Kicking off the finale of “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” are Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber, dancing the Viennese waltz to “The Time of My Life” by David Cook.
Len Goodman says Harding danced with “elegance and sophistication,” while Bruno Tonioli calls her rejuvenated and radiant. Carrie Ann Inaba praises her movements, but warns her to watch her nerves. They score a 26.
Watch Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber’s Glittering Viennese Waltz
Welcome to the “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” finale! In the first round, the three finalists will dance a foxtrot, Viennese waltz, or jazz routine inspired by their journey this season. The couples will then perform the fan-favorite freestyle dance in round two. The new champion will be revealed at the end of the one-hour-long episode. Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber are currently at the bottom of the leaderboard with 35 points. At the top of the leaderboard are Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson, who earned a total of 41 points last week. The new “Dancing with the Stars” season begins this fall on ABC.
Dancing with the Stars Social Media Reactions
Tonya & Sasha have had some beautiful dances this season just not the team I’m rooting to win #Dwts
— All things Dwts (@BestOfDwts) May 22, 2018
Aww dreamy and so magical @SahsaFarber and Tonya harding!! I have so enjoyed you all season. #DWTS
— VogueristaDWTSNews (@Voguerista) May 22, 2018
Nicely done, Tonya! #DWTS
— The DawnKJ (@Dawn_KJ) May 22, 2018
Tonya was so graceful #DWTS
— cammy (@itscammylol) May 22, 2018
Tonya and Sasha’s dance was very beautiful. #DWTS
— Paul Bacon (@PaulBacon30) May 22, 2018
Harding is a former Olympic figure skater. According to ABC, “Harding won her first skating competition at the age of five. In 1991, at Senior Nationals, Tonya became the first American woman to attempt and land the extremely difficult Triple Axel. Her life story was recently depicted in the award-winning film ‘I, Tonya,’” which tells the story of the Harding-Nancy Kerrigan scandal.
Overwhelmed by your love. Overjoyed that you’ve allowed me to perform again. Over the moon that @sashafarber1 and I are in the @dancingabc FINALE tomorrow! Even though this journey is coming to an end, I will continue to be forever thankful for your immense support. We still have two performances to share with you and I can honestly say they’re my favorite of the season. Wishing my fellow Finalists the best of luck, but #teamaxellent is reaching for that Mirrorball! Don’t miss #DWTS tomorrow at 8|7c on ABC.
“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The judging panel is composed of ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine who gets to stay and who is sent home as couples vie for the coveted Mirrorball trophy during the special, four-week season.
The finalists are Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, NFL star Josh Norman and former figure skater Tonya Harding.
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