The gloves came off last night — along with a few male dancer’s shirts — as the final three contestants on Dancing With the Stars competed for the Mirror Ball Trophy. Despite the fact that I had been rooting for R5 bassist Riker Lynch all season, the best woman won, and Rumer Willis and partner Val Chmerkovskiy were crowned DWTS Season 20 Champions, as they were lifted into the air in triumph.
I have been a loyal fan of the show for a few years now, and every season evokes the same two emotions: jealousy and awe. The unfortunate truth is, I was born with zero rhythm. Seriously. I had to beg my high school drama director to give me any part in Bye Bye Birdie that involved as little dancing as possible. So excuse the green tint in my cheeks as I watch each professional dancer transform celebrities with little to no dance experience into people who can boogie oogie oogie and sashay with the best of 'em. Tom Bergeron, if you’re reading this, sign me up.
And while there is no denying the routines we watch from week to week are phenomenal, it's the costumes these men and women come out wearing that makes the show so aesthetically pleasing.
Fitting that today is Woman Crush Wednesday as I have provided you with twelve gorgeous candidates. These women define what it takes to act like a lady, think like a boss, and look good doing it. Here are my favorite looks worn by the fabulous ladies of Dancing With the Stars Season 20.
1. Emma Slater
Professional dancer Emma Slater and partner LMFAO's Redfoo were the first to be eliminated this season. Redfoo's energy on the floor and silly personality was not enough to impress the judges or voters, but Slater's bedazzled leotard certainly impressed me.
Slater returned for the finale Tuesday, dancing and temporarily straddling Jason Derulo as he performed his hit single "Want You to Want Me." Is that not the perfect summer night outfit-inspo or what?
2. Charlotte McKinney
Selfie-queen-turned-model Charlotte McKinney and partner Keoikantse Motsepe were eliminated on week three following judge Bruno Tonioli's foot-in-mouth moment as he let it slip that McKinney certainly wouldn't win a nobel prize, but is easy on the eyes. Ouch. However, he did get the latter right. McKinney looked summertime fly as she cha-cha-ed her way through Katy Perry's "California Girls" in this colorful number.
3. Peta Murgatroyd
Eliminated on week four, Peta Murgatroyd and first openly gay LGBT football player Michael Sam always looked smokin' on the floor.
I hope that I look as good as Peta when I'm in my 40s. Girl, look at that body. She works out.
4. Suzanne Somers
Three's Company actress and creator of the Thigh Master, Suzanne Somers and partner Tony Dovolani took their final bows on week five. This was my favorite look of Somers's on the show, not only because it is literally a blue sparkleberry, but because it represents the empire she built on her own. Beauty and brains.
5. Patti LaBelle
I was unable to find a single photo that did Miss Patti LaBelle justice in easily her most fantastic number of her Dancing With the Stars career. LaBelle looked dazzling as she slipped off her white fringe boa to reveal a sparkling white flapper dress with sheer sleeves. As she danced the salsa to 50 Cent's "In the Club" with partner Artem Chigvintsev, one word came to mind: Swag.
6. Willow Shields
The shock of the season was watching Hunger Games actress Willow Shields take her final bow just weeks before the finals. Easily a shoe-in for the win, Shields proved to the judges, audience, and those watching at home that without the viewers votes, Dancing With the Stars is anyone's competition. Taking direction from partner Mark Ballas, not only were their dances creative, but so were their costumes. Doesn't she make for the cutest Alice in Wonderland?
She was a vision as she said her teary goodbyes, dressed in a baby blue leotard.
7. Witney Carson
Season 19 reigning champion Witney Carson and bachelor Chris Soules were one of two couples eliminated during week eight of the competition. I have a mini obsession with Carson. She's not only my woman crush, but my inspiration for how to dress a small figure with curves. She makes it look so easy, and so good.
Whether her feet barely kiss the floor in a flowing gown or she's channeling her inner feline, Witney Carson is a ten.
8. Kym Johnson
Kym Johnson and Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec may have said goodbye to the ballroom during double elimination, but this was one couple that had no plans to go their separate ways. Johnson's a hot commodity and Javec is a billionaire. That's a lot of attractive in one couple.
9. Nastia Liukin
Nastia Liukin's Olympic bod looked fantastic with every wardrobe change, but it was what her body was capable of doing in a dress and heels that was mind blowing. Note the flowing ball gown and at least three inch stilettos? She totally did a flip mid-routine in those babies. Of course, her landing was error-free.
If this warrior's suit and armor doesn't make you smile, let alone Derek Hough and Sasha Farber, you have no soul.
10. Sharna Burgess
Sharna Burgess has the body of a goddess and a smile that will make any man weak in the knees, but I found her best outfits this season were character-inspired. She makes for a serious argument why '70s styles should come back, and definitely one-ups your childhood memory of cartoon Jasmine. If a live version of Aladdin should come about, producers should definitely give her a call.
11. Allison Holker
Allison Holker is probably my second favorite dancer on the show. She's got a modern edge and her personality really shines through her routines. In rehearsal, it wasn't uncommon to find Holker in baggy sweat pants or leggings with a crop top or tee, but on the dance floor she and Riker always cleaned up nice.
Not to mention they really got into character. Now that is an Elizabeth and Captain Jack Sparrow I could get used to.
12. Rumer Willis
This season's champions Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy were one good looking pair. You know how when you look at two people you just think, 'ah, that makes sense?' That was them. Think Rizzo and Kenickie. Each week Willis improved, and each week so did her outfits. To salute this seasons ballroom royalty, I decided to round up a few of my favorite of Willis's outfits, from evil sea witch to bootylicous.