TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Shawn Johnson is America's new sweetheart and now the youngest Dancing With The Stars champ.
It was a close dance-off between the final three: actor Gilles Marini, Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft, and Olympic gymnist Shawn Johnson. But it's Johnson who will hang her gold medal next to that "Mirror Ball" Trophy.
Many East Texans are huge fans of the show and we found DWTS a hot topic of conversation.
"I really wanted Gilles to win," said Sherry Freeman. "I was rooting for him because, you know, because he was so hot."
"Gilles definitely," said DeAnna Sims. "I loved Melissa and I think she did a good job but she had dancing experience so you know I really felt like Gilles was great. He just looked professional."
"Gilles, however you say it," said Holly Collins. "Why? Because he was the hottest, that's it."
"I was kind of voting for Shawn," said Whitney Sims. "She was my favorite, so, kinda love the underdog and big Olympics fan."
We're also meeting with a professional dance instructor, Sal Landeros, to weigh in and give us his take on the finals. Catch the complete story on East Texas News at 5 PM.