Nyle should win ‘DWTS’ because of his fiercely passionate dances, his innate ability to remember steps and time without hearing anything, and his great connection with partner Peta. Read three more reasons and tell me if you agree below!
Since the beginning, I’ve loved Nyle DiMarco, 27, and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd. I even wrote that they should win after week one! The deaf model, who made it to the top three, continues to amaze every single week. In the finals on May 23, judge Carrie Ann Inaba told them they had the best dance she has seen in all 22 seasons of Dancing With The Stars. Here’s why he deserves to win.
Nyle is deaf, so he cannot hear the music at all. The cannot even feel the vibrations — he really had to trust Peta and rely on her cues from week one. That’s hard to do with a virtual stranger!
Their very first dance, a Cha Cha, was amazing. Nyle has continued to improve week after week, and has delivered some of the most memorable dances of the season.
On May 9, Nyle danced to a song with a “silent section,” to show the at-home audience what it’s like for him. This was so moving — unique and magical. It must be so overwhelming to see an entire live audience cheering and to be surrounded by cameras, but not be able to hear anything happening around you.
Nyle got so good that he actually got into some hot water on April 25 when he said his biggest competition was Val, who is a pro dancer. Judge Len Goodman did not like that and totally called him out for it. Awkward.
Nyle DiMarco Winning ‘DWTS’ — He Should Take The Mirrorball
But Nyle really redeemed himself in the finals, on May 23, dancing a freestyle to “The Sound of Silence.” It was emotional and powerful. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said in 22 seasons, it was her favorite dance of all time. WOW! Watch some of it here:
I actually think technically, fellow finalist Paige VanZant, 22, is a better dancer. I love watching her performances and I think Mark Ballas‘ choreography and creative sets are genius. However, when I learned that “her parents owned a dance studio, and she was brought up dancing ballet, jazz, and hip hop for over 13 years,” from her Wikipedia page, I was a little less likely to root for her. She has been amazing since the beginning, but I’m not surprised because of her background. I’m sure it’s still a challenge dancing with a new partner and learning ballroom, but she does seem to have a bit of an advantage.
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Nyle has worked really hard to improve over the weeks. His chemistry and trust with Peta is astonishing, his musicality — when he cannot hear the music! — is enviable, and his dancing is inspiring. His movements are heartfelt and you can tell he really wants this.
I hope Nyle and Peta take home the Mirrorball Trophy on May 24. Who do you want to win DWTS? Tell me in the comments.