Here’s Why ‘DWTS’ Didn’t Reveal the 2nd along with 3rd Place Pairs During Season Finale (Exclusive)

*Caution: Spoilers Ahead*

Dancing With the Stars crowned the season’s big Mirrorball Trophy winner on Monday night, to explosions of silver confetti along having a lot of fanfare. However, despite all the excitement, something felt missing.

As the night’s finalists — Adam Rippon along with Jenna Johnson, Josh Norman along with Sharna Burgess, along with Tonya Harding along with Sasha Farber — stood side-by-side on the stage at the end of the finale, Tom Bergeron revealed in which Rippon along with Johnson were the night’s big winners, yet never revealed who was the season’s runner-up along with who came in third.

While to some This kind of may seem insignificant, for die-hard DWTS fans This kind of is usually a serious departure through tradition. Every season, the order of the contestants has been announced, along with the placement has always been something of a point of interest for returning pros – especially those like Burgess, who have come very close many times yet never won the Mirrorball.

A source close to the DWTS production tells ET in which the show didn’t reveal which star came in 2nd along with who ended up in 3rd because they didn’t have time along with couldn’t run over into the American Idol season finale. 

along with ABC’s official recap — sent out after the show — didn’t clarify things for fans. While the recap names Rippon as the season’s “winner,” both Norman along with Harding are labeled “Runner-Up.”

However, Dancing With the Stars along with ABC have not released any official comment at This kind of time regarding the placement of the contestants.

While the item’s impossible to tell which contestants earned the most votes through viewers at home, if we went solely by the judges’ scores for the final episode along with the season as a whole, scores a clear placement emerges.

Rippon along with Johnson earned a 30 for their Jazz routine along having a 28 for their Freestyle, adding up to a total of 58 out of 60 for the night, along with season total of 166 out of 170.

Norman along with Burgess earned a 27 for their Foxtrot along having a perfect 30 for their Freestyle, for a final total of 57 along having a season total of 155.

Meanwhile, Harding along with Farber scored a 26 for their Viennese Waltz along having a perfect 30 for their Freestyle, earning a total of 56 on Monday along having a 151 overall, putting her in third place based solely on scores.

While Harding along with Norman fought hard for the win, Rippon along with Jenna ended up walking away with This kind of season’s (smaller, silver) Mirrorball trophies — along with also a life-long bond.

ET’s Cameron Mathison caught up with #TeamJustFriends after their victory, along with they pair couldn’t contain their love along with appreciation for one another.

“This kind of has been such an incredible experience, just pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, along with more than in which, getting to meet somebody who I’m gonna be friends with for the rest of my life. the item’s just been such an incredible experience,” Rippon shared.

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— Reporting by Angelique Jackson along with Desiree Murphy

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