Who Won Dancing With The Stars Season 31?
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The most recent season of popular dance competition show Dancing With The Stars came to a close on November 21, impressively crowning the show’s 31st winners since it first began. This season’s champions scored a perfect 40 out of 40 for the final round, but who were they? Read on below to find out.
How does Dancing With The Stars work?
If you haven’t watched Dancing With The Stars before, the show’s format may be unfamiliar to you. Each season, a cast of celebrities ranging from musicians and actors to athletes and models is chosen to compete. The celebs are each paired with a professional dancer who helps teach them and dances with them in the competition.
This season of Dancing With The Stars featured 16 celebrities, including singer Jordin Sparks, weather anchor Sam Champion, and comedian Wayne Brady.
The clear favorite
Like any TV show, Dancing With The Stars has had its fair share of drama and controversy, with some winners in past seasons being highly disputed by viewers of the show. The most recent season of the show didn’t suffer from this, however, and the winners of Season 31 seem to be the clear favorite among many fans of the show.
If you spent any time watching this season of Dancing With The Stars, it’ll come as no surprise to you that the winners were TikTok star Charli D’Amelio and her dance partner, professional dancer Mark Ballas. The duo’s chosen songs for the final competition were “Grown” by Little Mix and “Us Again” by Pinar Toprak.
Charli D’Amelio, often described as TikTok’s biggest star, is a content creator best known for her TikTok dance videos. D’Amelio had a leg up on the competition in this season of Dancing With The Stars since she is a trained dancer, and she performed as a competitive dancer for over ten years before starting her TikTok account in 2019.
D’Amelio didn’t come to the show alone, as she actually competed against her mother Heidi. Heidi is a photographer and retired model, whose professional dancer partner was Artem Chigvintsev, and they were the eighth team eliminated from the competition.
D’Amelio’s partner in the competition was Mark Ballas, a professional ballroom dancer. Ballas has been a performer on the show since Season 5 in 2007. While D’Amelio’s dancing experience certainly helped the duo secure the win, Ballas’s contribution can’t be overlooked.
Ballas has won the show three times, more than any other dancer except for Derek Hough, who has won six times. Ballas has also been a finalist on the show eleven out of his twenty times competing.
What do the winners of the show receive?
The winners of Dancing With The Stars each year receive a coveted “Mirrorball” trophy, but what isn’t always stated on the show is that the celebrities and professional dancers who compete all receive a cash prize. As of the most recent report in 2019, each performer is eligible to win up to $295,000 based on how long they stay in the show.