We have our champion! For the second year in a row, the obvious person won and Derek Hough goes back-to-back as Jennifer Grey took home the trophy around 11 PM ET as season 11 comes to a close. Grey edged out the second place Kyle Massey and the third place Bristol Palin. It marks the third title overall for Hough who pulled one ahead of Mark Ballas in the all time record for the show. Ballas has a shot as her was Palin’s partner but the cream rose the top tonight and there was no controversey about it.
Grey dominated the competition from start to finish in a very similar fashion that last year’s champion Nicole Scherzinger did. It was no doubt a very emotional ride for Grey who dealt with flashbacks from recently deceased pal and Dirty Dancing partner Patrick Swayze and also had some injury problems that cast her participation in doubt during the middle portions of the season. Still she gutted it out every week with spectacular results and so the title was warranted.
As far as the other two finalists were concerned, Massey has nothing to be ashamed of as he was a lot of fun and did a great job throughout. Lacey Schwimmer proved herself also as someone who can lead a partner to the final stages of the game. The third wheel was the controversial Palin who was brought along nicely by Mark Ballas and who had to answer calls that there were some shady voting going on in her favor from possibly her mother, former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Despite hearing death threats the last few weeks, Palin gutted it out and finished strong, showing much improvement throughout.
So there you have it. Another season over and soon the rumors will start up about who will make up the next wave of contestants for season 12. Ratings were through the room once again so Dancing With The Stars is not going away anytime soon. You wonder if eventually DWTS will go the way of American Idol and start to see decline in the ratings but the judges are all returning and the PRO’s arent going anywhere. The cast is alwasy key as more interesting people lead to more viewers but I thought this seasons crop was weak and look how great it turned out. Right now Dancing With The Stars is almost bullet proof so more good times are ahead for us.