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'Dancing With the Stars' Final Results 2012: And the Winner Is …

UPDATED RESULTS: The finale of "DWTS" Season 15 is a wrap. So, was the winner West Des Moines native and Olympic champ Shawn Johnson, reality star Melissa Rycroft or soap actress Kelly Monaco?

Did gymnastics fans from across the country give Shawn Johnson another mirror ball trophy in tonight's Season 15 finale of Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars?

No. Despite support from the Fierce Five, reality star Melissa Rycroft took home the mirror ball trophy tonight.

 "I feel like I've learend a lot about myself in the last 13 weeks," Johnson said to  Hough. "You taught it to me, I never would have got it on my own."

After two dances last night, Johnson had the lowest cumulative score from the panel of judges, not because she put a foot wrong, but because her first dance broke some ballroom rules. So, it was up to America to give her another win.
DWTS just wrapped up on WOI-TV channel 5; the winner will be announced close to the show's wrap at 10 p.m.

In tonight's two-hour finale, the contestants were to perform one final instant dance and all they know going in is that it could be a jive, cha-cha or rumba -- so they needed to prepare for all three dances. Johnson drew cha-cha, and went off to prepare for less than an hour before competing.

Johnson won the mirror ball trophy in Season 8, in 2009. The 20-year-old West Des Moines native joined the All Stars version of DWTS after retiring from gymnastics earlier this year following a knee injury. She won four medals, including a gold medal on the balance beam, in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Other celebrities in the first all-female Dancing With the Stars finals are reality star Melissa Rycroft and General Hospital actress Kelly Monaco, who won the very first season of DWTS.

Tuesday night the judges were asked to pick one dance from Monday to see again and they asked for Johnson's freestyle with the five gold-medal winning members of the London 2012 women's gymnastics team. The Fierce Five were lowered onto the stage on giant hoops, then tumbled across the stage to the finish pose with Johnson and Hough.

Gymnast McKayla Maroney told USA Today they wanted to help give Johnson a win in lieu of her aborted attempted to compete for Olympic gold in London, due to an injury. "We wanted to do really well for Shawn. We knew it was the finals," said Maroney.

In rehearsals before the instant dance Tuesday Hough prayed for the jive, but the pair drew the cha-cha.

"She's been a little light in my life, a spark," said a teary Hough in rehearsal footage.

Their cha-cha featured quick footwork by Johnson, arm movements that were in time with one another, and a couple of trick moves by the pair. The final move, where Hough vaulted over Johnson, drew the studio audience to its feet for a huge cheer.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said, "It's so amazing. Shawn, I think you started out the season as a star ... you are nothing less than perfection."

Head judge Len Goodman said, "You are the no-stress express. Derek has thrown some fantastic choreography at you. I know we've had our ups and downs this season, but that was fantastic."

"One thing is for sure, you are going out with a bang," said judge Bruno Tonioli.

Their scores were: three perfect 10s from the panel. 

Monaco earned a 28.5 tonight from the judges for her impromptu dance, as did Rycroft. But, the deciding factor is voting by viewers and Monaco placed third tonight.

Recap of Monday's Competition

Johnson's first dance Monday night was a reprise of the quickstep that garnered some criticism earlier in the season from judges for breaking dance rules which forbid lifts and breaking holds.

In the tape from rehearsal, Johnson told Hough she wanted to go for entertainment and wow the crowd rather than play it safe for the judges. All three judges wagged their score-keeping fingers at Johnson for the dance.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said, "It's a fantastic routine, but I'm sad that you didn't choose to follow the rules. I hope your risk pays off."

The point total of 27.5 from the three judges -- below Rycroft's perfect 30 and Monaco's 29.5 -- put Johnson at risk. Hough told viewers, "It's up to you guys."

Super-Sized Freestyle

Monday's second dance was dubbed a "super-sized freestyle," so Johnson and Hough brought in reinforcements: this summer's women's gymnastics winners nicknamed the Fierce Five -- Gabby Douglas, Jordan Wieber, Aly Raisman, Mckayla Maroney and Kyla Ross -- joined Johnson in her freestyle dance. 

"You are incredible, that was sensational," Inaba shouted. "We were waiting for this and you do not disappoint."

Head judge Len Goodman said the dance was a medley of the pair's greatest moves.

"Fierce, flawless, exciting, brilliant," hollered judge Bruno Tonioli.

"It meant the world to me, everything this guy's done for me," a somewhat emotional Johnson told host Brooke Burke-Charvet before the scores were announced.

The judges were wowed, doling out a perfect 30 for Johnson and her girls. But that still left her in last place among the judges' tally heading into tonight's finale. The rest is up to how viewers chose to vote for.

Earlier DWTS Season 15 Coverage on Patch:

  • 'Dancing With the Stars' Results Nov. 26: Can Fans Save Shawn Johnson in Finale?
  • Is Shawn Johnson Favored to Win Another ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Glitter Ball Trophy?
  • 'Dancing With the Stars' Results Nov. 19: How Did Shawn Johnson's Slinky Tango Rate With Judges?
  • 'Dancing With the Stars' Results: Any Missteps for Shawn Johnson on Salute to Veterans Night?
  • Dancing with the Stars Results: Did West Des Moines Native Shawn Johnson Survive?
  • Dancing With the Stars Results: Did Shawn Johnson Get the Boot on Country Night?
  • Dancing With the Stars Results: Shawn Johnson Has Judges Squabbling
  • Did Shawn Johnson Survive to Dance Another Week?
  • Dancing with the Stars Results: Shawn Johnson Scores Three Perfect 10s
  • Dancing With the Stars Results: Did Shawn Johnson’s Reunion with Mark Ballas Help or Hurt Her?
  • Dancing with the Stars Results: Shawn Johnson Gets 'Best Dance Ever' Raves from Judges
  • Dancing With the Stars Results Nov. 20: Did Shawn Johnson Make It to the Championship Round?
Eldo Moeller November 28, 2012 at 04:07 AM
What a joke, This is a bad Sarah Palin making the final three. The judges wanted Melissa to win and they took it away from Shawn. Neither of the other two can dance like her. DWTS really does make a joke of this
Beth Dalbey (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Dang, I'm bummed out about this. But Shawn sure did make West Des Moines look good!
Ann November 28, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Shawn and Derek were screwed. They out danced Melissa and Tony weekly. I am through with DWTS. it's bad enough they brought Bristol back in but to expect us to believe these results is absolutely insulting.
Alex Erickson November 28, 2012 at 04:47 AM
This is a joke. Shawn was by far the best throughout the season. She did not make one mistake and was in perfect time with Derek every single dance. Since it appeared that she also had the largest fan base, I can't imagine that this wasn't somehow rigged. Melissa does do work for ABC. One wonders if that had anything to do with the outcome. I was worried when Shawn and Derek decided to do the Quickstep again last night. Wonder if that cost them? I was hoping they would have done that fantastic Mambo instead. It would have been a 30. Then if Melissa won we would know it was rigged. Shawn and Derek's freestyle was so much better than Melissa's but after giving Melissa a 30, the judges had no where to go for Shawn. It is also a shame that Derek didn't win this trophy that he deserved in his last season.
Abby November 28, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Tony and Melissa - you DID NOT WIN!!! Shawn and Derek DID WIN!! This is total injustice!! But thank you Shawn - you know you won and every week, you gave Derek something to work harder for just to keep up with you!
Maryben Stover November 28, 2012 at 04:48 AM
When you get right down to it, America votes and they don't always get it right. Look at the last two American Idols.
chaka graham November 28, 2012 at 04:49 AM
I don't think melissa was the best dancer kelly or shawn should have won.
Candi C. November 28, 2012 at 04:51 AM
I am through with DWTS. After watching the show last week and seeing the judges improperly score some of the dancers and inflate the scores of Melissa's dances, I told my sister that if Melissa is announced the winner we would know the fix was in. There is NO way she got more audience votes than either Kelly or Shawn or even anywhere close enough to give her the win. I agree it is very insulting to the viewing audience to think that we would believe the the results were correct. This is why all the headlines are saying DWTS Results shocker.
Mary Lou rapp November 28, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Shawn has mo personality or love but for herself if you don't talk about her she's Los dah
Mary November 28, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Yeah Melissa was way better and Shawn knew it so they tried to get the Olympians to get votes for her. NOT!
melissa fredianelli November 28, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Kelly was the best in my opinion but Melissa was still a winner. Derek and Shawn were doing gymnastics and that is not what DWTS is about!!!
T-tip November 28, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Melissa looked like a true professional..she deserves the winn. Way to go Melissa and Tony. Can you say "new co-host" for DWTS?
Twoleft Feet November 28, 2012 at 07:41 AM
Love Melissa BUT as for Toni I hope he takes the trophy and retires on a high note because he is out of his league. And the judges should watch themselves too because they could get the show cancelled - shame shame on you! Shawn and Derek as far as I am concerned you won guys!
diane bryant November 28, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Why is everyone so shocked? ABC proved it last year when poor Katherine Jenkins got screwed out if the trophy last year. Of course Shawn and Derek should have won. Viewers are fed up with the cheating. And yet, ABC wonders why ratings are going down steadily.UMM.
Bibba Robbins November 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM
I think Melissa deserved to win. She had it all. And, frankly, if you had to decide who you would have to watch for one hour, i can say i would not choose a fat, stocky Shawn. I also think she has a superior attitude. I, for one, gave all my votes to Melissa, second place should have been Kelly. This is not a gymnastics competition. And, again, stocky, muscular women are not so entertaining. Shawn should never have won the first time. Finally, DWTS got it right!
Mary Johnson November 29, 2012 at 01:01 AM
you are so right!!! If she hadn't been Carrie Anns' pet she never would have won the first time. If anyone doubts her abilities they should watch Shawn and Derek redo their jive on Tuesday night - take out all of the gymnastics/acrobatics and you'll notice that she really is not a very great dancer. A great gymnist for sure but her dance moves are not refined at all- I also agree that she was a whiner-
Alex Cross November 29, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I was shocked when they announced the results last night, and I think Shawn was robbed. She has been strong all season, but Melissa kicked right at the end and her momentum carried her to the win. I mean Shawn and Derek gave us performances that were beyond anything I would have ever expected on the show, and Melissa was just an alright dancer. I was talking to a coworker at DISH about the show, and she thought that the voting was rigged because a lot of people had trouble voting on Monday. I nearly missed the show because of my book club, but thankfully my DISH Hopper recorded it with Primetime Anytime. I love how it records everything on during primetime on the four major networks without me having to set individual timers, so never miss any of my favorite shows. I am glad that I caught it because it was a real treat to see Shawn’s freestyle dance again.
Mary Sinclair November 29, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Part of dancing is the beauty of human form as it moves fluidly. Melissa basically has more asthestic appeal in this way than Shawn. She and Tony were my pick of the finalists, do in part to this. Let Shawn stick to gymnastics.
frances good November 29, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Panchita I love DWTS &I HAVE watched since the first show. Watching Giles leave early was tough. The final women were all equal to win:-) Shawn with her gymnastics &I excellent choreographer, Tony solid, dependable and simply the best. Then there was Kelly showing how beautifully a non dancer can win. Kelly epitomized the show. .
Tye smith November 30, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I'm glad Tony won!! He'deserved it.. Now if only poor max can win.. :)
leilani December 01, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Shawn and Derek should have won. Melissa should have been eliminated during the week she hurt her neck. The judges took pitty on her. Shawn and Derek are the true champions.
Barbara December 02, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Ooh rubbish> Shawn is a Gymnast and got through on the strength of her prowess. I loved Shawn and frankly I think Derek is the best Choreographer, but in this competition in terms of form, technique and fairness, Melissa won this Mirror Ball fair and square. Frankly Emmitt should have gone out before the French guy. I loved him, but in this season, he was riding on sex appeal and popularity (love Cheryl though!). BUT THIS WAS MELISSA'S SEASON. WELL DESERVED.
Jim Zupan December 05, 2012 at 12:15 AM
What is dancing with the stars???

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