Kellie Pickler and pro partner Derek Hough were crowned the winners of the 16th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.
Disney star Zendaya and partner Val Chmerkovskiy finished in second place.
Pickler, who had been a fan favorite during ten weeks of competition, reacted to the announcement by declaring, “Oh my God. This is amazing. Oh my God.”
Pickler and Hough danced a jive for their final ballroom routine Tuesday night. Judge Len Goodman declared afterward, “You're always clean, you're precise, you're sharp, your dancing is always polished. I'm telling you, Kellie, you're the bee's knees, my mama's pajamas, my uncle's carbuncles. You're awesome.”
Pickler won after receiving the highest combined total of judges’ scores and viewers’ votes.
Backstage after the show, Kellie told ABC News Radio that the Mirror Ball trophy will probably go to her grandfather.
Kellie said, “This is his favorite show, and he talked me into doing the show in the first place. And he said he wanted that Mirror Ball trophy, if I didn't bring it home, then I wasn't his favorite granddaughter.”
Kellie adds that she’s his only granddaughter...his only grandchild. The singer says her grandfather lives with her and husband so the Mirror Ball trophy “will probably go in his bedroom on his nightstand.”
Wynonna was also one of the dancing celebrities on this season’s edition, but she was voted off a number of weeks ago. She returned Tuesday night to sing “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
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