OFFSTAGE: Kellie Pickler Wins Dancing With the Stars

“This is amazing! Oh, my God,” Kellie Pickler said right before hoisting her brand new Dancing With the Stars mirror ball trophy high in the air with dance partner Derek Hough. The big win was announced Tuesday (May 21) during the show’s season finale and was based on a combination of the judges’ scores and America’s votes. Earlier in the night, when co-host Brooke Burke Charvet talked to Pickler and Hough while they were rehearsing their instant dance, Pickler said she was a little nervous and added, “There ain’t nothing we can do about it, so we might as well enjoy it. It’s our last dance, y’all.” But then she said she wanted to get out there and nail the jive. And nail it she did. Pickler and Hough danced to Little Richard’s “Keep a-Knockin'” and earned a perfect score and high praise from all three judges. Among the judges’ comments: “You remind me of Julianne Hough,” “You guys are like the wonder twins” and “I’m telling you, Kellie, you’re the bees’ knees, my mama’s pajamas and my uncle’s carbuncle.”

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