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DWTS 2016 Recap: Freestyle Fun for Ginger, Nyle and Paige in The Finals Part 1!

By Jim Donnelly | May 23rd, 2016

The remaining Dancing with the Stars 2016 cast hit the ballroom floor to kick off the 2-Night Season 22 Finale on a night that featured a redemption dance as well as the always-entertaining freestyle routines. Ginger Zee, Nyle DiMarco and Paige VanZant left it all on the dance floor as their quest to bring home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy nears an end. There were no eliminations, but there were plenty of cheers and tears. Who will win it all? We’ll find out soon enough, but first let’s take a look at what went down on Night 1 with the Dancing with the Stars recap and all the highlights in The Glitter Report!

Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy did a Contemporary routine for her redemption dance. Bruno said it was like watching Ginger and Val’s greatest hits. It was a lot of old-fashioned fun from Ginger and Val for their freestyle performance. Carrie Ann felt this dance showed the classy elegance the show has been built on. Check out both dances now!

Ginger Zee's Comeback Contemporary|Injury doesn't prevent Ginger from dancing.|Despite combating a pelvic injury, Ginger Zee and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced Contemporary to Ray Chew's cover of "Adventure Of A Lifetime." The pair scored a 28 out of 30 for the routine. From Week 10 of Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars.

Ginger Zee Channels Old Hollywood in Freestyle|Ginger and Val pay homage to Hollywood dance royalty.|Ginger Zee and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced Freestyle to Ray Chew's cover of "Orange Colored Sky." The pair scored a 30 out of 30 for the routine. From Week 10 of Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars.

Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd did a Quickstep for their redemption dance. Bruno noticed Nyle lost a little bit of precision on an otherwise fabulous routine. A shirtless Nyle wanted to tell a story of how he’s giving hope to deaf people with his Freestyle dance. The crowd certainly wasn’t silent when expressing their approval. Carrie Ann said it was the best dance she’s seen in 22 seasons on the show. See what she means:

Nyle DiMarco's Wild West Quickstep|Nyle and Peta get slightly out of sync.|Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd danced a Quickstep to Ray Chew's cover of "S.O.B." The judges felt the routine got a little out of sync at times. The pair scored a 27 out of 30 for the routine. From Week 10 of Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars.

Nyle DiMarco's Freestyle Transcends Dance|Nyle's Freestyle brings Bruno to tears.|Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd danced Freestyle to "The Sound of Silence" by Disturbed. The pair scored a perfect 30 out of 30 for the routine. From Week 10 of Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars.

 Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas did a Salsa for their redemption dance. The performance was hot, hot, hot with flames shooting out all over the stage. Paige went “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for her Freestyle performance. The crowd went wild after this beautiful, flowing routine. See both crowd-pleasing dances:

Paige VanZant's Redemption Salsa|Paige brings her A game.|Paige VanZant and her partner Mark Ballas danced Salsa to "Fireball" by Pitbull ft. John Ryan. The pair 29 out of 30 for the routine. From Week 10 of Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars.

 

Paige VanZant's Triumphant Freestyle|Paige proves dance heals.|Paige VanZant and her partner Mark Ballas danced Freestyle to a Ray Chew cover of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." The pair scored a 30 out of 30 for the routine. From Week 10 of Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars.

 

The quest for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy ends on the 2-hour Season 22 Finale TUESDAY 9|8c on ABC!

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