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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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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.
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.
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: