Martinez wins the Dancing mirrorball

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Old 24-Nov-2011
Martinez wins the Dancing mirrorball

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Actor J. R. Martinez boogied past Rob Kardashian on Tuesday to win the 13th edition of ABC's hit competition Dancing With the Stars.

Martinez hoisted the mirrorball trophy with his professional partner, Karina Smirnoff.

Host Tom Bergeron called the Iraq war veteran an inspiration to the audience. The all-male finale was set up halfway through the final show when talk show host Ricki Lake was voted off, finishing third. Judges' scores combined with viewer votes determined the winner.

Judges didn't provide much extra guidance during the final competition, a samba that the dancers had to perform with little preparation time. The three judges gave both teams perfect 30 scores for their final dances.

"For one of you, that was your victory dance, but I think both of you are winners," judge Carrie Ann Inaba said. "That was a great way to end this season."

Martinez came into Tuesday's episode tied with Lake for second place. He reprised his jive routine from week two, and though he made a few mistakes, judge Len Goodman said, "You've got such a sparkling personality, you just light up this room."

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