Boy to man: Dancing has a new star

America has a new dance star, and his name is Drew Lachey. The former boy-band member and brother of Nick Lachey won the trophy in last night's finale of ABC's Dancing With the Stars. Lachey's brother and very pregnant wife watched from the live audience as Drew beat out football hero Jerry Rice and WWE babe Stacy Keibler.

In the finale, Lachey and his bubbly professional partner, San Francisco's Cheryl Burke, performed a tight jive dance showcasing Lachey's footwork. The dance culminated in Lachey jumping over Burke and sliding across the dance floor to a standing ovation from the in-studio audience. Although they received three nines, the total points earned from last night, coupled with Thursday's scores where they received perfect 10s, put them in the lead.

Ex-WWE wrestler Stacy Keibler and her professional partner, the Kosovo-born Tony Dovolani, were the judges' favorites from the beginning. Her natural ability was quickly evident, and every week she showed off her impressive dance skills. She didn't connect with the call-in voting audience, however, and she was the first to be eliminated last night; viewers related more to Rice's regular-guy personality than Keibler's long-legged ice queen persona.

Rice and his partner, Russian native Anna Trebunskaya, were constantly on the verge of being axed from the show due to his skill level, which couldn't match Keibler's or Lachey's. His winning personality and personal drive helped him become a crowd favorite, and although he got lower scores from the judges, the viewer call-in vote kept him afloat. Week after week, he kept striving and improving, and last night he was finally able to wow the judges with some of his own fancy footwork.

In the end, however, all had to bow to Lachey's dance floor dominance, which manifested itself in Thursday's electric, perfect-scoring freestyle dance set to Big and Rich's "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy."

Ratings for Dancing With the Stars were sizzling this season, with more than 20 million tuning in each week to see the likes of George Hamilton, Tatum O'Neal, and Master P cut rugs, get judged, and get sent packing.

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I saw the guy's face in the paper or on a commercial... I just thought Drew was Nick...
Never watched that crappy show though, even if it DID have Stacy "My god I wanna plow her field" Keibler
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this show was cheesily great. dancing is awesome!
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You would think that with Master P-s background in hip hop, and music, hed have a lot more skill in rhythm, and movement. He was uninteresting, and didnt seem to try to compete at all. Drew was a delight to follow, you could tell he worked hard for his wins.
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Who watches this crap?
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Well the one thing that I have learned with this weekly show is that next time one of this shows come on the air is just wait and watch the last two or three of them. For at least the last two that where 2 hours long were mostly a recap of all the shows!!!!
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Who cares? >.>
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I can't say it enough, Congrats Drew and Cheryl on your win! You really DESERVED it!
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