Live!: Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough “Dancing With The Stars” Winners

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Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Champions

After last night’s nail-biting finale, Kellie Pickler and her partner Derek Hough are the latest champions of Dancing With The Stars. Fresh off their exciting win, Kellie and Derek stopped by Live! With Kelly & Michael to discuss their time on the Dancing With The Stars and share a fun performance with the audience.

Derek Hough: Fourth ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Win

Live!: Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough "Dancing With The Stars" Winners

‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Kellie Pickler and her partner, Derek Hough, danced the jive to “Footloose.” (s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)

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Pro dancer Derek Hough is now a four-time champion, although he humbly gives his partner most of the credit for the couple’s success. In fact, Derek almost didn’t return to the show after last season. After his neighbor helped convince him, he’s now thankful he had the opportunity to dance with Kellie.

Kellie Pickler: Swollen Feet From ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Kellie Pickler embraced every aspect of Dancing With The Stars, including the spray-tanning! She revealed that, despite the competitive nature of the show, “it’s really like a family.” However, the one aspect of competing she didn’t enjoy was the swollen feet from endless hours of dance practice. She even had to buy bigger shoes.

Kellie Pickler: Julianne Hough Comparisons

Kelly and Michael were very impressed with Kellie and Derek’s Freestyle performance on Monday night. When asked if he believes the dance helped them win, Derek replied, “I think it was the final ingredient…. It was her moment, and I was really proud of her.” Aww! In fact, Kellie is such a great dancer that she often received comparisons to Derek’s sister, Julianne Hough. Kellie took the comparisons as a major compliment (although they made things a bit awkward for Derek).

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Kellie & Derek: “Footloose” Jive Performance

Later, Kellie and Derek returned to show off their winning moves. They took the stage and danced the jive to “Footloose,” which brought the audience to their feet. Congratulations to the new champions Kellie and Derek!

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