David Ross, Lindsay Arnold React to Taking Second Place on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Almost a home run! David Ross and his Dancing With the Stars pro partner, Lindsay Arnold, couldn’t be happier with taking second place during the season 24 finale on Tuesday, May 23. Watch the highlights from the finale in our video recap above!

Lindsay Arnold David Ross DWTS
Tom Bergeron, Lindsay Arnold and David Ross on 'Dancing With The Stars." ABC/Adam Rose

“I’m shocked and thankful. I felt like I was a winner when they announced I was going to the finals,” the former baseball player, 40, told Us Weekly following the live show. “This week we’ve just enjoyed each other and had fun. I came out here with zero expectations.”

LINDSAY ARNOLD DAVID ROSS DWTS
Lindsay Arnold and David Ross on 'Dancing With The Stars.' ABC/Adam Rose

As previously reported, Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater won the Mirrorball trophy while Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy landed in third.

“I think the best dancer won, I think the person who improved the most,” Ross added to Us. “I’m so thankful for the friendship I’ve created with Lindsay, and all the contestants. This show has been amazing. The people that work for the show are amazing. I can’t say thank you enough.”

Like Ross, Arnold, 23, was a bit taken aback with their runner-up status. “I’m super proud of this season. When we heard that we were not the third place couple, I’m not going to lie — I don’t want to say shocked, because it doesn’t surprise me that people love this guy — but it was a little bit shocking,” she told Us. “It was very cool and special.”

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone? Download the Us Weekly iPhone app now!