We have crowned our champion! And it was a bit of a surprise for everyone. Donny Osmond outlasted every other man running to become the ninth celebrity to take home the mirror ball trophy on “Dancing With the Stars.” Although he finished 13 points behind Mya on the judges’ dance card, the audience votes made all the difference. Donny has been the consummate entertainer, and his charm and grace make him an ideal champion. Bravo!
Mya was the frontrunner for almost the entire competition, and she has nothing to be embarrassed about. She gave so many thrilling performances, and really spurred her fellow celebrities on by setting the bar so high.
The crowd seemed to be pulling for Kelly; they were chanting her name during her waltz. But, in the end, popular support alone couldn’t close the gap between her score and Donny’s. Kelly ended up finishing third. She came such a long way this season that it was hard to watch her go. Tom Bergeron broke character for a moment to tell Kelly how much he looked forward to seeing her dance.