And the winner of Dancing with the Stars' tenth season is..
The Pussycat Dolls singer, 32 — aided by pro partner Derek Hough — nabbed the coveted mirror ball trophy at the conclusion of Tuesday's finale.
Long frontrunners throughout the show's ten weeks, the duo nabbed 115 points (out of a total 120) from the judges for their Monday and Tuesday night dances, with viewer votes helping put them over the edge.
Even before learning of her win, Scherzinger was ecstatic after she and Hough won raves (and a perfect score) for their "Proud Mary" number Tuesday. "I'm just so grateful! I'm just so flipping happy right now!" Hough, 25, cooed that his pop star partner had "exceeded my expectations as a dancer and a person." Added Scherzinger: "It's such an awesome experience!"
Her competition in the final hour was Evan Lysacek, who nabbed 108 judges' points with partner Anna Trebunskaya before viewer votes were tallied. "It's been such a blast," Lysacek told Tom Bergeron after Scherzinger's big win, noting that he and Trebunskaya would be "bonded forever" by their dancing days. "We're so proud of Nicole and Derek!"
At the end of the first hour, Erin Andrews was revealed as the season's third-place finisher. "This experience has meant everything to me, "the tearful ESPN reporter, 32, said. "I have gone through hell the past year," she added in a pre-taped interview. (The star was the subject of a high-profile stalker and death threats earlier this year.) She paid tribute to her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy: "He brought me back to life. He just did!"
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