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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 12 Finale: And the Winners Are... (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 25th 2011 2:04AM
'Dancing with the Stars' finaleGoing into this Season 12 Finale of 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) there was one round of competitive dancing left. The votes were in, though, and it was guaranteed to be a close battle. Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward were leading the judges' scores coming into the final night, but Kirstie Alley was close behind.

It was a star-studded finale, featuring guest appearances by Sara Evans, the Black-Eyed Peas and the first televised performance by The Go-Gos in five years. But it was the finalists that people were tuning in to see.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

Kane and Mark Ballas tackled a Viennese Waltz, followed by a Cha-Cha-Cha by Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Ward and Kym Johnson did a Samba to close out the performance aspect of the season. But this round was a wash as far as the final results went, when the judges gave all three performances a perfect 30 score.

So, it came down to the voters at home, and their support catapulted Kirstie Alley into the Top 2, above Chelsea Kane. Finally, it was down to Alley and Hines Ward, with victory for the season going to Ward.

"When I started in this competition, I never thought I'd be in the finals," Ward said. "I owe it all to Kym. She's been an amazing teacher. I also want to thank all the fans."

Do you think Chelsea Kane or Kirstie Alley should have won instead? Were you satisfied with this season of 'Dancing With the Stars'?

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Jeanne

My criticism is with the judges. Len and Bruno are terrible jusges, showing favoritism every week. Len is a grumpy old man and Bruno is "off the wall." I have written to ABC to replace the two of them with new judges the next time.
Carrie Ann was always fair, so she should stay. Congratulations to Heinz Ward and my sympathy is for Chelsea.
There has to be a better way to decide the better dancer.

May 26 2011 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carol

Chelsea Kane was the better dancer and should have won. When the viewers vote, it turns the competition into a popularity contest rather than a dancing contest. This time the best didn't win.

May 26 2011 at 1:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tsimp49

No doubt Mark and Chelsea got robbed of the title--Kirstie should not have even been in the final five let along 3rd place---People need to vote on the dancing and not the person--that's what the show is all about--come on!!!!!!!

May 26 2011 at 1:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
VICKI

I am glad anyone else won other then Kirstie because she didnt deserve to win its not because she's a big gal but because she stinks at dancing and shes a weak dancer

May 26 2011 at 12:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cowboy8e

Chelse & Mark along with Heines & Kim should have been the top two. Kristy should have been 3. Chelse was the best dancer and she was robbed of the title. The judges made such a deal over Kristy and then having John Trov show up to help her show her movie star power... Kristy was not technical as Chelse and Heines. If this the route the show is going where the judges start trying to protect dancers then I want watch any more...Listen up Judges...if Kristy had been on their a couple of years ago Lynn wouuld have a been really coming down on her.

May 25 2011 at 8:35 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
jharper333

Kristy may be an excellent actress but she is not a competitive dancer-----many outstanding dancers "went home" while Kristy continued to be "safe"------It is my opinion that Chelse and Mark along with Heines and Kim were extremely competitive--------I don't understand why the judges continued to protect Kristy week after week----I admire her but she is not a dancer.

May 25 2011 at 7:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Don Sparks

The three judges lost all credibility with me and did not view the last two weeks with the show pushing K.Alley and keeping her week after week to the detriment of better couples. I look for a Kristy ABC sitcom coming with the snow job the judges were trying to accomplish...Help me, fall on her dancing partner, lose a shoe, and then having to be bleeped every time she's asked a question while being unable to focus square in the camera!!! Suggest the show get three new judges for next year.

May 25 2011 at 6:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lastandtwo

Well, the baby elephant didn't win it. Didn't see hardly any of the shows, NCIS is much better than watching all the boobs flop in and out on the screeen. Especially the new NCIS shows on Tuesdays. The old programs were better and occasioinally they did some steps that were recognizable as a "Ball Room" dance standard. We were never taught shake your ass was a dance unless it went with the horizontal rumba.. Agree you should invest in a hairdresser for Kirstie- looked like H most of the time. Max I up with put... The male dancer is supposed to present his partner, if you had one who could dance.

May 25 2011 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kbyannetti

AFTER READING OTHER COMMENTS, I HAVE TO JUMP ON THE BAND WAGON. Dancing with the stars has always been one of my favorite shows. Having said that, this last show was a huge disappointment to me and also to many of your faithful followers. Whatever is the REAL reason for the judges to be so much involved in the Kristie Booster Club. That women CANNOT dance (I thought that was one of the must haves), she lost some weight, and her body improved ----HOWEVER, that's good news IF U R ON BIGGEST LOSERS, AND her hair is disaster, even with the shiny extensions. Personally, she overstayed her "Visit". A tie would have been more appropriate with Chelsea and Hines!!!! Certainly Kristie was not even a contender. She gets an "A" for GUTS - but not dancing!!!!!!!!!

May 25 2011 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fdeosca

I was never in my life so surprised to see who got the trophy,but Chelsea and Mark was by far the best dancers and proformers and for it to go to the next best, show me that the judges had already set it up from the first dance,who would be the winner, as they never found any faults with hines and kym and had only a lot of praise for them , regardless how bad their performance was. But it shows me that its not the nest dancers that win,but who is the Judges favourits.

May 25 2011 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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