Kellie Pickler has won ABC’s 16th season of Dancing With the Stars. She and dance partner Derek Hough, claimed the victory on Tuesday’s season finale.
The two hour finale started out with four final dance teams. Included in the other three teams were NFL player Jacoby Jones, Zendaya from the Disney Channel, and former Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman. The celebrities were each partnered with professional dancers for the competition.
As reported by Reuters, Aly Raisman and her partner were the first team eliminated in the finale. The judges and audience were not impressed with their performance on Monday’s show, eliminating them before the final round.
The final round was an “instant” round, giving the three remaining teams an hour to prepare their dance routines. Each of the three teams received a perfect score on their final performance.
Kellie Pickler won Dancing With the Stars based on the number of fan votes, she and her partner received, for their performance on Monday.
Pickler’s fans also voted for an encore of Monday’s freestyle dance performance. Fans and judges praised the routine for the grace, simplicity, and emotion.
On Tuesday’s finale, Picker and her partner chose a trickier routine, dancing to the song “Rockin’ Robin.” The routine included some more complicated moves than Monday’s. However, Pickler and her partner were praised for their precision and flawless execution.
Tuesday’s finale was hosted by Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet. Musical performances included Psy, Jessica Sanchez from American Idol, and Wynonna Judd, who was eliminated earlier in the season.
As reported by Mcall.com, Pickler got her start on he fifth season of American Idol. Pickler left the singing talent show in sixth place. Moving forward, Pickler released two albums that hit number one on the country charts.
Pickler is scheduled to perform on June 1, at the debut of Mount Airy Casino’s Sherman Theater Summer Stage series. The series will feature outdoor musical performances in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania.
Kellie Pickler can now add winning Dancing With the Stars to her long list of accomplishments. At the age of 26, Pickler has become famous worldwide for her talent.
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