LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kellie Pickler came into the final “Dancing With the Stars” episode in second place but finished in first.
The 26-year-old country singer won the show’s mirror ball trophy Tuesday.
“This is amazing!” she beamed to her professional partner, Derek Hough.
The pair earned two sets of perfect scores Monday night and another on Tuesday. Judges’ scores combined with viewer votes determine the winner.
Because there were problems with voting on the ABC website during Monday’s East Coast broadcast, host Tom Bergeron said Tuesday those votes weren’t counted. Only votes cast by phone, text and Facebook factored into the final count.
Teen Disney Channel star Zendaya danced perfectly during the final two episodes, collecting the most points from the judges, but she fell short of the title.
“I’m very proud and I’m very happy,” the 16-year-old said after the results were read. “And I get to leave here with an amazing experience.”
Football pro Jacoby Jones finished in third place. Fellow finalist Alexandra Raisman was axed at the beginning of Tuesday’s episode.
“This has been the best experience of my life,” the gold medalist said. “My whole life, all I’ve ever known has been gymnastics, so to try something new has been amazing.”
The two-hour finale featured the return of the season’s already-eliminated contestants: comedians Andy Dick and D.L. Hugely, Olympian Dorothy Hamill, actor Ingo Rademacher, reality stars Lisa Vanderpump and Sean Lowe, singer Wynonna Judd and boxer Victor Ortiz.
Judd opted to sing rather than dance on the final episode, while Hamill celebrated another chance to hit the ballroom floor.
The Olympic skater, who said she was motivated to join the show after watching fellow skater Kristi Yamaguchi, had to withdraw from the competition early in the season because of an injury.
Hamill danced again Tuesday, and Yamaguchi joined her.
“It’s such an honor to join my idol out here on the dance floor,” said Yamaguchi, the Season 6 “Dancing” champ.
Korean pop star Psy brought his unique moves to the ballroom by dancing along with his new single, “Gentleman.” Pitbull and Jessica Sanchez also performed.
ABC announced earlier this month that the next season of “Dancing With the Stars” will air one night a week instead of two.
'Dancing With the Stars': A Look at Who's Represented
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1. Comedian and radio host D.L. Hughley teamed up with Cheryl Burke for the 16th season of the popular dance show. (Facebook)
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2. Zendaya Coleman teamed up with Valentin Chmerkovskiy for season 16. (Twitter)
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3. Former NFL star won season 14 of the 'DWTS'.
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4. Roshon Fegan danced with the stars in Season 14.
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5. Baltimore Ravens' star Jacoby Jones partners wtih Karina Smirnoff for season 16 of DWTS.
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6. 1st Season - Evander Holyfield was paried with Edyta Sliwinska until 2nd week.
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7. Master P danced with Ashly DelGrosso. Eliminated 4th week.
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8. Jerry Rice danced with Anna Trebruskaya and was 1st runner up.
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9. Vivica A. Fox danced with Nick Kosovich. Eliminated 4th week.
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10. Monique Coleman danced with Louis Van Amstel and was eliminated 8th week.
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11. Emmitt Smith danced with Cheryl Burke and took home the Mirrorball Trophy.
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12. Clyde 'The Glide' Drexler danced with Elena Grinenko. Eliminated 4th week.
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13. Laila Ali danced with Maksim Chmerkovskly and landed in 3rd place.
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14. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. danced with Karina Smirnoff and eliminated week 4.
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15. 10. Mel B danced with Maksim Chmerkovskly and was 1st runner up in the 5th season.
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16. Mario danced with Karina Smirnoff on season six and was eliminated on week 8.
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17. Jason Taylor danced with Edyta Sliwinska on season 6 and was 1st runner up.
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18. Toni Braxton danced with Alec Mazo on season 7 and was eliminated week 5.
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19. Maurice Greene danced with Cheryl Burke and was eliminated on week 8 of season 7
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20. Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson, danced their way to Runner-up in season 7.
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21. David Alan Grier danced with Kym Johnson on season 8 and eliminated on week 5.
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22. Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska was on season 8 and eliminated on week 7.
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23. Lil' Kim and Derek Hough was on season 8 and was eliminated in week 9.
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24. Macy Gray and Jonathan Roberts was on season 9 and was eliminated in week 2.
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25. Michael Irvin danced with Anna Demidova was on season 9 and eliminated on week 9
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26. Mya danced with Dmitry Chaplin and was first Runner-Up on season nine.
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27. Niecy Nash danced with Louis Van Amstel on season 10 and was eliminated on week
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28. Chad Ochocinco danced with Cherly Burke on season 10 and was eliminated on week
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29. Rick Fox paired with Cheryl Burke for season 11 was eliminated on week 7.
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30. Brandy was paired with Maksim Chmerkovskly on season 11 was eliminated on week 9
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31. Kyle Massey danced with Lacey Schwimmer on season 11 and was first Runner-Up.
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32. Wendy Williams danced with Tony Dovolani on season 12 and eliminated week 2.
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33. Season 12 -Sugar Ray Leonard danced with Anna Trebunskaya, eliminated week 3.
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34. Romeo danced with Chelsie Hightower on season 12 and was eliminated on week 7.
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35. Hines Ward and partner Kym Johnson took home the trophy on season 12 of DWTS.
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36. Metta World Peace danced with Peta Murgatroyd on season 13, eliminated week 1.
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37. DWTS '12 Gladys Knight,Sherri Shepherd, Jaleel White, Roshon Fegan,Donald Driver
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38. Amber Riley won season 18 of "Dancing with the Stars."
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39. Billy Dee Williams was on season 18 of "Dancing with the Stars."
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40. Corbin Bleu was on season 17 of "DWTS."
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41. NeNe Leakes was on season 18 of "DWTS".
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