (yes 7!) winner - he predicted Amber to win in week 1 - and won more money in Vegas with betting on his prediction. He will be harder to live with now. Again).
That will do it for season 17. All the finalists (I'm assuming Bill&Emma included) are off to New York for their appearance on Wednesday's Good Morning America for the traditional DWTS after party).
See you in March 2014 for season 18.