Donald Driver Cha-cha-chas to "Dancing" win

Wed May 23, 2012 1:08am EDT
 
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By Chris Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Green Bay Packers football star Donald Driver won the 14th season of 'Dancing With the Stars' on Tuesday, Cha-cha-cha-ing to victory on the strength of perfect scores from the show's judges and voting support from fervid fans.

An ecstatic Driver leapt for joy, then rolled around on the dance floor seemingly unable to contain himself.

Dancing with professional partner Peta Murgatroyd, Driver was cited by the judges for his intensity and determination in the competition, as well as his willingness to listen and learn from them during the course of the TV ballroom dance competition.

Driver, 37, triumphed over finalists Telenovela star William Levy who placed third and runner-up, classical music singer Katherine Jenkins, a season-long standout.

"Amazing, this is awesome!" Driver exclaimed before accepting the coveted mirror ball trophy, which he raised aloft, whooping and screaming.

Driver's cliffhanger win followed a season that host Tom Bergeron on Monday called the hit series' most competitive ever, with a razor-thin single point margin out of a possible 60 separating the couples after Monday's dances brought several perfect-30 scores.

On Tuesday all three couples got perfect 30s for their one last dance. The two nights' numbers were weighted equally with fan votes to determine the winner.

For Levi the final dance was a Salsa, leading judges to laud his star quality, while Jenkins did the Jive.   Continued...

 
In this publicity photograph released by ABC May 22, 2012, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd hold the mirror ball trophy after the pair won as "Dancing with the Stars" champions during the finals show telecast May 22, 2012. REUTERS/Adam Taylor/ABC/© 2012