Pussycat Doll and performer Nicole Scherzinger won the ABC hit show Dancing with the Stars 2010 with partner professional dancer Derek Hough on Tuesday, May 25.
“I feel like I just won a Grammy,” Nicole Scherzinger said after the show. “A dancing Grammy!”
“Everyone’s been amazing and I’m so happy!” said Nicole’s partner, Derek Hough. Hough is a two-time Dancing champ after also winning with Brooke Burke in season seven of Dancing with the Stars.
“Win or lose tonight, I was just very, very happy with the entire season,” said Houghp. “To get the trophy at the end of it, that was just amazing.”
“This has been probably the greatest reward personally, this whole personal journey,” she said. “I’ve learned so much about myself. I’ve learned so much about Derek Hough. He’s made me a better person through this.”
Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek and his partner, Anna Trebunskaya took second place on the show.
“It’s been such a blast,” Evan Lysacek said. “We are totally satisfied with everything we gave. We’re so proud of Nicole and Derek. They deserve it. … They inspired all the other couples in the competition.”
“I came into this competition and said, ‘I’m not going to be competitive, I’m just going to have fun,’” Lysacek said after the show. “And the further we got from the Olympics, the more my competitive fire started burning. … It progressed, and slowly but surely I became more confident as a performer and a dancer.”
ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews and her professional partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy took third place.
“This experience has meant everything to me,” said Erin Andrews. She then referenced her recent experience with a stalker. “I came here under really crummy circumstances and I just wanted to get my life back together and my smile back and I just wanted to be myself again.”
The grand finale episode also brought back former contestants Pamela Anderson, Niecy Nash, Jake Pavelka, Buzz Aldrin and Kate Gosselin for one last performance.