Iman Shumpert Makes History with Season 30 Win

Iman Shumpert has been crowned the winner of the 30th season of Dancing with the stars!

The 31-year-old NBA star received the Mirrorball Trophy from host Tyra Banks in Monday night’s final after battling finalists Amanda Kloots, Cody Rigsby and JoJo Siwa in the ballroom. He has made history as the first basketball player to make the final or win the show.

For the finale, the celebrities and their professional partners each performed two routines, including a fusion dance and a freestyle.

Kloots, 39, and fellow professional Alan Bersten kicked off the competition by performing a Viennese waltz and a pasodoble dance fusion with Bishop Briggs’ “Never Tear Us Apart,” which scored 38 out of 40 points. The duo then followed up with a freestyle for Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars” for a perfect score of 40 out of 40.

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Next, 34-year-old Rigsby and fellow professional Cheryl Burke performed a paso doble and cha cha fusion dance to En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind” with a score of 36 out of 40. They later returned freestyle to a medley of “Beethoven’s Fifth” and “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels (Just Dance Version)” by Todrick Hall, which scored a perfect 40 out of 40.

Third, Siwa, 18, and her professional partner Jenna Johnson performed a fusion dance of tango and cha cha cha to Icona Pop’s “I Love It” with Charli XCX, which scored a perfect 40 out of 40. Then they followed it up with a freestyle to Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” for another 40 of the 40.

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Finally, Shumpert and fellow professional Daniella Karagach performed a cha cha and foxtrot fusion dance to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September”, which scored a perfect 40 out of 40. The pair later returned freestyle to a medley of “Lose Control” by Missy Elliott featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop and “Bounce” by DJ Client, for another 40 of the 40.

At the end of the night, Banks, 47, announced that Kloots landed in fourth place and Rigsby in third, leaving Siwa and Shumpert as the final two contestants. Banks, shocked, revealed that Shumpert and Karagach, 28, were the champions of season 30.

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Shumpert’s victory comes a year later High school Alumnus Kaitlyn Bristowe won Season 29 with pro Artem Chigvintsev in November 2020. It was announced earlier this month that the 36-year-old former reality star will be joining the upcoming Dancing with the Stars winter tour. Kloots and Jimmie Allen will also make appearances on select dates.

“All the dancers told me that the tour is an incredible experience,” Bristowe said in a press release. “I was so sad that there was no tour last season [due to COVID], So I’m really excited to finally be able to perform in front of an audience and connect with the fans! “

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She added: “Being in Dancing with the stars let me live my childhood dream of being able to dance on such a large platform and I am beyond grateful for all that. “

In addition to Bristowe and Chigvintsev, 39, the tour will include Brandon Armstrong, Sasha Farber, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, Britt Stewart, Karagach and Bersten, 27.

The tour will begin on January 7 in Richmond, Virginia, and conclude on March 27 in Modesto, California, reaching several states and cities along the way. For a full list of tour dates and locations, visit the official website here.

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