|J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff DWTS Champs.|
Marinez partner Karina Smirnoff captured her first Dancing With The Stars championship after being a runner-up, a semi-final and quarter-final qualifier.
Martinez was an emotional favorite to win because of his tremendous courage. After been severely injured by an IED in Iraq and enduring 33 surgeries, he has crafted an acting career and now is the king of dance.
For DWTS fans who have followed every episode throughout the 10 week season, week 3 was burned in everyone's mind when Martinez and Smirnoff performing the "personal" dances offered a tribute to the fallen men and women of our Armed Forces who never made it home alive. It was by far the most emotional moment of the season and may have put a stake in the ground that loyal fans would not forget.
All three finalists, Ricki Lake, Rob Kardashian and Martinez had really worked hard to earn their spots in the finale. Lake was a serious contender from the very beginning, as was Martinez; however, Kardashian worked from a position of shyness and weak confidence to being in the finals, a real transformation story.
Every one of the contestants from the season came back for an encore dance. Probably the most entertaining was Carson Kressley's Vogue. If you get a chance to watch the video on the the DWTS website, you'll enjoy it. As host Tom Bergeron said, "This next dance will go viral in about 3 minutes."
Lady Antebellum performed two of their hits after taking home favorite country band at the AMA Awards this past weekend.
I don't know now critical that dance from week 3 was to the emotional side of fan voting in the finals, but J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff are Dancing With The Stars Season 13 Mirror Ball Trophy Winners.
It's been a great season. Thanks for watching... and thanks for stopping here.
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