8:00pm PT by Natalie Stone
'Dancing With the Stars' Awards Season 20 Winner
Dancing With the Stars awarded the season 20 winning couple with its new, gold-plated Mirrorball Trophy on Tuesday night.
For the first time in his eight seasons as a professional dancer, Valentin Chmerkovskiy took home the winning trophy alongside Bruce Willis' and Demi Moore's daughter Rumer Willis. The pair performed a 24-hour fusion challenge on part two of the finale, which judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli awarded a score of 40/40.
On Monday night's part one finale, each of the three couples performed a freestyle dance in addition to a repeat performance from earlier in the season. Chmerkovskiy and Willis, whose Foxtrot brought tears to Willis' eyes, earned two 40/40 perfect scores.
Chmerkovskiy came close in past seasons (twice in third place, once in second place) to clinching the winning title, but his eighth season on the show secured a victory for the pro.
R5 singer Riker Lynch, Julianne and Derek Hough's cousin, came in a close second place with pro dancer Allison Holker (the pair also earned two perfect scores on Monday night), who said at the beginning of the season that she hoped to win on her second run as a pro like Witney Carson did with Alfonso Ribeiro in season 19.
Though double amputee Noah Galloway and pro partner Sharna Burgess wowed audiences throughout the season with his ability to dance despite the loss of a leg and arm, audience votes combined with judges' scores secured the pair in third place. Double amputee Amy Purdy performed with her season 18 partner Derek Hough alongside Galloway and Burgess.
Season 19 runner-up Sadie Robertson and Mirrorball Trophy-winner Ribeiro danced together for audiences prior to Tom Bergeron's announcement that the former Fresh Prince of Bel Air star will take over his post as host of America's Funniest Home Videos.
Musical performers included Jason Derulo ("Want to Want Me"), Andy Grammer ("Honey I'm Good"), Fifth Harmony ("Worth It") and Sia ("Elastic Heart"). The Hough siblings danced together along to Sia's song.
Galloway and Burgess opened the evening's final performances with a Cha Cha/Argentine Tango fusion that earned the pair a 36/40. Lynch and Holker took the dance floor second for their Salsa/Quickstep fusion, earning a perfect 40/40. "That was one of my favorite moments," Lynch said about his last live performance with pro partner Holker.
Willis and Chmerkovskiy performed third, earning a perfect 40/40 for their Foxtrot/Paso Doble fusion. "It's amazing. Honestly you guys, this has been the most incredible experience of my life," Willis said after her final dance.
While the finalists awaited the results, Patti LaBelle performed "Two Steps Away."
Kobe Bryant, Danica McKellar and Zendaya could be seen in the audience cheering on the finalists.
Check back Wednesday for more comments from the three finalists.