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Entertainment News: dancing with the stars

Drew Carey watches as partner Cheryl Burke hugs his son, Connor, after it is announced the two are safe from elimination on week 3 of ABCs Dancing With The Stars on March 31, 2014. - Provided courtesy of ABC Photo / Adam Taylor
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See photos of "Dancing With The Stars" season 18 contestant Drew Carey and partner Cheryl Burke on the ABC show in spring 2014.

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Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy talk to OTRC.com after week 9 on Dancing With The Stars season 18 on May 12, 2014. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

See photos of "Dancing With The Stars" season 18 contestant Meryl Davis and partner Maksim "Maks" Chmerkovskiy on the ABC show in spring 2014.

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Amy Purdy and Derek Hough perform a Cinderella-themed Waltz on week 5 of Dancing With The Stars season 18 -- Disney Night -- on April 14, 2014. They received 37 out of 40 points from the judges for their dance. - Provided courtesy of ABC Photo / Adam Taylor

See photos of "Dancing With The Stars" season 18 contestant Amy Purdy and partner Derek Hough on the ABC show in spring 2014.

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Candace Cameron Bure of Full House fame and Mark Ballas performed a Contemporary routine on week 1 of ABCs Dancing With The Stars on March 17, 2014. They received 25 out of 30 points from the judges. - Provided courtesy of ABC Photo / Adam Taylor

See photos of "Dancing With The Stars" season 18 contestant Candace Cameron Bure and partner Mark Ballas on the ABC show in spring 2014.

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Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov talk to OTRC.com after week 10 on Dancing With The Stars season 18 on May 20, 2014. - Provided courtesy of OTRC Diana Nyad talked to OTRC.com after the 'DWTS' finale and she believes Maksim Chmerkovskiy deserved to win.
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Amber Riley talks to OTRC.com after week 10 on Dancing With The Stars season 18 on May 20, 2014. - Provided courtesy of OTRC Season 17 champ Amber Riley talks about the season 18 finale of 'Dancing With The Stars' and her music.
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Karina Smirnoff talks to OTRC.com after week 10 on Dancing With The Stars season 18 on May 20, 2014. - Provided courtesy of OTRC Karina Smirnoff talked to OTRC.com about Maksim Chmerkovskiy's win on the 'Dancing With The Stars' finale.
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Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy talk to OTRC.com after week 10 on Dancing With The Stars season 18 on May 20, 2014. - Provided courtesy of OTRC Valentin Chmerkovskiy talks about his brother Maksim Chmerkovskiy winning on 'Dancing With The Stars.'
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Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas talk to OTRC.com after week 10 on Dancing With The Stars season 18 on May 20, 2014. - Provided courtesy of OTRC Candace Cameron Bure, Mark Ballas talk about coming in third place on 'Dancing With The Stars' on May 20, 2014.
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Amy Purdy and Derek Hough after week 10 on Dancing With The Stars season 18 on May 20, 2014. - Provided courtesy of OTRC Amy Purdy and Derek Hough talk to OTRC.com about coming in second place and their journey on 'DWTS.'
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Meryl Davis, Maksim Chmerkovskiy talk to OTRC.com after winning Dancing With The Stars on May 20, 2014. - Provided courtesy of OTRC Meryl Davis, Maksim Chmerkovskiy talk to OTRC.com after winning 'Dancing With The Stars' on May 20, 2014.
05/21/2014
Meryl Davis, Maksim Chmerkovskiy talk to OTRC.com after winning Dancing With The Stars on May 20, 2014. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

In a way, the latest installment of "Dancing With The Stars" was a story of redemption.

On Tuesday, May 20, cast member Maksim "Maks" Chmerkovskiy, often dubbed by the media as the show's "bad boy," finally won the series after making a comeback following a year-long absence. The 34-year-old Ukraine-born, New York-raised pro dancer took home the season 18 Mirror Ball Trophy with partner Meryl Davis, who showcased sexual chemistry with him and is famous for winning an Olympic gold medal for ice dancing with contestant Charlie White.

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The season 18 cast of Dancing With The Stars appears on the finale on May 20, 2014. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

The "Dancing With The Stars" season 18 finale took place on Tuesday, May 20, and one out of three celebrity finalists was awarded the mirrorball trophy after 10 weeks of performances. Spoiler alert!

On Tuesday, the remaining celebrities left in the ABC ballroom competition series -- Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis, actress Candace Cameron Bure and Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy -- performed a new routine as part of a "24 Hour Fusion Challenge" where they fused two contrasting dance styles that they've performed during this season. The competitors had less than 24 hours to prepare that routine for judges' points.

05/20/2014
The season 18 cast of Dancing With The Stars appears on the finale on May 20, 2014. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

Are you with me longtime "Dancing with the Stars" fans? Isn't it nice that there's not a clear frontrunner this season and we actually didn't turn on the TV knowing who was going to win the mirrorball trophy? Will it be Meryl Davis, Candace Cameron Bure, or Amy Purdy?

Here's a recap of those "Fusion" dances:

05/21/2014
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy appear in a still from Dancing With The Stars season 18 on May 20, 2014. - Provided courtesy of ABC/Adam Taylor

Check out photos from the season 18 finale of "Dancing With The Stars" including Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis winning on May 20, 2014.

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