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'Dancing with the Stars': Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough take mirrorball trophy

by jmaloni

Press release

Wed, May 22nd 2013 11:30 am
`Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show`: In a final element of the competition, the three remaining couples performed a new routine in an `Instant Dance,` where they tackled a style they knew, but to music given to them for the first time live on television. Champions Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough are pictured. (ABC photo by Adam Taylor)
"Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show": In a final element of the competition, the three remaining couples performed a new routine in an "Instant Dance," where they tackled a style they knew, but to music given to them for the first time live on television. Champions Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough are pictured. (ABC photo by Adam Taylor)

Country music star Kellie Pickler and her partner, Derek Hough, won "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday.

In the final two-hour "Dancing with the Stars" performance show last night, the four remaining couples - Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff, Pickler and Hough, Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas, and Zendaya and Valentin Chmerkovskiy - competed in three rounds of dance. In the first round, each couple took on a new routine in a dance style that the judges wanted to see again. In round two, the couples were challenged to a cha cha relay, where each pair danced to a different section of the same song. In the last round - and one of the biggest competitive dances of the season - the couples took on a supersized freestyle featuring special effects, additional dancers and unexpected surprises.

In the two-hour season finale, the entire celebrity cast returned, including Any Dick, Dorothy Hamill, D.L. Hughley, Wynonna Judd, Victor Ortiz, Ingo Rademacher, Sean Lowe and Lisa Vanderpump. The returning stars performed a show-stopping opening number with the pro and troupe dancers. The show featured music from Pitbull, who performed his new single, "Hands Up," and Wynonna sang "I Want to Know What Love Is." PSY took to the stage with his latest hit, "Gentleman," and Jessica Sanchez sang her version of Pitbull's "Feel This Moment."

The fourth-place couple, Raisman and Ballas, was eliminated within the first hour of the show, and in a final element of the competition, the three remaining couples performed a new routine in an "Instant Dance" - where they tackled a style they know, but to music given to them for the first time live on television. The routine was scored out of 30 and rounded out the judges' scores across both nights.

The third-place couple was Jones and Smirnoff. Zendaya and Chmerkovskiy took second-place, and the winner of the coveted mirrorball trophy was Pickler and Hough.

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