Touchdown! Hines Ward Wins 'Dancing With the Stars'
By Paige Feigenbaum
Steeler Nation rejoices! As season 12 champs, Hines Ward and Kym Johnson round out the dancing dozen to raise the mirror ball trophy high above their heads.
After the dramatic announcement, confetti showered the dance floor in celebration of the victory. "Starting this competition, I never thought I'd be in the finals, but I owe it all to Kym," he said with his signature champ. "She's an amazing teacher and I want to thank the judges for giving us the constructive criticism to help me get better each week, but also I want to thank all the fans."
Pro dancer Kym joins the ranks of Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, and Cheryl Burke as a multiple "Dancing With the Stars" champ. She previously won the mirror ball with Donny Osmond in season 9.
Kirstie Alley lost many dress sizes since entering the competition, but failed to gain the title with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, coming in second. She was undeniably a favorite among fans and fellow celebrities. Despite receiving high scores and praise from the judges, Disney darling Chelsea Kane and partner Mark Ballas finished in third place.
Host Tom Bergeron announced that "Dancing With the Stars" will return to ABC in the fall on September 19.