'DWTS' Determines Winner of Season 17!
By ROBERT PACE
November 26, 2013
Eleven weeks of intensive training and emotional rollercoasters culminated with a glorious finale for one couple on Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday, when the Mirrorball Trophy was bestowed upon the winner of Season 17.
[SPOILER ALERT: Results from the show revealed below]
As always, the entire Season 17 cast was in attendance to witness the presentation of the Mirrorball, but before that, they put on an array of entertaining dances of their own.
Before the finalists took the stage, an assortment of acts took the stage to sing, including Enrique Iglesias, Colbie Caillat, Lady Antebellum, and Ylvis, who performed his "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)," which was the soundtrack to Team Foxing Awesome's (Brant Daugherty, Jack Osbourne, Amber Riley, Corbin Bleu) dance earlier in the season.
After the various festivities, it was time for the dancing duos to tap out their final dances.
The scores from their concluding dances would be combined with their scores and fan votes from the previous night to determine a winner. Unlike the previous night, the three Mirrorball contenders would only have one dance to display their best moves.
Corbin Bleu took the dance floor first with partner Karina Smirnoff to perform their cha-cha-foxtrot fusion dance. The actor put on another incredible routine, after which judge Len Goodman called him a "fantastic dancer."
However, the judges agreed that Bleu lost his timing on the cha-cha portion of the dance and he was consequently snubbed a perfect score with a trio of nines.
It was then Jack Osbourne's turn to dance a paso-salsa fusion that presented him with quite a challenge: He'd never danced salsa during the season. With less than a day to learn the salsa footwork, Osbourne's timing was praised by judge Bruno Tonioli but judge Carrie Ann Inaba criticized his flat feet in the salsa segment.
Nevertheless, Jack was awarded the same score as Corbin, and with his score from Monday night, he was trailing five points behind him.
Then, the spotlight-stealer Amber Riley was up to dance the final number of Season 17, a samba-quickstep with partner Derek Hough.
The Glee actress was worried about the dance's constant jumping, given her ongoing knee pain, but she nevertheless produced a marvelous routine that Len called "bedazzling" and was tagged "flawless" by Bruno.
Thus, Riley was atop the leaderboard heading into the Mirrorball presentation with Bleu five points below her and Osbourne an additional five points behind him.
The first announcement from host Tom Bergeron was for third place, which remained true to the leaderboard. Although he'd just been slighted a chance at the Mirrorball, Osbourne revealed that he relished the experience and had a ball with partner Cheryl Burke.
Then, it was time for the moment of truth.
After agonizing anticipation tormented the dancing duos, it was then announced that Amber Riley was the champion of the seventeenth season of Dancing with the Stars!
Check out the final scores below.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough (94/95): 30/30 (10,10,10) Samba-Quickstep
+ 64/65 Monday's Score
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff (89/95): 27/30 (9,9,9) Cha-cha-Foxtrot
+ 62/65 Monday's Score
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke (84/95): 27/30 (9,9,9) Paso-Salsa
+ 57/65 Monday's Score