TV personality and model Brooke Burke was crowned season 7 champ last night on "Dancing with the Stars." The 37-year-old mother of four was announced the winner after the judges scores were combined with viewer votes.
Professional partner and first time winner Derek Hough was in shock, saying, "I actually can't believe it! I really can't, I honestly can't. The journey's been so long. It's been tough. It's been wonderful. It's been everything I could ever hope for. Wow. I can't believe we actually did it, girl!"
Burke came in first place eight out of ten times, receiving a 10 from the judges 16 times this season. She was able to maintain an eight point lead over Super Bowl champ Warren Sapp. The former football star took second place with professional partner Kym Johnson. *N Sync's Lance Bass landed in the third spot with partner Lacey Schwimmer.
Previous season 7 competitors included actor Cody Linley, Olympic sprinter Maurice Green, soap star Susan Lucci, Oscar-winner Cloris Leachman, chef Rocco DiSpirito, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, actor Ten McGinley, comedian Jeffrey Ross, volleyball star Misty May-Treanor and singer Toni Braxton.
Some of the contestants will hop on a tour bus for a 38-city "Dancing with the Stars" tour. The show kicks off December 17 in San Diego.
Last night on "Dancing with the stars" Brooke Burke, Lance Bass, and Warren Sapp went head-to-head in the finals. It was the last chance for the stars to win over the vote with the "Samba Smackdown" and a freestyle round.
Brooke Burke proved she won't go home without a fight, as she and partner Derek Hough had no problem with their samba and made the freestyle round look like a piece of cake. The couple grooved to "Grease's" "The One That I Want" with lifts, spins and acrobatics. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba praised the partners, saying they totally "brought it," and Len Goodman was impressed, saying it was the best freestyle he's ever seen. The judges scored the couple with 10s all around -- a perfect 30! Brooke's final score for the night was 58/60.
*NSync star Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer also showed the sexy samba was a cinch, but they had a hard time winning over the judges in the freestyle round, for which Lance and Lacey aka Lancey, brought back some of Bass's boy band dance moves. The couple danced hip-hop to Run-DMC's "It's Tricky" and even incorporated a smidge of the cha-cha. Judge Bruno Tonioli enjoyed the creativity while Carrie Ann loved the beginning and the end, but not the splash of cha-cha in the middle. Lancey scored a disappointing 27 and 53/60 overall.
Superbowl Champ Warren Sapp is a smooth operator on and off the field. In the freestyle round, Sapp and partner Kym Johnson started out slow with "Rolling on the River" and then they stripped down to a sped up version of the tune. Carrie Ann said it was her favorite routine, but she saw a mistake with an expression on Warren's face. Len gave the couple a 10 "for entertainment" and the couple tied with Lancey with 53/60 for the night.
The selection of the "Dancing with the Stars" champ is in the hands of the fans, with the winner to be announced after Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys perform tonight. Find out who takes home the coveted mirrored ball -- tonight on ABC!
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Quick-footed celebrities Lance Bass, Brooke Burke and Warren Sapp are putting on their dancing shoes for tonight's final competition on "Dancing with the Stars!" Now, the three finalists are dishing to "Extra" about prepping for the end -- and playfully trash-talking each other!
Who will bring home the mirror ball trophy?
The final four became the final three -- when actor Cody Linley and partner Julianne Hough were sent home last night on "Dancing with the Stars." Cody landed in last place with the judges for the third week in a row and his fan support from "Hannah Montana" was not enough to keep him on the show.
The 18-year-old Linley was emotional after the elimination, "Words can't even explain the true amazing, growing, learning journey that I've had on this show. I can't show my appreciation any more to Julianne. I can't say thank you. I love her so much. This opportunity has been so amazing."
TV host/model Brooke Burke, former NFL star Warren Sapp, and former boybander Lance Bass will compete for the show's coveted mirror ball trophy during the finals next week. On Monday night, contestants will perform two routines and the championship will be awarded on Tuesday night.
The "Dancing with the Stars" semifinals kicked off last night and the tables have turned! "Dancing's" superstar Brooke Burke received her lowest score of the the season after a missing a few steps.
Judge Len Goodman said the couple's jive was "a disaster." Brooke was on the verge of tears and received a 21 out of 30. The couple came back with a salsa routine and scored a 49 out of 60 in total.
*NSyncer Lance Bass took the lead with partner Lacey Schwimmer and their first perfect 10 of the season. L and L wore sailor attire for a jitterbug. Early in the dance, Lacey's shoe came off and Lance kicked off his shoe as well. Judge Carrie Ana Inaba said "magic happened on the dance floor" and the couple received a 29 and a near perfect 57 out of 60 for the night.
Former pro football star Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson had a hard time keeping up with the other competitors. The couple's sequins shined much brighter than their mambo and jitterbug routines. They tied with Brooke and partner Derek Hough, receiving 49 points in total.
"Hannah Montana's" Cody Linley was happy to have his old partner Julianne Hough return to the dance floor. (Linley had been partnered with pro Edyta Śliwińska while Hough recuperated from appendix surgery.) The couple received the lowest score of the evening for their salsa, a 24 out of 30 and a total of 46/60.
Spotted in the audience -- dancing legend Mitzi Gaynor. Tonight, "Dancing with the Stars" welcomes performances fromAretha Franklin, Leona Lewis and John Legend. Pro Julianne Hough will also belt some country twang. Find out who will be the final three couples to compete next week -- tonight on ABC!
Olympic track star Maurice Greene got the boot last night on "Dancing with the Stars." Maurice's catch phrase, "Winner, winner, chicken dinner," will live on in "Dancing" lore as he leaves the floor.
Greene and partner Cheryl Burke were tied for last place with "Hannah Montana" star Cody Linley and Edyta Sliwinska. The Disney star's fan base filled phone lines to keep him on the show. TV host/model Brooke Burke is currently the show's leader -- and the only female celeb left! *NSYNC stud Lance Bass will have to step up his game to stay in the competition, and former NFL player Warren Sapp is getting closer to the lead.
Dr. Drew Pinksy made an appearance on the show last night to offer some couples' therapy, and an especially weepy Cody required a box of Kleenex. The sexy salt n' peppered doc gave his advice to contestants before next week's highly anticipated semi-finals.