CALVIN JOHNSON

Next up in the freestyle round are Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold, performing a “Please Mr. Postman”/”I Want You Back” medley by The Marvelettes/The Jackson 5. The freestyle was inspired by Calvin’s high energy and happiness throughout the competition. Complete with jazz, jive, lifts and a moving sidewalk, they completely pull off their second to last dance of the two-night finale.

Julianne Hough says she loved their joy and charm, while Bruno Tonioli compares it to a parade. He also commends Lindsay on incorporating all of Calvin’s best qualities. Carrie Ann Inaba thinks the world needs “a little bit more” of Calvin, while Len Goodman says if he were a postman, he’d sent him a love letter. He says he really proved he can dance in the “brilliant” freestyle. They score a perfect 40.

Watch Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold’s High-Energy Freestyle

Welcome to the first night of the season 23 finale! Couples will perform two dances—a redemption style dance, which will include dance styles picked by the judges such as the paso doble and tango, as well as the always-creative freestyle dances. Tonight, head judge Len Goodman returns to the panel and performances will include Grammy Award-winning Train and a dance inspired by the upcoming film “La La Land,” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. One couple will be sent home tonight, falling just short of the coveted Mirrorball trophy. The winner will be announced in the season 23 finale tomorrow night, which will also include performances from previous cast members and the remaining contestants’ final dance together: the 24-Hour Fusion Challenge.

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According to ABC, “Calvin Johnson Jr. was born in Newnan, Georgia. He is known to many as one of the NFL’s best wide receivers of all times. Most people in the football world know him as ‘Megatron.’ He is also a philanthropist and a family oriented man,” instilled with significant values at an early age by his parents.

Now in its 23rd season, “Dancing with the Stars” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The judging panel is composed of ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine who gets to stay and who is sent home each week as couples vie for the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

The remaining contestants include Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez with Val Chmerkovskiy, former NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson Jr. with Lindsay Arnold, country singer Jana Kramer with Gleb Savchenko, and IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe with Sharna Burgess. This season’s star-studded line-up included Jake T. Austin, Rick Perry, Vanilla Ice, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Amber Rose, Maureen McCormick, Ryan Lochte, Marilu Henner and Terra Jolé.

Part two of the “Dancing with the Stars” finale starts tomorrow night at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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