The mirrorball trophy has yet another new home.
In an upset, radio personality Bobby Bones and partner Sharna Burgess took home the top prize in season 27 of Dancing with the Stars after what we’d argue was one of the most talented seasons ever.
Bobby, has been fairly middling in terms of scores all season (to the point that we put him as least likely to win in our rankings), but he reigned supreme over his fellow contestants thanks to his huge fanbase.
The Nashville-based DJ, whose real name is Bobby Estell, beat Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch, Disney Channel star Milo Manheim, and model and Instagram influencer Alexis Ren for the trophy, and as Tom Bergeron said, he’s truly the people’s champion.
“Thank you to the people, thank to Sharna, who made all this possible,” Bobby said.
We’ll make no bones about it…Bobby won entirely based on fan votes. Voting continued up until the final moments of the show, but he was always towards the top of the pack while other incredibly talented dancers like Fuller House star Juan Pablo Di Pace and singer Tinashe found themselves eliminated. He also beat youngest contestant Milo Manheim, who’s 17 and was practically flawless.
So congrats to those who voted for Mr. Bones, because you’ve got the power to change the world, probably.
Meanwhile, in other news, we have completely maxed out on Bachelor/Dancing with the Stars cross-promotion.
Joe Amabile, also known as Grocery Store Joe and also known as “How Is Grocery Store Joe Still On This Show?,” hit the dance floor once again, but tonight he was joined by a dance crew of Bachelor alums, including Wells Adams, Nick Viall, Eric Bigger, and Dean Unglert.
Joe made it to fifth place (somehow tying with very very very good dancer Juan Pablo Di Pace), and Nick Viall tied for sixth place (with Nancy Kerrigan) back in season 24. This was the first time we saw Wells, Dean, or Eric officially show off their dance skills and the best we can say is that Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy were great.
We also got a sneak peek of next season of The Bachelor tonight with a lengthy promo highlighting a lot of crying, a lot of references to Colton Underwood‘s virginity, and one questionably dramatic fence jump.
It was quite enough to last us until the franchise returns in January, at least.
Dancing with the Stars airs on ABC.