Good Morning America: Dancing With the Stars: All Stars Finalists

GMA: Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars Winner Melissa Rycroft, Tony Dovolani

Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars came to an epic conclusion last night when Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani were named the winners, a win many people did not see coming. Dovolani, who brought his daughter on Good Morning America with him, said he did it all for her. She really wanted him to bring home the Mirror Ball Trophy and he could not disappoint.

Melissa Rycroft said she felt like an underdog the entire season and was constantly underestimating herself during the competition. She never even got nervous, though. Being so excited to make it so far and having nothing left to prove, Rycroft said she left everything she had on the dance floor and just wanted to make herself feel happy and proud.

As for Dovolani, he has been on the show since season two and this is his first victory. He said it was worth the wait, and it came at a great time in his life. His just had his 13th wedding anniversary and this year marks the 100th anniversary for Albanian independence, his heritage. Rycroft’s husband, Tye Strickland, called in to say he and their daughter were both happy she won and couldn’t wait for her to be home with them.

Good Morning America: Dancing With the Stars: All Stars Finalists

Good Morning America sat down with the winners of Dancing With the Stars: All Stars, Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani, to talk about the finale. (Featureflash / Shutterstock.com)

Good Morning America: Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough

Derek Hough and Shawn Johnson said they did not feel bad about breaking some rules on the show. Hough said it was the all-star edition of the show and they wanted to take some risks. He said they both had a lot of fun and he was really proud of Johnson and the way she competed. He even got a little teary eyed on one of the final episodes of Dancing With the Stars, something he had not done in the past.

Johnson said although she broke some rules by having her Olympic teammates come out to dance with her, she loved having them there for the support.

GMA: Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy Dating?

Kelly Monaco said she felt great about making it to the finals even though she didn’t win. Val Chmerkovskiy taught her the fundamentals of dancing and she is gratful she can dance anytime she wants.

As for their magical chemistry (they kissed about five different times during the season), Monaco said they were just friends. But she might be jealous by the present Chmerkovskiy got from the ladies at GMA: snug fitting GMA underwear.

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