Dancing with the Stars Season Finale Recap – May 20, 2014 (@DancingABC #DWTS)

MERYL DAVISThe season 18 finale of Dancing with the Stars is officially here!

The two-hour finale episode began with a high-energy performance featuring a reunion of all 12 of this season’s couples as well as the judges. Then, as decided on by a Twitter vote, James & Peta performed their Freestyle dance as an encore from last night.

The finale also featured a performance to “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” by Team Loca, giving viewers at home a chance to watch the routine live with Amy Purdy, as she was unable to dance during the original Team Night due to an injury. Additionally, viewers were treated to encore performances by Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke to “You Can’t Sit Down,” NeNe Leakes to “Grown Woman” featuring six Pro Dancers, Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy to “Be Our Guest,” and Charlie White and Sharna Burgess to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”Additionally, Olympic Gold Medalist partners Charlie and Meryl danced together for the first time.

In the last element of competition, the couples performed a new routine as part of a “24 Hour Fusion Challenge.” The remaining couples fused two contrasting dance styles that they’ve performed this season and they had less than 24 hours to prepare that dance for judges’ points.

The season finale featured performances from last season’s Mirrorball Trophy winner, Amber Riley, Christina Perri, Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, Cody Simpson and Ariana Grande.

At the end of the night, the public vote from Monday night was combined with the judges’ scores from both nights to crown the Season 18 Champion.

The Season 18 champions are Meryl & Maks! Congrats!

Check out photos and videos from tonight’s finale below.

Opening Group Number – Entire Cast – DWTS 18…by IdolxMuzic
Team Loca – Freestyle (LIVE Performance) – DWTS…by IdolxMuzic
Iggy Azalea – Fancy – DWTS 18 (Finale)by IdolxMuzic
Meryl & Charlie & Nene With Female Pros – DWTS…by IdolxMuzic
Danica McKellar & Val – Beauty & The Beast…by IdolxMuzic
Cody Simpson – Surfboard – DWTS 18 (Finale)by IdolxMuzic
Ariana Grande – Problem – DWTS 18 (Finale)by IdolxMuzic

Amber Riley – Performs – DWTS 18 (Finale)by IdolxMuzic
Amy Purdy & Derek – Cha Cha/Tango Fusion – DWTS…by IdolxMuzic

Candace Cameron Bure ‏& Mark – Quickstep/Samba…by IdolxMuzic
Meryl Davis & Maks – Foxtrot/Cha Cha Fusion…by IdolxMuzic
Christina Perri – Human – DWTS 18 (Finale)by IdolxMuzic
Troupe & Pro Bumpers – DWTS 18 (Finale)by IdolxMuzic
[HD] Final Results & Mirror Ball Champs Crowned…by IdolxMuzic

Photos: ABC

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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