LOS ANGELES – Millions of viewers watched as Bobby Bones and his professional partner, Sharna Burgess, lifted the mirror ball trophy with an impressive victory in "Dancing With the Stars" on Monday.
But USA TODAY was so close to the action on the dance floor that when competitor Milo Manheim splashed the temporary water pool with his professional partner Witney Carson, they hit us with water. Sure, they were just a few drops. But we were legitimate in the splash zone during the competition.
This is what we saw that the cameras failed.
Plus: How Bobby Bones and his partner Sharna Burgess achieved the Mirrorball Miracle of & # 39; DWTS & # 39;
Was there love between swimsuit model Alexis Ren and professional Alan Bersten?
Alexis Ren and professional Alan Bersten brought love to the dance floor. Just ask them. (Photo: Eric McCandless, ABC)
Call us cynics, but they looked at Ren and his partner Bersten, who said they were in a relationship and insisted that it was not about creating drama and the interest of the fans.
It's totally just love, right?
When the two watched from the dance floor while an introductory video showed them talking about the budding relationship, Ren and Bersten laughed and huddled off camera. Bersten even kissed Ren playfully on the cheek. The giggles increased as you could hear Ren in the video that said "we communicate with our hearts".
But there was less chemistry after the couple's second and last dance. Host Erin Andrews interviewed the duo outside the ballroom, noting that they had finished their last dance. He was clearly pressing them both to give a camera kiss to immortalize the moment of television.
In the ballroom, professional dancer Sasha Farber laughed while waving her hands and shouting "Kiss! Kiss!" in the pair on the giant screen. But Ren and Bersten failed and had a facial collision, to Farber's visible disappointment.
Milo Manheim goes crazy before dancing
The Disney Channel star, Manheim, may look like the coolest kid on the dance floor. But out of sight before his Charleston to "Live in New York City," he was jumping, grimacing and sticking out his tongue to prepare. He suddenly left the stage before time in the air as his professional partner Carson looked puzzled, hands in the air ("I was like, where the hell are you going?" Carson said later). It turns out that Manheim needed a glass of water ("I was very thirsty").
He returned to the stage, apologized to Carson and took a deep breath. Then he nailed the number, winning 10 perfect from the judges.
Keo Motsepe let Evanna Lynch shine alone at her final dance.
"Harry Potter" actress Evanna Lynch had abilities, but the self-styled introverted one struggled for her true personality to show up (in stark contrast to champion Bones).
However, in Bjork's surprising final freestyle number in "It's Oh So Quiet," Lynch let everything fly in a colorful world that captivated. Judge Bruno Tonioli threw an impartial behavior out the window as he got up, smiling and applauding during the intricate number.
In an unusual move, Lynch was away from his partner Motsepe in the last moments of the dance, standing on a platform alone, rising to the ceiling. Motsepe let her shine alone. Out of camera range, he was so overcome by Lynch's performance that it sparked an unrestrained roar of approval.
Bobby Bones almost died after his perfect score.
The champion of "DWTS", Bones, proudly flew his freak flag, even off camera. After giving his judges his shoe to autograph after his first dance, Bones then stepped off stage a little, former high-ranking champion Emmitt Smith in the front row and proudly pumps his shoe into the air as he leaves. . Following a perfect score in the freestyle dance, Bones and Burgess were so surprised that they fell to the ground. They remained there in the commercial pause until a hand from the stage moved them, noting that a giant support was rolling towards their heads.
"That would have been the way forward," Bones said later. "After the perfect 10. Rest in peace, Sharna and Bobby."
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