Hines Ward Wins "Dancing with the Stars"

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    Kirstie Alley and her "Dancing" partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, chat about being in the bottom two of "Dancing with the Stars." Also, the duo talks about the pressure of going into the finals. (Published Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014)

    Hines Ward can add a mirrorball trophy to his Super Bowl shelf.

    The Steelers wide receiver and former Super Bowl MVP won the "Dancing With the Stars" title Tuesday, besting actresses Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane to become the season 12 champ.

    The champion was chosen by viewer votes combined with judges' scores.

    Ward and professional partner Kym Johnson came into the season finale tied for first place with Kane on the leaderboard with 59 out of 60 points each. The couple added another 30 points to their total Tuesday.

    Alley was a fan favorite all season, whittling down her body as the daily dance exercise allowed her to shed 38 inches by Tuesday. She was also one of the most amusing contestants on the ballroom floor, losing her shoes during one performance and always getting through her challenges with a smile and a quip.

    "I know I'm not alone when I say I love you for being you," judge Carrie Ann Inaba said Tuesday after Alley and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy finished performing. Alley wore the same dress she had worn on day one of the competition — nipped and tucked by 38 inches.

    Kane, who waltzed to the theme from "Harry Potter" with professional partner Mark Ballas, was the first to be eliminated Tuesday.

    Wendy Williams, Kendra Wilkinson, Sugar Ray Leonard and other celebrity contestants eliminated from the hit ABC show earlier in the season brought their sometimes stunning, sometimes wacky moves back to the ballroom for the season finale.

    The show opened with an all-cast routine and the Black Eyed Peas singing their new single, "Don't Stop the Party," to an energized audience.

    Besides the Peas, the Go-Go's played their classic "We Got the Beat" for a frenzied dance routine, and Josh Groban sang "You Raise Me Up" while Petra Nemcova danced. Sara Evans performed "A Little Bit Stronger" at the end of the show, before Ward was crowned champ.

    Famed sports announcer Michael Buffer called Leonard and pro wrestler Chris Jericho to the dance floor for a tough-guy dance-off. Wilkinson reprised her sexy, booty-and-bosom-shaking cha-cha, then nearly fell off the judges' table when she finished. Radio personality Mike Catherwood, who was the first contestant dismissed this season, poked fun at his lack of dancing skills and stripped down to a leotard during his goofy routine.

    Ralph Macchio, who dazzled judges when the show first started with his quick step, reprised the routine with partner Karina Smirnoff.

    Williams was the only contender who didn't take to the dance floor. She instead interviewed herself during a segment where she said Alley would "be a perfect drinking partner."

    The 35-year-old Ward is the second professional football player to win the "Dancing" crown. Emmitt Smith won in 2006.