Review: “Dancing with the Stars” season 29 has a spectacular group of contenders *SPOILERS*

Hector Morales, Reporter

With many productions being stopped due to the coronavirus, many fans were worried about season 29 of “Dancing with the Stars.” All worries were relieved when the season started on Sept. introducing stars such as Carol Baskin, Justina Machado, Nev Schulman, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Skai Jackson, Nelly, Monica Aldama, Anne Heche, Jeannie Mai, Charles Oakley, Chrishell Stause, and Johnny Weir.
Before I start, I will give a warning about spoilers and eliminations.
This season also introduced Tyra Banks as the new host of the competition alongside a new judge, Derek Hough. This was the first season I’ve watched “Dancing with the Stars,” and all I can say is wow.
At first, I only wanted to watch the season because Carol Baskin was confirmed to be one of the stars competing for the Mirrorball Trophy. I was introduced to the wonderful world of dance and was dedicated to watching this show every Monday it aired. I had my favorites which were Jackson, Machado, and Nev. I was rooting for them to make the finale.
While I did have favorites, it was undeniable that there were so many amazing dancers. Such as Jonny weir and Chrishell Stause. On the other hand, there was one dancer who I wasn’t the biggest fan of, Carol Baskin. Baskin was eliminated on week two of the competition and brought nothing but tiger themed dances to the show.
I want to get into the dancers who did deserve better. Johnny Wei was such a great contender for the trophy. He did have a bit of a rocky start in the beginning and was in the bottom two a couple of times, but he persevered and used all the judge’s advice to make it to the semi-finals.
Sadly, one of my favorites was also eliminated on semi-finals night, Skai Jackson. I was rooting for Skai since I did grow up watching her on the Disney channel. There was one dance that almost everyone criticized and made jokes about. This dance was when she almost fell but recouped by grabbing her partner’s hair, avoiding her fall. Those same people never actually acknowledge her great dance moves and her versatility on the dance floor.
I also would love to point out Jeannie Mai, who sadly had to withdraw from the competition due to a medical emergency. Jeannie was one of the best dancers on the show, which she proved on Disney night by dancing as characters from the Pixar movie “UP”. All her dances always had meaning and told a story. I feel like she may have won the competition if she hadn’t left.
The four finalists of the competition were Justina Machado, Nev Schulman, Nelly, and Kaitlyn Bristowe. I am not surprised that these four were the finalist because they were very consistent with their performances and had high scored.
Bristowe unexpectedly won the competition. I can see why she won but Nev did get the most perfect scores on his dancers and never touched the bottom two.
All in all, this season was spectacular, and I am glad that I decided to watch this season of Dancing With The Stars, and I will be waiting for season 30 to air.