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Who won ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ season 13?

J.R. Martinez won "Dancing With the Stars" over runner-up Rob Kardashian. CREDIT: ABC
J.R. Martinez won “Dancing With the Stars” over runner-up Rob Kardashian. CREDIT: ABC

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J.R. Martinez, the 2002 Dalton High School graduate, took home the 13th mirror-ball trophy tonight on “Dancing With the Stars.”

This was not a surprise. His credentials as a war hero, his vibrant personality and his exuberant dancing style all contributed to his victory.

“First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who voted for us for 10 weeks,” Martinez said. He then credited Karina Smirnoff, his partner, for her first mirror-ball trophy.

He is the second consecutive winner with Georgia ties after UGA grad Hines Ward. Martinez’s mom still lives in Dalton and though he only spent senior year at Dalton High, he considers it his hometown.

Going back to my predictions ten weeks ago, I made some really smart picks and some bad ones. I predicted Rob Kardashian would be out within three weeks. He ended up the runner up. But I also picked Martinez and third-place finisher Ricki Lake in the top three, along with Hope Solo, who came in fourth.

UPDATE: Ratings (19.5 million) were good but among 18 to 49 year olds, the 4.1 rating was its worst fall finale ever. The show skews old, with the average age watching about 57 years old.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

63 comments Add your comment


November 22nd, 2011
11:02 pm

People shouldn’t win just on sympathy votes.


November 22nd, 2011
11:06 pm

He didn’t need sympathy votes! He deserved his win!


November 22nd, 2011
11:22 pm

J.R. wouldn’t have won if people didn’t feel sorry for him.


November 22nd, 2011
11:27 pm

And the only reason Rob was even there was because of his sisters, the dysfunctional three.


November 22nd, 2011
11:28 pm

JR Martinez doesn’t feel sorry for himself so why should anyone else? He was the best dancer, the most fun to watch and he and his partner deserved to win. Rob did a great job too and so did Ricki.


November 22nd, 2011
11:31 pm

Ricki was the best throughout the competition !

Ricky and JR Rule!

November 22nd, 2011
11:35 pm

Rob was not robbed, he wasn’t the best and shouldn’t have made it has far as he did! It was always the Ricky and JR show. They were both amazing and both deserved to win!


November 22nd, 2011
11:40 pm

JR deserverd to win. while he was out fighting for our country its because of that is why we are able to have shows like this to watch . He also did alot of good work when he was on all my children showing other service people hey you can come back home and do something. JR has a good and agreat personality. CONGRATS on winning.and may GOD bless you. you are an inspiration to all.


November 22nd, 2011
11:43 pm

Rob was one of the most boring dancers his weren’t even half as energetic as J.R. He didn’t win cause of sympathy he won because he kicked butt


November 22nd, 2011
11:45 pm

jr deserved to win. while he was ouy fighting for our country,its because of this we are able to have shows like this to watch. He also did alot of good on all my children.


November 22nd, 2011
11:45 pm

How could anyone say that JR won on sympathy votes! He truly danced amazing from the start not toward the end, the guy has talent and it showed no one feels sorry for JR, simply because he doesn’t allow it, he is a true competitor who got his just desserts. Way to go JR.

mary fex

November 22nd, 2011
11:46 pm

Ricki had the highest scores from the judges in the finals and throughout, this is suppose to be about dancing not popularity1!!

Shame on You

November 22nd, 2011
11:46 pm

You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself. JR put his neck on the line so you could have freedoms … freedom of speech just to say something sooo stupid. He didn’t need sympathy votes to win. He is a first class act – handsome, full of energy and charisma, and a lot of bravery to put himself out there so people like you can critcize him. Congrats JR, you deserve it!!! We Love You!!!


November 22nd, 2011
11:47 pm

Rob is an idiot – JR and Ricki were steady throughout the whole thing. Either on them deserved to win!


November 22nd, 2011
11:52 pm

ROB WAS ROBBED – HA! He couldnt move his fat ass JR didnt need sympathy votes – he was awesome! Ricki and JR and their partners earned the finals. I’m sorry Ricki came in 3rd. Rob should have been gone weeks ago.


November 23rd, 2011
12:22 am

Is there a password for this secret gay group?

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November 23rd, 2011
1:27 am

Hey, y’all….Miss Nancy should have won so that she could tell everyone (again) how generous and wonderful she is!


November 23rd, 2011
2:22 am

I think the three finalists were the best three. Personally, I liked Ricki, but they ell were good enough to win.


November 23rd, 2011
2:33 am

I called it at the beginning of the season. Wonder what the Vegas odds were?

Soapy Johnson

November 23rd, 2011
2:34 am

JR, a true role model and inspiration — unlike Chaz Bono, who needs to act like a man …

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November 23rd, 2011
4:40 am

Sympathy votes? I saw not one comment anywhere about anyone feeling sorry for J.R.? I never heard one “poor me poor me” comment made by him or about him on any sight anywhere. Sympathy about what? Yes, what happened to him was a tragedy…but look what it has done for him – and for anyone who knows anything about him. He became the man he is today – giving, inspirational, kind and uplifting – and very brave! He won DWTS on a combination of talent, personality, courage, hard work and inspiration – nothing there to feel sorry about – and he would be the first to say that. Congratulations to him – well deserved!


November 23rd, 2011
5:24 am

Rob had no business being in the final two, it should have been Ricki and JR. When they announced that Rob was in the final two, I switched channels as there is no way I was going to spend another second on a Kardashian, especially those fake family members in the audience….

Woke up the morning and yes, JR won….he was deserving of the trophy because of his dancing ability alone.

Chaz for prez!

November 23rd, 2011
5:32 am

the he/she wuz robbed!

Kim Kardashian

November 23rd, 2011
5:40 am

I am going to boycott this show


November 23rd, 2011
6:07 am

Get over it, folks. It’s just a show. Yes, it’s a real competition and all these guys are really working hard, yes, even Chubby Chaz. The winner had to capture judges votes and audience votes, so it is partially a popularity contest, but those are the rules and have been since day one!

I’m just a spectator; I don’t vote nor care about the votes. I don’t care for Mr. Kardashian, not his brood of spoiled brat sisters. But he put out an effort at the last (where it counted) and impressed better judges than me. Lake and Martinez performed well through the whole competition and both deserved the recognition they received.

And, yes, as a veteran, I am blown away by the example of the American spirit that JR has set.

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Angie baby

November 23rd, 2011
7:20 am

He didn’t win because of sympathy. He was simply a better dancer than Kardashian!


November 23rd, 2011
7:27 am

You go JR! Represent for D-town!


November 23rd, 2011
8:07 am

Congrats JR! You were so fun to watch and you showed everyone that you can overcome unbelieveable events in your life and still be positive, upbeat and passionate. You are a winner all the way around!


November 23rd, 2011
8:12 am

I personally predicted that JR would win the trophy from the very beginning of the show. Thank God that he needs no sympathy or empathy from anyone. He has God’s gifts/talents and they were utilized from the very start. I commend him for his hard work, personality, spirit and determination. A last name should not carry weight for winning any contest. (Rob) – especially, if you have not proven yourself in the competition. If someone – calling no names decides to boycott – trust me the show will continue on in spite of what you feel or think at this point. Congratulations to JR and his professional dance partner!!


November 23rd, 2011
8:32 am

Ricky was the one robbed of second place. Rob is not a dancer and lacks the energy and flexibility that JR has. The Rob K whiners like his armenian buttocks.


November 23rd, 2011
8:44 am

kong That’s Obama’s job


November 23rd, 2011
8:56 am

I was surprised to see Rob K. be in 2nd place, but he did kick butt on Monday night. But the final two should have been between JR and Ricky. Ricky did great throughout and could have won, but I was glad for JR and that Karina finally won one.

But, question: WAS JR’s girlfriend there last night!!? I didn’t see her in the audience, nor come up to congratulate him after the win. I saw his mom, but where was the GF…? I hope nothing happened the night before. Anyone see her…?

And, Rob K strikes me as a little…sweet; is he gay?


November 23rd, 2011
9:14 am

it was not fair that jr was on niteline an ABC show the night before the winner was announced, allowing more viewers to vote in a.m. after seeing the interview. However, it is ok w/ me he won because he could dance and was always gracious when the judges critiqued his performance. My fav was Ricki.
She was robbed of at least 2nd place. Rob K ? I mean, What?. Thank God they did not top the winner. Sorry Ricki, you really were robbed.

the reader

November 23rd, 2011
9:19 am

@Shame on you. JR did not have to go regarding our freedom. All this would not be necessary, if our country leaders had different international policies, then just invading other countries, and killing their innocent citizens. All that, and more on this country’s taxpayers accounts, thus bringing our country further down, and down, again.


November 23rd, 2011
9:27 am

RE: ROB WAS ROBBED…maybe “sympathy” wasn’t the best word.. I think JR won because of his back story (along with his dancing). If just judging from the finals I think Rob should have won, he had progressed in his dancing ablilities the most. BUT as a whole JR had more showmanship and danced better throughout the competition. All three finalists did well.


November 23rd, 2011
9:29 am

Please, somebody remind me – WHY are the Kartrashians famous?


November 23rd, 2011
9:34 am

For all those complaining about who won, should have won or didn’t win…did you even VOTE ?!?!?!? J.R. and Ricki were hands down the best dancer but EVERYONE knows who watches DWTS, that viewer’s votes are the ones that chooses the winner. We see that is how Bristol Palin got to the finals !


November 23rd, 2011
9:35 am

Last night I said the show was rigged and Ricki Lake would win even though I thought JR should win. I am glad I was wrong…..JR was fabulous. No sympathy votes went his way. He deserved to win and he could dance. Rob was robbed, what a hoot! However, he did lose some of his girly butt. He improved over time, but he definitely didn’t out dance JR nor Ricki Lake.


November 23rd, 2011
9:38 am



November 23rd, 2011
9:51 am

Stopped watching this show after they ran out of stars after season 2. Who the heck is JR Martinez? If you have to look him up they’re not a star.

Bo Peep

November 23rd, 2011
10:18 am

Ricki looked good because Derek is great. Derek is the best pro, and JR was the best “star.” Rob was very good too. Results were “right on.”

I can't believe it...

November 23rd, 2011
10:19 am

And almost 18 million people watch this stuff…the end of the world must be near !!


November 23rd, 2011
11:03 am

@Fez ~ JR is a star! Besides starring in a war helping to fight for YOUR freedom, he was also a star on All My Children. Sure a soap opera, but he also delivered star performances…how about you.

Wait, Fez, are you Uncle Fez from The Adams Family??? Guess they should have recruited you for DWTS.

Sam Drucker

November 23rd, 2011
11:36 am

Who didn’t see this coming. I’ve never watched one minute of that show and I could have told you a month ago they were going to give it to this guy.


November 23rd, 2011
11:59 am

I too thought the show was rigged. I know I saw Ricki Lake holding the ball in a short clip on one of the previews….Because I had commented Monday that it was rigged and Ricki would win…my apologies. I was wrong. I’m glad I was wrong. JR was the true winner and Ricki should have come in second. Rob Kardashian was there because of who his family is and his Mom pushed him to participate. He said that. JR won, not on his family riches but because he was the best dancer. Sympathy is the last thing he wants and he has proven it by continuing to succeed in all his business/goals assets. He has not allowed his tragedy stop him from achieving what goal he sets his mind to. That’s not sympathy. CONGRATULATIONS JR and KARINA. …. I’m glad he is from Georgia.


November 23rd, 2011
12:01 pm

…Yes, I did see his girlfriend in the audience last night. She was wearing a cap.


November 23rd, 2011
12:23 pm

My two-cents worth:

J.R. had what Donny Osmond had – not always the best dances, but enough showmanship to hide the errors. He also had the benefit of having Carrie Ann and Bruno giving him up to 2 or 4 extra points each week because of who is was, not how he danced. I get it. They liked and admired him, but they didn’t always vote according to his dancing.

In the final dance with all three contestants, Ricki did have the best dance, but Rob was clearly better than J.R. You could hear it in Len’s explanation about the disagreement in the judge’s scores. I think he liked Rob’s footwork so much he felt (as I did), that Rob should have been in 2nd place with that last dance, especially with the out of sync beginning to J.R.’s final dance. Carrie Ann and Bruno both commented on it, yet still voted for J.R. over Rob.

Ricki would have been in the finals with better viewer support. She was that good. That she NAILED that Psycho tango reprise (an extremely difficult dance due to the score – ONLY Derek could have choreographed that number) was evidence of that. Most visually artistic dance of the entire series.

Despite how many happen to dislike Rob for his family, Carrie Ann was right in that he was the perfect contestant for the show – start off slow and improve every week. He deserved to be in the final three. His arm work was still a bit stiff, but his footwork was exceptional at the end (as Len, the only judge with ballroom dancing experience pointed out).

Kudos to Chynna Phillips for finally nailing her Mission Impossible dance following the brain freeze weeks ago. Without that, she could have been in the finals. Gorgeous dancer’s lines.

Kristin Cavalleri showed why she was voted off way too soon.

Loved Chaz and Lacey’s (and her Dad’s) Chunky routine.

Ditto Carson’s Vogue takeoff. Never has one man without a shred of coordination entertained in a dance.

Great camerawork on Hope and Mak’s last dance. Early in the routine they swung by the exterior of the dance floor and her move ended up kicking one of the spotlights – hard. A fitting end to the soccer star’s run on the show – kicking something.

Could have done without seeing Metta World Peace again, but his partner is smokin’ hot.

And it goes without saying that Tom Bergeron is the best host – bar none – that could be on that show. His ability to handle any and all needed ad-libs is without peer in this industry.