Dancing With The Stars concluded their all-star season finale last night and the mirror ball trophy went to Melissa Rycroft!
Rycroft battled it out with gymnast Shawn Johnson and soap opera star Kelly Monaco (both have previously won mirror ball trophies with different partners). It was the first all-female finale in the history of the show and the stakes were high.
Monaco was eliminated first, leaving Johnson and Rycroft as the final two.
Rycroft and her original dance partner Tony Dovolani had near perfect performances all season. They were the only couple to achieve a perfect score of 60 on Monday night from the judges for their two final dances.
Not only was it Rycroft’s first mirror ball trophy (she placed third in season 8), but it was also Dovolani’s first win after 14 seasons dancing professionally on the show.
A big congrats goes out to Melissa Rycroft who came to the show in season 8 as a reality show contestant from The Bachelor. Her dancing abilities were clearly underestimated by those who thought of her as just another reality star.
You go, girl!