And the mirror ball trophy goes to… Laurie Hernandez
and Val Chmerkovskiy
During Tuesday night's two-hour finals of Dancing With the Stars
, filmed live at The Grove in Los Angeles, the 16-year-old Olympic gymnast and her pro partner were crowned the season 23 champions.
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Hernandez was going for the gold, literally, as she took the stage in a glitzy one-piece dress and a perfectly-styled ballerina bun. With help from Chmerkovskiy, she nailed her final "24 hour fusion" dance, which consisted of the foxtrot and Argentine tango.
Showcasing Hernandez's athleticism with stellar lifts, fierce extensions and quick movements across the floor, the routine received a perfect score and raving reviews from all four of the judges. "My golly, you really are a spectacular dancer," said Bruno Tonioli
. "Right on the money, honey! Fantastic!"
Judge Len Goodman
, who admitted he had no "clue of who's going to