The next time I take a chance on playing the lottery, I’m coming to you for those winning numbers, TVLine readers. (Well, 59 percent of you, that is.)
And, in the closing moments of Tuesday’s finale, that hunch was proven to be totally spot-on, as DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd were awarded the Mirrorball trophy. (Second place went to Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas, with Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy nabbing third.)
DiMarco — who, coincidentally, also won the 22nd cycle of America’s Next Top Model — was a favorite from the beginning, as he overcame his deafness (including an inability to feel musical vibrations) to produce some of the season’s most memorable routines.
Of course, before Nyle and Peta could overtake Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough as the reigning Dancing champs, the ABC series hosted a two-hour celebration of this season’s standout performances and memorable contestants. (If you were hoping to see Sasha Farber dressed as a giant crab one more time this season — and really, who wasn’t hoping for that? — then this finale must have made you so happy.)
The three finalists also performed their 24-hour fusion dances — a mash-up of two dance styles — which earned them one last score from the judges, denoted below:
* Ginger Zee and pro Val Chmerkovskiy — Foxtrot/Argentine Tango — 27/30
* Nyle DiMarco and pro Peta Murgatroyd — Tango/Cha-Cha — 30/30
* Paige VanZant and pro Mark Ballas — Jive/Salsa — 30/30
And just like that, Season 22 came to a close, with Nyle and Peta swept up in a massive celebration alongside their castmates. “I owe it all to him,” Murgatroyd said of her partner. “He’s just incredible.”
That’s a wrap, Dancing fans! What did you think of the finale — and who did you want to see win? Cast your vote in our poll below, then hit the comments with all of your Season 22 thoughts!