Nicole Scherzinger overcame perceptions that she had an unfair advantage with her dancing credits and defeated Olympian Evan Lysacek for the 10th season “Dancing With the Stars” mirror-ball trophy.
The Pussycat Dolls lead singer consistently garnered superior judges’ scores throughout the season and finished the night with a perfect score on her exuberant final dance.
Lysacek also had an advantage of being an Olympian (three others have won before) and a figure-skating background which lent itself well on the dance floor.
“It’s been such a blast,” Evan said. “She deserved it.”
On paper, before the competition even began, it was easy to pick Nicole and Evan as contenders given their resumes. Neither disappointed.
Not surprisingly, Atlanta-based ESPN broadcaster Erin Andrews came in third. She lagged behind the other two throughout much of the ten weeks.”He brought me back to life,” she said, of Maksim Chmerkovskiy, her dance partner. She was obviously a wreck after the peepster videos of her nude hit the Web last year. But she overcame her own nerves to put in a respectable showing.