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"Poltergeist" - Fox(NEW YORK) — A few months back, a Poltergeist cast member described the movie to me as a “family adventure film.”  That hardly sounded appealing. Now that I’ve seen the movie, I know what the actor meant. It is a family adventure film, kind of, though not a particularly good one.  But more telling: it’s Poltergeist.  It should be a horror film.
 
The original Poltergeist from 1982 is a classic. It’s an incredibly creepy film without being graphic or bloody — a good old-fashioned horror thriller and very much a product of its era.  This new Poltergeist, however, is a product of a tired Hollywood formula:  a remake that lacks creativity, hoping to trade on an established brand.
 
This time, instead of the Freeling family, we have the Bowen family. Sam Rockwell, simply one of the best film actors on the planet, is father Eric Bowen — out of work but level-headed, funny and extremely likeable.  Rosemarie DeWitt plays his wife, Amy, a writer who isn’t writing. Due to their tight money situation, they’re forced to move into a new house in a subpar neighborhood.
 
That house is haunted by restless spirits who are unhappy because the house — the whole neighborhood, in fact -- is built on top of the cemetery in which they’re buried. The spirits express their displeasure by attacking the Bowens’ son with a toy clown, trying to pull their teenage daughter through the garage floor, and kidnapping the Bowens’ youngest daughter.
 
With such a talented cast, it’s completely confounding how this movie is so low on emotional impact. Their daughter has been kidnapped by a poltergeist, yet mom and dad seem about as concerned as if they’d misplaced the TV remote. Furthermore, this is supposed to be a family with very little money, and yet their house has a nice HD TV in every room, and everybody apparently has a computer, an iPhone or an iPad.
 
If you scare easily, you’ll probably find at least parts of Poltergeist a bit creepy. But if you’re a real fan of the genre, and of the original Poltergeist, you’ll be extremely disappointed.
 
Two out of five stars.

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Timothy White/E! (LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardshian encouraged her youngest sister, Kylie Jenner to admit she had temporary lip fillers after previously denying that she'd undergone the procedure. The reality star said the implants helped the 17-year-old tremendously.

"I saw how for so many years she was so insecure about [her lips,]" Kim told Access Hollywood. "I mean, at 10 years old, she would say to me, 'How come my lips aren’t big like you guys?'

"I gave her the advice and I still stand by that advice," Kim said of encouraging her sister to come forward and admit she had work done.

The reality star said the implants "changed her confidence so much."

Kylie, along with her older sister Kendall Jenner, 19, grew up on the reality series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kim said she doesn't worry about them because they understand life outside of Hollywood.

"I think that is just their reality," Kim explained. "But they know when things are normal. They know that all their friends aren't going on private jets. They know that they are growing up with a life of privilege, but they are super grounded and responsible."

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Garner and her husband Ben Affleck may be A-list celebrities, but that doesn't mean their kids get special treatment. Garner, a mother of three, says she works very hard to keep her kids grounded. 

"We’re so involved," she tells US Weekly. "I just took a year and a half off of work and I’ve been home. You treat them like real kids. They have boundaries and they have rules and they throw fits."

Such as? "Yesterday, we were at a bike store getting their bikes serviced and getting new helmets that fit and...my littlest one [3-year-old Samuel] saw something he wanted," Garner says. "I had just said, 'We’re not buying anything,' and he threw a fit.  The people at the store said to me, 'Please let us just give this to you' because he was so unhappy. And I said, 'I’m sorry that he’s throwing a fit in your store and you’re so sweet to want to give this to him. And thank you for asking me first. But he’s going to have to throw a fit.' I said no. No is no."

Garner and Affleck, who wed in 2005, are also parents to Violet, 9, and Seraphina, 6.

Garner said her children understand she's pretty strict.  "I said to my girls, 'What do I mean when I say no?'" Garner said. "And they were like, 'She really means no!' So you just have to do it. It’s not pretty. I don’t think that I’m always the best at it but I try my best to be consistent and for them to know what they can expect from me."

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Warner Bros.(ORLANDO) -- Dwayne Johnson plays a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue helicopter pilot searching for his estranged daughter after an earthquake hits California in his latest action flick, San Andreas

"It's big. It's epic. It's relentless. It's non-stop. It's a ride that's non-stop," the former wrestler said of the film on Thursday's Live with Kelly and Michael.

Several key scenes in San Andreas take place underwater, something Johnson said was a challenge to film.  

"We built to scale the top of these high rises that are in downtown San Francisco. So when downtown San Francisco -- without giving the movie away -- gets hit with a tsunami, it gets submerged," he explained. "And in this massive water tank, the size of a football field...we had to shoot these scenes underwater for weeks and weeks [with] four or five hundred members of the crew. It was pretty intense."

Johnson said filming those particular scenes required specialized training. "I spent a lot of time just in terms of the prep because being a first responder, I had to be down there," he said. "The scenes were long and I have to save my daughter who's drowning, and it required me to swim through these office buildings."

San Andreas, also starring Paul Giamatti and Kylie Minogue, shakes up theaters May 29.

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Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) -- David Letterman said goodbye to late-night TV and hello to retirement on Wednesday night, when his final episode of Late Show aired on CBS.

It was a star-studded finale for Letterman, who welcomed 10 favorite guests for one last Top Ten List: Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Peyton Manning, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Barbara Walters and Alec Baldwin.

The topic was "Top Ten Things I've Always Wanted to Say to Dave." Murray read the #1 item on the list: "Dave, I'll never have the money I owe you."

Here's the complete list: 

10. Alec Baldwin: "Of all the talk shows, yours was the most geographically convenient to my home."
9. Barbara Walters: "Did you know you wear the same cologne as Moammar Gadhafi?"
8. Steve Martin: "Your extensive plastic surgery was a necessity and a mistake."
7. Jerry Seinfeld: "I have no idea what I'll do when you go off the air. You know, I just thought of something. I'll be fine."
6. Jim Carrey: "Honestly, Dave, I've always found you to be a bit of an over-actor."
5. Chris Rock: "I'm just glad your show is being given to a white guy."
4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: "Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale."
3. Peyton Manning: "You are to comedy what I am to...comedy."
2. Tina Fey: "Thanks for finally proving men can be funny."
1. Bill Murray: "Dave, I'll never have the money I owe you."

The episode began with a taped introduction in which President Gerald Ford's famous declaration following President Richard Nixon's resignation, "Our long national nightmare is over," was repeated byPresident Barack Obama and former Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Obama added, "Letterman is retiring." Letterman then joined Obama and asked, "You're just kidding, right?"

Letterman's farewell, which extended beyond the Late Show's usual one-hour time slot, also featured a short animated bit from The Simpsons, clips of the host's most memorable sketches, and a behind-the-scenes look at Letterman at work.

In a poignant moment, Letterman, 68, thanked his wife Regina and their son Harry, who were in the audience. He remarked, "Seriously, just thank you for being my family. I love you both and, really, nothing else matters, does it?"

He also thanked Paul Shaffer and the members of the CBS Orchestra; various Late Show staffers; and the viewers at home.

Letterman acknowledged his successor, Stephen Colbert, during the broadcast, saying, "I'm very excited. I think he's going to do a wonderful job and I wish Stephen and his staff and crew nothing but the greatest success."

Foo Fighters closed the show with a performance of one of their biggest hits, "Everlong" -- a song the band previously performed on Late Show when Letterman returned following heart surgery in 2000. The performance was accompanied by highlights of Letterman's 33 years in late night.

In introducing the Foo Fighters, Letterman said, "The only thing I have left to do, for the last time on a television program, thank you and good night."

After a failed experiment in morning TV, Letterman launched his late-night TV career with NBC's Late Night in 1982. Letterman moved on to CBS and Late Show after losing out on The Tonight Show hosting gig to Jay Leno in the wake of Johnny Carson's retirement a decade later.

Letterman experienced a few bumps during his Late Show run. As previously mentioned, he missed time in 2000 after undergoing heart surgery. Upon his return, he brought onto the show many of the doctors and nurses who treated him.

He also missed a month in 2003 due to a bout with shingles.

In 2009, Letterman shocked viewers by admitting he’d had affairs with staff members that led to him being the target of an extortion plot by a CBS producer.

Letterman hosted more than six thousand broadcasts on late-night TV, including more than 42 hundred on CBS.

Following Letterman's finale, The Late Late Show host James Corden saluted him both in his monologue and in a taped segment in which he and Sting performed "Every Breath You Take" in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, where Letterman taped his program.  

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Screen Grab/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- Mike Holloway, a 38-year-old oil driller from Texas, outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted the competition to emerge victorious in Wednesday night's finale of Survivor: Worlds Apart.

The former member of the Blue Collar tribe won a stunning five personal immunity challenges in a row, which helped him stave off the final dreaded torch snuffing of the 30th installment of the reality series. 

The episode began with a the final five -- Mike, Sierra, Rodney, Will, and Carolyn -- facing an obstacle course in which tiles were gathered, balanced, and sorted to reveal the combination to an oversized lock.

With a visit from family members and an advantage in the immunity challenge at stake, Mike dominated early, but despite a late charge from Sierra, he emerged with the win. 

The win earned Mike a camp sleepover with his mom Debra. The advantage Mike won -- his mom guiding him blindfolded through a dry run of the immunity challenge maze -- didn't help the player while they practiced: she couldn't find their way out. 

However, during the actual challenge, even with the other four blindfolded players working together against him, Mike found all the required totems and completed the challenge to win immunity and a spot in the final four.

During the night's first tribal Council Sierra was voted off.

The second immunity challenge had the remaining four players run up a pyramid-steep staircase to grab keys for bags of puzzle pieces, slide down a water slide, and unlock pieces for a three-dimensional lighthouse puzzle they had to build.

Again, Mike won, snagging his 5th individual immunity. In the end, however, there were no hard feelings: the remaining 3, Rodney, Will, and Carolyn, helped put on his necklace, recognizing the accomplishment they'd gone through to get to Survivor's final stage.

A marathon fire challenge to determined the final three played out between Rodney and Carolyn, with the former storming off in defeat, leaving "Mama C," Will, and Mike to plead their case before the tribal jury. In the end, Mike won handily.

The reunion portion of the finale also saw Dan and Will apologize to Shirin and for derogatory comments they made during the show, and the reveal of 20 fan-chosen former Survivor castaways who will get their another shot at their own win during next fall's Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance.

After the names of the ten men and ten women were announced, the players were whisked away from the studio to board a bus bound for their next shot at reality show fame.

Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance Cast:

Kelly Wiglesworth
Season 1
Runner-up, Survivor: Borneo

Kimmi Kappenberg
Season 2
12th place, Survivor: The Australian Outback

Jeff Varner
Season 2 
10th place, Survivor: The Australian Outback

Andrew Savage
Season 7
10th place, Survivor: Pearl Islands

Terry Deitz
Season 12
12th Place, Survivor: Panama

Peih-Gee Law
Season 15
5th place, Survivor: China

Stephen Fishbach
Season 18
Runner-up, Survivor: Tocantins

Monica Padilla
Season 19
7th place, Survivor: Samoa

Abi-Maria Gomes 
Season 25
5th place, Survivor: Philippines

Vytas Baskauskas
Season 27
10th place, Survivor: Blood vs. Water

Ciera Eastin 
Season 27 
5th place, Survivor: Blood vs. Water

Spencer Bledsoe
Season 28
4th place, Survivor: Cagayan

Kass McQuillen 
Season 28 
3rd place, Survivor: Cagayan

Tasha Fox
Season 28
6th place, Survivor: Cagayan

Woo Hwang
Season 28
Runner-up, Survivor: Cagayan

Jeremy Collins
Season 29
10th place, Survivor: San Juan del Sur

Keith Nale
Season 29
4th place, Survivor: San Juan del Sur

Kelley Wentworth
Season 29 
14th place, Survivor: San Juan del Sur

Joe Anglim
Season 30
10th place, Survivor: Worlds Apart

Shirin Oskooi 
Season 30 
8th place, Survivor: Worlds Apart

Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance will air this fall on CBS. 

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Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of HBO's hit series Entourage are used to celebrity cameos. But in the big-screen adaptation, moviegoers can expect over 50 spottings. Creator Doug Ellin explained why so many celebs pop up in the film.

"I remember when people said that the TV show had too many cameos," Ellin told The Hollywood Reporter. "But that's the reality of life in Hollywood. You get on a plane in L.A., and there's three celebrities sitting in first class."

While many cameos in the film were planned, such as Warren Buffett, Bob Saget, Gary Busey and Andrew Dice Clay, who did cameos on the TV series, others happened coincidentally. For instance, Common makes an appearance in the film because he just so happened to be working out at the same gym where the film was scheduled to shoot.

"It was very free-flowing," Ellin explained. "If someone could show up on Tuesday, I'd say, 'All right, I'll figure out how to get them in.'"

Other cameos came together last-minute, such as Kelsey Grammer's. In the film, he walks by in a scene when Ari Gold is just leaving his marriage counselor. According to the magazine, Grammer, who famously has been married four times, tells Gold, played by Jeremy Piven, "Don't waste your money."

A huge party at Turtle's mansion in the film provides the most celebrity cameos. In that scene alone, fans will spot Pharrell Williams, Ed O'Neill and even professional football player Russell Wilson, among others.

Still, there's one well-known figure that Ellin couldn't wrangle into his film -- President Barack Obama, who is reportedly a fan of the series. 

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Rebel Wilson has been at the center of a controversy recently after Australia's Woman's Day reported the Pitch Perfect 2 star has been lying about her age.

On Wednesday, The Sydney Morning Herald backed the magazine's accusation, citing business records filed with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission that show Wilson -- who's previously stated that she was 29 years old -- was born in 1980, making her actual age 35.

Apparently, the Aussie actress' name is an issue, too; she has said Rebel isn't a stage name. However, People magazine notes the Australian Electoral Roll lists her birth name as Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, though she later changed her last name to Wilson.

Then again, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission reportedly had her name as "Rebel Melanie Elizabeth Wilson."

Rebel commented on the controversy earlier in the week, tweeting, "OMG I'm actually a 100 year old mermaid formerly known as 'CC Chalice' ....thanks shady Australian press for your tall poppy syndrome x."

Wilson reprises her role of Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect 2 in theaters now.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Grey's Anatomy fans are still upset about the surprise departure of Patrick Dempsey, who played Dr. Derek Shepherdand they're letting creator Shonda Rhimes know. Still, the writer/producer isn't afraid to speak her mind, either.

When one fan tweeted, "@shondarhimes WE HATE YOUUUUUUUUUUUU #GreysAnantomy," earlier this week, Rhimes had a response.

"Then do not waste your valuable time tweeting me, boo. Go and do something fun that brings u joy!" she said in response. 

Rhimes' Twitter account has nearly one million followers.

Dr. Shepherd, lovingly known as McDreamy, was killed off last season on Grey's Anatomy when his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer.

Fans have even launched a Change.org petition to bring Dempsey back to the series. It has raked in over 100,000 signatures.

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Douglas Gorenstein/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Sam Smith may be only 23 years old, having celebrated his birthday Tuesday, but he has some words of wisdom to impart. The singer, who’s recovering from vocal cord surgery, posted a lengthy message on Instagram in which he shares what he’s learned in life so far.

“Prepare yourself for dramatic speech,” he begins. “I've only lived on this earth for 23 years and I have so much more to learn and so many more mistakes to make but there is one thing I've learnt in my not so many years. And that is love is the most important thing in life.”

The picture accompanying the post shows Sam surrounded by his loved ones. He advises everyone to surround themselves with “people who genuinely love you.”

Sam concludes, “I am so lucky and these past few years have been so amazing but also so challenging and I would definitely be in a world full of troubles right now if it wasn't for the people in this picture and my family and friends who can't be with me today. Dramatic as f**k I know, but I thought I'd share my emotional but I hope wise words with y'all.”

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Mike Coppola/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Melissa McCarthy isn't afraid of critics. In fact, in the latest Entertainment Weekly, the comedian recalls confronting a film critic at the Toronto Film Festival last year after he wrote, among other things, that she only acts well when she looks attractive onscreen.

On Wednesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, McCarthy recalled the same story. She said she first asked the critic if he had kids.

"He was actually a really kind man and spoke about his son and his daughter with a lot of love and kindness," said McCarthy. "And when I said, 'If she comes home and someone says, 'You can't have a job because you're unattractive,' I said, 'Are you gonna say, 'That's right?' And he took that in his heart and he was like, 'No, I would never want that to happen. I would never in a million years want that to happen.'"

McCarthy said she told the critic to remember one thing when he writes reviews about women: "Just know every time you write stuff, every young girl in this country reads that and they just get a little bit chipped away."

McCarthy said instead of the film critic getting upset, he actually listened. "I just think that we tear down women in this country for all these superficial reasons, and women are so great and strong, and I think he really heard that," she added. 

The actress said the critic's comments only reflect a problem with society at large.  "I think it's a bad habit that we've gotten into, and it's not that people are malicious. I just think it's so easy to take a swipe and I'm like, just go the other way," she explained, before encouraging people to instead "Build it up."

McCarthy, who was just honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, will next be seen in Spy, out June 5.

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Maksim Chmerkovskiy has no intention of returning to the Dancing with the Stars ballroom on a full-time basis.

Though he recently appeared on the ABC show's 10th-anniversary special, he says he will "definitely not" compete again for the Mirrorball trophy.

Speaking with Glamour, Maks said, "You have to walk away when the time is right, and the time was right. Nothing was out of ordinary. I think the change of guard is necessary. Like a plant that in order to improve growth, you have to pull branches. It’s the same thing."

The magazine asked Maks about recent speculation that he's rekindled his romance with Dancing with the Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd, and how things are different this time around. He didn't address the gossip directly: "We’re cool. I think that to briefly answer your question, we’re just older. I guess things happen differently when you’re older and time's passed and things have happened."

"I am a very intelligent guy, contrary to what it might seem," he laughed. "I feel different now because we’re different."

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Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) -- After 33 years in late-night TV, David Letterman signs off on Wednesday night.

It remains to be seen how Letterman, 68, will say goodbye to the program he's hosted on CBS for more than two decades, Late Show. CBS has only said his finale will be "an hour filled with surprises, memorable highlights, the show’s final Top Ten List and more."

Letterman launched Late Show in 1993, after defecting from NBC.

As of Wednesday, he'll have hosted more than six thousand broadcasts in late night, including more than 42 hundred on CBS.

There have been more than 19 thousand guest appearances on his programs during that time. Regis Philbin made the most visits to Late Show: 136, not including Tuesday night's surprise cameo.

Letterman's programs, which won 16 Emmy Awards over the years, brought us several memorable segments -- The Top Ten List and Stupid Pet Tricks/Stupid Human Tricks among them. He presented more than 46 hundred Top Ten Lists during his late-night career.

Letterman's shows also boasted a wide array of sidekicks and recurring characters, including bandleader Paul Shaffer; the late Calvert DeForest, a.k.a. Larry "Bud" Melman; stage manager Biff Henderson; deli worker Rupert Jee; and many more.

After a failed experiment in morning TV, Letterman premiered Late Night on NBC in 1982. Letterman moved on to CBS and Late Show after losing out on The Tonight Show hosting gig to Jay Leno in the wake of Johnny Carson's retirement a decade later.

Letterman experienced a few bumps during his Late Show run. In 2000, he missed time after undergoing quintuple bypass heart surgery. Upon his return, he brought onto the show many of the doctors and nurses who treated him.

Letterman also missed a month in 2003 due to a bout with shingles.

In 2009, Letterman shocked viewers by admitting he’d had affairs with staff members that led to him being the target of an extortion plot by a CBS producer.

In recent days, Letterman has welcomed a number of popular guests to Late Show, including George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks and Bill Murray.

Stephen Colbert will replace Letterman as Late Show host in September.

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ABC/Nicole Wilder(NEW YORK) -- The season finale of ABC's hit freshman comedy black-ish airs tonight.

On the series, the Johnson family is one of the few African-American families in their neighborhood, because Anderson's character, Andre "Dre" Johnson, is a successful advertising executive, while his wife Rainbow, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, is a doctor. His only wish is that his four kids also grow up understanding his urban culture, which they seem uninterested in learning. 

Anderson, who co-created the show, says that despite some criticism, the show is actually a realistic portrayal of black family life.

"Black people like that do exist because that's my life, that's what I live, that's what my children live," he tells ABC Radio. "And if you think back 30 years ago to The Cosby Show, people said, 'That's not reality.' Well, it was my reality because I had several friends whose parents were professionals, in particular they were doctors and lawyers. So there are many facets to our blackness. There are many levels to our lifestyle and how we live."

In fact, it was Anderson's life off-screen that inspired many of the show's story lines. 

"I have black-ish moments all the time," he says. "That's how this show came about. My partner in this venture and the creator of our show Kenya Barris, you know this is the life that we lead. His wife is Rainbow, she is a doctor. He has five children. I have two. All of our children are in private school, born into a life of privilege. We both are from the inner-city of L.A. He's from Inglewood. I'm from Compton. [We're] first-generation successful, the only African-Americans living in our neighborhoods. You know, there are lot of black-ish moments."

Anderson says, ultimately, "our show is aspirational and inspirational. And that's what we're about. We are just showing a different side of our community that rarely gets to be shown on network television."

The season finale of black-ish, guest starring Mary J. Blige and Sean "Diddy" Combs, airs tonight at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.

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ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- After 10 weeks of grueling practice and competition and one final round of competition, Rumer Willis was declared the winner of season 20 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars Tuesday, beating out Noah Galloway and Riker Lynch.

The scores for the fusion challenge, the dance assignment the competitors received after Monday's show and performed on the finale, were added to the scores they received from that show, where Willis and Lynch had been tied for first place, with Galloway in second.

The judges' scores were combined with viewers' votes, with the winner being the dancer with the highest combined scores.

When co-host Tom Bergeron called her name, Willis screamed and her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, jumped into the air and then hugged her. They were quickly surrounded by the rest of the cast, which offered congratulations.

Lynch, who finished in second place, said his time on the show was a fun experience that he’ll never forget.

“The whole experience has been unbelievable. The friend that I’ve made in [pro partner] Allison Holker, I mean, it’s so unbelievable,” he said.

Galloway, who finished in third place, said he was inspired by the support of everyone on the show, adding that he received constant encouragement that helped him push through when he was having a bad day.

“You know...I thought, three weeks at the most I’d be here,” he said, standing next to pro partner Sharna Burgess. “I made it to third place and I’m so happy with that and it’s because of all the support.”

The two-hour grand finale featured performances from the other members of the cast, including musician RedFoo, actress Suzanne Somers, singer Patti LaBelle and Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec.

Pop star Jason Derulo sang, Lynch also reprised his judge-pleasing freestyle during the show, and Bergeron announced that the season-19 champion, Alfonso Ribeiro, would take over for him as the new host of America’s Funniest Home Videos.

This is the 10th year and the 20th season of Dancing With the Stars. Twelve celebrities -- Willis, Lynch, Galloway, Somers, RedFoo, LaBelle, Herjavec, actress Willow Shields, Bachelor star Chris Soules, football player Michael Sam, Olympian Nastia Liukin and model Charlotte McKinnney -- competed this season for a chance at the Mirrorball trophy.

Willis, 26, emerged an early favorite when she took the lead in the season premiere with an impressive foxtrot with partner Val Chmerkovskiy, and she continued to impress judges, scoring at or near the top of the leader board consistently. 

Lynch, 23, too, consistently scored at or near the top of the leader board, pleasing judges with his showmanship and increasing technical ability on the dance floor. Galloway, who lost one arm and a leg in a bombing in Iraq, had scored mostly in the middle or bottom of the pack throughout the season, but the 33-year-old’s adaptability and determination won him fans and favor with the judges and propelled him to the top three.

See the three finalists Wednesday live on Good Morning America.

The Fusion Challenge

The scores from Tuesday’s fusion challenge were added to the scores from each finalist’s total from Monday, for one overall total for the two-night grand finale.

Noah Galloway: His fusion of cha-cha and Argentine tango styles earned his praise from the judges. “Noah, you’re not always the judges’ favorite, but constantly and consistently you’ve been the viewers’ favorite,” said head judge Len Goodman, who also commended Galloway’s pro partner, Sharna Burgess. Julianne Hough told Galloway he had been “the heart of this competition,” and Bruno Tonioli called Galloway “one of the most inspiring people” with whom he’d had the honor to share a stage. Carrie Ann Inaba said she was sad that this was the last time she’d see Galloway dance, saying: “You’ve done more than dance, you’ve changed peoples' lives forever.” They awarded Galloway four 9s, for a night’s total of 36 and a two-night grand total of 108.

Riker Lynch: Hough said she couldn’t believe Lynch had only 24 hours for his salsa/quickstep fusion dance. “I mean it was sharp, it was clean,” she said, adding that it had everything someone would want to see in a dance for which they’d had a week to practice. Tonioli called Lynch “a unique and outstanding talent” with incredible range, and Inaba said Lynch was a superstar. “Every time you get out there I cheer,” she said. Goodman admitted that he didn’t always like Lynch’s style of dance “because it’s a little bit wild and wacky,” but he acknowledged: “I just love watching you.” Lynch earned four 10s for a perfect score of 40 and a perfect score of 120 points for his two-night total.

Rumer Willis: Willis’ fusion earned her rave reviews from the judges, with Goodman telling the actress that she was as good as anyone who has ever been on the show. Inaba called her “the real deal,” while Hough said Willis’ performance was brilliant. Tonioli added high praise, saying: “This girl is on top of her game. It’s amazing to see how dance has transformed you. You really have become and utterly irresistible, shining, big star.” Willis earned a perfect 40, and a perfect 120 for her two-night grand total.

Total Scores
(Tuesday’s Fusion challenge Monday’s first routine, second routine. Grand Total)

  • Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 40; 40; 40. Total: 120 (Willis won.)
  • Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: 40; 40; 40. Grand total: 120
  • Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: 36; 32; 40. Grand total: 108

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