'Dancing With the Stars': And the winner is ...

So who's going to win this season of Dancing With the Stars? We'll find out tonight, eventually.


When the stars start coming to the stage -- all of them from the whole season -- it just makes me feel like this season has been going on forever and ever. Was Macy Gray really on this time around? Chuck Liddell? Kathy Ireland? That feels like eons ago.

During a montage of footage from last night, we suddenly cut to a shot of Miss Piggy's back (not a euphemism), and I'm thinking my DVR is having a problem. But it turns out it's the show with the problem, and Tom Bergeron shows up, makes a joke about it being live and throws it to a commercial. Then the montage starts over again after the break. (Last night, things happened. That recap is here.)


The other reason people are paying attention to this results show? Whitney Houston performs! She looks great, and she sounds pretty good, though she's definitely singing over the top of a vocal track. But she's having a good time. (Hey, SYTYCD fans ... is that b-boy Ryan I sight among her backup dancers? The hair sure looks like his, but I couldn't get a close enough look.)

Next we get a bit about the Losers Club, for the first person kicked off. Jeffrey Ross inducts Ashley Hamilton into the club with his sequined jacket and a roast and a dance. There might be some use of my fast-forward button here.

Time to look back again. Remember when Tom DeLay almost dropped Cheryl? When Aaron cried? When Tom had to leave? Really, it seems like 100 years ago. Kathy Ireland, Macy Gray and Debi Mazar get a chance to dance again.  Then, Tom DeLay gets that promised chance to do the Texas Two-Step that he couldn't do when he got injured a while back. Chuck Liddell and Mark Dacascos have a dance-off/fight-club performance.

Coach Carolla comedy bit. Fast-forward.

Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo reprise one of their dances. "Is it too late to vote them back in?" Tom Bergeron asks.

Another look back. Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas perform the salsa they prepared but never got to perform on the show. It's very cute, and she gets a standing O.

Judges' take on the final three. Then, said three couples take the stage, to introduce more video bits.

Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel reprise their Viennese waltz from week one, the dance in which Kelly first made her mark on the competition. Len Goodman says he will miss her the most because he has loved watching her. Bruno Tonioli says she comes from rock and roll royalty, but she's earned her place as a ballroom princess and found a new level of confidence. Carrie Ann Inaba says no one has ever touched her the way that Kelly does because it's all about expressing yourself and every time she was on stage, it was real.

Mya and Dmitry Chaplin reprise their jive. Bruno calls her Mya the magnificent and says she never dropped her standard all season and that she's got it all. Carrie Ann says every season someone sets the pace for everyone else from day one, and this season it was her, and that now, she's come out of her shell and she's a star. Len says he has never doubted her dance talent and says she was outstanding.

Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson reprise their Argentine tango. Carrie Ann says she loved this as his final dance, that it was artistry in motion. Len says he's never lost his coming out and performing 100 percent. He adds that he finished strong. Bruno says he was in character and totally believable.

Judges' rankings: Kelly and Louis get 26 points, Mya and Dmitry get 28, and (leading us to the final results?) Donny and Kym get 30 points.

No results yet, though. Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower hit the stage to dance to "Puppy Love" sung by Donny Osmond. This is in reference to the fact that they are the youngest couple on the season. Then it's the Super Bowl champ dance-off, Jerry Rice vs. Michael Irvin. (It's also Anna vs. Anna, as Trebunskaya and Demidova face off, too.) The judges give the dance to Michael Irvin, but "the battle of the bodies" to Jerry Rice. They both get mirrorball rings. Goofy!


Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff reprise their quickstep to the Muppet Show song. This was a fun one.

I think Miss Piggy would do an admirable job as Tom Bergeron's co-host. Just sayin'.

Competition mambo. Who's going to win? It's Joanna Krupa vs. Cloris Leachman vs. Jerry Springer vs. Steve Wozniak. It's Joanna, "in what appears to be a setup," Tom says.

Whitney Houston's back to sing "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." Nice choice. Suddenly, I'm flashing back to sixth grade, when my mom took me to see Whitney in concert in Houston (now I'm talking about Texas, not W's last name), and this was my favorite song.

Finally, finally ... results. Can we find out who won this thing already?

In third place, it's Kelly and Louis. That's not a surprise. She's had a great storyline, a transformation, plus seeing her family in the audience as she's grown up, but she fell down in the final dance. She thanks America for voting her in week after week. Tom Bergeron says he loved seeing her each week and looked forward to seeing her perform each time, even though he doesn't want to share this since he doesn't like to play favorites.

But who is the winner? Who gets the mirrorball trophy?

And the winner is Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson. Nothing like finishing strong! Last night just totally pushed him over the top.

Samantha runs over to talk with Mya. She says she has had the time of her life. Donny pulls his wife out onto the stage, then his family. He and Kym hoist the trophy for the big win.

What do you think about the results?

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