The former NFL star Smith & Saved by the Bell‘s Mario Lopez received identical scores on Tuesday’s show, but the finale win was determined by Emmitt’s innumerable fan base who voted Smith & pro dance partner Cheryl Burker into Dancing victory.
“I am so proud of this trophy and I am proud to share it with Cheryl,” Emmitt stated.
“We worked our tails off.”
Season 3 contestant Shanna Moakler said of Smith, “Emmitt embodied what this competition is all about.Â He deserved to win. Absolutely.”
Runners-up Lopes & dance partner Karina Smirnoff didn’t do too well hiding their disappointment about losing the Dancing title.Â Tears were streaming down Smirnoff’s face as she tried to talk with reporters.
“Apparently world-class dancing wasn’t enough. That wasn’t the criteria it was based on,” Lopez said.
“I don’t really care about the trophy. I just wanted to win for Karina. She is honestly the best dancer in the world. No disrespect to the other girls on this show, but they don’t hold a candle to her.”
Well, congrats to Smith & Burke & all the contestants for their hard, dancing work!
What do you think, who should have won this season of Dancing with the Stars?