'Dancing with the Stars' Season 13 Finale Results: And the Mirror Ball Goes To...
'Dancing with the Stars' Season 13 Finale Results: And the Mirror Ball Goes To...
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Who will win?

That's the only question that really matters on this final night of Dancing with the Stars season 13. Will Rob Kardashian make good on his finale week win and take the Mirror Ball? Will J.R. Martinez prove to be as beloved as we suspected? Could Ricki Lake take it all with her style and solid dancing?

We have all of the DWTS results here, so keep reading!

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There is a pretty good chance that this will be one of the closer DWTS finales in recent memory. After all, Rob was a dark horse going in to the finale -- and then he won. J.R. and Ricki have been front-runners throughout Dancing with the Stars season 13, but both have stumbled toward the end. With only 3 points separating the dancers this week, it may all come down to the votes.

With that in mind, it's time to take a look at the results from the BuddyTV Readers' Poll. While there is a clear winner in the poll, the results are far from certain. J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff seem to be the favorites, with 56 percent of BuddyTV voters picking them to win. Ricki Lake and Derek Hough have a fair number of votes as well (24 percent). The smallest number of readers -- 20 percent of those voting -- picked Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke as the DWTS season 13 winners.

Will this be the case? Let's find out!

Is this the most over-dramatic opening to any Dancing with the Stars ever? Ummm, show? This is a dancing competition. We're not bringing about world peace or anything. Seriously, what's with the dramatic and sad-looking finalists standing in corners while dramatic music plays?

Fortunately, we're quickly back to the true Dancing with the Stars -- a bunch of professional dancers performing their impressive moves to club music. Followed of course by the many eliminated competitors (in gold), with their pros (in black). They seem to be forming some highly-choreographed gauntlet for the finalists to pass through. Or not.

After a brief look back at how all the dancers were feeling last night, it's time for the first of tonight's musical interludes. The special musical guest is Lady Antebellum, which is a band whose music actually crosses paths with my life on occasion. Considering that I rarely know who the musical types are, this is impressive.

To start off the competition bit, the three finalists get to perform again. It's their favorite dances of the season! This should be a lot of fun...

First up --

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
Dancing the tango

My Comments: Oh, I did love this dance! One of the more entertaining of the season. Of course, the camera people are being creative, which makes it hard to actually see the dance a lot of the time. But it still looks good. There may have been a moment when Ricki and Derek were off the music. Or that might just be because this is such an odd piece of music for a tango. They got back on right away anyway. The screen dancing is still cool too. That was an excellent choice for the repeat. Very excellent.

Judges' Comments
Len: "This is one of the memorable dances of this or any season. The first time around, I really liked it. I loved it the second time."
Bruno: "It was a grand, cinematic extravaganza!" "Unforgettable!"
Carrie Ann: "Tonight you have proven to us yet again that you are a fighter." "It was perfect the first time. It was beyond perfect tonight!"

Sorry, no scores yet. I guess we get those later?

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the foxtrot

My Comments: This was a good dance the first time. Also, it was early enough in the competition to allow for a lot of improvement. Ergo, good choice! There may be a few little stumbles toward the beginning. Small ones, but that's never a good thing when in the finals. Still, Rob has definitely stepped up his dashing-dancer persona in the intervening weeks. Was the miss of Cheryl as she slid a mistake? They covered it well if it was. The dance was still a lot of fun. Probably not quite as polished as Ricki and Derek but still good.

Judges' Comments
Len: "The little slip doesn't mean anything." "You've got the best footwork of virtually every guy I've ever seen on this show ever."
Bruno: "You really have improved beyond everyone's expectations." "You made even a little hiccup look charming."
Carrie Ann: "Everything just looks like it comes easy for you now."

Oh... We get the scores after all three dances. Explanations are sometimes hard to come by in this life.

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
Dancing the jive

My Comments: Yikes. Is it dangerous to do a dance that didn't score terribly well? At least this was an awesome dance. Oh right. It started out in black-and-white. That's odd looking. I kind of love how J.R. is the only celebrity dancer who looks good when he's not with his partner. If there are points for moving quickly, this dance is sure to be a hit. Still no clue if there was lindy or not, but it's still a lot of fun.

Judges' Comments
Len: "J.R., you did exactly what I asked you to do -- you took out the lindy." "You just light up this room."
Bruno: "What you did was energetic, fast-paced fun, fun, fun!"
Carrie Ann: "J.R., you had a little bit of a rough time in there. I don't know what happened." "I did miss the lift."

Oh, such confusing scoring... If I understood Tom correctly, the first place dancer will get 30 points, the second-place performer gets 28 points and third-place gets 26 points. And then it all gets mashed together for the final results.

And the RESULTS are:

3. Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: 26 points
2. J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: 28 points
1. Ricki Lake and Derek Hough: 30 points

This means that the revised standings are:

1. Ricki Lake and Derek Hough: 84 points
2. Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: 83 points
3. J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: 82 points

So now everybody is only 1 point away from everybody else. It's all going to be about the votes...

This means that we've made it to the first Dancing with the Stars Finale Elimination and the announcement of the season 13 3rd Place. And...

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough have been eliminated from Dancing with the Stars season 13.

I totally called that. Just saying...

126287_1488_pre.jpgNow Rob and J.R. get to walk down the stairs yet again, accompanied by the super-dramatic music that DWTS loves tonight. And then they get to stand in illuminated squares of ballroom floor. OK...

Since both men have done very well in past sambas, this should be an interesting match-up. The two men will have the same music ("Shake Your Bon-Bon") for their dances, with J.R. dancing first and Rob following.

While the finalists go work on their dances, it's time for the eliminated dancers to show us why we were idiots to get rid of them. First up are Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest) and Peta Murgatroyd, followed by Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy.

Kristin Cavallari is the next eliminated dancer to show up. Somehow, she made Mark Ballas morph into two different men for the beginning of the dance. Not sure what was up with that, but it did make for an impressive beginning.

These are actually some pretty good dances from the eliminated contestants.

Time for the next surprise elimination contestant -- Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani. Chynna gets to talk before her dance. But then we get the Mission: Impossible dance again! Alas, Tony doesn't begin this one dangling from a wire. Maybe that's for the best. And yes, when not totally messed-up, this is a pretty good dance.

Not that you would know he was even gone, but Carson Kressley was the next dancer eliminated. Now he's back (again). And in rare style. Carson seems to be playing Madonna in the "Vogue" video. This dance seems to be involving a rather high number of additional dancers. Oh my.

Next up for the eliminated contingent, Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus are back to do their Spamalot dance. That was a cute one.

Chaz Bono comes next. He and Lacey Schwimmer get a bit of an assist from Lacey's dad, Buddy. He's an impressive dancer for a roundish man. Now that was an interesting dance...

David Arquette and Kym Johnson managed to rope in the help of a whole pile of dancers too. Technically, this is the same dance that we saw during Broadway Week. Only bigger. Bigger works for this dance. And, unfortunately for the finalists, David Arquette has just stolen the Mirror Ball.

Just in case audiences were getting tired of all this dancing stuff, we go back to Lady Antebellum at this point.

Finally, the parade of eliminated dancers ends with Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, repeating that flowers and sunshine dance. It might not be all flowers and sunshine for Hope though -- she gave one of the footlights a good kick. That was the kind of kick that sometimes results in actual injuries. But she managed to keep dancing, so hopefully not too bad an injury.

Back to the competition... First up are J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff.

Thanks to a bunch of annoying camera angles, it's kind of hard to get a feel for this dance. It seems to be going well. Not a very fast or crazy samba, but it's a good one. I couldn't see any mistakes -- which is a plus.

All to soon, we move on to Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke. They're also going for a very conservative samba, although they're moving around more. It's possible that Rob was a little off in a couple of the more minor moves. Nothing to trip him up horribly though.

Now for the judges' comments:

Len: "These two always do it. I rarely do this, but I'm going to say well done."
Bruno: "J.R.... people eat it from your hands, and they just eat it from you." "Rob... Last week you were beyond the rainbow. Now you're in orbit."
Carrie Ann: "I think both of you are winners... That was a great way to end the season!"

Samba Scores for J.R. Martinez: 10+10+10 = 30

Can't get better than perfect, can you?

Samba Scores for Rob Kardashian: 10+10+10 = 30

So, what they're saying is that absolutely nothing that happened tonight matters? Isn't that basically the result here? Oh well.


Whatever mattered and whatever didn't, it's now time for the final RESULTS of Dancing with the Stars season 13.


Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke have ended the season in 2nd place.

Which means that...

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff have won Dancing with the Stars season 13!!!

And all's right with the world.


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