DWTS cast members

Aww. Can you believe Dancing With the Stars season 17 is already over? It seems like just yesterday we were watching the new contestants take the ballroom floor. Now it's all said and done and the mirror ball trophy has been awarded.

And I gotta say, I was really on the edge of my seat during the whole DWTS finale -- because I had no clue who was going to win this thing. Glee star Amber Riley is inspirational and amazing. And Corbin Bleu has more talent (even though he has professional training) than most contestants on the show can hope to have going into the competition. And don't even get me started on Jack Osbourne. If he didn't steal your heart from the get-go -- then his freestyle performance last night with Cheryl Burke should've pushed you over the edge. (It was ridiculous. In a very good way.)

Man ... I'm really going to miss tuning in for this show each week, but alas -- all good things must come to an end and there can only be one winner.

And even though I was really rooting for Jack and Cheryl Burke to win the whole deal -- I am so SO thrilled that Amber Riley and Derek Hough are the officially season 17 champions!

(OMG. After tonight's performances, I totally thought Corbin had it in the bag!)

Amber worked so hard this season even though her knee injury almost broke her. She could've easily dropped out of the competition -- but she persevered. And the little speech she gave after she was announced as the winner tonight says it all. Here's my favorite line: "It doesn't matter what size you are what color you are -- you can do whatever you put your mind to."

Um ... could she have summed things up any better? If that's not the quote of a true winner, I honestly don't know what is.

Congrats to Amber and Derek!

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