The winner of Dancing with The Stars is…

J.R. Martinez and his partner, Karina Smirnoff, took home the mirror ball trophy on last night’s Dancing with the Stars finale! Martinez, a wounded Iraqi war vet turned soap star, won the public over with his personality, compelling story and incredibly coordinated moves. Coming in second was Kim Kardashian’s little brother, Rob, who improved immensely this season and earned perfect scores from the judges on Monday. Ricki Lake and her partner Derek Hough were a close third.

After a topsy-turvy season of sore ankles and even sorer losers, Dancing with the Stars ended Tuesday night by pitting an unlikely frontrunner against a heroic survivor.

After Ricki Lake, 43, was eliminated earlier in the show, Rob Kardashian, 24, the reality TV brother often overshadowed by his famous – and infamous – older sisters went against J.R. Martinez, 28, the soldier-turned-actor whose triumph over severe burns received in Iraq brought raw emotion to the ballroom.

For their final dance, a samba which both couples had to choreograph on the fly, each earned perfect scores, leaving Kardashian with a one point lead after two nights of competition. But the judges’ scores make up only half the final results. Once the viewers’ votes were tabulated, the winner was determined. Keep reading to find out who won:

It was J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff!

Smirnoff covered her face and began crying when she heard the news.

“First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who voted for us for 10 weeks,” Martinez said. “Thank you, America, for believing in us.”

Then he addressed his dance partner, telling Karina, “You are amazing, and I’m so grateful I was able to be a part of your first mirror-ball trophy.”

When he was awarded his mirror-ball trophy, Martinez hoisted it high above his head as confetti rained down.

Runner-up Rob Kardashian, who was paired with Cheryl Burke, echoed Martinez’s celebratory sentiments. “I’m super thankful,” he said, after the results were announced. “This is such a crazy experience. I’m definitely not sad. I won in my book.”

[From People]

I’m really happy for J.R. I’ve only seen a few episodes this season, but I found the guy so likable and he’s definitely the best dancer. It’s surprising because usually the best dancers are athletes who are necessarily more attuned to their bodies, but he’s a soldier, a motivational speaker and an actor. His website reveals that he nearly played professional football coming out of high school, but that he suffered an injury in his senior year and ended up enlisting in the army instead. Congratulations to J.R. and Karina!

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  1. Stephanie says:

    I’m so happy J.R. won! Ricki definitely deserved 2nd place over Rob.

    • Alix says:

      Glad Karina got her first win, too!

      Also: Carson’s “Vogue” routine was genius. Loved it!

      • Stephanie says:

        After have partners like The Situation, Karina really did deserve to have a good partner to work with.

  2. mln76 says:

    I don’t watch this but a friend wanted me to vote so I did. After hearing his inspirational story I’m glad I voted and it’s a bonus that a Kartrashian didn’t win.

  3. ShanKat says:

    Well hello there, Derek Hough O-face.

  4. kristipistol says:

    JR deserved to win, but Rob did turn out to be a good dancer, which was surprising!

  5. jc126 says:

    So glad JR won!

  6. Girl says:

    Psst. *enlisting, not enrolling 🙂

  7. Laurie M. says:

    Please please please please please let that be the last Kartrashian we see on this or any other reality show.

  8. Mary jones says:

    So glad that katrashian didnt win. But why did people vote for him? He should have been voted off the first week just because hes a kartrashian.

    • Alix says:

      No, he shouldn’t have been voted off because of his obnoxious relatives. Rob K was a good contestant — good sense of humor, tried hard, improved every week, no attitude. I don’t know that he deserved second place (maybe third), but he did himself proud. (And trust me, I’m no Kartrashian fan.)

  9. hillbilly in the corner says:

    Godd for the producers they let the audience choice win this time over their own …….cause if it had been left up to them and their greed they would have put Rob Kardashion on top but this way they get a win win, they keep the audiences approvel and the Kardashion money …..

  10. 221jazz says:

    All is right with the world because AJ won and a Kardtrashian lost….that is all.

  11. Kelly says:

    Don’t blame Rob for the sins of his family. None of us deserve that, why should he?

  12. dahlia1947 says:

    I’m glad they won. as i was watching i was kind of hoping Rob wouldn’t win because then it would result in another Kardashian tidal wave!

    sorry Rob. I like u cause U set Kim and your evil mother straight when they need to CUT their ridic behavior on the show, but you are still a Kardashian.

  13. MW says:

    I’m really glad JR won and so happy that Karina earned her first mirror ball. I just was not feeling it for Rob K. I felt he totally lacked any humility, not such a great dancer, and was like a little boy talking about “me, me, me” every single time! Maybe it’s not his fault. I was cringing to think that if he won, it could have been bought, which I would hate to think about DWTS. And I could just see his Mother smirking and rubbing her hands together saying, “Girls, we’re back on top! WE WON!” – etc., etc., etc., and a whole new round of them being plastered all over the tabs, billboards, whatever, with a million celebratory dinners, luncheons, photo ops, etc. Blech! JR deserved it.