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Donny Osmond wins Dancing With The Stars

Donny Osmond in Dancing With The Stars
Osmond said the show had been a highlight in a varied career

Entertainer Donny Osmond has won the final of US television show Dancing With The Stars, beating singer Mya and Kelly Osbourne.

The 51-year-old won with an Argentine tango performed with professional dancing partner Kym Johnson.

Osbourne, daughter of Ozzy and Sharon, was the first finalist to be eliminated from the show - the US version of Strictly Come Dancing.

Lady Marmalade singer Mya had been the favourite to win the ninth series.

The pop star said she was "just so happy to make the finals" after failing to lift the programme's glitter ball trophy.

'Artistry in motion'

Osbourne, who was supported by her parents and brother Jack in the audience, was emotional after her last dance and said she had "grown so much" during the show.

Co-host Samantha Harris remarked that Osbourne had "become a swan" over the weeks of competition.

Osmond pulled his famous sister Marie - a participant in an earlier series of the dance contest - from the audience to enjoy his victory with him.

Head judge Len Goodman - who also fulfils the role on Strictly Come Dancing in the UK - said that Osmond had "finished strong".

Carrie Ann Inaba, also on the judging panel, called the singer's tango "artistry in motion".

But the judges agreed over weeks of competition that Mya had displayed the most natural ability on the dancefloor.



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