GMA: Kellie Pickler Wins Dancing With The Stars & Zendaya Injures Val

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Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough Dominate Dancing With The Stars Finale

In one of the best seasons of Dancing With the Stars to date, Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough took home the coveted mirrorball trophy. Up against three amazing athletes (including an Olympic gold medalist), Pickler held her own and brought everything needed to win.

It was Kellie and Derek’s freestyle that really drove them home. All season the judges said something was missing, said Derek Hough. They needed to unlock a certain emotion, and their dance about a tumultuous relationship sealed their fate.

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Kellie Pickler’s Grandpa & Husband Gives Her a Puppy

GMA: Kellie Pickler Wins Dancing With The Stars & Zendaya Injures Val

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough danced away the winners of Dancing With The Stars last night. Zendaya Coleman injured her partner Val Chmerkovskiy. (s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)

Kellie Pickler said her grandpa was the one that convinced her to go on Dancing With the Stars. She’s proud that he watches every episode and pushed her to go for the win. He was on hand last night as she and Derek won.

Kellie’s husband, Kyle Jacobs, didn’t make the long flight from Los Angeles to New York. He had a special message taped. Kyle told Kellie just how proud he was that she won. He had a special surprise for her, a fluffy new puppy. He suggested they name the little cutie Tango.

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“Where’s my puppy Kyle?” Derek Hough said in Kellie’s country accent.

Len Goodman Explodes on Dancing With the Stars

The season was not all smooth sailing to the finals. Tom Bergeron said that he was shocked when judge Len Goodman exploded on stage. Derek said it was like watching your parents fight, he wasn’t sure if he should quietly walk out or stay. After some cursing, Goodman gave Kellie and Derek a score of seven. Bergeron was pretty upset and said, “I don’t know you anymore.”

Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough: How Well Do They Know Each Other?

Derek was asked some simple questions about Kellie, but really failed. His mind was too engrossed by dancing.

  • Kellie’s First Celebrity Crush: Channing Tatum
  • Scariest Move In Dancing: The leap
  • Kellie’s Worst Habit: Her Nail Biting

Val Chmerkovskiy’s Dancing With The Stars Injury

Disney Channel’s own Zendaya Coleman came in second place. She looked a little sad, but let’s remember that she gets to go back to being a full-time Disney star.

In their final dance, Zendaya and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, had a bit of a medical snafu. Zendaya’s elbow smashed Val’s eye and cut him deep enough for 14 stitches. He was a good sport about all of the blood though.

“I’ll be able to say forever, a future Grammy winner, Oscar winner gave me this scar,” Val said.

Val’s brother is former DWTS dancer, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They have a strong bond and joke with each other a lot about messing up.

“We’re single,” Val said.

Zendaya Coleman & Val: How Well Do They Know Each Other?

Val Chmerkovskiy knows Zendaya Coleman perfectly.

  • Zendaya’s Guilty Pleasure: Ice Cream
  • Zendaya’s Dream Super Power: To Read Minds
  • Zendaya’s Favorite Color: Black

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