"DWTS" Week 11: The Finale!

Whew! "Dancing with the Stars" is always an emotional roller coaster, and no episode is as loaded as the finale. Even having a strong sense of who will win doesn't take away from the tension of a two-night, super-charged big finish.


The darling from down under, Bindi Irwin, took home the Mirror Ball trophy in a well-deserved win. Watching the stars improve week after week is the best part of "DWTS" and Irwin's adaptability, coupled with her too-cute-for-words smile, pretty much made her a shoe-in.

OMG SHE'S SO HAPPY! (photo via Yahoo.com)

Her emotional performance on Monday night set the stage for her big win on Tuesday. She danced a contemporary routine with Derek Hough that had everyone in tears.

On Tuesday, former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter earned perfect 10s for his tango with pro partner Sharna Burgess. It was great to see him kick it up a notch for the finale—and absolutely redeem himself from his tango flub last week—and go out on a high note.

Alek Skarlatos came in third but apparently can't stop, won't stop: He's hitting the road with the Dancing with the Stars Live! Dance All Night tour.

What do you think? Did the right person win? Will Irwin continue to integrate dance into her super inspiring job as a conservationist? We hope so!

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