DWTS finalists

While it was super exciting to finally learn who won the Dancing With the Stars All-Star season tonight, seeing the show come to an end was also very bittersweet.

Something about this season has been different from all the rest, and not just because past contestants came back for another spin around the dance floor. The All-Star performers brought more competition, more emotion, more talent, and quite honestly, more pure entertainment than DWTS has ever seen, and Monday nights just won't be the same from here on out (until the next season rolls around, of course).

But all good things must come to an end, and every competition can only have one winner. Things really came down to the wire tonight for Kelly Monaco, Shawn Johnson, and Melissa Rycroft -- and it was their final instant dance routines that ultimately decided their fate.

After watching all three performances, I definitely knew who was going to win in the end. Oh c'mon, it was SO obvious -- especially after it was announced that Kelly and Val had landed in third place. (Boo.)

I actually called the winner last night -- and I was right.

While Shawn and Melissa were both amazing this season, one of them simply deserved the win more -- because she worked her ass off for it, and from the start of the All-Star season to the end, she progressed and improved the entire way.

Drum roll please -- Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani won Dancing With the Stars. The mirror ball trophy is officially theirs!

OMG. I'm SO happy for her -- not gonna lie, I got a little bit emotional when she won. (It must be a mom thing.)

And wasn't it cute to see not only how overjoyed she was, but how shocked she seemed at the news that she'd actually won? I really think she anticipated losing to Shawn, and had already prepared herself for second place. It just goes to show that every single dance and every single vote on DWTS counts -- and bringing her A-game every week was obviously the perfect strategy for Melissa.

Are you happy that Melissa was crowned this season's winner?

 

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