Donny Osmond and his partner Kym Kym Johnson won “Dancing with the Stars” last night, beating out singer Mya and reality personality Kelly Osbourne in the final. This was Kym’s first win on the show. I feel guilty when I cover TV shows I’ve hardly watched, so I asked my mom, a former DWTS fan, what she thinks of this season. She said she hardly watches it now because the results show is on at the same time as “So You Think You Can Dance.” In my mom’s opinion all the younger kids are watching SYTYCD, and she thinks Donny must have clinched the vote from the older ladies. There’s much more to his win, of course. Osmond was a good dancer with solid scores and he was also highly likable. While Mya was a much better dancer overall, many viewers complained that she was overconfident. She even bragged on Monday “that trophy is mine.” Compare her statement to Donny’s that “I want to win this mirrorball so badly,” and you can see why he earned more votes than cocky Mya.
Kelly Osbourne was also highly personable and improving greatly on the show, and many fans identified with her. She fell during the freestyle competition on Monday, though. Kelly seemed very grateful for the opportunity and said Monday that “every single dance we’ve done so far in this competition has been such a learning process and an adventure for me.”
Here’s part of a recap from The LA Times. The article is much longer, as the show lasted a full two hours and included two performances by Whitney Houston:
After overcoming long odds, ups and downs, fever dreams, a sparkly leprechaun green jacket, a fumbled tango routine and a dip to the dark side, lifelong showman and avowed professional Donny Osmond beat out fellow competitors Mya and Kelly Osbourne to emerge as Season 9’s “Dancing With the Stars” champion. And true to his Mr. Congeniality roots, the star wasn’t content to hoard the coveted Mirrorball trophy and tell his sister — the reason he came on as a competitor on this show in the first place — to stick it where the sun don’t shine. No, a win for Donny was a win for everybody, and he magnanimously brought up his wife, his large family and his sister Marie out on to the dance floor with him to celebrate.
What’s more, congratulations to Donny’s partner Kym Johnson as well! The pro has come so close to the “DWTS” crown herself as the runner up with Season 4’s Joey Fatone and Season 7’s Warren Sapp, so it’s nice to see the always-lovely Australian make the third time in the finals the charm and finally nab that title. Not only that, but she’s become an honorary Osmond in the process. (What’s another Osmond when you’ve already got so many in the bunch?) Win and win!
Well, as one is awarded a sparkly disco ball and showered with confetti, there are two others who go home empty-handed. And this season, the less-than-coveted title of also-ran was handed deigned to Mya and Kelly Osbourne. There was no talk about close contests like there was last season between Gilles Marini and Season 8 champ Shawn Johnson, so one can only imagine that Donny had this competition in the bag and tied up with a nice, glittery little bow from the get-go. Mya clearly had the technical precision and the musicality; could that slight fumble with the freestyle cost her the trophy? Though Mya was the best dancer of the bunch and Kelly the resounding studio audience favorite (can’t remember how many times the crowd erupted into cheers of “Kelly! Kelly! Kelly!”), both accepted their second- and third-place finishes graciously.
Or maybe at that point they just wanted it to be over and done with. Because after 10 weeks of competition and innumerable dances, those two excruciatingly long hours of results filler seemed to stretch into a small eternity.
[From the LA Times]
Congratulations to Donny and Kym! I would have loved to see Kelly win, but I think she’s happy enough just to have made it into the final. Mya was really talented from what I’ve seen, but you also need to win over the audience and Donny surely did.
Donny and Kym’s Freestyle
Mya and Dmitri’s Freestyle
Kelly and Louis’ Freestyle
I am only exposed to this show by watching clips from “The Soup”.
Mya wasn’t cocky. They do that every season. They have some kind of montage where the final three trash talk each other, and talk about how that mirror ball trophy will be theirs. It’s all done in good fun, but you have to see it in context. It’s really funny when the football players make it to the finals because those guys know how to trash talk!
I’m bitter about Donny winning because he’s been training with a ballroom coach for a year for his Vegas show, and he’s got loads of experience from his career…I’d much rather see someone like Kelly win, someone who had no dance background whatsoever but really was dedicated to learning how to dance and came up the curve really well. Thought she was adorable throughout. But…I am happy for Kym, I’ve watched the show for awhile now and always really liked her.
Donnie Osmond and his sister just bug the hell out of me. I’m sick of seeing them on tv when I’m trying to enjoy my Entertainment tv. I know that they are genuinely nice people, but I am sick of seeing them on my tv talking about sh*t.
Mya was very gracious and Kelly was cool.
I really liked all three finalists and my dad ended up winning the DWTS pool we were in! YAY DAD!
My mom and I were bitter, she had Kelly and I went with sexy Mark Decascos! : (
And if people are mad that Donny won, well you should have voted! He won becauase of his popularity with the demographic who watches the show.
I, of course, am WAAAAY younger than that demo ( coughcough) but I still voted. I voted 3 for Donny and 2 for Kelly! (you get 5 votes, sorry Mya!)
This show is so lame now. It should be called ‘Dancing with the Has-Beens and the Never-Weres’. Ugh.
I must admit that I was very happy for him. He worked very hard and was extremely gracious the entire time. 🙂
That said, I was hoping that Kelly would win. That girl improved leaps and bounds and really kind of grew up before our eyes. I loved that Louie (her partner) cried after their last dance. Very touching to me.
@atticus — This is why I didn’t bother watching this season, and you nailed it precisely:”…Donny has…been training with a ballroom coach for a year for his Vegas show, and he’s got loads of experience from his career.” Dude was gonna win, so why watch?
I was hoping Mya would win, with Joanna second and the young Carter kid would have come in third. Donny should have won for best personality.
I was really upset that Gilles lost last year.
Won’t be watching DWTS again.
God, I was THRILLED that Joanna woman got voted off. Hated her! She thought she was going to win for sure.
I think Mya was handicapped by her less-than-stellar “pro”. Had she been paired with Max or Tony, i think they could have brought out the aspect of her performance that was missing, the human connection. She was like a perfectly programmed dancing automaton, and it just wasn’t appealing, and combined with the mundane choreography Dmitry supplied, she couldn’t ever rise above the level at which she began. She started out really really good, and ended really really good, and that wasn’t enough. If she’d had a better teacher, a better partner, someone with charisma who could help bring out some in her, the mirror ball almost certainly would have been hers.
Mya deserved to win for talent, Kelly because she exceeded expectations and I adore how she has transformed herself, But Donny???- its just stupid.
I read somewhere above here that he had years of ballroom training- He looked wooden and stiff to me- BOOO!!!!! First Carol Hannah loses to that raving bitch, and now this…. When did I stop becoming the target demographic for these competition shows????
I can’t believe Osbourne was even on the show. She’s like a vacuous bobble head on ham hocks. Can not stand her or her mother or her perma-smile, can’t-understand-a-word-he-says father.
Kelly just looks like she is genuinely happy and enjoying herself. I think its sweet to see someone looking so surprised that they can achieve something they never thought they could.
I am probably the only one, but I thought Joanna was the ugliest model ever. She was a complete butterface.
Everyone talked about how good she was but I found her to be awkward. She seemed like a young teenager that had just grown 12 inches in one summer and had ALMOST grown into it. I’m not the most articulate person…so sorry if that doesn’t make much sense.
I called it that Donny would win when the season started. I should’ve placed a bet. He has a CRAZY fanbase.
@Ana- No , you are not the only one to think she has a butterface. I have never thought that Krupa woman was attractive. Maxim made such a big deal of her and I thought “UGH”. She has a hook nose, and was not that great of a dancer. The only thing she had going for her was her height, making her able to have graceful long lines. She tripped and fell constantly.
I am still finding it odd that so many people are furious that he won. If people remember, DWTS is not a PRO competition, it is a popularity contest. Donny was a former child/teen idol, and that age group is who watches the show. I also have to laugh at the amount of people complaining that the “Mormons” got the win for him. Bottom line, out of the demographic that watches the show, more people know Donny than Mya. Also, for those complaining about Donny being in show business and having an advantage, Mya also is in show business and has a DANCE background as well. It isn’t like the woman was a total novice on the dance floor. If we were voting based solely on improvement, then Kelly Osbourne should have won.
Again, I am glad Donny won and was happy to see Kim Johnson have a good partner for a change. It was nice to see someone older win, and he is a nice person. and was very gracious to all the other competitors.
In the end, it is a silly Mirror ball trophy they win, not a bunch of money or a major prize. It’s all in fun!
There was an item on Blindgossip about how difficult it was to find honest stars. Many of them are taking lessons before the show starts in order to improve their chances.
So it shouldn’t really matter…none of them are considered pro.
The Lord’s will is done….
Well done to Miss Osbourne, i think you rock …and to make a fall and keep going…. perfection in my eyes!
I’m so proud of you xx
Untill we meet…..
I’d love to know the actual number of votes for Mya and Donny. I think Donny won because Mya’s freestyle was blah. Just as Gilles and Mel B lost due to blah freestyles, I figured the same would happen for Mya. However, it’s likely she never had a chance if Donny’s fan base is that big. Fortunately, they didn’t have a Las Vegas show when Marie was on the show. Donny’s a better dancer than Marie was so I’m ok with him winning even though I was pulling for Mya. Joanna and Derek should have made it to the finals but her behavior on Superstars (and the Osbournes popularity) likely did her in. Since DWTS and SYTYCD come on different days, I’d think young and old watch both.
It would have been a more interesting final if the Kelly would have been voted off and Joanna and Derek stayed. I liked Kelly but she wasn’t good enough to be in the finals. JMO