By MICHAEL ROTHMAN | ABC News
(ABC) – In a thrilling season finale of “Dancing With the Stars” on Tuesday
night, Amber Riley and Derek Hough took home the Mirror Ball Trophy
after scoring a perfect 30 on their final dance.
The “Glee” star, 27, and Hough did a fusion dance, combining the Samba and Quickstep to win Season 17.
“DWTS” judge Carrie Ann Inaba went as far as to say Riley and Hough created a “whole new dance” with their performance.
After the win, Riley said she did this competition because she “didn't
know if I could do it.” She added that all women of all sizes can do
whatever they put their mind to and screamed in joy.
Jack Osbourne was the first to be eliminated with his partner, Cheryl
Burke, after they scored a 27 with their final dance and finished in
third place. Osbourne, 28, compared himself to Rocky Balboa after the
elimination, saying he felt like he won by just going the distance.
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff finished second after scoring a 27 on
the night. The “High School Musical” star, 24, said he was just happy
for the experience and thanked his partner Smirnoff for the opportunity.
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