Who took home the disco ball on Dancing With The Stars? (spoilers)

This whole post is a spoiler for the Dancing With The Stars finale
You’ve undoubtedly heard by now that Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger won the mirror ball trophy on last night’s Dancing with The Stars finale. The final two were down to figure skater Evan Lysacek and Scherzinger after ESPN anchorwoman Erin Andrews was eliminated. Scherzinger reigned triumphant, and brought home the prize. It was Scherzinger’s partner Derek Hough’s second time at the top. He won first place with Brooke Burke in 2008.

Sure enough, it was Pussycat Doll galore as Nicole Scherzinger was named the winner of the 10th season of Dancing With the Stars.

The pop star, who was repeatedly labeled by the judges the best they’d ever seen on the show, couldn’t really get any words out, choosing instead to jump up and down and scream her head off.

“Everyone’s been amazing and I’m so happy!” said Nicole’s partner, Derek Hough, a two-time Dancing champ after also winning with Brooke Burke in season seven.

It really would have been a crime if Nicole hadn’t won, really, especially after the killer jive Derek choreographed for their final number of the season.

“There were 12 days of Christmas, seven dwarves, four Beatles. There can only be one winner of Dancing With the Stars. It should be you,” said head judge Len Goodman as he and colleagues Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli awarded them one last 30.

Erin, meanwhile, was—as expected, really—the first to go, presumably regardless of the fact that the judges ranked her Argentine tango replay third behind Evan and Nicole, who placed first.

“This experience has meant everything to me,” the emotional ESPN reporter said upon her exit. “I knew that these two were going to go head-to-head in this. I came here under really crummy circumstances, and I just wanted to get my life back together and my smile back. I just wanted to be myself again.”

And, she added, pointing to partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, “This one has just put my life back together.”

Though he didn’t get her all the way to the finish line, Maks said that, in his eyes, they had already won.

So it turns out that Olympians who make the finals can, in fact, lose, as Evan gracefully turned the spotlight over to Nicole and Derek after falling just short of the proverbial gold medal.

“It’s been such a blast, we were totally satisfied with everything we gave,” the figure skater said of his performance with partner Anna Trebunskaya, a first-time finalist on the show.

“They deserved it, they worked so hard and inspired all the other couples in the competition,” he said.

[From E! Online]

Apart from this week, I haven’t watched this show since Kate Gosselin was eliminated. I caught Monday’s competition and Scherzinger did an incredibly sensual Rumba to Lady in Red that was just mesmerizing. Here’s that dance, it starts at 1:00 in.

In last night’s finale, Nicole and Derek did an energetic jive to Proud Mary. That starts at 1:40.

Here’s the moment these two won. It’s at 1:15.

Nicole told US Weekly that she’ll be giving her trophy to her mom “because she’s the reason I really did this show.” She said she plans to celebrate her win with Derek by eating some red velvet cake and brownies together. Congratulations to Derek and Nicole on a well deserved win!

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  1. Rachel says:

    You know, I wasn’t really invested in this season. I didn’t even watch last night. However, I do think it’s really crummy that they would have her on the show to begin with. The basic fact is, she’s a professional dancer. She may not be a professional ballroom dancer, but she has a great deal of dance experience nonetheless. I just don’t think it was fair to the other contestants.

  2. Ana says:

    The results were just as I expected.
    I really like Erin and Maks together.
    That Proud Mary dance was awesome, Derek is the best dancer on the show.
    It really wasn’t fair to put her on it, Supposedly a lot of the celebrities start training way before the show begins, not just the ones with dancing background.

  3. Danielle says:

    Totally agree

  4. Lizzard says:

    as if no one saw that coming from a mile away… She’s a freaking Pussycat Doll! They’re dancers! They were dancers long before they ever became a pop group. I don’t think it’s fair at all that she was choosen to be on the show. People were mad when Mario Lopez and Donny Osmond were on the show saying they had background experience with dancing from years ago, this chick has been and will probably always be a much better dancer than singer… Not fair, but they did do a great job and deserved to win, but unfairly so…

  5. Tru says:

    I didn’t watch either, she is a professional dancer, WHY would they have her on?? she dances better than she sings..

    whatever man, she looked gorgeous though.

  6. TaylorB says:

    This season kind of sucked they should have called it Dancing with the Ringers. The only way she wasn’t gonna win is if she quit the show.

  7. Ahna says:

    I cannot stop looking at maksim.. That is one sexy egotistical man! mmmm =p I was disappointed that Erin only came in 3rd, but last night’s finale was a good one considering i didn’t watch any of this season up until last night!

  8. Kolby says:

    I’m sorry I commented about this in the Kate Gosselin thread. I only realized long after I posted that I may have spoiled the show for someone.

  9. Uzi says:

    Congrats to Nicole and Derek! They were amazing and deserved to win. I do agree that Nicole and all the other boy/girl band members that have been on the show (Joey Fatone, Mel B.,etc.) have an unfair advantage, as do the athletes. However, this is a TV show that is meant to be entertaining, and would anyone watch if all the contestants danced like Kate Gosselin, Buzz Aldrin and past season trainwrecks Master P. and Adam Corolla? I think the producers strike a good balance when they cast the show. I can’t wait for next season!

  10. kelbear says:

    I really wanted Evan to win. And I am kind of surprised more people voted for Nicole even though she is an amazing dancer.

  11. Kim says:

    I dont watch the show but considering Nicole has a background in dance and is a dancer doesnt really seem fair to the other stars when none of them have that training/background.

  12. b626 says:

    Maks and Erin were the only pro/nonpro couple in the finals.
    They should have won, period.
    Did audience voting even count??
    If ABC litters the fall competition with celebrities that dance(or figure skate!)for a living, I’m boycotting the show.
    What a joke.

  13. Katija says:

    What an excellent season of Dancing with the Dancers!

  14. Maritza says:

    The be a participant they only need to be a celebrity with absolute no experience in ballroom dancing, that’s why Nicole qualified. She definitely won fair and square. I will keep watching DWTS because it is my favorite show ever!

  15. MaiGirl says:

    DWTS is one of my favorite shows. I agree with the poster above that said that it would be a very boring show indeed if everyone sucked. I certainly wouldn’t watch it if it was all Master P’s and Adam Carrollas–they might as well just call it Dancing with the Train Wrecks if that were the case. The first season winner had no dance experience and eardrums that had been blown out, which caused balance issues, and she beat others in the season who had had dance experience, so it is possible to win. Nicole’s win was the right decision.

  16. Eileen Yover says:

    I’ve ever seen one of these shows but WOW they were awesome!

  17. Natalie says:

    Derek Hough is gay, right?

  18. Sonja says:

    The dude who danced with Niecy is gay but I don’t know about Derek. There is no doubt that Derek is an amazing dancer and choreographer.

  19. sunnyjyl says:

    Ha! No, Derek Hough is not gay. He heated up the dance floor with his first DWTS dance partner, who moved in with him after the show. Shannon something or other.
    Anyway, I love this show. It would be dreadful if no one had any talent. It’s not called Dancing With the Untalented Stars. Sheesh…

  20. Ana says:

    Natalie-I totally thought he was gay too but supposedly he is not. He comes from a religious background (although that doesn’t necessarily mean anything) I think he was Mormon? I don’t know much about that religion.
    Supposedly he was or is dating Cheryl Cole.

  21. Iris says:

    They should have more celebs with dancing backgrounds on the show, imo. Watching painfully bad dancers is not entertaining.

  22. gen says:

    I cant believe a professional dancer won! That’s crazy!!!

  23. gen says:

    BECAUSE he was raised mormon is why he is so in the closet. If he isn’t gay I will be hella shocked.