Football Star Donald Driver Named "Dancing With the Stars" Champion

Singer Katherine Jenkins came in second

Tuesday, May 22, 2012  |  Updated 9:11 PM PDT
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Katherine Jenkins' Thrilling "Dancing" Finals Night

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In this April 16, 2012 photo released by ABC, Donald Driver, right, and his partner Peta Murgatroyd perform on the celebrity dance competition series "Dancing with the Stars," in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Taylor)

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Katherine Jenkins' Thrilling "Dancing" Finals Night

Katherine Jenkins and her "Dancing" partner Mark Ballas hit the top of the leaderboard on the first night of the "Dancing With the Stars" finals with a perfect score. Backstage after the show, Katherine explained how difficult it was to just focus on the dance. Also, she dishes on how it felt to sing at the top of her freestyle.
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He already has a Super Bowl ring, and now football star Donald Driver can add the "Dancing With the Stars" mirrorball trophy to his awards collection.

The Green Bay Packers receiver won the ABC dance show Tuesday after wowing audiences and judges with his kickin' country-themed freestyle routine. He and partner Peta Murgatroyd hoisted the glittery prize above their heads after being named the new "Dancing" champs.

Streamers and confetti rained down from the ceiling, filling the ballroom as they celebrated. Driver's wife and children joined him on the dance floor.

With just one point separating the three finalists, it was up to the viewers to pick the winner.

He and his fellow finalists, Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and Cuban actor William Levy, each earned perfect scores for their last performances Tuesday. Jenkins came into the final contest with a perfect 60 points; Driver and Levy each had 59.

Judges' scores combined with viewer votes determined the result.

Contestants eliminated throughout the show's 10-week season reunited for the two-hour finale. Martina Navratilova, Gavin DeGraw, Jack Wagner, Jaleel White, Sherri Shepherd, Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan, Maria Menounos and Gladys Knight all donned costumes Tuesday for one last dance.

Knight did double performance duty, also singing "The Way We Were." Kelly Clarkson also performed on the show.

The next round of "Dancing With the Stars" will feature contestants from past seasons.

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