A Dancing Queen

Tracy Phillips


After dominating for 10 weeks with her natural ability and impressive technique, Brooke Burke and her partner Derek Hough were crowned the winners of Season 7 of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Brooke and Derek beat out charasmatic NFL star Warren Sapp and his partner Kym Johnson in the finals.

The 37-year-old model-actress and mother of four said the win felt “unbelievable,” while Derek grabbed the mirror ball trophy he longed for (his sister Julianne has two and his friend and band mate Mark Ballas has one).

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Brooke and Derek scored three 10’s Monday night for their freestyle routine, which Carrie Ann–and even Len–said was the best freestyle they had ever seen.

In Tuesday’s finale, Brooke and Derek performed the Viennese Waltz to John Mayer’s “Daughters,” which ended with Brooke kissing her two little girls in the audience. Their last dance got them another perfect score of 30…and choked up judge Carrie Ann, and brought Brooke’s longtime love David Charvet to tears. Bruno said she truly was “the jewel in the crown of the grand finale.”

Warren Sapp gave us a final wink and a smile, saying his time on the show was “absolutely wonderful” and he was “glad he didn’t disrespect any of the football guys.”

Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer were eliminated earlier in the night, coming in third place. Lance said the experience was the “most fun I’ve ever had in my entire life…but Joey will never let me live it down that I came in third.” Lance’s former N-Sync mate Joey Fatone came in second place on Season 4.

The two-hour finale featured the return of the all the eliminated contestants, who each performed a dance (save for the recovering Misty May-Treanor and Toni Braxton, who is also now recovering from a mystery “minor surgery.”)

There were two unecessary performances from Alicia Keyes and Miley Cyrus, who was wearing a red four-fingered, half-glove thing on one hand. It was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.

Better filler included a rather adorable segment with Cloris Leachman interviewing people on the street on who they voted for (“Warren’s my dawg.” “Warren’s a what?”) Then the three finalists were roasted by Jeffrey Ross, who was eliminated in Week 1, and he took some bold swipes at Warren and Lance, though Brooke went pretty unscathed, another indication that she would come out victorious.

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