After thirteen seasons as a pro dancer on "Dancing with the Stars," Maksim Chmerkoviskiy and celebrity Meryl Davis grabbed the big prize, their own mirror ball trophy! Partnered with Meryl Davis, Maks showcased his talents on the show in a way that has finally made him the premier dancer of the professionals. Brought to his knees by the quiet and beautiful Meryl, Maks has turned in his bad boy card for good and has turned into a teddy bear. Of all the "Dancing" surprises this season, we never saw that coming!
"I want to look back and say I literally have nothing else, nothing left to give," said Maks, who has not won the trophy in 13 seasons. "I really want this for him," said Meryl.
This was one of the closest competitions yet. Amy and Derek made a run for the first place spot with Candace and Mark following right behind. Big fan bases made for a tight call for the final three.
Another shocker came when longtime judge Len Goodman announced after the final performance, "I might not be here next year so this was a good way to end things." Goodman did not clarify his comment.
Adding to the fun of the evening, were the best dancers from all the celebrities and pros of Season 18. It was a warm welcome back to:
Ne Ne Leakes and Tony Dovolani
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd
Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkoviskiy
Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff
Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater
Candace Cameron-Bure and Mark Ballas
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke
Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess