Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were crowned the winners of “Dancing with the Stars” on May 20, but all of the finalists flew throughout the night for a traditional appearance on “Good Morning America.” On May 21, they took NYC by storm to celebrate the close of yet another successful season. Meryl and Maks, plus Amy Purdy and Derek Hough, Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas, and James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd all spoke to “GMA’ about their experiences and they hit the dance floor one last time.
Meryl Davis, the latest celebrity to take home the coveted mirror ball trophy, received the highest scores throughout the entire season. For months, fans have wondered about her personal relationship with her partner because their chemistry was electric. On Tuesday, Maks joked that he wanted to have Russian babies with his favorite partner of all time. As posted by Hollywood Life on May 21, the couple’s chemistry “was undeniable from the first practice.’
On Wednesday, Meryl and Maks remained coy about their real life relationship. However, both were happy to talk about their experiences on "DWTS.” Meryl stated that the last few months have been truly exciting and that she loved every step of her journey. Maks was a bit more open and said, “It was an incredible connection. I don’t know why. We come from different planets.” He added that he loved this season and wouldn’t do one single thing differently. Maks was inspired by Meryl’s strength and determination. “It sucked me in,” he explained.
Amy Purdy, who finished in second place with partner Derek Hough, was also happy to share her views on “GMA.” The Paralympian was a popular favorite to win, but fell short. As posted by USA Today, their fusion dance on Tuesday received perfect scores and the routine was amazing. On Wednesday, Amy said that competing on “Dancing with the Stars” was truly memorable because she had to overcome so many obstacles, including a painful injury. “I learned to appreciate the strength of my body,” she added.
Derek told “GMA” that Amy was the reason he decided to return to “DWTS” this season. As a 5-time champion, he wasn’t sure if he could offer more or climb the mountain again. “She was the reason I wanted to do this season,” he stated. “It felt like more than a competition and a dance show.”
Candace Cameron Bure, who came in 3rd place, was still jubilant about her accomplishments on “Dancing with the Stars.” She explained that her journey was a roller coaster ride filled with many ups and downs. “It was so new to me,” she said on “GMA.” Candace added that her goal was to make it to the finish line and be a good example for her kids. According to Wetpaint, she knew that she wasn’t the best technical dancer and that her fans were responsible for pushing her to the finals.
Although James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd did not compete on Tuesday night, they appeared on “GMA” for the after-party celebration with the three finalists. Their freestyle was the one routine chosen by the judges for an encore performance. “This dance was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,” James stated. As posted by Parade, he was pleased with his performances on Monday night and a little surprised not to make it to the final three. However, he added on “GMA” that he was very appreciative of “DWTS” because it was an excellent platform to show his adult side to the country. Both James and Peta remained mum on their personal relationship.
So, season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars” has come to a close. When the show returns, it will do so without Conrad Green, the showrunner since 2005. Head judge Len Goodman also hinted that he might not be next time around. Even after 18 seasons, “Dancing with the Stars” is still one of the most popular reality shows on television, so its chances for season 19 remain strong, especially since Green’s replacement has already been tapped. Fans can’t seem to get enough of the spray-tanned, sequined Salsas and dance floor drama.
To see the “DWTS” winners and runner-ups dance one last time on “Good Morning America,” head to the “GMA” website on Yahoo.