The Word: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ has a new champ

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01:  Kellie Pickler attends the 46th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 1, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Kellie Pickler was previously a runner-up on “American Idol.” Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

“Dancing with the Stars” wrapped up its 16th season last night and crowned a new famous person who’s slightly better at fancy dancing than other famous people. Spoiler alert: This season’s winner is singer and “American Idol” runner-up Kellie Pickler.

Pickler, who is apparently better at dancing than she is at singing, took the top prize with her partner Derek Hough. They beat out Disney star Zendaya and his partner Val Chermkovskiy in second place, football player Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff in third, and left gymnastics gold medalist Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas trailing in fourth, according to E! Online. Too bad there’s no combo foxtrot/parallel bars event in ballroom dancing — Raisman would’ve had it in the bag.

Zendaya was a gracious runner-up. ”I’m very proud and I get to leave here with an amazing experience, so I’m happy,” he said.

Jacoby Jones also chose not to throw a tantrum about losing and praised his partner. ”Out of all my trainers that I’ve had, I’ve never had a woman that pushed me like she did,” he said of Karina.

Due to sagging ratings, “Dancing with the Stars” will air only once a week when it returns for a 17th season in the fall, according to USA Today.


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