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Nicole Scherzinger 'genuinely surprised' at 'Dancing with the Stars' win

By Christopher Rocchio, 05/26/2010 

Nicole Scherzinger was Dancing with the Stars' front runner throughout the tenth season, however she was still surprised to claim the mirror ball trophy.

"I was genuinely surprised," said Scherzinger during a Wednesday appearance on Good Morning America. "I had the most amazing people I was dancing up against. It was so awesome. It's still surreal."

The Pussycat Dolls member and her professional partner Derek Hough won Dancing with the Stars' tenth-season title during last night's live finale results show on ABC.

Hough -- who is now a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion after previously claiming the seventh-season title with Brooke Burke -- said on GMA that he "absolutely" feels the tenth-season cast was the show's best ever.

"We felt the energy from the first week," he explained. "There was something amazing about it. It just really, truly was a phenomenal season."

Olympic gold-medal figure skater Evan Lysacek and partner Anna Trebunskaya -- Scherzinger and Hough's chief rivals throughout the season -- finished in second place.

"I came right into Dancing with the Stars, not knowing what to expect but excited nonetheless. It's been so much more than I could have anticipated," said Lysacek, who also appeared on GMA.

"I think the most surprising thing to me is the bond that we all shared as a cast with the professionals, with the crew that works on the show. I think we all left last night not empty handed. We all left with a new family and we walked out of that building hand in hand."

ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy finished in third place.

"I love work, but this was a great break from work," said Andrews on GMA.

"It was an amazing experience and -- this sounds so cliche and corny -- but it's really family. We're already talking about going away on weekends and stuff. It's been exciting."

Chmerkovskiy agreed that the cast was a wonderful one.

"I think this season, like Derek said, has been an amazing experience for everybody. We remember our first season on the show, and Season 10 will forever stand out. It's been an incredible cast, this finale was amazing," he said on GMA.

"I said to Erin when we first met, I saw the rest of the cast and I was like, 'Damn it!' Any other season we probably would have made a run for it. But there was no way. Evan and Nicole came out and did an incredible job."

Now that Dancing with the Stars' tenth season is in the books, Scherzinger is focused on the Pussycat Dolls' upcoming single.

"It's called 'Nobody Can Change Me.' It's a very powerful and uplifting song, but you can still rock out," she said. "It's a cool song, kind of a preview of what's to come with the album."

Despite numerous injuries suffered during the tenth season, Lysacek said he's "all good" and excited to hit the ice.

"I'm heading back on tour with Stars on Ice as soon as possible," he said.

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