For the 16th season of Dancing With the Stars, pro dancer Kym Johnson will be sharing the inside scoop with Life & Style readers — a behind-the-scenes look at the show and the run of her celebrity partner, former General Hospital star Ingo Rademacher. In a post following the big finale, Kym reacts to Kellie Pickler’s big win and why she always thought Kellie would end up in the final two.
I am so happy that Kellie and Derek Hough won DWTS on Monday. Although it could have gone either way between Kellie and Zendaya, Kellie has been phenomenal and she rightfully earned the big Mirror Ball Trophy! Derek is a genius with his choreography and with his celebrities, so yeah, I’m really happy that they won.
It sort of seemed like it was always going to come down to Kellie and Zendaya. Aly Raisman really did well and grew throughout the entire competition. Jacoby has got that big personality, but I think it was always pretty clear that it was going to be Zendaya and Kellie.
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What set apart Kellie and Derek was their freestyle performance. It wasn’t as upbeat as their other performances, but it stood out because it was just the two of them by themselves. There were no props. It was just the two of them on the floor, doing this incredible dance. I watched it five times when I got home. It was so beautiful. It was just perfect and breathtaking.
In fact, Kellie did such a great job that she was compared to Julianne Hough. Just like Julianne, Kellie’s got that bubbly personality. Plus, Derek and Kellie do look like siblings as well, in a way. They have the same haircuts — which is quite funny.
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Besides Kellie winning, another highlight of the night was Pitbull’s performance. He was so fun. It was just like a big party on the dance floor! He’s such a gentleman. He said hello to us all and thanked us for dancing with him.
And speaking of gentleman, Psy performed his new song “Gentleman” with the help of Sean Lowe and Victor Ortiz. It was hilarious and a lot of fun to watch. I loved it! I think they were just having a good time. I would've loved to been in that number.
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A great part about the finale is that I got to catch up with my pal Lisa Vanderpump. I hadn’t seen her in a while and it was nice to chat with her. I’m going to the south of France and she used to live there, so I was really just trying to get as much information about the area out of her as I could. Now that the season is finally over, Cheryl, Karina and I plan to go on a little girls only trip, so I needed advice.
Overall, I thought it was a great finale and it’s been a really, really fun season. I’ve loved sharing this experience with you all!
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