As the first-ever Dancing with the Stars champion, Kelly Monaco has advice for this season's crop of contestants: ignore celebrity gossip and all outside distractions.

The General Hospital actress - and April 1997 Playboy centerfold - told The Associated Press that she thinks the sixth-season participants should "put `Extra' and `TMZ' … aside. They're there to have fun and learn how to dance. It should be something really personal."

After Marie Osmond was rightfully eliminated first on the Dancing with the Stars results show last night, it came down to the two celebrities who have been favored all season long.

And while many felt as though Melanie Brown was the best pure dancer (probably because she does that for a living!), race car driver Helio Castroneves took the checkered flag in the end.

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