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Donny Osmond: 'Dancing with the Stars' win was a "wonderful ride"


By Christopher Rocchio, 11/25/2009 

To say Donny Osmond was excited to win Dancing with the Stars' ninth season would be an understatement.

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"I got it!" exclaimed Osmond as he clasped the mirror ball trophy during last night's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  "It's been a wonderful ride."

Osmond and his professional partner Kym Johnson were crowned Dancing with the Stars' ninth-season ballroom champions during last night's live finale results show on ABC based on the combination of the judges' score shares for the dancers' Monday and Tuesday night performances and the share of home viewer votes cast immediately after Monday night's broadcast.

At 51-years-old, Osmond became Dancing with the Stars' oldest winner ever.

"Why don't you rub that in a little more," said Osmond when the subject was broached by Kimmel.

Last night's victory represented the first for Johnson on the U.S. version of the show, as she won Australia's Dancing with the Stars second season in Spring 2005 with TV personality Tom Williams.

"When they told me I had Donny Osmond, I was so excited," said Johnson, who had previously been partnered with Jerry Springer (Season 3), Joey Fatone (Season 4), Mark Cuban (Season 5), Penn Jillette (Season 6), Warren Sapp (Season 7), and David Alan Grier (Season 8).

"It's just been the most amazing season."

"I'm so happy for Kym," added Osmond.

Kimmel had been touting all season that he had placed a $1,000 bet on Osmond to take home the title and claimed during last night's broadcast that he won $7,000 from the wager.

"Thank you for doing this for both of us," said Kimmel to Osmond.

"You're welcome," said Osmond, who couldn't help but make a joke at the expense of his sister Marie Osmond -- who competed on Dancing with the Stars fifth season and finished third. 

"I have a question for you Jimmy. Who did you wager with? Did you bet it with Marie?"

"You're really going to rub this in Marie's face aren't you?" replied Kimmel.

"You better believe it baby!" said Osmond.

(Photo credit ABC)


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