And the winner of “Dancing With the Stars” Season 20 is … Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter!
Okay, that wasn’t very nice. After all, 26-year-old Rumer Willis signed up for the show with hopes that she could finally (finally) have an identity apart from her famous family. And while she’ll never be completely separated — the camera obsessively panned to Bruce, a proud dad, beaming in the audience during the finale — at least now, people know she’s a pretty talented dancer.
Rumer and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, stood out through the whole season and she quickly became a frontrunner thanks to their smoldering chemistry. (They knew each other before the show, so that probably helped.) Some of us — ahem — even called her victory after the very first episode of the season. Plus, the judges adored her.
“You are as good as anyone who has ever been on ‘Dancing With the Stars,'” notoriously cranky judge Len Goodman gushed on Tuesday night. Carrie Ann Inaba called her “just the real deal” while Bruno Tonioli went with “an utterly irresistible shining star.” Julianne Hough upped the ante: “You make me want to be a better dancer,” she said.
Host Tom Bergeron didn’t get his traditional “ask the winners how they feel while they’re presented with the extremely gaudy Mirror Ball trophy” segment, given that there was too much excited chaos on the dance floor. Their cast mates swept up Rumer and Val in a giant hug as confetti rained down.
We did get a few words from second runner-up, Noah Galloway, a U.S. Army combat veteran and double amputee. (He lost his left leg and left arm after being hit with a roadside bomb in Iraq). Noah, 33-year-old personal trainer a motivational speaker, has had quite the season. In addition to just generally serving as an inspiration — judges called him and partner Sharna Burress “the heart of the competition” — he also proposed to his girlfriend during the show on live television.
“I thought three weeks at the most I’d be here, and I made it to third place,” Noah beamed.
Second place went to actor/singer Riker Lynch, the 23-year-old former “Glee” cast member. It was obvious the super-energetic Riker and his partner, Allison Holker, weren’t meant for Mirror Ball glory when the judge Julianne Hough gave him this gem of a backhanded compliment: “If this whole show was based off of showmanship, it’s yours. But it’s more than that, so we’ll see.”
Other contestants this season, which averaged about 12 million viewers a week and slightly down from last year, included gymnast Nastia Liukin; football player Michael Sam; actress Suzanne Somers; actress Willow Shields; LMFAO musician Redfoo; singer Patti LaBelle; model Charlotte McKinney; “Bachelor” Chris Soules; and “Shark Tank” judge Robert Herjavec.
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