The elated season 11 winner and runner-up share the excitement with PEOPLE

By Aaron Parsley Michele Stueven
November 24, 2010 06:00 PM
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Dancing is done and now it’s time to celebrate for winner Jennifer Grey, her partner Derek Hough and runners-up Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer.

Barely able to contain themselves, Grey and Hough spoke to PEOPLE after their victory was announced.

“This has been the craziest season ever on so many different levels and for so many different reasons and to be able to walk away with the trophy – it’s unbelievable,” Hough said.

“And it’s fantastic!” screamed Grey, whose back was injured Monday night. “[I’m] completely surprised and completely thrilled – really happy. It was a really, really sweet and precious thing that happened in my life that I got to go on this journey.”

Meanwhile, for Massey and Schwimmer, second feels a lot like first. “We got second place so that’s pretty darn cool,” Schwimmer said. “To have it under Jennifer and Derek is just awesome for us. We never thought we’d get to the finals.”

Massey was equally thrilled with his unexpected success. “It was a blast, an unforgettable experience,” he said. “You can’t top an experience like this … Hey man, second place is awesome.”