Who Won Dancing With the Stars? The Fall 2011 Champion is ...

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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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Da best person won, not because of what he been though as everybody is saying but because he gave us the good performance though out the season, he was my pick from his first dance, congrat JR & Karina


I thought J.R. deserved to win. The guys don't usually do as well as the women, and he did a great job,and did it consistently. If you have ever sprained an ankle, you would be incredibly impressed that he was walkingm, much less dancing! But - it was close. J.R., Rob and Ricki, were all so good, I would have been happy to see any one of them win.


JR took the award, but they are all three winners! Ricki is an amazing dancer and was my personal choice for the Mirror Ball. Rob surprised me over and over again and turned out to be such a good dancer. And, of course, JR, with his beautiful light and spirit stole all of our hearts. He was a joy to watch! Congratulations to all three of you!!


I ment not because he went thru


I am Glad JR won he deserved it am glad Rob came in 2ND and happy Riki came in 3rd. I wanted from day one no it was beacuse he what he went throght was a vet I liked him on AMC I liked his dances yeah he messed up couple of times but I liked him. I liked to thank all you vets.


JR won not for what he went thru physically but what he did for his country that caused him his physical pain. I am very happy that JR won It shows our vets that they can come back after such horrible things that happen in war


i think ricki and derek should have won they were the best


Id rather a vet win then a person who has done nothing for anyone and has done nothing to become a "star"


I feel Rob should have won. JR had several dances that he messed up and I feel he got the edge due to what he physically went through.