'Dancing With The Stars' Crowns Season 14 Winner!
By KRISTA WICK
May 22, 2012
After two months of arguably the finest competition in Dancing with the Stars history, a brand-new champion has been crowned--If you don't want to know who won, read no further!
The two-hour finale of DWTS brought some familiar faces from this season back to the dance floor as William Levy, Donald Driver and Katherine Jenkins were busy backstage polishing their final dance which they were given less than a day to prepare.
William and partner Cheryl Burke were the first team chosen to tackle the 24-hour challenge and they did so in "Team Fuego" fashion, dancing a lively salsa befitting of their scorching nickname. Not only did the crowd love the performance, but the judges lavished their praise on the two before dishing a perfect thirty for a combined score of 89/90 for the finals.
Katherine and partner Mark Ballas were up next, taking to the stage with a playful jive which received similarly high praise all around from the panel. Carrie Ann Inaba commend the two for "setting the bar so high" with Len Goodman adding that Jenkins was nothing short of "the complete package" before handing out another perfect thirty for a combined score of 90/90 for the finals.
Last but not least, Donald and partner Peta Murgatroyd gave it their all with a sexy Cha Cha Cha, wowing the judges into yet another perfect thirty for a combined score of 89/90 for the finals.
After the 24-hour challenge, the scores were tallied with last night's fan votes, William and Cheryl were announced as the couple placed in third, leaving Donald and Katherine to await the final announcement.
At long last, Donald and partner Peta were announced as season 14's winner—news the Green Bay Packers star took with great enthusiasm, rolling across the dance floor in disbelief. The enviable title incidentally comes one year after Donald won the Super Bowl for the first time with the Packers.
Taking the loss in great stride, Katherine commended Donald for his win, telling host Tom Bergeron that regardless of the outcome, she enjoyed every minute of the competition. "I can't put in words how much I loved this," she said. "It's been an absolute dream."
Make sure to catch your newly crowned mirror ball champions tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Donald and Peta will then hop on a jet to NYC for a second round of interviews with Good Morning America airing tomorrow.
Keep an eye out for the all-stars edition of Dancing with the Stars, this fall on ABC.