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Katilyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev Win Dancing with the Stars Season 29


Former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe is adding another honor to her trophy case. Last night, Bristowe and partner Artem Chigvintsev were named the Dancing with the Stars Season 29 winners during the competition’s two-hour finale event. Bristowe is the second Bachelorette star in as many years to take home the coveted Mirrorball trophy, proving once and for all that when it comes to DWTS winners, ABC alums reign supreme.

The Dancing with the Stars Season 29 finale saw the final four contestants — Bristowe, Catfish‘s Nev Schulman, Nelly, and Justina Machado — and their partners revamp one of their favorite performances from earlier in the season. Afterwards, the four duos performed a Freestyle dance, a fan-favorite finale segment, and each left it all out on the dance floor. Bristowe and Chigvintsev performed to “Sparkling Diamonds” from Moulin Rouge, while Schulman and Jenna Johnson took on “Singin’ in the Rain” by District 78, Nelly and Daniella Karagach combined Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” and The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypotize,” and Machado and Sasha Farber sashayed to “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez and “Bamboleo” by The Gypsy Kings.

Bristowe and Chigvintsev started off strong with a re-creation of their “Toxic” tango from Week 9, which earned them a perfect 30/30 from the judges. The Bachelorette‘s competitors were tough — Machado and Schulman also earned multiple 30/30s — but ultimately, the Dancing with the Stars viewers’ vote put her over the top. When she was announced as the new DWTS winner, Bristowe screamed so loud that viewers’ windows probably shook before thanking her partner for helping her reach the pinnacle of reality dancing competition fame. Chigvintsev, for his part, beamed as he celebrated his first Mirrorball win after nine seasons as a DWTS pro.

“I don’t even know how to put it into words,” Bristowe told ET after the finale. “But to me it’s like, if you believe in something and if you have a passion or a dream … when you think of anyone who’s gotten somewhere, I guarantee they have a story about what it took to get there.”

“So for me, it makes it all so much better that I had this dream. That it was taken away, that I still believed in it, that I worked hard for it, that I stayed true to myself through it,” continued Bristowe. “Same thing with Artem. You just never know when it’s going to happen and the fact that everything just aligned for us and that we’re here with the Mirrorball, like, what?”

The Dancing with the Stars Season 29 finale is available to stream on Hulu and ABC.com.

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