Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson is the 2009 winner of "Dancing with the Stars." Actor Gilles Marini came in second, and "Bachelor" star Melissa Rycroft finished in third. The results were announced on Tuesday's show. It was a close contest. Less than one percent of viewers' votes separated Shawn and Gilles.
Those viewers' votes were added to judges' scores from the celebrities' Monday and Tuesday performances. All three dancers earned perfect scores for their final dances on Tuesday. That brought their total points to 88 for Gilles and Shawn and 86 for Melissa.
Here's a recap of Tuesday's results show:
Gilles and his partner Cheryl Burke chose the Argentine Tango for their final dance.
"You've taken me back 50 years," Len Goodman said.
"You bring such an amazing artistry to your dances," Carrie Ann Inaba said.
"This wasn't an Argentine Tango, this was an Argentine triumph... a star is born," Bruno Toniolo said.
Melissa and her partner Tony Dovolani picked the samba for their final dance.
"Your samba is even more appetizing on second helpings," Bruno said.
"You're such a muse when you're out there." Carrie Ann said.
"You have style and elegance, but you mix that with rhythm and performance," Len said.
Shawn and her partner Mark Ballas performed first on Tuesday's show.
"The longer you go, the stronger you get," Len said.
"From cute to sassy and sexy. And your technique is always spot on," Bruno said.
"You have powered your way right to the top, and you deserve to be where you are tonight," Carrie Ann said.
After Monday's final round of "Dancing with the Stars," Shawn and Gilles were tied for first place with 58 points each. Just two points behind was Melissa with 56 points.
Before ABC announced the winner, the judges praised this season's contestants.
"All of us judges are in absolute agreement. This has been, without a doubt, the best season ever and... we've got the three best dancers here in the final," Len said.
Before the last three celebrities hit the dance floor their final performances, viewers were "treated" to dances from earlier contestants. Apple computer geek Steve Wozniak, singer Belinda Carlisle, "Girl Next Door" Holly Madison, comedic actor David Alan Grier, funny man Steve-O and actress Denise Richards performed short dances before the more recently eliminated contestants graced the floor.
Fourth place finisher and rodeo star Ty Murray had some advice to share. "To all my cowboy buddies out there thinking of ballroom dancing, don't do it."
Following former NFL player Lawrence Taylor's performance, host Tom Bergeron said there was a rumor that L.T. had been giving ballroom dance lessons at the "19th hole" at Florida golf courses."No, I've been doing lap dances," L.T. said. Not to be outdone, his partner Edyta Sliwinska, known for her skimpy dance costumes, responded "I need work, don't take my work away."
After country singer Chuck Wicks danced, he had a confession. "I have a new respect for satin, silk, glitter and thongs," Wicks said.
Here's a recap of Monday's performances:
The final three celebrities were given a chance to show their best moves in Monday's freestyle dance.
Shawn and Mark received a perfect 30 for their freestyle dance which was full of acrobatics, dancing and lifts.
"You are going for gold... Bursting with creativity," Bruno said.
"Youthful, energetic, precise," Carrie Ann said.
"I loved it," Len said.
Gilles and Cheryl earned 28 points for their tribute to "Flashdance."
"It was slick... You are a real dancer," Len said.
"Great, great performance... I wanted a little bit more dancing from you," Bruno said.
"I found it an odd choice. 'Flashdance' is about the female dancer," Carrie Ann said.
Melissa and Tony earned 27 points for their routine which combined hip-hop dancing, cheerleading moves and lots of lifts.
"I felt like it was from lift to lift, and I would have liked to see you go from movement to movement." Carrie Ann said.
"You showed your versatility as a dancer... But to be honest I don't get it. It's not my cup of tea," Len said.
"Sometimes it was disjointed... it's wasn't as perfect as we would have liked to have seen for a final," Bruno said.
The show started with a pasa doble face-off where the celebrity contestants and their partners danced as a group with a solo performance for each pair.
Gilles and Cheryl got a perfect 30. Melissa received a 29, and Shawn earned 28 points.
The judges were pleased with each celebrity's performance.
"Each one of you was splendid for me," Bruno said.
"This has been my favorite season and having you three in the finals proves why. You guys are all incredible dancers," Carrie Ann said.
Len said Shawn's dance "was full of excitement," Melissa was "far more convincing," and Gilles "wasn't hectic."