Hines Ward Wins 'Dancing With the Stars'; Finalists on 'Good Morning America'

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A Season Marked By Memories, And Drama

Ward, Alley and Kane made it to the top three from a pool of 11 celebrities who joined Season 12 of the hit show to vie for the championship.

This years' cast included actor Ralph Macchio, rapper/actor Romeo, former champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, TV personality Kendra Wilkinson and TV/radio talk show host Wendy Williams.

The season premiered Monday, March 21. Each week, the stars and their professional partners performed in one show, and the following night one couple was eliminated.

The season certainly had its share of dramatic moments that set the blogosphere abuzz.

Macchio started out a favorite of the judges and viewers, but his performance suffered following an injury to his leg. His partner, Karina Smirnoff, fell during one of their performances.

Alley set the Internet ablaze when she and her partner fell during one of their performances early on in the competition. A shoe fell off during a subsequent performance.

Despite those setbacks, judges praised Alley for improved technique and the actress has remained an audience favorite. Her markedly slimmer figure has impressed viewers and judges alike.

Tonioli was prompted to exclaim after of Alley's performances: "Your body is shrinking, your talent is huge!"

Her premiere night costume -- which she also wore light night to reprise her first number -- had to be taken in 38 inches, the former star of "Cheers" and "Fat Actress" told The Associated Press.

The finale show also included musical performances from the Black Eyed Peas, the Go-Go's and Sara Evans.

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