'Dancing With the Stars' finale: Jennifer Grey rides high-scoring season to victory

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All of the adorably self-parodying routines from the Season 11 eliminees -- yes, even the Hoff's -- couldn't distract us from the real reason we tuned in tonight... to see whether an '80s icon, an Alaskan "activist" or a spirited Disney underdog would take home "Dancing With the Stars" storied mirrorball trophy.

And it came down to the semi-expected Jennifer Grey. Yes, after a warmly received favorite dance (her Week 1 Viennese Waltz) and an even instant-er "Instant Dance," it was hers to lose. Then again, it always was.

Grey and partner Derek Hough's win validates the importance of real talent, in a season where so many high scoring competitors made surprising exits early on. The duo topped Kyle Massey, who came in second, and Bristol Palin, who landed in third.

Hough, incidentally, earns a spot in the "DWTS" history books as the first pro to take home a third mirrorball. Imagine how sparkly the guest bathroom in his house must be.

So what do you think -- happy for Jennifer and Derek or were you sort of expecting the Bristol train to plow all the way through to the finale? And what of our sweet Kyle?

Comments are officially open for your Season 11 eulogies.

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