In the end, it’s hard to beat a Pittsburgh Steeler (unless your name is Aaron Rodgers). On the “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS) finale, Hines Ward was the one who emerged the big winner, beating runner-up Kirstie Alley.
Hines remained humble throughout the entire process, even after he won.
“Starting this competition, I never thought I’d be in the finals,” Ward told Tom Bergeron.
As for Kirstie, she didn’t achieve her goal of winning DWTS, but it was still a unique and memorable experience.
“It’s like the most extraordinary adventure I’ve ever been on in my life.”
After the countless fat jokes, Jenny Craig, and even a guest-turn on an old episode of “King of Queens” (which poked fun at her large appetite and serious weight gain), it’s time to fess up. Alley isn’t the second coming of Gene Kelly, but admit it, she did better than you expected, right?
After becoming the (big) butt of jokes and the last word uttered in punch lines, Alley defied the couch potato critics and emerged as one of the better dancers on DWTS.
When she was originally cast, many assumed she would’ve been one of the first few to be eliminated. If anything, Kirstie would become the Kate Gosselin of this years DWTS—that one contestant everybody knows should’ve been taken out back behind the woodshed and put out of her misery.
Kirstie’s not perfect, and shouldn’t run to the auditions of “Step Up 4,” but it’s time for many of us to admit when we’re wrong.
Time to eat some crow.
In Boston, the DWTS finale aired at 9 pm eastern on ABC.
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