Liberty University Graduate Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater Are Your New ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Champions

And the winning couple of Dancing With the Stars is…

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater!

#TeamShadSquad were announced as the dance competition show’s season 24 champions during Tuesday night’s finals, happily accepting the coveted Mirrorball trophy and hopping into a car with hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.

For their last dance, Rashad and Emma performed a cha cha-tango fusion, receiving 39/40 points from the judges, totaling 119/120 for the two-night finale.

 

What a feisty, fabulous Fusion! 🔥 Amazing job, #TeamShadSquad. #DWTS #Finale

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“I don’t know if you were necessarily born to win this competition, but you’ve certainly earned it,” said Carrie Ann Inaba, as Bruno Tonioli called the NFL star a “pro’s dream.”

Julianne Hough chimed in, telling the duo, “This is a great way to finish the season. Unbelievable!”

Host Erin Andrews revealed the 32-year-old athlete spent a total of 362 hours in rehearsal, the most of any contestant on the show. “I push myself so hard, because working hard is all I know,” Rashad said. “I just wanted to come out here, get to know myself and fight for this.”

“I wanna thank Rashad for letting me create,” added Emma. “I’m sad because I don’t know if I’ll get this again.”

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Source: ETOnline | Desiree Murphy

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