New DWTS Champ: Melissa Rycroft Crowned Winner

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    Contestants Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani (C) hold the mirror ball trophy as they are crowned champions on the season finale of ABC's ''Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars'' in Los Angeles November 27, 2012, in this ABC publicity photograph. Rycroft was crowned champion on Tuesday, propelled by perfect scores from the judges and fan votes which spelled victory for the television host. Picture taken and released on November 27.
By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
November 28, 2012|11:52 am

The new "Dancing with the Stars- All Stars" champion has been crowned on Tuesday night after weeks of stiff competition.

Melissa Rycroft went home with the Mirror Ball Trophy last night after beating former "DWTS" contestants Shawn Johnson and Kelly Monaco.

"AAAHHHH!!! Oh my mercy," the former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and "CMT" show host wrote on Twitter following her win. "You guys did it!!! You gave this to us!!! Thank you so much!!!! Ahhhh!"

Although she finished third on ABC's 13th season of "The Bachelor," Rycroft earned the "DWTS-All Stars" championship alongside her professional dancing partner Tony Dovolani.

Tuesday's 2-hour season finale of the show featured performances by the three remaining couples, and each returning cast member and their respective dance partner delivered different dance routines.

The first time Rycroft appeared on "DWTS" during season eight, the television personality finished in third place.

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Rycroft and Dovolani received perfect scores for their samba dance.

It was the first time in the history of the show that three female contestants made it to the finals.

Rycroft gushed over her new Mirror Ball trophy after the win.

"Maybe I'll put it in my front yard or on top of my car," said the realist television star. "Anywhere where everyone can see it!"

The "Good Morning America" correspondent is married to insurance agent Tye Strickland, with whom she shares a 1-year-old daughter.

Meanwhile, the win was a first for Dovolani, who has been on the show for 15 seasons.

"This is unbelievable," said the 39-year-old of his win, according to Us Weekly. "I can't thank you enough for the support. I felt all your support."

The dancer went on to explain that the win added to an already "incredible" day for him.

"It's my wife and my anniversary today- 13 years," said Dovolani. "And it's the 100th anniversary of independence for Albanians today, so it's an incredible, incredible moment, and I thank you all. For me, for my family, for everyone. This is so great. It's unbelievable!"

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