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Apolo Ohno wins 'Dancing With the Stars'

Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and his professional dance partner, Julianne Hough, took home the giant disco ball trophy last night, winning season four of Dancing With the Stars.

Ohno and Hough came into the final night in first place and maintained their dominance (with the judges at least), garnering a perfect score dancing the paso doble.

Ohno and Hough had drawn cheers Monday with a hip-hop, breakdance-inspired performance that essentially sealed their victory.

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Former NSYNC star Joey Fatone and his partner, Kym Johnson, placed second with strong freestyle dancing Monday. The two revisited a Star Wars-themed tango with ultra-geek panache last night (light saber and a cloak were used as props). Earlier in the season the audience ate up the staging, but technique left the judges unimpressed. Last night, the quality of the dancing finally started to match the fun of the staging.

The big surprise of the week was professional boxer Laila Ali. The fan favorite was an early front-runner, and many thought she would be become the second woman to win the seasonal dance-off (Kelly Monaco won season one). While Ali and her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, shined revisiting the mambo, it wasn't enough to make up for Monday's disastrous freestyle.

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  A fierce competitor, Ali didn’t leave the Dancing stage quietly. While she graciously thanked the crew, saying she was grateful for the experience, she added: "Of course, I’m pissed I didn’t win."

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As for the rest of the show, whoa, and I thought the Idol people dragged things out. While I was off in Idol land, my dear friend Anne Tallent — The Sun's deputy arts editor — valiantly watched the first half of the bloated finale.

Some of her observations: "Billy Ray Cyrus looks like one of the Geico cavemen." He was rocking a mullet and track pants. And "Ian Ziering is a sad, sad Elvis."

Posted by Tim Swift

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