'Dancing with the Stars' Final Results: Donald Driver Defeats the Frontrunners

May 23, 2012 03:26:15 GMT

The NFL star takes the mirrorball trophy, Katherine Jenkins finishes in second place, and William Levy gets the second runner-up spot.

'Dancing with the Stars' Final Results: Donald Driver Defeats the Frontrunners
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"Dancing with the Stars" has crowned Donald Driver and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd as the champions of season 14. The NFL wide receiver beat out frontrunners Katherine Jenkins and William Levy to snatch the mirrorball trophy in the Tuesday, May 22 finale.

Before the final results were announced, the three pairs performed the "24 Hour Challenge" dance. William and Cheryl Burke danced the salsa, Katherine and Mark Ballas performed a jive, while Donald and Peta danced the cha-cha. Each pair earned 30 points from the judges.

After the scores were combined with audience's votes, it was revealed that Donald nabbed the first place. "This is awesome," so the Green Bay Packers star said when asked how he felt about his win.

Katherine, who set the bar high since early of the season, placed second. She thanked her partner Mark and all of her fans before stating, "It's been an absolute dream." Meanwhile, William who finished third told the crowd, "I thank you guys for all you have done for us."

Also that night, the eliminated contestants including Sherri Shepherd, Jaleel White and Maria Menounos returned to the dance floor. Taking the stage as musical guests were "American Idol" alum Kelly Clarkson and Gladys Knight, who was eliminated earlier on "DWTS" this season.


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posted by Queenie on Aug 13, 2012
Depressed about results & totally surprised, but shouldn't be, everything has to be politically correct!!! Going to look up pictures of William NOT Donald
posted by infinitely disappoin on May 29, 2012
I congratulate Donald on his win. He was truly a fantastic dancer and had such a great personality. However, I feel that Katherine definitely deserved to win. She was such a great dancer and was do determined, I was SURE she would win. But she didn't, and it just goes to show how DWTS is a popularity contest, NOT a dancing contest. Katherine really should have won and I am very, VERY disappointed. IT doesn't matter anyway, she is still the champion to ME. :)
posted by ROBERTA on May 28, 2012
posted by creative on May 28, 2012
I thought that William will win this, I will never watch this show again. It is very stupid..
posted by so disappointed on May 27, 2012
Katherine should have won, I was truly disappointed this season. They need to lose audience votes and just judge the dancers. Maria should not have been voted off and it came down to a popularity contest,clearly William Levy should have won, not Donald.
posted by V1 on May 25, 2012
Donald was indeed the most improved of the three, he wanted to do it right. However you have all forgotten about Maria who should have been in the final 3. Color, race or religion means nothing nor should it! John S and a few more of you should be ashamed of yourselves for putting ugly words in Print
posted by Sam on May 25, 2012
Katherine, William, Maria, Donald. In that order. Clearly. People in this country are ignorant. Show's rigged. Won't watch again after seasons of disappointment.
posted by Michy on May 25, 2012
about a popularity contest, not about who is more qualified. I feel terrible for Katherine. She was by far the best dancer! Second was William. Football, Donald takes it, dancing goes to Katherine Jenkins
posted by Michy on May 25, 2012
This country is ridiculous! It's all about a popularity contest, not about who is more qualified. I feel terrible for Katherine. She was by far the best dancer! Second was William. Football, Donald takes it, dancing goes to Katherine Jenkins
posted by woman from austin on May 24, 2012
wow John S. - what creative language! Let me guess - 3rd grade education? oh, not quite? A few more questions - who are your neighbors...that are human? Have you ever been employed? NO? shocking. This is 2012 not 1950...but hey you can use the internet and watch dancing with the stars...strange indeed.
posted by Diane on May 24, 2012
Donald really wanted that mirrorball trophy. William and Katherine are much better dancers. Cheryl and Mark's choregraphy was better all season than Peta too. But, they really whipped that freestyle hard and took it. Katherine really danced her freestyle and William and Cheryl's freestyle was good but needed more original content and costumes. Donald wanted it more badly than the rest. Winning will be a post football career boost for him. William is now super popular so winning not that big a deal.
posted by coco on May 23, 2012
I will never watch this show again. It is a waste of time. The whole thing is rigged or else the people voting are really, really stupid.
posted by Marco on May 23, 2012
Katherine was without question the best dancer. In my opinion it should have been: Katherine #1, William #2 and Donald #3. These shows are not judging best performances, rather most popular contestants.
posted by Joan on May 23, 2012
DWTS is either rigged or the American public is voting popularity, not talent and skill. Very disappointed. Katherine was clearly the winner. Why do I keep watching this stupid show?
posted by not a viewer anymore on May 23, 2012
Clearly Katherine was the winner. It is not a dancing contest, but rather a polarity contest...or it is rigged to the stations choice. I have watched each season, but this is my last.
posted by John S on May 23, 2012
So the Jew's nigger won - just as Obama wanted. What a crock of shit.
posted by paul on May 23, 2012
The ugly americans did it again.For the 3th time they robed non american dancers of the trophy.Boooooooooo!!!!!!
posted by Irma on May 23, 2012
That is a joke. Katherine and William were so much better. DWTS IS RIGGED
posted by debbie on May 23, 2012
I think Donald was great but when trying to call in they closed the phone lines for Katherine before the time was up. I have talked to a number of people that had the same problem. Makes me think DWTS is rigged.
posted by SG on May 23, 2012
Every season I watch, wait and hope that the best dancer will take home the mirror ball - and every season I'm disappointed. Maria should have stayed on and Donald should have gone home. Donald definitely had the strength to do the lifts but as far as being a skilled dancer - he was clearly outshined by Katherine, Maria and William. It is obvious that the winner has the largest fan base and of course Donald had that. As far as the judges - toward the end they were handing out 10's like they were Tic Tacs. Katherine should have been the one to carry home the mirror ball but for all her talent and grace - she was overlooked. Oh well - perhaps next season will be different. Or perhaps I need to stop being so optomistic.
posted by ttfn on May 23, 2012
Every season I keep waiting and hoping that the most talented dancer will win. But it is quite apparent that if you have a large fan base - you'll go home with the mirror ball. Towards the end the judges were handing out 10's like Tic Tacs. Maria should've stayed and Donald should've gone home. Katherine was by far the best dancer and should've gone home with the mirror ball. Oh well - I keep hoping that the next season will be different - perhaps I'm too optimistic.
posted by cherrera on May 23, 2012
Katharine totally deserved to win!! And William deserved second place!
posted by DWTS CH on May 23, 2012
C-mon people I thought you that DWTS is a popularity contest,and it is clear Donald was more popular.
posted by Gillroth on May 23, 2012
I bet Carrie Ann Is thrilled. Shehas ALWAYS had a thing for the black athlete. IT IS SOOO Obvious.. Doesn't anyone tell her to cool the special tratment she gives the black jocks?
posted by HEARTLAND GIRL on May 23, 2012
posted by jt on May 23, 2012
Donald hardly moved his feet. Posing and lifting does not a dancer make. Len was right, he needed more content. I'm sick of Bruno and Carrie raving for shirtless men and wiggling butts. They're not dancers.
posted by JRU on May 23, 2012
You have got to be kidding! Donald was the worst dancer! Rigged up politically? Big time! All he knew was to swing Pita around..Never seeing this show again!!!
posted by T.B on May 23, 2012
Donald Really? Obviously it is not about who is the best dancer. He should have gone home instead of Maria. She was much better with multiple injuries. And if she didn't win it should have been Katherine. Do the people really vote for the winners. I have my doubts.
posted by Rae on May 23, 2012
i get the feeling people voted for Donald because they were all good, but it was "politically correct" to vote for the black man... Katharine totally deserved to win!!
posted by DWTS Fan on May 23, 2012
I think they got it right last night on DWTS. Donald's freestyle blew the other's out of the water and he peaked at the right time. He also came from a background of no dance experience unlike the other two finalists. Kudos DWTS.
posted by G.C. on May 23, 2012
DWTS is a sham - so disappointed after following all season 14 to have the best dancers place #2 & #3

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