Donny Osmond’s family dinner table may have a unique centerpiece this Thanksgiving holiday: a sparkly, much-perspired-over mirror ball trophy.
Osmond was named champion of this season’s edition of “Dancing With the Stars” on Tuesday night, beating out singer Mya, who took second place, and Kelly Osbourne, who finished third.
“You are born to perform,” the judges told Osmond earlier during the two-hour season finale of the hit series.
The entertainer beamed as he held up the trophy with his professional dancing partner Kym Johnson, then ran into the audience and brought his sister Marie onto the dance floor to celebrate.
Donny Osmond has been a crowd favorite, working hard to learn his routines, throwing himself fully into the character of each dance and playfully making fun of his age. (At almost 52, he was decades older than some of his competitors.)
His sister Marie, who famously fainted when she was a contestant on an earlier season of “Dancing With the Stars,” was a frequent supporter in the audience.
Tuesday’s finale featured a last dance from the three finalists. Osmond and Johnson danced a sultry tango that judge Carrie Ann Inaba called “artistry in motion.”
Mya performed a jive with her partner Dmitry Chaplin. From the start, she was one of the best and most polished celebrity dancers of the season, receiving several perfect scores from the judges but also frequent criticism that more was expected from her given her talent.
Some viewers felt the judges were too hard on her, while others argued she had more dancing experience than other contestants and had an edge over those who were novices.
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