Here's a final word on this season of "Dancing with the Stars" from our correspondent, Lenni G, who is overjoyed with J.R.'s big win:
A thoroughly jampacked episode last night with Lady Antebellum for entertainment, performances from the nine stars who had been eliminated in previous weeks, and more dancing from the three finalists.
During the first hour of the show, Ricki and Derek, Rob and Cheryl, and J.R. and Karina each chose a dance they had done before and did it again. Ricki chose her fantastic "Psycho" tango because it was just so fantastic we had to see it one more time. Rob chose his dreamy "Fly Me to the Moon" foxtrot which he had dedicated to his father. J.R. decided to show Len that the jive Len had called a lindy hop was really a jive. Coming in first were Ricki and Derek with 30 points. Second place went to J.R. and Karina with 28 points, leaving third place to Rob and Cheryl with 26.
At the end of the first hour, Ricki and Derek became the first finalists to be eliminated. As I said yesterday, Ricki just didn't finish this competition very well, though the rest of her season was truly excellent.
During the second hour, the remaining two finalists had to do one more dance for the judges. This time it was an instant samba danced back to back. J.R. and Karina went first, Rob and Cheryl went last, and both of them got perfect 10's from all three judges. OK kids, the dancing is over and you can all utter a big WHEW!
At end of the Monday and Tuesday's competitive dances, Rob and Cheryl were leading with 113 points for the four rounds, J.R. and Karina had 112.
And finally, it was over with J.R. and Karina lifting the Mirror Ball trophy!!!!
I must have jumped 5 feet off the floor when the announcement was made. I was so happy for my guy as well as Karina who, at long last, got her first win. J.R. thanked America for believing in them (we so did), and also told Karina how amazing she was and how happy he was to be a part of her first Mirror Ball trophy. Rob was very gracious in defeat, saying he felt like a winner no matter the result. You are, young man, you are.
Of all the dances of the season, the one that stands out most for me was the samba J.R. and Karina did honoring our servicemen and women. Just thinking about it makes me tear up. As far as I'm concerned, just one dance like this every season will keep me watching this show 'til it fades into the sunset.
Best wishes to everyone for Happy Holidays and Happy Dancing.