The fall season of Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars came down to Monday night, with Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, former Bachelor winner Melissa Rycroft and soap opera star Kelly Monaco seeking the title.
Based on Monday's scores, and the previous weeks in which she'd been nearly flawless, Melissa held a narrow edge, but all three were consistently strong; Shawn and Kelly won their previous seasons, after all.
It's also DWTS, a show that's always too close to call. After one final performance and tens of millions of votes, the final Dancing With the Stars results show of 2012 is in the books. Your winner is ...
Melissa Rycroft and her partner Tony Dovolani!
The judges’ scores were close in the end, with each of the three remaining couples doing one last instant dance, and Melissa ending the two-night finale with 88.5 points to Kelly's 87.5 and Shawn's 87.
In other words, America's votes were going to break this logjam one way or the other.
After the competitors received their dance-style instructions less than an hour before hitting the floor Tuesday, the field was soon pared down to two. Monaco was eliminated, leaving Johnson and Rycroft.
In the end, it was Melissa who brought home the title in a tight race. The Season 8 finalist won her first title and also the first for Dovolani, who labored through 14 seasons without previously winning it.
“Magnificent” Melissa, the injury-prone former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader with girl-next-door approachability, won on merit and won over America, ousting too very talented and popular stars in their own right.
What do you think? Did the right woman win?