The 2009 Dancing with the Stars finale crowned a new Dancing with the Stars champion after months, and two more hours, of waiting. The 2009 edition of Dancing with the Stars had the usual escapades of dancing, hype, some off-set controversy, and C-list celebrities making a new name for themselves. But to close Dancing with the Stars 2009, young Shawn Johnson went from Olympic gold to Dancing with the Stars champion, defeating two more heavily favored pairs on the final night.
The 2009 version of Dancing with the Stars ended with Shawn Johnson, Gilles Marini and Melissa Rycroft as the three celebrity finalists. Like so many other reality competitions, the 2009 finale of Dancing with the Stars had to pad out a final announcement that would take one minute, into two hours.
After one final dancing performance, singing by Lady GaGa, and comedy from Jeffery Ross, Johnson, Marini and Rycroft finally found out their fate. To determine the Dancing with the Stars winner, the judges’ scores and audience voting combined for only a less than 1% margin of victory for Shawn Johnson, according to Tom Bergeron.
Marini placed second by that slim margin, while Rycroft, considered a favorite, was in third. Shawn Johnson not only became the youngest Dancing with the Stars winner at 17, but the third former Olympian to do it, along with Apolo Ohno and Kristy Yamaguchi.
Sporting stars tend to be a very successful demographic on Dancing with the Stars, considering the success of football legends Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Warren Sapp on the show. Shawn Johnson wasn’t considered a favorite at first, however, and had to rise through the ranks week after week to get this far.
Johnson was also the center of a scare in the middle of the season, when a fan of hers tried to break into the ABC lot to find her. That incident, Lil’ Kim’s near wardrobe malfunction, and David Alan Grier’s remarks after being eliminated made up the highlights and lowlights of Dancing with the Stars 2009 before last night.
The eighth season of Dancing with the Stars is now complete, with the usual high ratings and big buzz for ABC. Plus, Dancing with the Stars 2009 had the courtesy to finish last night, so that American Idol doesn’t have any real competition for its own gigantic, bloated ending tonight.
Hartford Courant- “After Gold, Shawn Johnson Wins ‘Dancing’ Trophy Too” blogs.courant.com/roger_catlin_tv_eye/2009/05/after-gold-shawn-johnson-wins.html
Hollywood Hookup- “Shawn Johnson is Dancing with the Star Winner 2009” www.thinkfashion.com/blogs/stylosity_hollywood_hookup/archive/2009/05/20/shawn-johnson-is-dancing-with-the-stars-winner-2009-what-what.aspx
The Celebrity Café- “Shawn Johnson Wins Dancing with the Stars” www.thecelebritycafe.com/features/27728.html