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New 'Dancing With the Stars' champion crowned

May 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
After 10 weeks and almost 20 dances, singer Nicole Scherzinger and her partner Derek Hough earned the "Dancing With the Stars" Mirror Ball Trophy. "I know we probably looked a little crazy but we're genuinely happy," said Nicole. "I still can't believe it."

Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek and his partner Anna Trebunskaya skated their way to second place. Evan says he's okay with the silver.

"We're so proud of Derek and Nicole. They inspired all of us through the whole season. From day one, they were spectacular and they just kept that going throughout the whole thing," said Evan.

Anna became more emotional as their terrific season wound to a close.

"I can never have an experience like we had ever, ever again, and this is kind of sad," Anna said.

While third place finisher sportscaster Erin Andrews didn't get the trophy, she did get something else from her partner.

"My Russian got me one of the greatest gifts today that brought me to tears," said Erin. "He got me my favorite costume from the season, my purple Samba costume. He had it in a little garment bag."

Derek was clearly enjoying the moment, and his dancing partner is ready to keep the streak alive, saying she hopes to extend the winning vibes with her music career.


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