Dancing With The Stars' Iman Shumpert WINS Mirrorball & shocks fans after making history as first NBA player in finale

Dancing With The Stars' Iman Shumpert WINS Mirrorball & shocks fans after making history as first NBA player in finale

November 23, 2021

DANCING With The Stars crowned Iman Shimpert as its Mirrorball trophy winner during tonight’s shocking season 30 finale. 

The NBA champion made history as the first-ever basketball player to make it to the semi-finals – let alone to the very end – and shocked fans when he won the entire competition.


As their first dance of the night, the 31-year-old performed a Cha Cha and Foxtrot Fusion with his partner, Daniella Karagach, to the Earth, Wind And Fire classic, September.

They earned their first perfect score of the season with a 10 from each judge.

Following their fiery dance, the pair turned up the heat even more during their second performance of the night – the highly-anticipated freestyle.

Iman, 31, danced to Missy Elliot's Lose Control and brought everyone in the ballroom to their feet with difficult lips and fast Chicago footwork.

Repeating their first perfect score, the duo also got a 40 out of 40 for their second dance.

Guest judge Julianne Hough made Daniella break down in tears as she gave high praise for their dance.

"I will go on record right now, that was my favorite freestyle I’ve ever seen in 30 seasons of Dancing With the Stars,” the DWTS alum said.

Julianne stepped in for her brother, Derek Hough, who was quarantining at home due to testing positive for Covid.

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Bruno Tonioli has similar kind words, labeling Iman "the king of the ballroom."

Despite fellow contestant JoJo Siwa being an early frontrunner to win, fans were thrilled the "underdog" took home the Mirrorball trophy.

One shocked fan said next to a screaming face: "Me and my mom when Iman and Daniella were announced Mirrorball champs!!"

"Iman showed an amazing amount of growth from the beginning of the season to today. I'm so proud of him and both him and daniella deserve it," a second said.

A third tweeted: "Although i was rooting for jojo, iman absolutely deserved that win!!!"

"Iman & Dani elevated the show. Period. Their dances were sooo fly they made it fun to watch interesting & fresh," and admirer gushed.

Another viewer added: "I was nervous as hell y'all. His only competition down the wire was Jojo, who was damn near perfect all season.

"But Iman put in a different kind of work and it showed. And Danielle….GIFTED! This is a major win for the culture! Congrats!"

After the results were announced by host Tyra Banks, Iman couldn't believe it and walked away from the camera.

He appeared to break down in tears as he hunched over and nearly fell to the floor.

His partner, Daniella, looked equally shocked as this was only her second season competing on the show.

Last year, she danced with Nelly and also made it to the finale – where she came in 3rd place overall.

Coming in second was Dance Moms alum JoJo – who was widely expected to win this season.

The teen pop star scored perfect numbers throughout the season and made history as the first same-sex pairing along with partner Jenna Johnson.

In third place was Peloton guru Cody Rigsby while The Talk's Amanda Kloots came in fourth.

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