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New 'Dancing with the Stars' Champion Crowned

After weeks of competition, the winner of Dancing with the Stars season 18 was finally revealed!

The two-hour finale event kicked off with an opening number featuring every season 18 contestant and their professional partners. It was a night full of entertainment full of musical performances and routines from season 18 stars.

Taking to the ballroom floor for special musical performances were Iggy Azalea, reigning DWTS champ Amber Riley, season 18 contender Cody Simpson, Ariana Grande, and Christina Perri.

The night also featured numerous performances by season 18 contestants. Charlie White & Sharna Burgess and Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy performed encores of their “Disney Week” routines. Price is Right host Drew Carey returned to perform with his professional partner Cheryl Burke in an ever entertaining routine, while celebrity contestant NeNe Leakes took to the ballroom to perform a routine with the DWTS female pros.

After getting eliminated on Monday’s part-one finale show, James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd returned to ballroom to perform encores of their Freestyle routine as well as their Michael Jackson inspired “Icons Week” routine.

Other notable performances included Latin Week’s Team Loca’s team performance as well as a special performance from Olympic Ice Dancing duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

Before learning any results the remaining three couples take to the ballroom one last time in the “24 Hour Fusion Challenge.” Here is a quick breakdown of couples routines and scores:

Amy & Derek: Argentine Tango & Cha Cha

Score: 30/30

Carrie Anne Inaba: 10

Len Goodman: 10

Bruno Tonioli: 10

Candace & Mark: Samba & Quickstep 

Score: 27/30

Carrie Anne Inaba: 9

Len Goodman: 9

Bruno Tonioli: 9

Meryl & Maks: Foxtrot and Cha Cha 

Score: 30/30

Carrie Anne Inaba:10

Len Goodman: 10

Bruno Tonioli: 10

After about 90-minutes of performances, its finally time to learn the name of the couple coming in third place. The couple falling just short of taking home the Mirrorball trophy is… Candace & Mark.

Time for the big reveal: will Meryl Davis or Amy Purdy be crowned the season 18 Dancing with the Stars champion? For the final time this season, cue the lights and eerie results music.

The winners of Dancing with the Stars season 18 is… Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Did the right couple win? What was your favorite part of season 18′s finale? Let me know what you thought of last night’s finale in the comments below.

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