Meryl Davis And Maksim Chmerkovskiy Win Dancing With The Stars
May 21 -- Meryl Davis and dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy were crowned the winners of 'Dancing With the Stars' on Tuesday.
The figure skater and her professional partner, who scored 30 points for their fusion of the Argentine tango/Cha cha, giving them a perfect 90 when combined with their scores from Monday's show.
Veteran dancer Maksim - who was competing for the 14th series - was delighted with his win and explained, "it's just plastic, but it means so much.
"And when it's lasted a decade of running after, it means so much more, and to do it with Meryl is a dream come true.
There's a reason why it didn't happen before. This was meant to happen with this one."
While Maryl wrote on Twitter, "thank you all for the incredible support.... I'm completely overwhelmed. @MaksimC and I have been so fortunate to share this journey w/ you! (sic)"
The judges were equally delighted with the pair and glad they won the 18th series.
Carrie Ann Inaba said, "the best part of this whole season was you two".
Meanwhile, Len Goodman - who also works on the UK version of the show, 'Strictly Come Dancing' - hinted he is leaving the show. He said, "this might be my last season, and if it is, I couldn't wish for a better dance to watch to finish up with."
The pair went up against Amy Purdy and Derek Hough, who came second, and Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas who took the third spot in the 18th series finale.
Although Candace and Mark didn't win, scoring 78 out of 90 in total, they had a great time working together.
She explained, "I can't believe I even made it here."
Mark added: "I made an amazing friend. It was a complete joy and an honour to get to know you."
The two-hour season finale also featured the return of last season's winner Amber Riley as well as a performance from rapper Iggy Azalea.