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'Dancing With the Stars' Winner: Who Won the Season 11 Finale?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 23rd 2010 10:58PM
Dancing With the Stars winnerThree dancers entered the stage, but only one left with the mirrorball trophy in hand. Who was crowned the 'Dancing With the Stars' winner for season 11? Was it Bristol, Jennifer or Kyle?

A season filled with of twists, turns and shocking eliminations ended predictably, with actress Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough landing in first place. Grey topped the leaderboard for seven of the competition's 10 weeks.

Actor Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer finished second.

"I didn't think I was going to compete tonight, and I'm really glad I did," said a tearful Grey, who battled back problems all season. A ruptured disc nearly prevented her from performing in the finale.

And after generating so much controversy -- causing one enraged viewer to shoot his television, possibly being the target of white (talcum) powder and eliciting hundreds of vitriolic comments on our own site-- teen activist Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas took third place.

"This has been such a life-changing experience and I had the time of my life," Palin said.

Dancing With the Stars winner Jennifer GreyHough, meanwhile, can now boast of being a three-time champion (having previously won with Nicole Scherzinger and Brooke Burke.) "I'm unbelievably proud," Hough told co-host Brooke Burke just before learning of the results. "It's been such an honor and a privilege and just a pleasure to dance with Jennifer. It's been an incredible journey and one that I'll never forget."

The finalists performed twice more during the finale episode to add to their scores from Monday night's performances. Each celeb reprised a dance from earlier in the season: Palin picked her well-received tango, Massey chose his "rock week" tango, while Grey went with her week 1 homage to 'Dirty Dancing.' The judges placed them in that order, from third to first.

The three couples also did an "instant cha cha," with Grey and Hough again coming out on top. The final scoreboard read: Grey with 118, Massey with 110 and Palin with 104.

Which means that despite all those voting conspiracy theories, the end result mirrored the scores given out by Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

Jennifer GreyGrey ruptured a disc in her back Monday night, but told a local ABC affiliate after winning that she "couldn't bear the idea of not finishing what we started.

As for how she felt when her named was called? "I think I was a little blank," Grey laughed. "I felt a shot of elation."

Are you glad Jennifer Grey won?
Yes! She was clearly the best all season.84024 (83.5%)
No. I was rooting for one of the other finalists.16588 (16.5%)

If Bristol had won, you would've felt ...
Happy. She worked hard and improved a lot.27339 (33.6%)
Angry. She was a terrible dancer.54148 (66.4%)

Check out the full 'Dancing With the Stars' finale episode here:

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Bill Povse

I am glad that Bristol did not win. Everything about that girl and now her younger sister show that their parents have never tried to bring them up correctly. Between the two of them calling some one a fag and Bristol saying she hopes she wins so that it gives a big middle finger to all of those people who dont like her mother, she seems more like trailer trash.

December 01 2010 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

well we get to dance with the stars ,skate with the stars ,drool over the stars do we get to sleep with the stars the next game show sleeping with the stars ,paula abduls new show ,yuk here we go having to have her on tv again,

November 27 2010 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

umm hello the show is called Dancing with the stars
not dancing with the stars that never had training before
and if on the show were only celebrities that danced like Bristol where is the competition?

November 27 2010 at 1:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love it all thay all were good dancers in there own little way I give all creadet for geting out and do that on tv and for Jennifer Gray I watched her ever min she was the best for her age I don"t know how she did it to the end she is a beautiffull woman, now this is coming fro a mothe rwith 6 kids I have one girk every body to this day tells me to put her in modling I just don"t know how to do it she is now 38 and still beautifull

November 25 2010 at 2:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank God it's over!
So much political madness because of a huge casting mistake by the producers;
a mistake so big by ABC that it ended up costing them not only the integrity and dignity of the show but hundrets of thousands of dollars in security costs just for the two finaly shows alone.
And then to read such vile and ignorant blogs directed to the four finalists from "cry baby,tub of lard,murderer,white trash "Ho"...
Come on people,show some decorum,some self respect and respect for others;this is unacceptable behaviour.
Just learn to exhale people!

November 24 2010 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bristol kept saying people hated her and her mom. I don't hate either of them, but I sure hated that way better dancers got eliminated week after week. she did NOT know much about dancing. I wish Kyle and Lacie had won@

November 24 2010 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Congrats to everyone that was on the show. Specially Jennifer and Derek, they did a wonderful job. I have never watched this show before, I don't like this type of thing. However, I wanted to watch Jennifer dance. She did better then I expected her to do.

As far as the people that post on here and say they don't understand why they put people like Jennifer on the show with Bristol, well the name of the show is Dancing with the Stars. It isn't dancing with who ever. The stars are not the professional dancers they are the dancers in training.

November 24 2010 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

nicole wouldnt you want fair and impartial judging if it was you ,,why the same bimbo judges each year

November 24 2010 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you know oj your right ,i made a call to cleveland plain dealer sports today ,on a column i thought unusal but very true,a lockout in baseball ,basketball ,and football because these money grubbing owners and players want more money,money,money ,maybe parents should be parents again and hope for the lockouts and maybe they can spend quality time with their kids

November 24 2010 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

wheres patrick

November 24 2010 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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