Before the victor was announced, the three finalists, Normani Kordei and her dancing partner Val Chmerkovskiy, David Ross and Lindsay Arnold, and Jennings and Emma Slater, had to perform one last time to impress the judges.
As Normani says in the clip package, they are heading into the Dancing with the Stars finale in second place behind Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater, after a slight stumble in one of last week's dances caused them to get all 9s.
However, the biggest shock of the night came as Normani was announced as the third-place victor, vaulting David all the way into second place. Julianne said it looked like the team had been practicing the routine for weeks even though they only had a day to prep. Scores of 10-10-10-10 from the judges for a total of 40. Kordei was the judges' darling all season.
In the end it was down to David Ross and Rashad Jennings, and Jennings won the season. I don't know if [cameras] caught my face or not, but I literally can not believe it at all. "I hope our audience really feels that".
"It could be us".
"I pushed myself so hard because working hard is the only thing I know", Jennings said.
Jennings said he and Ross had both thought early on that it would be all women in the finale, and were stunned to be the last two stars left standing. "I think honestly for us it was just our friendship".
Jennings stressed that fact that, "There are no losers here at all".
Jennings joins a line of National Football League players who have won the dancing competition, including Donald Driver, Hines Ward, and Emmitt Smith.
Last night, Normani Kordei, Rashad Jennings, and David Ross gave their final bid for the mirrorball trophy.
Now Ross, a "DWTS" fan favorite, plans to go home to his family, "jump in the pool at home with the kids" and also promote his just-released memoir.