Wonder Twin powers: Activate! It was a close race to the finish, but in the end, country singer Kellie Pickler and her pro partner Derek Hough pulled out a one-two punch to knock out the rest of the competition and emerged as the “
Well, the “
Kellie and her similarly-coiffed partner edged out the performance prowess of the one-named Zendaya and her pro partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy for Season 16's highest honor. The two couples had been neck-and-neck with judges' scores, but methinks it was Kellie and Derek's low-production value, high-emotional impact, supersize freestyle that put them over the top and earned them that coveted Mirrorball trophy. In fact it was that emotional dance that the voters tweeted as the encore performance they most wanted to see during Tuesday night's two-hour results show.
And 16-year-old Zendaya took her second place finish like a champ. “I’m very proud and very happy and I get to leave here with an amazing experience,” the
In third place were
Alexandra Raisman and
Though the final Instant Dances did little to sway the rankings as both Kellie and Zendaya's Instant Jives and Jacoby's Instant Salsa received perfect 30 scores.
The finale went a little bit differently this season, in that all the season's contestants didn't come out to perform, and the DanceCenter segment was notably absent (hope they didn't get rid of it altogether!). Instead of hoofing it, country singer Wynonna chose to belt a cover of "I Want to Know What Love Is" in front of the mike, leaving her pro partner Tony Dovolani to dance it out with Peta Murgatroyd down on the ballroom floor.
Bachelor Sean Lowe, boxer Victor Ortiz and comedian Andy Dick did a horsey prance alongside
Our Pros and the Troupe got a lot of face time. First, the whole gang came back to celebrate in a great rousing introductory performance choreographed by Lacey Schwimmer (who sat on the sidelines). Then, the ladies came out to show they "Run the World" in that Beyoncé-tinged routine that they reworked to feature female finalists Zendaya, Kellie and Aly. Finally, the Pros and the Troupe slinked out in a fun cabaret-like number choreographed by Jason Gilkison.
Andy dried his many tears and emerged from his mountain of tissues to return to the competition, performing his Alice in Wonderland jazz routine with Sharna Burgess set to
Lisa Vanderpump made good on her earlier confession that she fancied Len Goodman and wanted to put the moves on him. "He is quite cute," she admitted. So it was only age appropriate that during her classic Hollywood-style fox trot with Gleb Savchenko that Len, dressed nattily in his bow tie, stepped in for a spell to relieve Gleb of his partnering duties. Bruno gave it a 10.
And my ice-skating-loving heart just about exploded when Dorothy Hamill came on the dance floor to do a Viennese waltz with Henry Byalikov — and then fellow skater, Season 6 champ and Dorothy's "DWTS" inspiration, Kristi Yamaguchi, came on the floor (with Sasha Farber) to step alongside her! The only thing missing from that sweet, gold-medal winning routine was Dorothy's partner and yummy Irish lad Tristan MacManus, who was injured and could not perform. "It's an honor to join my idol on the dance floor," Kristi said. Hugs all around!
What do you think, ballroom fans? Happy with who won the coveted Mirrorball trophy? Did you miss DanceCenter? Think there would have been a different outcome had the ABC.com votes been counted?