Dancing With the Stars Winner: Crowned!

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The Mirror Ball champion has officially been crowned.

After emerging as favorites early on and refusing to bend all season, Kellie Pickler and Zendaya matched each other step for step in Monday's DWTS finals.

While fellow finalists Jacoby Jones and Aly Raisman battled gamely, it looked like Kellie and Zendaya were the co-favorites for the Season 16 championship.

The voters, of course, have been known to surprise.

DWTS Top 4 2013

After a jam-packed results show, the top celeb dancer emerged at last. Without further delay, your Dancing With the Stars champion for Spring 2013 is ...

Kellie Pickler!

"This is amazing!" Kellie said, thrilled and hardly able to speak.

Zendaya, Jacoby and Aly finished second, third and fourth.

Kellie Pickler Wins!

"I'm very proud. I'm very happy," Zendaya said afterward.

"I get to leave here with an amazing experience, so I'm happy."

"Out of all my trainers that I've had, I've never had a woman push me like she did," Jacoby said of Karina when he was told he'd landed in third place.

In the first moments Tuesday, Aly and Mark were eliminated in fourth place. "Good luck to you three. I love you guys so much," she said to them.

The top three went on to perform their instant dance, and all the couples received perfect scores, which meant that the leaderboard did not change.

Kellie overcame a one-point deficit with America's votes.

What do you think? Did the right person win DWTS?

 

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come on zendaya was post to win

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Thats great, because Kellies the only "star" in the final 4 that Id ever heard of before.

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@ big daddy

you dont watch shake it up

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i dont watch this, buti do wish z won. love that girl.

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Kellie is soooo likable :) and turned out to be an amazing dancer and entertainer. Go Kellie.

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Very happy for Kellie, she certainly deserves this!

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Congrats, Kellie!

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Kellie and Derek we destined to WIN DWTS! She was just so amazing each week,very consistent and poured her heart and soul into each and every dance! The dance they preformed last night touched so many of us, I sat here in awe of the impact that dance had on so many. It was like being at the Opera, No words needed! Awesome Couple, I sure am glad Derek decided not to leave as they went meant to come together and there was Magic there :) Best Season Ever!!! Congrats to Derek and Kellie!

Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente
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