Who won 'Dancing with the Stars' Tuesday night

Who won 'Dancing with the Stars' Tuesday night

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - "Episode 1601" -- "Dancing with the Stars" was back with an all-new cast of fresh faces hitting the dance floor. The competition began with the two-hour Season 16 premiere, live, MONDAY, MARCH 18 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Adam Taylor) CARRIE ANN INABA, LEN GOODMAN, BRUNO TONIOLI

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Posted on November 27, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 10:42 AM

The ballroom bash is over, but "Dancing With the Stars" newest winner, Amber Riley, is still waltzing on air over her victory.

“I’m so excited!” Riley told TODAY after being named the season 17 champion. “I’m very proud of myself. I can’t believe I endured til the end.”

After taking a beat, an enthusiastic Riley added, “Well, I guess I can believe it! I worked really, really hard so I’m really happy!”

 

 

Riley's pro partner Derek Hough, who earned his fifth mirror-ball trophy this time, said his real victory came when she thanked him for his efforts in a pre-taped segment that aired just before the results were announced.

“This (trophy) is awesome, but having that human connection is (even more) amazing,” he said.

With the scores running so close together among the three finalists (Riley, Corbin Bleu and Jack Osbourne) in the end, the "Glee" star felt that it was the voting public that made the difference.

"There were so many people who deserved to win,” she said. "But it was America’s vote and they voted for me, and I really appreciate that. It feels great."

After the show was over, it was clear that Riley had supporters beyond the viewing public — even her fellow finalists were in her corner.

"I’m so happy for Amber," Bleu, who finished in second place, raved. "She’s grown so much and really deserves this."

The reaction was much the same from third-place finisher Osbourne.

"I’m beyond happy,” he told TODAY. "I love that Amber won. She’s lit up the ballroom and has been as entertaining to people at home as she has been (to everyone) here. She slayed it."

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