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'Dancing With The Stars' Names Rashad Jennings as Winner

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 May 2017 01:06 PM

"Dancing with the Stars" announced its Season 24 winner on Tuesday, crowning NFL running back Rashad Jennings and his pro partner Emma Slater as the winners of the dance competition.

Jennings, who's currently an NFL free agent, was shocked when host Tom Bergeron announced he and his partner as the winners, according to USA Today.

"I don't know if you caught my face or not, but I literally could not believe it at all," Jennings said about the moment his name was called. "It solidified all the hard work we put in. It was well worth it."

Jennings might have looked and sounded surprised after winning the mirrorball trophy, but he also sounded like he had given this outcome some thought prior to Tuesday.

"I've already figured this out. Over the fireplace. There's going to be some light shining on it. It's going to rotate and it's going to play every single song, in the background, that we danced to," he told reporters about his plans for the trophy just moments after winning.

According to ET Online, Jennings and Slater received an impressive score of 39/40 after performing "a cha cha-tango fusion" for their last dance Tuesday night.

That gave the dance couple a combined score of 119/120 after the two-part finale.

"I don’t know if you were necessarily born to win this competition, but you’ve certainly earned it," said Carrie Ann Inaba, one of the competition's judges.

"This is a great way to finish the season. Unbelievable!" said Julianne Hough, another judge on the show.

Jennings beat out retired World Series champion David Ross and Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei, USA Today noted.

Perhaps, the amount of work Jennings put into the competition takes the shock value out of the win.

Host Erin Andrews said the 32-year-old spent 362 hours rehearsing over the course of the competition, more than any other contestant, ET noted.

"I push myself so hard, because working hard is all I know," Jennings said. "I just wanted to come out here, get to know myself and fight for this."

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"Dancing with the Stars" announced its Season 24 winner on Tuesday, crowning NFL running back Rashad Jennings and his pro partner Emma Slater as the winners of the dance competition.
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