Amber Riley, Christina Perri, Iggy Azalea, Cody Simpson, and Ariana Grande Dance With the Stars!

May 24, 2014
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DWTS Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars went out with a bang! The last part of the two-night finale aired Tuesday, May 20 and along with the dancers in the competition, there were killer performances to match! Stars like Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, and even last season’s DWTS winner, Amber Riley! The stage was on fire, to say the least! And here to give you a recap of the performances is none other than yours truly, make sure to check it out below!

Up first: Amber’s performance. Amber Riley (season 17 champ), took the stage two different times throughout the broadcast. The first track performed was ‘Colorblind,’ the first single off of her début album. Amid some technical difficulties, preventing us from hearing the entire song, what we heard was delightful. The song showed her powerhouse vocals and it is easy to see the purpose of choosing this single as the first to be released. The second song performed by Amber sang was  ‘Do Your Thing.’ The technical difficulties disappeared in the second performance as we were able to enjoy the entire song. Playing on the jazzy feel and sound of ‘Do Your Thing,’ Amber and her dancers were dressed in more of a 1920’s attire. Pulling off the part perfectly, they looked like they belonged in a flapper club. Amber even let out some of the dance moves that helped her win last season. If you weren’t able to catch the show, you can check out the two performances below!

The next performer taking the stage that night was Christina Perri, singing her hit single ‘Human.’ Perri was surrounded by fog, giving the illusion of floating on clouds, while singing and playing the piano. The song played in the background as the dancers were shown a recap video of their previous performances from this season.  Obviously getting emotional, the dancers reminisced on the time spent on the show, simultaneously hoping to take home the infamous mirrorball trophy. Perri’s performance was graceful and perhaps the perfect song for this moment in the show. It is posted below if you could not catch it!

Who dat, who dat- that took the stage that night as well? You guessed it, Iggy Azalea. Miss Iggy sang her smash single ‘Fancy’  featuring Charlie XCX. Like Amber, Iggy also experienced some technical difficulties but that didn’t stop the show–Iggy kept performing like a true artist! Iggy and Charlie XCX featured a prom theme. Putting a twist on things, Iggy donned a sash adorned with “The New Classic,” the name of her new album, similar to what a prom queen would wear. One of my favorite songs and disregarding the technical problem, one of my favorite performances of the night! Check it out below!

Next is our favorite Aussie, Cody Simpson! Cody took the stage to perform his newest single ‘Surfboard.’ The former DWTS contestant dressed in a simple white t-shirt, jeans, and a black jacket opened his song first by dancing a little, to playing his guitar with a few backup dancers behind him. Changing things up a bit, Cody ditched his guitar for a dancing partner and showed us his signature moves. Killing the stage with his DWTS partner, Witney Carson, Cody showed us a performance that we will never forget! It is posted below for your viewing pleasure.

Last, but certainly not least is a singer I do not have a single ‘Problem’ with. Ariana Grande took to the stage to perform her hit single  (currently still at number 1) on Tuesday night’s show. Ariana began her performance differently than she has in the past. Perched on a motorcycle in a black crop top, leggings, and black heels, Ariana had few backup dancers before taking advantage of the stage and doing signature dance moves to the single, with more dancers joining her. Cutting Iggy’s part, Ariana filled it instead with a small dance number and uptempo beat before hitting those notorious notes at the end of the track. Not missing a beat, nor slowing down her dancing, Ariana fulfilled all expectations that night. Make sure to check out my favorite performance of the night below! 😉

What did you think of the DWTS finale this season?! Who was your favorite performer of the night?! Send us a tweet @weknowthedj and let us know your thoughts.

-Dominique H. (@nique1992)

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