DWTS Watch: And the Winner Is...


Nov. 26 2008, Published 6:13 a.m. ET

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SPOILER ALERT: Read no further if you Tivo'd last night's Dancing With the Stars results show!!

All season long on Dancing With the Stars, Brooke Burke and partner Derek Hough looked like the twosome to beat. And Tuesday night, their dream came true as the consistent couple won the disco ball trophy! Football great Warren Sapp finished a surprise second after his explosive freestyle performance Monday night with partner Kym Johnson — and former boy-bander Lance Bass came in third with pro Lacey Schwimmer.

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The always-lovely Brooke, perhaps best known for her numerous modeling credits and hosting TV shows like Wild On!... and Rock Star said, “It’s been such an incredible experience and to end it this way is huge. I’m at such a loss for words!”

Her pro partner Derek, who took his first trophy after several seasons on the hit ABC show, said, “the blood, the sweat the tears… the pulled hamstrings, the feet, everything was so worth it.”

Delighted winner Brooke, who injured her foot earlier in what was an injury plagued season of the show, said, “My feet are okay, but I have a couple of new little pulled muscles.”

Still, all she could do was smile. The mother of four said her trophy will be rotating amongst her daughters’ rooms in her house. Brooke’s fiancé, actor, David Charvet, dad to two of her kids, was teary-eyed as she won, and OK! spotted Dr. Garth Fisher, her ex-husband and the father of her two older children, also watching as Brooke and Derek earned a perfect 30 for their Viennese waltz. The pair bested Lance and Lacey’s score of 28 for their jitterbug and Warren and Kym’s 27 for the hustle.

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Brooke told OK! about her future, “I have no idea what’s coming up next and I never do. I love hosting, it’s something I think comes natural and I enjoy although I’d like to keep pushing the envelope a little bit. Ideally, I’d love to do a sitcom. I love working with a live audience.

“But I’m enjoying dancing so much. It’s premature but there’s been some interest in me doing a dance production and I think it would be really exciting. For me, it would all depend on what works for my family as well. I’m open to trying new things.”

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But first, Brooke plans to chill out over the holidays: “I’m mentally and physically fried. I’m going to be on the East Coast with a lot of relatives. David and the kids are going to meet me there. I’m going to do nothing but eat and have great quality family time. It sounds so corny but I was looking back this week and thinking about all the things that you take for granted as a mother—you have your kids every day and all those everyday responsibilities. I miss doing all those little things so much. I’m ready to get back home and back into the groove with them and get back to being mom again.”

Brooke Burke
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Meanwhile, Derek and his best friend, DWTS pro Mark Ballas, who have a band together, got a record deal and expect to release their music in March. Derek hopes actress Shannon Elizabeth — who became his girlfriend after they were teamed up on DWTS last season — will join him on the new DWTS nationwide tour, which begins in San Diego on Dec. 17.

Although Lance finished third when many thought he’d get at least second, the musician said he and Lacey have no regrets. “What a ride! We couldn’t be happier. Brooke so deserved to win.” After all, Lance got a new body out of the show: “I’ve lost 15 pounds," he told OK!. "I’m just going to blow up after next week. I eat like crap and I won’t be dancing as much.”

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Lance also feels he earned “a lot more confidence. There are a lot of things I didn’t believe in myself before and now I’m just so happy.” Lance revealed he has become close friends with Brooke: “we’ve been each other’s support system through this whole season. She’s definitely helped me when the judges were attacking me, she’s like, ‘don’t worry about i.’”

Next, Lance plans to do some college speaking engagements for a week talking about the music industry and his experiences on DWTS. Then he’ll be performing with Lacey on the DWTS tour.

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Lance said he signed up because “I miss touring so much. I haven’t been on tour in like seven years and I’m happiest on a bus. That’s just the way I was raised and it’ll feel like home. You play lots of video games, watch scary movies, eat really bad food. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I love sleeping in a bunk, it rocks me to sleep.”

His partner Lacey will be with Lance on the tour, and also has said she’d love to come back to DWTS next season, which starts in March.

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Warren, who works as an analyst for the Showtime series Inside the NFL, said, “I don’t get a day off ‘til Feb. 11, after the Pro Bowl.” The 13-year NFL veteran said he’s going to miss Kym and the show so much, “I told her next Wednesday, I’m going to text her, ‘Where are you at, baby? Send me a picture! I should be dancing right now!’ ”

Warren said he’d love to join his pro Kym for one stop on the DWTS tour if his busy schedule as a football commentator permits — because he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“It’s like going to five Super Bowls,” he said of the show. “Every time it got a little bigger, a little better. I’m like, where can I go from here? I’m going to try the tour at least one day.”

By Carole Glines


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