Actress Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough won Season 11 of "Dancing with the Stars." They take home the coveted mirror ball trophy.
Fifty-year-old Jennifer, best known as Baby from "Dirty Dancing," burst into tears (happy ones, we can assume) and struggled to talk. Host Tom Bergeron helped her out. He reminded her that her injuries almost took her out of the competition several times this season including today. "Yeah, I didn't think I would compete tonight, and I'm really glad I did," Jennifer said. This marks the third time that Derek has won the competition. He's the first professional dancer to win three competitions.
Disney star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer and Alaskan teen activist Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas competed in the finale but failed to get enough total points (judges' scores and viewers' votes) to win.
"I have so many good memories from this competition. This has definitely been just such a life-changing experience, and I've had the time of my life," Bristol said.
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"He's a winner in my eyes," Lacey said about Kyle.
"I want to thank all the fans that made this possible," Kyle said. He offered his congratulations to Jennifer.
Jennifer and Derek received the highest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes to win. Viewers' votes made up half the total score. Each couple performed two dances on last night's show and two more dances on tonight's show for judges' points. Viewers voted after Monday's show but before tonight's final dances.
Total judges' points after the four dances were 118 for Jennifer, 110 for Kyle and 104 for Bristol.
Here's a recap of Tuesday's finale:
For the final competitive element of Season 11, the couples danced the Cha Cha Cha to "Raise your Glass" by Pink. The couples knew they would dance the Cha Cha Cha for a week, but the song wasn't revealed until Tuesday's show.
Head judge Len Goodman had some final comments about the last three couples before each performed their final dances.
About Jennifer: "What do you want from a champion? Someone who overcomes injuries and comes back stronger."
About Bristol: "The story of her growth throughout this competition is amazing."
About Kyle: "The boy who became a man on 'Dancing with the Stars'."
For the Cha Cha Cha, Jennifer and Derek got 28 — 9s from Len and Carrie Ann Inaba and 10 Bruno Tonioli — Kyle and Lacey got 28 — 9s from Len and Carrie Ann and 10 Bruno — and Bristol and Mark got 27 — 9s from each judge.
"Bristol, I've never seen you that good," Len said.
"Jennifer, the artist, I don't know what you did but this Cha Cha Cha was perfection." Bruno said.
"All of you did great." Carrie Ann said Kyle brought joy, Bristol brought hope and Jennifer showed perseverance.
After adding Monday's judges' points for each couple to Tuesday's judges' points for the first dances, the scores were (insert drum roll, please) a perfect 90 for Jennifer and Derek Hough, 82 for Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer and 77 for Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas.
For tonight's first dance, each couple chose their favorite dance of the season to repeat. The judges had to decide which dance they wanted to rate first, second and third. Each judge could only use his or her 10-point paddle, 9-point paddle and 8-point paddle once. Jennifer and Derek got 10s from each judge giving them the full 30 points for their Viennese Waltz. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer scored 26 points (two 9s and one 8) for their tango. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas' tango gave them 25 points (one 9 and two 8s).
Comic relief was found in the season's former contestants. A "dance-off" by NFL star Kurt Warner and NBA champ Rick Fox was touted as being a test of who was the best athlete. Rick and partner Cheryl Burke wore Los Angeles Lakers colors while Kurt and partner Anna Trebunskaya sported Arizona Cardinals' colors. Watching the two elite athletes bump chests and fists was laugh-inducing. TV mom Florence Henderson and comedian Margaret Cho teamed up for a crazy dance to "Copacabana." The Situation got shirtless for his performance (let's not call it a dance) to "I'm Too Sexy." Christina Aguilera also performed songs from her movie "Burlesque" which opens Wednesday in most cities. Rumors are indicating that the singer is pregnant, but the mom of 2-year-old Max has yet to announce whether another baby is on the way. Pink, however, has recently announced that she and husband Carey Hart, a motocross racer, are expecting their first baby.
In a bittersweet moment, singer Brandy and Maks returned to dance to "I'll be There for You." Brandy and Maks were eliminated last week despite being point leaders for much of the season.
For their first dance on the finale, Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer chose the tango.
Len Goodman, 8: "You've come out with such a great attitude. You come out full of energy and that's why you're an exciting dancer to watch."
Bruno Tonioli, 9: "You really are a talented young man... You're a stage animal."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 9: "It showed all the wonderful aspects of you... It's just like a breath of fresh air."
Alaskan teen activist Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas also picked the tango for their first dance of the night.
Bruno Tonioli, 8: "This is the dance that showed us Bristol the fighter. More focus, more confidence, you found your footing."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 8: "There was a new command that you showed last time but it was even bigger and broader this time."
Len Goodman, 9: "You and Kyle are two sides of a coin... He's got the wow, but you've got the how."
Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough picked their first dance of the season, the Viennese Waltz, as their first dance for the finale.
Carrie Ann Inaba, 10: "There was a new wisdom in your body. I loved the way you allowed the dance to happen and magic was right there."
Len Goodman, 10: "It was a mix of ease and elegance It's an irresistible force You are the complete package."
Bruno Tonioli, 10: "Quality of movement, artistry, musicality all combine to make a blissfully beautiful waltz."
Here's a recap of Monday's show:
Monday night, Jennifer and Derek earned a perfect 60 points for their two dances. Alaskan teen activist Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas earned the fewest judges' points with 52 out of 60 points. Disney star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer received 56 points for the night. Each couple performed two dances. One was a redemption dance, a dance that the couple did poorly earlier in the season. The judges chose each couples redemption dance. The second performance was a freestyle dance where the celebrities and their partners could do whatever they wanted.
Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough earned 30 points for their freestyle where they paid tribute to "Dirty Dancing." Jennifer started the dance carrying a watermelon and wearing a plain looking summer dress. She tossed the melon aside and Derek ripped off the plain dress to reveal a sexy pink two-piece costume. Then, the dancing really started.
Carrie Ann Inaba, 10: "I thought it was amazing. I thought it was perfect."
Len Goodman, 10: "You've been consistent, you've been persistent... Fantastic."
Bruno Tonioli, 10: "Two dances at the opposite end of the spectrum and both equally brilliant.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas received 25 points for their freestyle dance to a famed Bob Fosse number from "Chicago" where Bristol (channeling Catherine Zeta Jones) began the dance in a cage and ended the routine by stuffing Mark in the cage. The couple earned 52 judges' points for the night.
Bruno Tonioli, 8: "I have to give you credit for aiming so high... You did very, very well but not quite at the level that this song requires."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 8: "I'm very proud of you for dancing in the cage."
Len Goodman, 9: "That was no disaster. I thought it was fantastic."
Disney star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer earned 29 points for their freestyle hip-hop routine to "Tootsie Roll."
Len Goodman, 9: "Tootsie Roll, one of my favorites," he said sarcastically. "This was great fun, great entertainment, and I thoroughly enjoyed it."
Bruno Tonioli, 10: "Truly explosive entertainment and amazing charisma. In your element, and I loved every moment of it."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 10: "You killed it. I dub you the Fresh Prince of 'Dancing with the Stars.'"
Actress Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough earned a perfect 30 points for their redemption paso doble.
Carrie Ann Inaba, 10: "This is the meaning of redemption... I'm so proud of you."
Len Goodman, 10: "There was a lovely mix of expression and aggression... It was fantastic." Len actually stood and applauded. He very rarely stands.
Bruno Tonioli, 10: "I wish I had an 11," he said when he held up his 10 paddle.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas received 27 points for their redemption jive. It was the dance that she and Mark previously performed while wearing gorilla suits.
Bruno Tonioli, 9: "You came out here, you had a good time, and we all enjoyed it. That's what it's all about.
Carrie Ann Inaba, 9: "You were brighter and more vibrant than ever."
Len Goodman, 9: "You were, last time, a gorilla and now a thriller... Vast improvement. Well done."
Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer got 27 points for their redemption foxtrot. They only earned 20 points the first time they did the dance, mostly due to receiving a 5 from Len.
Len Goodman, 9: "So much better... Overall, you've gone from Messy Massey to Marvelous Massey."
Bruno Tonioli, 9: "Your technique has improved enormously."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 9: "It was great but... I'm looking forward to your freestyle. I think you can do better."
Eliminated week nine:
Singer Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" after the week-nine semifinal round of competition. After last night's dances, they had the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes. They received 57 judges' points on last night's show. They were point leaders several times this season. Alaska's Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas, who earned the fewest judges' points with 53 out of 60 on last night's show had enough votes from viewers to make it into the final's next week. Bristol and Mark have received low judges marks for most of the season.
Brandy seemed upset to be leaving. "I don't know how to feel right now. It hasn't processed yet for me."
Maks said one thing that he loves about this country is that "people vote and their voices count" and he said that concept is represented on the show. He said he doesn't regret a single moment of his time on DWTS and that he's proud of Brandy's journey.
Head judge Len Goodman seemed sad to see Brandy go. "Every week, you've impressed me so much," he said.
Eliminated week eight:
NFL star Kurt Warner and partner Anna Trebunskaya were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" on the week eight results show.
Kurt's parting words: "I learned a long time ago that life isn't always about winning and losing competitions but it's about relationships. It's about impacting people... I thank everybody at 'Dancing with the Stars'... I gotta say a special thanks to my wife and my seven kids." He also thanked the audience, the fans and Anna "who allowed me to do something that nobody really expected me to do."
"He has proven a true sportsman... You have achieved a lot... You really are an American idol," judge Bruno Tonioli said about Kurt.
After week eight's competition show, Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough were tied with singer Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy for first place. Both couples received 57 out of 60 judges' points. Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer were close to the leaders with 56 points. NFL star Kurt Warner and partner Anna Trebunskaya received 48 points and Alaska teen mom Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas received the fewest judges' points with 47.
Eliminated week seven:
NBA star Rick Fox and partner Cheryl Burke were eliminated on Tuesday night's results show of "Dancing with the Stars." Alaskan teen mom Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas earned the fewest judges' points, 57 out of 70, after Monday's competition but after viewers' votes were added, Rick and Cheryl were determined to have the lowest overall score. They received 61 out of 70 points from the judges on Monday.
Eliminated week six:
Reality star Audrina Patridge and partner Tony Dovolani were eliminated on the sixth week of competition of "Dancing with the Stars." They earned the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes.
"It's been a fun journey," Audrina said when she learned that she'd be going home. "I've learned so much about myself," she said during a taped interview.
"We laughed, we joked, we worked hard," Tony said.
How did the judges feel? "I can't believe it, to be honest," Bruno Tonioli said. "It's absolute nonsense" head judge Len Goodman said. Audrina and Tony received the second highest judges' score of the evening on Monday's show.
Eliminated week five:
"Brady Bunch" mom Florence Henderson and partner Corky Ballas were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" after five weeks of competition. They earned the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes, though Disney star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer and Alaskan teen mom Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas earned lower scores from the judges.
The 76-year-old was gracious about leaving the show. "I have been in television for over 50 years and I have to say, in all honestly, this is one of the best produced shows I've ever been on." She thanked the crew, the hosts, the musicians, "even" the judges and, of course, her "darling" partner Corky Ballas.
Eliminated week four:
Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino, the "Jersey Shore" star and partner Karina Smirnoff were eliminated on the week-four results show of "Dancing with the Stars." They were the couple who received the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers votes. They received just 28 out of 60 judges' points for their dance on the week-four performance show that aired Monday.
"I put it all on the floor last night... It is what it is. I tried my best and at the end of the day someone's gotta go home," The Situation said.
When DWTS host Tom Bergeron pointed out that The Situation seemed different on DWTS than he was on "Jersey Shore," the reality star agreed. "I give what is needed at a particular situation... I'm not a dancer, and I tried to practice... It's definitely hard. On 'Dancing with the Stars', you really got to see the whole Situation," he said.
In previously filmed footage, The Situation said: "I've definitely learned a lot about myself and that I'm able to, sort of, go out of my comfort zone and try new things."
Eliminated week three:
Comedian Margaret Cho and partner Louis Van Amstel were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" on the week three results show. The couple received the lowest judges' points on the performance show with 18. Their combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes was the lowest of the contestants.
"I thought the judges were really hard on me, but I think you were hard on me because you could see that I am a dancer for real," Margaret said. "Thank you for the opportunity to let me dance." In rehearsals, Margaret said: "I've experienced every emotion on this journey just from heartache and sadness to intense joy and celebration. It's really taken me for such a ride."
Louis said: "For her to put her heart out here on the dance floor... I love you, and our journey hasn't finished."
Eliminated week two:
Singer Michael Bolton's jive to "Hound Dog" with partner Chelsie Hightower needed a "pooper scooper" to clean up all the mistakes, according to "Dancing with the Stars" head judge Len Goodman. And that wasn't even the meanest comment given during the week two episode of Season 11. Judge Bruno Tonioli told the Grammy winning singer that his dance was the worst jive performed in any season of the show's existence. Ouch. Bolton received the lowest score of the evening with just 12 points.
Eliminated week one:
Actor David Hasselhoff and partner Kym Johnson were the first couple to be eliminated from Season 11 of "Dancing with the Stars." The 58-year-old former "Baywatch" star and previous host of "America's Got Talent" said "I feel bad for Kym 'cause she worked so hard to try and get me where I was going. I'm just so proud that my daughters are here."
Recap of the week one performance show:
Judges awarded 24 out of 30 points to "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey, making her the week one leader but judges weren't sure she'd be the leader for long. Len Goodman said "This is a dance that really suited you... I'm waiting for next week to see how you can do a jive."
Earning the fewest judges' points — 15 — were The Situation, Margaret Cho and David Hasselhoff. Michael Bolton was slightly ahead with 16 points. Florence Henderson and Bristol Palin had 18 points each while Kurt Warner and Audrina Patridge received 19 each. Rick Fox got 22 points and Kyle Massey and Brandy received 23 points each.