The 31st season of “Dancing With the Stars” has come to an end and the partnerships entered into have ended. However, the friendships formed over the past three months will live on for many.
It’s been a season of highs and the top of the leaderboard has been extremely competitive with no definite breakaway. The level of competition seemed second to none and that could be due to the great casting and subsequent great pairings that fans witnessed week in and week out.
A special bond was formed between several professionals and their celebrity partners this season, particularly with the second-placed team. Val Chmerkovskiy and Gabby Windey had a real bond that really carried them through to the finals – and fans took notice. Chmerkovskiy felt close to Windey and expressed it in an Instagram tribute to her, which he shared the day after the finale.
Here’s what you need to know:
Chmerkovskiy called Windey a “stunner”
November 22, 2022, Chmerkovskiy shared a touching Instagram post to Windey and thanked her for an incredible season.
“It has been a pure pleasure spending the last 3 months with you. Time flies when you’re having fun and I’m sooooo sad that it’s over soooo quickly. It’s amazing how quickly this season has flown by. Thank you for working so hard and being kind, simply a gem. I literally can’t thank you enough and can’t name enough moments that I will miss spending with you. Every day I came into work this season I had a big ahh smile on my face,” Chmerkovskiy wrote.
“@dancingwiththestars thank you for entrusting such madness to me and thank you for being a part of this amazing season. Finally, and most importantly, to everyone who voted for us. It felt good to be seen and supported and loved like that. Thanks,” he continued, before adding, “Life has been really kind to me these past few months. Gabby, you’re a big part of this. I love you, bud.”
Chmerkovskiy has a lot to look forward to as he is set to become a father in January 2023. He and his wife Jenna Johnson are expecting their first child together – a baby boy – in the new year.
Fans loved the partnership and friendship that Chmerkovskiy & Windey have built
Some incredible friendships are formed every season of Dancing With the Stars. While some pros don’t hit it off with their partners right away every year, there have been some truly special relationships that have been fostered through the show. Of course, the nature of the show itself – the dancing – has a lot to do with it.
Chmerkovskiy’s bond with Windey was something almost all fans saw, and many expressed this in the comments of Chmerkovskiy’s post.
“When I saw you dance with Gabby I thought she was Jenna… she’s that good! Loved your partnership and beautiful dances! Congratulations,” read a comment.
“I absolutely loved seeing you both dance. You made a great couple and competed against Charlie and Mark. I wish you both the best for what is to come.” someone else added.
Windey’s time with “Dancing With the Stars” isn’t over yet. Although she didn’t take home the Mirrorball trophy, Windey has joined the DWTS tour which is set to begin in January 2023.
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