Here’s a look at the final three and why they each could walk away with the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: The Role Model
Why she’ll win: The “Duck Dynasty” star has made it known just who she is and what she believes in from Day 1. The Christian who kept things clean on the dance floor has gained a massive following for being a positive role model for young women. The 17-year-old released a book of advice this year and has heeded a lot of those wise words herself in Season 19. If she wins, it will be a testament to her strong faith and unwavering dedication to showing her true heart to earn viewers’ respect … and votes.
Winning performance: Robertson and her partner, two-time champ Mark Ballas, performed a Super Mario Brothers-themed freestyle in the finals round. The dance earned the pair a perfect score and rave reviews from the judges. Judge Julianne Hough said, “Game over! I just gave you all of my gold coins. Honestly that was the cutest thing I have ever seen.” Carrie Ann Inaba said the dance was the “most memorable freestyle” she’s seen throughout all of the seasons. Robertson’s performance in the freestyle round made it clear she was confident enough to hold her own in the final.
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: The Fighter
Why he’ll win: There has probably never been a more captivating performer on “DWTS” than Ribeiro. The actor has said he has been lusted after the Mirror Ball for 10 years, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone he is in the final. Despite battling serious injuries in both his back and groin, Ribeiro proved he is a fighter during the final round — and every week of the competition for that matter. Season 19 marks the first time his partner, pro Witney Carson, has made it to the finals, and she has proven time and time again she deserves it. Carson has designed showstopping routines this season week after week, and the pair is so in sync they could quite possibly go down in “DWTS” history for being the most captivating duo to watch.
Winning performance: The pair performed one of the most challenging freestyle routines in “DWTS” history, even including a solo tap-dancing part by Ribeiro. The injuries were certainly not at all visible as the pair showcased their talents throughout various styles of dance in the number. Inaba said it “was the ultimate in freestyles,” while Len Goodman called it an “all-you-can-eat buffet of great dancing, fun and entertainment.” Fans already knew that the actor could move, but this performance proved he should walk away with the Mirrorball.
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: The Dark Horse
Why she’ll win: The “Pretty Little Liars” star came out of nowhere and has stolen the show week after week with her passionate performances alongside sexy pro Val Chmerkovskiy. Parrish has proven there is almost nothing she can’t do, and fans will most definitely see her on Broadway eventually, regardless of Tuesday’s outcome. She will win because viewers love her and Val’s sincere performances. Val’s brother Maks won last year, and a win in Season 19 would mean the world to his younger brother. Plus, the love story the show has been teasing all season will likely work in their favor, regardless of how true it is.
Winning performance: Never before has a freestyle routine been more captivating than the pair’s final performance. Judge Bruno Tonioli called the romantic number the “visualization of a love poem” that “touched everybody’s soul.” Inaba told the pair the routine “went inside all of us … changing us for a minute.” The moving number truly showcased the duo’ partnership in the most beautiful of ways.
Find out which one of the three couples will walk away with the Mirrorball trophy when part 2 of the “Dancing With the Stars” Season 19 finale airs Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.