And before that, the three remaining couples (David and his pro partner Lindsay Arnold, Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater, and Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy) had to do their final dance for the judges and the viewers, a fusion routine. In a season full of shocking results, the most surprising elimination came courteous of finale night, where fan favorite Fifth Harmony member, Normani Kordei's hopes of winning were cut short and she finished in third place.
In a pre-taped package that aired Tuesday, judge Len Goodman said of the final three, "Any one of them can win it". Kordei was the judges' darling all season.
Jennings becomes the fourth National Football League player to win the reality competition, preceded by Season 3's Emmitt Smith, Season 12's Hines Ward and Season 14's Donald Driver. "I could not be prouder".
"It could be us". The people that work for the show are fantastic.
"I'm her biggest fan, you have no idea", Jennings added. The last two dancers standing were two men. "We literally would bring it up our coordinator and say, 'Hey, I don't think this is fair, we need more hours [to practice].' We said that every week!"
Jennings stressed that fact that, "There are no losers here at all".
If you can't get enough of this season and particularly Rashad Jennings, check out the cast on the DWTS tour this summer.
"I've got no words", Bergeron said after announcing the final two teams. "I just want to cap it off with a fun dance we both enjoy doing and we're not gonna focus on trying to be ideal, we're just gonna enjoy the moment 'cause it's our last dance together". In fact, having played for the Jaguars and Raiders before going to NY, this past season's wild card loss to the Green Bay Packers was his first playoff game since entering the NFL.