Driver, together with his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd, wowed the audience with their show-stopping freestyle. This is the aboriginal win for Murgatroyd, who joined "Dancing With the Stars" as a featured pro last season.
Despite the judges' connected accolades, opera accompanist Katherine Jenkins, the aboriginal frontrunner in the competition, took additional abode with her accomplice Mark Ballas. As always, the bathe claiming was a bold changer. Latin baby William Levy, calm with his accomplice Cheryl Burke, came in third afterwards a black bathe dance.
With a two-hour show, there was a lot of accompaniment arch up to the big announcement, including performances by Kelly Clarkson and above "Dancing With the Stars" adversary Gladys Knight. All the season's castoffs alternate -- Knight, Martina Navratilova, Jack Wagner, Sherri Shepherd, Gavin DeGraw, Jaleel White, Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert and Maria Menounos -- to accomplish one aftermost time in advanced of a alive audience.
Some of them reaffirmed why they were accustomed the cossack aboriginal on, while others showed off above abilities that would accept potentially landed them in the final three.
Aside from the champ announcement, the capital allure of the night were the top three's final performances. Levy afflicted the board with a hip-shaking salsa, a ball that the telenovela brilliant has able throughout the competition. "If this were the Olympics for salsa and rhythm, again you would get a gold metal," said adjudicator Len Goodman. Levy denticulate a absolute 30 for his final dance.
Jenkins additionally wowed the board with her signature ball -- the jive. It was upbeat, active and showcased Jenkins' absolute able perfectly. Goodman alleged her the "complete package," and adjudicator Carrie Ann Inaba thanked Jenkins for ambience the bar so aerial this season. The opera accompanist additionally accustomed a absolute 30 from the judges.
As for Driver, the NFL advanced receiver shined with a shirtless cha-cha-cha. Throughout the competition, Driver had relied on his backbone and athleticism, and that was acutely on affectation in his performance.
Adjudicator Bruno Tonioli accepted Driver for his strategy, adage that he "peaked at the appropriate time."
When it came time to acknowledge the winner, that Mirror Ball had Driver's name on it. He may not accept been the judges' pick, but he acutely got America's vote.