The Dancing With the Stars Season 12 Winner is ...

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It's been a Dancing with the Stars season to remember.

The injuries. The drama. The personal stories that moved us. The moves on the floor that thrilled us. A cast of stars so engaging and evenly matched that the field was as competitive as it was entertaining from the start.

But there could be only one Season 12 champion.

Awaiting the Results

Somewhat surprisingly, given that she was just one point from perfection Monday and seemed like the dark horse to win, Chelsea Kane finished in third place.

That left Kirstie Alley, who ended up with five points less than the other finalists, but has been a fan favorite all season, up against Hines Ward for the crown.

Talk about anyone's game. Anyone willing to wager on this?

And the Season 12 Dancing With the Stars winner was ...

Hines Ward and his partner, Kym Johnson!

They jumped in the air and hugged as confetti dropped. The Pittsburgh Steelers star lauded Johnson, who fought through a bad neck injury this month, as "an amazing teacher" and thanked the judges "for giving us constructive criticism."

"I also want to thank all the fans," he said.

Kirstie Alley, who finished second along with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, said, "This the most extraordinary adventure I've ever been on in my life."

Still, she couldn't quite overtake Ward, a former Super Bowl MVP who proclaimed that DWTS is his Super Bowl this spring. Here's the MVP ...

Hines Ward Wins Dancing With the Stars!

What do you think? Did Hines deserve to win?

 

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I was so inspired with how Kristie began this competition and where she ended up. To me, she was the most improved dancer for this season. I'm glad that Hines did win because he was so consistent and as the judges said, he embodied everyone around him and entertained them completely. Very proud of Kristie, though.

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I didn't like either of Chelsea's dances for the finals...they were both just...blah.....I'm glad that it came down to Hines and Kirstie for first and second....both are wonderful dancers....Kudos to them!!!!!!!

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I WANTED KIRSTY AND MAX TO WIN! I THOUGHT SHE DID GREAT, AND SHE LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER THAN WHEN SHE STARTED THIS SEASON! SO THEY ARE THE TRUE WINNERS IN MY BOOK!!!!!! AND MAX IS SOOOOO HOT!!!!!!

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Kirstie was our choice from the beginning. You had a 60 year old overweight woman who had the whole package talent and personality. The media has made fun of her weight but my hats off to her for holding her head high and doing as good as she could have...Bravo!

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Hines Ward won because he was the better dancer,Chelsea is still young and fun and still learning that in the finals step your game up to its fullest potential. Not saying that Kirstie was bad but was a dance competition to see who the best dancer was, with real dance judges. I know the public have a big influence on what happens on this reality show but in the end the professionals reps are on the line here.

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He was awesome!!!!! They were by far the best couple to win....Congratulations to them both :)

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Mittie SO MAD I can't spell correctly. Should have WON!!

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Chelsea should have one--if she had Derek Hough as a partner she
would have the trophy. Mark Ballas is a great dancer but he lost
this not Chelsea. He went too far with his "dark side". Older
people vote not 13 yrs old and younger. Mark YOU SHOULD BE
ASHAMED OF YOURSELF for you had the partner to WIN IT ALL!!

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You dont need to give it to ball players you need new judges yours are done for

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They were all good. Kristy really was in there to win and she did in other ways. Good for you, girl! Good show.