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Laurie Hernandez wins Dancing with the Stars

02 December 2016

"Dancing with the Stars" Season 23 came to an end after 11 weeks of competition on Tuesday night, November 22, 2016. It gets cold on airplanes after all!

With only the 24-Hour Fusion Challenge remaining, these couples on Dancing with the Stars 2016 are ready to take that Mirror Ball Trophy home as the victor of Dancing with the Stars Season 23!

The pair, Laurie and Val, first tied on the 23 season's premiere and remained on top of the leaderboards for the whole duration of DWTS. Those are his word, FYI, not mine.

And, of course, Johnson and other gymnasts were quick to congratulate Hernandez on her victory on social media.

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Earlier in the night, the two-hour show saw the return of some fan favorites from throughout the season such as a musical performance from Vanilla Ice with "D.J". "Just being on them so much, dancing around".

"I wanted to set an example through her ... for her generation that anything is possible", Chmerkovskiy told the newspaper.

You can usually count on Dancing with the Stars to be as entertaining a competition as it is hard, but Season 23 will go down as one of the greatest in reality TV history. Hinchcliffe's final dance, a fusion of a Viennese waltz into a foxtrot, fit in with what Hinchcliffe had done all season, which was to become one of the better male dancers the program has had.

Carrie Ann Inaba was so enamored with the young star that she said if she ever had a daughter, she hoped she would be just like Hernandez.

Some consider this season's celebrity field the most talented to date and co-host Erin Andrews said Tuesday's finalists were all deserving.

Laurie will also be joining the Dancing With the Stars tour that begins December 16th in Reno, Nevada. "To stay hungry, to stay humble, she's a testament to that".

You can swoon over their speeches in a clip from last night's show, which also reminisces season 23 of "DWTS" with a montage of key moments leading up to the suspenseful win. Other contestants who made it to the finals were Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold, and James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgees.