LOS ANGELES – During the eerie and dramatic pause before crowning the new champion of "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday night. Bobby Bones insists he was not suffering.
The irreverent host of the rural radio with the contagious smile and the skills of the trembling dance was sure that he would lose to a field of much more polished dance artists.
"Actually, it was not bad for me." It was not like I was going, "Oh my God, oh my God." Bones tells USA TODAY. "Because I did not think I was going to win."
Moments later, the DWTS presenter, Tom Bergeron, announced that Bones and his professional partner Sharna Burgess had won the competition, beating their fellow competitors, the model Alexis Ren (with pro Alan Bersten), the star of "Harry Potter" Evanna Lynch (with pro Keo Motsepe) and Disney. The star of the channel Milo Manheim (with pro Witney Carson).
The shocking victory has been called "Mirrorball Miracle".
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Standing up to the ankle in the brightness of the ceiling, with a surprised smile and a lipstick mark on his right cheek (from Burgess), Bones could only thank the fans that propelled him to victory by overcoming the scores of his judges inferiors
"I'm very grateful to my people, they won it," says Bones. "And Sharna."
Bones made it clear to give full support to his professional partner, Burgess, who made the best of his strengths, and covered the clear flaws of the dance, to advance towards the improbable victory. In the seconds after the announcement of their names, Bones stopped Burgess on the dance floor and spoke to him urgently as the brightness fell and fireworks appeared. It was the first Burgess mirror ball trophy, after three times finishing as runner-up.
"The only thing I said to her during those first 10 seconds was," I'm very happy with you, very happy. "That's all I wanted her to know, and I also meant it," says Bones. "I'm far from the line for people who deserve a mirror ball, it's the people who put us here, and Sharna."
But, to be fair, Bones is a force of nature that had what even he calls "the best dance night I've ever had in my entire life."
During the couple's last freestyle dance, Panic! in "The Greatest Show" of the Disco, the top hat Bones wore reached all its high points. He smiled as he called himself "clueless" in the introduction before the hoof was admired admirably, then silenced the applause of the audience to add a brazen dance of "dental floss" at the end.
Even the magisterial judge Len Goodman was moved, saying that "the village champion" had "tonight, he became my champion". For the first time, Bones and Burgess got 10 perfect from the three judges. The duo fell to the ground in shock.
"We had never received a nine before, and we got 10," says Bones.
"I thought it was going to be the peak of our night and our season," says Burgess. "Then they went and they gave us a mirror ball trophy."
In a season in which the popular vote caused surprises, shocking envies of dancers of finalist caliber and contempt of the purists of the dance, Bones took the final victory. But it is impossible to hold him against him. Even Disney's Manheim, who danced two magisterial numbers to get perfect scores in defeat, could only shake his head in admiration.
"I'm very happy for Bobby, this is a program that deals with who the person is," says Manheim. "And Bobby is the champion."
Bones did not have many answers for the next steps, or even where he will place his mirror ball trophy.
"I have no idea what I'm going to do with that, right now, I just want to quit because it's too heavy," he says. "I just know that I'm going to remember this really crazy trip they took me."
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