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Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater, `Dancing with the Stars` champions. (ABC photo by Eric McCandless)
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater, "Dancing with the Stars" champions. (ABC photo by Eric McCandless)

Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater are 'Dancing with the Stars' season 24 champions


Wed, May 24th 2017 08:55 am
#TeamShadSquad wins coveted Mirrorball trophy
Musical performers included Hailee Steinfeld, OneRepublic, TLC and Lady Antebellum
NFL player Rashad Jennings and pro Emma Slater were crowned "Dancing with the Stars" champions on Tuesday.
The viewer votes and judges' points from May 15 and 22 were combined along with the judges' points from the 24-hour fusion challenge to determine the winner. At the end of the night, Jennings and Slater were presented with the coveted Mirrorball trophy.
In the two-and-a-half hour season finale of "Dancing with the Stars," the three finalists advanced to the final stage of the competition. The night kicked off with a rousing opening number, featuring a reunion of all 12 of this season's couples, along with judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough, and hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. 
Season finale performances included Academy Award-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld, who performed her latest single, "Most Girls"; OneRepublic performed their latest hit, "No Vacancy," alongside a dance by Sharna Burgess and Gleb Savchenko; and Lady Antebellum performed their hit song, "You Look Good," alongside a dance with Witney Carson, Hayley Erbert, Artem Chigvintsev and Savchenko. Also, from ABC's upcoming new adaptation of the global pop-cultural phenomenon "Dirty Dancing," celebrating the 30th anniversary year of the iconic film, rising star Colt Prattes, who portrays Johnny, and season 10 "Dancing with the Stars" champion Nicole Scherzinger, who plays Penny, danced to the hit song from the movie, "Do You Love Me?" The TV musical movie event airs Wednesday, May 24 (8-11 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
Additionally, fans got a sneak peek at the "Dancing with the Stars: Live! - Hot Summer Nights" tour that will be traveling across America over this summer. 
There was also separate girls and guys' numbers. The girls' number featured Heather Morris and female pros and troupe dancing to "River" by Bishop Briggs, and the guys' number incorporated the male pros and troupe dancing to "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars.
In the last element of competition, the three couples performed a new routine as part of a 24-hour fusion challenge. The couples fused two contrasting dance styles that they've performed this season, and they had less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges' points.

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