Dancing With The Stars Finale Results: Hines Ward Wins Bizarre Dancing Show

Georgia Bulldogs all-time great Hines Ward and partner Kym Johnson became 2011 DWTS winners Tuesday night.

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Who Won Dancing With The Stars? Hines Ward Is Your 2011 DWTS Winner

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson have won the early 2011 edition of Dancing With The Stars, with Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy surprisingly topping Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas for second place. After John Isner fell just short of upsetting Rafael Nadal in the French Open earlier Tuesday, Georgia Bulldogs fans will have to make do with a different former Dawg winning a sporting event which they very, very rarely care about.

After the victory, Ward credited "Bulldog Nation" while thanking his fans.

Some other dancers that were eliminated came back to perform again, but Bulls-Heat was on, and Derrick Rose was raising hell. There was also a Black Eyed Peas performance in there. I definitely did not pay attention to it, but I believe it was less horrible than their Super Bowl halftime show, as it seemed to be shorter. Sara Evans sang towards the end; that was much more pleasant.

The Steelers WR and Atlanta native has been the show's odds-on favorite since about halfway through its season, entering the finale as the overwhelming favorite. The odds narrowed heading into Tuesday, but Ward's chances of winning seemed to go through the roof when he was brought out to perform the final dance on Tuesday night's show, with Terrible Towels swirling ickily throughout. Judges called him the show's MVP and praised his poise in reacting to Johnson's injury.

Super glad to probably never have to watch TV dancin' again.

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2011 Dancing With The Stars Winner Odds: Hines Ward's Lead Shrinks

The 2011 Dancing With The Stars winner will be revealed during Tuesday night's 9 pm ET show; according to Vegas, it's going to be either Chelsea Kane or UGA's and Atlanta's Hines Ward. I tried to tell you guys Monday that Kane was the best bet on the board in advance of the DWTS finale despite my never having actually sat through the show but did anybody listen to me?

No. This is probably because I've never actually watched the show, like I said.

After Kane and Ward finished with a tie for the night's near-perfect high score, their odds have drawn much closer than they were. Bodog.com has Ward as the 2/3 favorite -- a slip from yesterday afternoon's 1/2 -- but Kane's odds have halved from 3/1 to 3/2. Kirstie Alley's odds tumbled from 4/1 to 8/1.

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Dancing With The Stars Finale: Videos Of All Six May 23 Performances

The 2011 Dancing With The Stars winner will be announced on Tuesday night's 9 pm ET episode on ABC, with either Georgia Bulldogs hero (running out of synonyms for "great!") Hines Ward or actress Chelsea Kane almost assured of victory. Actress Kirstie Alley is also in the running, but entered the night as the longshot and finished with the lowest score, according to the judges. 

Here's a video of Kane and Mark Ballas performing a samba, along with video of their freestyle that earned a perfect score. Videos of Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy doing a samba and a freestyle of their own, both of which earned 27s from the judges.

Here's the first performance by Ward and Kym Johnson, a quickstep that fell a point shy of meriting a perfect score:

And here's Ward's final performance, a football-themed number that included a drumline playing the Jackson 5 -- even if Ward weren't raised in the A, a UGA legend and a current resident, this would be all we'd need to know for rooting interests to be established.

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Dancing With The Stars Finale Results: Hines Ward, Chelsea Kane Tie After Final Show

The much-hyped freestyle round of the 2011 Dancing With The Stars finale began with Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas dancing with glow-in-the-dark flair (like Office Space!) to a Latin number. A pack of batteries meant to power Kane's outfit apparently fell out at some point. This is the nuttiest thing ever. The judges loved it, scoring it a perfect 30 out of 30. That's 59 for the night, guaranteeing the pair at least a tie for the night's highest result.

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy didn't inspire tons of confidence during their training montage. The pair entered the night as the longshot and won't achieve the evening's highest score, but judges approved of their final effort, which involved ambitious lifts and a cartwheel, giving it 27 points out of 30. That's 54 for the night.

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson went with a football theme, dressed up as a marching band major and cheerleader to a song from Drumline, which is set in Atlanta. Though sadly not as a University of Georgia Redcoat Band major. The pair did bring out a drumline for accompaniment -- I'm not gonna lie, that transition to the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" towards the end was pretty awesome. Judges scored it a 30, and we have a tie.

A winner won't be decided until Tuesday night after fan votes are tallied. This is so important. Sports!

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Dancing With The Stars Finale Scores: Hines Ward, Chelsea Kane Tie For First-Round High

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas opened the May 23 Dancing With The Stars finale with a well-received samba that made lady Twitter go crazy about her haircut. Everybody liked her haircut. She's wearing nothing but tassels, so you'll pardon me for just now noticing her haircut. The pair scored a near-perfect 29 out of 30.

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy followed with a samba of their own. That's what the TV called it. I have no idea what I'm looking at right now. The judges liked it, calling it more natural and less aggressive than Kane's. Results after judges held up their score cards: 27out of 30.

Next, Georgia Bulldogs great Hines Ward and Kym Johnson, honorary SEC member, kicked off their expected victory with a quickstep to "Puttin' on the Ritz" -- judges chose the dance for him after saying they didn't like his first attempt at it in an earlier week. Clad in a top hat, Ward did a lot of twirling and smiling and concluded by firing a champagne bottle full of confetti. Franco Harris and other Pittsburgh Steelers were spotted in the crowd waving Terrible Towels. Ward's score: 29.

The next round of the episode is billed as a freestyle segment, for which each pair had total creative control. All hell bout to break loose! Expecting to see Ward crackback a Ray Lewis-costumed Johnson while smiling.

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2011 Dancing With The Stars Finale Odds: Hines Ward Heavy Favorite To Win

Can you bet on Dancing With The Stars? Yes, apparently -- Bodog.com has odds for the show's May 23 finale all ready for you.The pairing of Hines Ward and Kym Johnson is the clear favorite at 1/2 odds, followed by Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas at 3/1 and Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy at 4/1.

Kane has twice been the last dancer to avoid elimination, while Alley has ranked in the bottom two for the past two weeks and has never earned the highest judges' score for a week. Kane and Ward have scored the highest in four weeks each. Learning so much from all these Wikipedias!

Based on those numbers, I'd have to think the oddsmakers are being kind to Alley, while Kane looks like a very strong bet at those odds. The odds are probably being influenced by people being more comfortable using a sports betting site to bet on Ward, having done so in football games for years.

I have no idea who Chelsea Kane is, but I'd bet on her if I were up for betting on such a thing.

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2011 Dancing With The Stars Finale: UGA's Hines Ward Could Be DWTS Winner

When Hines Ward's family moved to East Point, Georgia when he was one year old, few likely envisioned him putting together perhaps the best NFL career of any Georgia Bulldogs player in history. Becoming a Georgia high school football star probably didn't seem out of the question, though. But you know what nobody would've believed? On May 23, Ward has the chance to win the United States' biggest televised dancing competition, as he, along with actresses Chelsea Kane and Kirstie Alley, are Dancing With The Stars' 2011 finalists.

Can the Sandy Springs resident and partner Kym Johnson win the DWTS finale? Hey, Emmitt Smith won season No. 3, and Jerry Rice, Jason Taylor and Warren Sapp all placed. Ward and Johnson have been among the top contenders since the opening week, finishing with the highest score several times and becoming the odds-on favorites about halfway through.

UGA's second all-time leader in yards from scrimmage -- behind only the best player in college football history -- could also be the first DWTS winner to take home the Mirror Ball Trophy (that's what it's called!) despite lacking an ACL. These things happen.

Ward is known as one of the most ruthless players in the NFL, and it looks like he's got a dance partner with an equal measure of toughness. Here's video of her having an NFL player's weight slam the back of her neck into her ground -- right after that, she started fretting about practice time, then hit the stage to post a perfect score.

I've only watched a few minutes of this thing, but I say we all tune in for the final. Especially since American Idol is apparently down to a young lady from Georgia and a gent from Sakerlina, from what I understand. Two straight nights of SEC chants at reality TV competitions, y'all.

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