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After ups, downs, injuries, controversy and 10 weeks of ballroom battle, Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez and Rob Kardashian headed into the Dancing With the Stars season finale with one last chance to win it all.

Rob, surprisingly, held a slight lead heading into Monday night, with Ricki and J.R. in a tie for second just a few points behind. All three proved they were the cream of the Season 13 crop and then some.

But there could be only one champion.

  • J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff Pic
  • Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
  • Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke Picture

J.R., Ricki and Rob vied for the Mirror Ball.

A dark horse underdog for weeks, Rob peaked at exactly the right time, turning in some truly outstanding performances and finishing the finals with the most points. Would that be enough, however?

It was enough to beat out Ricki Lake, but not J.R. Martinez, your DWTS winner.

"First and foremost, I want to thank everybody who voted for us, for 10 weeks," said the soap opera actor, motivational speaker and Iraq war veteran, who reserved his highest praise for partner Karina Smirnoff. "You are amazing, and I'm grateful that I could be a part of your first Mirror Ball trophy."

Karina's win was her first in 10 seasons as a professional.

"For one of you, that was your victory dance," Carrie Ann Inaba told J.R. and Rob after they performed instant sambas in round four (both were perfect). "But I think both of you are winners tonight."

Rob came in second, and after both he and J.R. scored 30s with said sambas, he ended up with a two-night total of 113, one higher than Martinez's 112. J.R.'s votes from fans put him over the top.

That's the way it goes, but if Kardashian was upset about it, he didn't show it. "I'm definitely not sad," Rob said, noting that he beat expectations all season long. "I already won in my book."

As for Ricki, who ended up in a somewhat surprising third? "I've loved basically every minute of this," she said afterward. "I had the best partner, the best teacher, the best motivator there is."

"I've accomplished something here that I really didn't think I could do."

And so it goes. We'll see you this spring for an exciting 14th season!

Did J.R. deserve to win Dancing With the Stars? Are you surprised that he edged out Rob? Who was your favorite dancer this season? Was this one of the best in recent memory? Tell us below!

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SO glad that J.R won----- he was the best from the beginning.

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I am so happy for Karina and JR. Was surprised how Rob outbeat Ricki being he's not even a star. Congrats to JR and Karina.

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Admittedly all 3 were in the finals because they were the cream of the crop. JR and Karina deserved to win not because JR is a vet or because of what he's been through in his military career, but because he consistenly gave very good performances. Yes he did mess up a few times but so did the others. So, Congratulations JR...you deserve it!

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Of couse he deserved to win the guy is great... people are talking about Rob Kardashian ? really??? how is he even on the show ? he damn sure isnt a star ?

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I THINK JR AND HIS PARTNER DESERVED TO WIN. I'M NOT SURE ALL OF ROB'S VOTE WAS WON FAIR. CONGRATULATION TO JR AND HIS PARTNER. YOU ARE A TERRIFC GENTLEMEN.

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Im Happy JR. Won. If it would been Rob i think i would stop watching the show. Im sick of those kardashian.so good for JR.

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What do you mean did JR deserve to win? Someone who risked their life fighting for our country deserves to win anything they sign their name up to. He actually was a great dancer, and he most definitely deserved to win.

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JR definately deserved to win. Ricki deserved second. Rob third. I believe that JR had alot of fan support due to his military status, but he truly had the musicality and talent. Ricki also had the musicality and talent. Rob improved the most dramatically and deserved to be in the finals. Fan support, as they always say is very important. China Phillips was a beautiful elegant dancer, but she did not have the fan support that the other contestants had.

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JR was my personal choice. His dances were consistent and they were great. Sure a couple were not his best but overall his performances were top notch. I think both Rob and Ricki were excellent dancers too and it was fun to watch them improve each week. I did think Ricki would have taken 2nd but they were all winners. It was close and that's how competitions should be. But one star did shine brighter week after week and that's why JR won. -laura

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Both were great. we should thank our veterans and grateful
For their service to our country.
But it goes back to preference-veterans will always be given a step up. Our federal and additional government entities can have a non veteran apply for a job and they be ranked higher on all job qualifications--and another
Applicant at a lower rate of qualifications
The veteran will always get preference points.
Thus competition was not based on true performance or the champion would have been third, Be given extra points and will get the job.
They will be given a
High edge. With injuries J R didn't perform
Top quality and that was evident.

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