It was a nostalgic -- and surprising -- farewell to Season 14 of Dancing With the Stars, as all the kicked-off cast members returned to the ballroom, dozens of moments were recapped, and finalists Donald Driver, Katherine Jenkins and William Levy hoofed it one last time before a winner was crowned.
So who went home with the coveted mirrorball trophy? The sweet opera singer from Wales (as most Lifeline Live readers predicted)? The sexy Latin heartthrob? Or the smiling NFL star?
Before we found out, ABC had to fill two hours! Here's what happened:
Host Tom Bergeron asked the judges which star should do an encore dance. Answered Len Goodman, "The rootin' tootin' Fig Newton -- Donald Driver." (Fig Newton?!) Driver and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd repeated their rousing country freestyle from Monday night.
Returning cast members also took spins on the dance floor, including Sherri Shepherd, who cha cha'd with six male pros to It's Raining Men, and Jaleel White, who danced to the theme from Shaft with pro partner Kym Johnson.
Kelly Clarkson sang.
The minutes ticked on ...
Host Brooke Burke-Charvet asked William how he was feeling before performing his final "24-Hour Challenge" dance, a salsa to music they got right after last night's show. Was it bittersweet? "It's kind of sweet and sour," said the actor/model, adding, "It's kind of a sad feeling."
His salsa with two-time champ Cheryl Burke -- they both wore lemon yellow outfits -- earned raves. Len said that if salsa were an Olympic sport, William deserved a "gold medal." Bruno Tonioli said, "Nobody does it better than William." Carrie Ann Inaba said he has "true star quality." Scores: 10, 10, 10 = 30 Total: 89
Donald told Burke-Charvet he was "very motivated" and "hoping everything works out" for his cha cha. "It's going to be sad. I will miss the memories me and Peta shared in this studio," he said during their final rehearsal.
On the floor, he took off his magenta shirt to show off his tattooed, muscular torso, doing the last dance in just his bright pants. The ballroom liked it and so did the judges, of course. Said Carrie Ann: "You are determined to win and I think you are the one to beat," Len said. "All three of you are absolute winners." Carrie Ann said Driver is the best football star the show has ever had. Bruno praised his strategy on the show, saying he "peaked at the right time." Scores: 10, 10, 10 = 30 Total: 89
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas said they'd been practicing their jive until 1 a.m. "Because it's our last dance, we wanted to do something really fun and upbeat," said Katherine. "That's really what we've been all about." She got emotional during her final rehearsal. "It's just been an amazing time. I've loved every minute of it."
Their high-energy final jive was really fun and upbeat, with a bubble motif in the background, setting off their bright orange outfits. Bruno called Jenkins "one of the most wonderful competitors we've ever had." Carrie Ann said she was "such a brilliant artist." Len said Jenkins was "the complete package. Scores: 10, 10, 10 = 30 Total: 90
Gladys Knight sang The Way We Were, bringing everyone (or at least Melissa Gilbert, Maria Menounos, Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas) to tears.
In third place: William Levy. "I thank you guys for all you have done for us," he told the crowd. To a standing ovation, he hugged Cheryl and waved to the crowd.
In second: Katherine Jenkins. "It's been an absolute dream," she said.
And the Season 14 champs: Donald Driver and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd. "This is awesome!" he said.