"It's an ugly trophy but you still want to win," Lachey said.
"I knew I was clumsy," Rice said in thanking partner Anna Trebunskaya for turning him into a dancer.
"I'm very happy I decided to take the chance," Rice added.
Wrestler Stacy Keibler and her partner Tony Dovolani were eliminated just before the final round even though they were among the judges' favorites. Keibler earned her highest scores for a series of Latin dances, which had judge Bruno Tonioli describing her as a "weapon of mass seduction."