There’s been a lot of talk all season that not one clear frontrunner emerged from Season 12 of “Dancing with the Stars.” Week after week we saw different couples at the top of the leaderboard, thus different frontrunners at every turn.
But one couple maintained a steady top three position each week.
One couple’s consistency was undeniable.
One couple made the odds makers finally pick them for the past several weeks in a row.
And that couple won.
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson have been crowned the winners of “Dancing with the Stars.” Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy came in second place. Shockingly, Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas came in third. The backstage area erupted in a collective, “WHAT?!!!”
“I never thought I would be in the finals, but I owe it all to Kym. She’s an amazing teacher,” Hines said upon winning.
The 35-year-old Pittsburgh Steeler is the second NFL star to win the dance competition, stealing the “Twinkle Toes” title from Emmitt Smith, who won in 2006.
The Winner Is Revealed on the Season 12 Finale. Watch It Now!
Here’s how the big season finale played out…
The Favorite Dance Round
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: Viennese Waltz
Giving their “Wizard Waltz,” as Chelsea dubbed it, a second try, the pair proved to Len Goodman that they could honor this 300-year-old dance the right way. “Bottom line: You are a fantastic dancer,” said Len. “Bellisima!” screamed Bruno, who said he was under her spell. “You are a very talented, artistic, beautiful, graceful woman,” said Carrie Ann.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Cha Cha Cha
Sporting a dress that is half the size from her week one outfit, Kirstie’s last hoorah lacked the oomph it should have. It’s like she’s moving through molasses at times. But the crowd loved it. “Kirstie, you cheeky girl. You saved the best for last. That was 100% fruit cocktail!” said Bruno. “I salute you,” said Carrie Ann, who then lifted up her left boob to have her giggly bits salute the actress. Huh? Exactly. Watch that one back!
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: Samba
I give Hines a 10 for his rehearsal package. Yeah, the athlete ripped off his sweatpants to reveal his skintight spandex rehearsal shorts. Okay, on to the dance: This pair has done no wrong all season long and tonight was no different. “I am so impressed with you. You danced with heart,” said Carrie Ann. “What is so appealing is the packaging,” said Len, as if reading my mind or what I just typed. (Ha!)
My Favorite Finale Moments:
Funniest Skit: Mike Catherwood’s faux audition for a dance troupe where he came out in a short unitard and hot pink leg warmers: hil-ar-ious! And his dance with former partner Lacey Schwimmer in the red “Loverboy”-like headband to “Unbelievable” made for great comic relief. Tom Bergeron’s response to it all? “Words fail me.”
Best Impression of Bruno Tonioli: You know, Chris Jericho must have been working on this all season because he came out and nailed Bruno in a hilarious impression that left him laying down on the judges’ table in front of the flamboyant judge.
Silliest Moment/Biggest Oopsie: Kendra shooting flames from her boobs in a bumper and then Kendra getting stuck sideways on the judges’ table and almost falling after Louis Van Amstel threw her up there.
Special Guests Galore: The Black Eyed Peas rocked their hit, “Don’t Stop the Party,” with some LED lighting not too unlike Chelsea and Mark’s freestyle Monday night. Also, country star and “DWTS” Season 3 contestant Sara Evans returned to the dance floor to perform, “A Little Bit Stronger.” Another highlight was Josh Groban turning up to sing “You Raise Me Up” to Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin’s encore dance much to the supermodel’s surprise. They even stopped dancing for a second due to the shock of it all. And, of course, the Go-Go’s reprised their hit “We Got the Beat.”
What do you think? Did the right couple win?