Did Bindi Irwin, Alek Skarlatos or Nick Carter come out with the win?

By Patrick Gomez
November 24, 2015 11:15 PM
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Dancing with the Stars has crowned a new Mirrorball champion!

Finale couples Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough, Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess and Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold battled it out on Tuesday’s season 21 finale, but only one could be crowned.

So who made DWTS history?

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Tuesday’s episode of DWTS.


Fan favorite Irwin took the trophy after adding another set of perfect scores to her war chest. The crowd went wild as she and Hough were crowned the champions.

“Thank you so much for everything. I can’t believe that I’m here,” Irwin shouted. “Thank you for changing my life.”

After her win, Irwin told PEOPLE she was in disbelief.

“This has been such a special experience. I can’t believe this has happened,” Irwin told PEOPLE. Carter, who landed in second place, shouted his congrats to the new champion.

“I’ve grown a ton doing this show and I learned things that I’ll take with me the rest of my life,” Carter told PEOPLE afterwards.

Skarlatos landed in third place, with the Paris train hero calling the show “the craziest ride” of his life.

“I could have gotten fifth or sixth place and still been happy,” he told PEOPLE. “Getting third is just gravy. I never thought I’d ever do anything like this at all.”

Read on for other highlights from the finale.

Though he didn’t take home the Mirrorball, the Backstreet Boy star wowed the judges, earning a perfect 10 for his tango.

All season, the judges have been gushing about Irwin, and the finale was no different.

“Season 21 has been my favorite by far, and it’s because of you Bindi Irwin,” Carrie Ann Inaba told Irwin. “Thank you so much.”

Skarlatos isn’t done with the dancing world, with him announcing that he’ll be hitting the road for the Dancing with the Stars Live! Dance All Night Tour. Though he earned the lowest scores of the night with straight 9s, the judges gave him credit for exceeding all of their expectations at the start of the season.

A number of cast off stars returned for the opening at Los Angeles’ The Grove, including last night’s eliminated star Carlos PenaVega.

Kim Zolciak-Biermann was forced to withdraw due to a health issue earlier this season, and so wasn’t able to perform her I Dream of Jeanie routine on TV night. She donned the classic pink costume to do the dance with Tony Dovolani.

Although he was absent from this season, Len Goodman made a cheeky video to announce that he’ll be back for season 22. Look out, judges.

Already having DWTS withdrawal? The show returns for season 22 on March 21, 2016.

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