As if you couldn’t tell, we love Dancing with the Stars.
It feels like such harmless fun to find out who can secretly dance, and who can’t dance at all, and to bet on who will win the whole thing, and then to watch esteemed athletes strut their stuff alongside former TV stars or random politicians in sparkly costumes. It’s just a ridiculous good time, which is why we were so surprised and confused to find that this season, we were bored!
Laurie Hernandez, who took home the mirror ball in last night’s finale, was of course terrific. She was terrific for the entire season, which is part of why were bored. No matter how hard we tried to pretend that America could vote for Canadian race car driver James Hinchcliffe over the doe-eyed Olympic gymnast, we always knew Laurie would win.
In fact, almost no one other than James surprised us this season. Everyone did exactly as well as we thought they probably would, and not a single result made us go “What? No! Why?”
It’s not really anyone’s fault, we guess, but we feel like we could blame those Ryan Lochteprotesters who rushed the stage in the premiere. When you start with security and Derek Hough having to tackle men to the ground, not even the best dance in the world could keep that excitement level up.
We’re not saying we hated this season by any means, but we’re also not saying we’re not a little bit glad it’s finally over, regardless of how much we truly love Disney Princess Laurie Hernandez.