Gilles And Cheryl Fall Short

Apolo Anton Ono told Shawn Johnson that every Olympian who made the Dancing with the Stars final, won the trophy. When I heard that I thought to myself, well not this time. I was wrong. Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and partner Mark Ballas did win last night and I am not happy about that at all.

I suppose I should feel better knowing that there was only a one-percent difference between Gilles, who should have won, and Shawn, who did. But frankly, I think second should have gone to Melissa and Tony with Shawn and Mark coming in third. How did America get this so wrong?

Dancing with the Stars champion Shawn Johnson

While it is true that Shawn had some major breakout dances in the last few weeks, Gilles and Melissa were consistently better throughout the course of the competition. Not that the front runner should always win, but Gilles in particular delivered a strong finish if that's what we're using as a basis for the final vote.

Hoisting the DWTS trophySince all of the Dancing with the Stars contestants received a perfect 30 for their final dance, that element didn't help or hurt anyone. The night before scores were so close, it's hard to imagine that was a factor. So it all came down to viewer votes.

My editor here at She Knows said when you realize it was the American gold medalist against the Frenchman, and then it was a no brainer. I don't agree. From the beginning, we thought Gilles would falter simply because he was an unknown. Past seasons have proved that a loyal fan base can take a bad dancer quite far in the competition, but viewers obviously set that bias aside in order to vote for the best dancer of the bunch. So why didn't that happen at the end? I guess it almost did.

And let's not forget Melissa and Tony. Remember Melissa came in to the competition at the last minute and she rose to the challenge. From day one, she was gorgeous out on that dance floor. I agree that she lost some spark after the rib injury but she was still so much better than Shawn when it came to grace and elegance on the floor. I'm also surprised that viewers didn't give the vote to Tony. After all these years, the pros themselves have become stars and Tony, more than Cheryl and Mark, deserved that win or at the very least, second place.

Going on the judges scores over the course of the season alone, Gilles and Cheryl would have won. I'm going to pretend that they did.

That's it for another season of Dancing with the Stars. Stay right here at SheKnows for complete coverage of So You Think You Can Dance which begins May 21 on Fox.

Photos: ABC/Kelsey McNeal

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Comments on "Shawn Johnson wins Dancing with the Stars"

Johnie Dickerson May 22, 2009 | 10:38 AM

how very petty come of these comments are & such language, shame. This is show for entertainment, it was great, if you no like-change the channel. Everyone was great-three cheers for all of the dancers. I lovde all of you. Can't wait for next year.

Auntiem May 21, 2009 | 9:09 PM

I am just horriefied at some of the posts being sent to a beautiful, dedicated and hard worker because she managed to hit her stride and best performances at the end of the show. Shawn was everything a gold winner gymnast should be. She is adorable, sneaky , surprising and beautiful. Her experience was almost painful to dance. But our girl is there. Great and beautiful. It ain's over till it's over. It is over and the best couple by far won. The jeolacy and profanities thrown at a 17 year old beautiful and in makeup, or just sitting around in shorts and no makeup. Shawn made the winning look easy.

Sandi May 21, 2009 | 7:55 PM

Matt, YOU are the ignorant dolt. Gilles did NOT have previous dance experience other than dancing in clubs. Surely that doesn't count, does it? Why don't we just skip the whole damn season from now on go straight to the freestyle next season since that's the only thing that matters to some of you idiots?? Shawn did NOT always get better. She put no emotion whatsoever into her dances. There was no passion. She just went through the motions and that's it. Gilles should have won, but you people were blinded by Shawn's gold medals.

Matt May 20, 2009 | 1:35 PM

Raquel is just a sorry fat jealous cow. I bet you sit in your room at night crying over your sorry excuse of a life with your ice cream and Bon bons. Meanwhile your boyfriend masturbates to Pictures of Shawn Johnson,just before he grabs you another milky way light on his way home from "work".

Chelsea May 20, 2009 | 1:29 PM

Oops. I meant Gilles as a nice frame not Tony.

Chelsea May 20, 2009 | 1:26 PM

I did expect Gilles and Cheryl to win, as you did, but i am SO happy that Shawn did. You are making it sound like she is so much less than Gilles and Cheryl. But if you really watch her last performance you can see how much she has improved, while Gilles and Cheryl and Tony and Melissa did well in the middle and then faded out. Shawn is much better than people give her credit for and in many people's opinions was constantly underscored during the season and many times favored Gilles and Cheryl, when sometimes Cheryl was the only one dancing, with Tony as a nice frame. Shawn deserved it - no doubt about it!

Matt May 20, 2009 | 1:23 PM

Quit your ing you inept drama queen. Of course Gilles, and Melissa where amazingly consistent over the course of the show, they both have extensive previous dance experience you ignorant dolt. I voted for Shawn because she may not have started as the best, but her freestyle on Monday night showed me she had in 11 short weeks, developed into a wonderful dancer. Drop your teenage lover affair with the french man, and respect the DWTS champ...truth be known, people voted for Shawn Johnson because she kept trying, she always got better, until she proved to me(and a majority of voters) that she was the best...where as Melissa and Gilles peaked in week 8, and it was the same ole song and dance...

green day fan May 20, 2009 | 1:20 PM

why dont you show some respect to shawn she did a great job this season and deserved to win. giles and mellisa were both very good but shawn deserved it more.

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