Kristi Yamaguchi perfected her dancing skills this week -- setting a new "Dancing with the Stars" record and nabbing the trophy as the champ of this season! She is the first female to win.
"This is the icing on the cake," Yamaguchi said of her win. "I thank all the fans... and everyone who has made this a dream experience."
The Olympic gold medalist skater jived her way to a perfect 30 last night -- after two top-notch scores the night before -- setting a record as the first "Dancing" contestant to ever get perfect scores on their last three dances. The judges praised Kristi and partner Mark Ballas for being "consistent" throughout the competition, and the viewers -- and her fellow competitors -- agreed!
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Kristi Yamaguchi pulled out all stops on the dance floor last night -- and nailed a perfect score of 60 in the first night of the finals! Now, the question looms -- will the Olympic skater be the second woman ever to be named the winner of "Dancing with the Stars" and score the coveted mirrored ball trophy?
"You obviously have to get the technique, but also complete with the personalities that all the boys have," Yamaguchi told AP after the Monday's show, "I think their smiles and personalities melt hearts across the country." Perhaps they'll also melt the thin ice she's left them on.
Although Kristi has been a consistent winner with the judges, a large part of what determines the outcome is how well the dancers woo the viewers -- and men typically fare better than the female dancers.
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Kristi Yamaguchi has iced out her competitors once again on "Dancing with the Stars" -- proving that she's more than just a skating champ! Yamaguchi, the early front-runner in the competition, has some competition in Cristián de la Fuente, whose sexy Samba last night was clearly the show-stopper.
This week's twist on "Dancing" -- the random choosing of dance picks -- proved to be a winner for Olympic champ Yamaguchi, who was praised by judge Bruno Tonioli for "the cherry on the icing on the cake of the sweet, delicious Jive."
Jason Taylor's elegant moves gained high marks for his Foxtrot and classic Paso Doble, but didn't quite ignite the crowd and judges in the same way as Yamaguchi and de la Fuente. Broadway star Marissa Jaret Winokur didn't fare as well, earning 26 points for both her Quickstep and her Rhumba, which judge Carrie Ann Inaba labeled as "boring."
Find out who won the most votes -- and who'll be swept off of the floor -- tonight on ABC.