After all the pomp and circumstance and glitz and glamour, the show got down to brass tacks when the finalists each performed a dance favorite, which was not scored, and then a fusion of two dance styles, which was scored.
Ross' dance was a fusion of the foxtrot and salsa and earned praise from Goodman, who said, "Watching you brings me joy." Tonioli summed up Ross' place in the finals by saying, "You already are the people's champion."
Kordei performed a bewitching fusion of an Argentine tango and foxtrot, which brought her another perfect score. Tonioli called her "a leading lady," and Inaba said, "You were born to win this competition."
Finally, Jennings' fusion of the cha cha and tango brought a score of 39, and in spite of the praise from the judges, it looked at that moment that Kordei was certain to win.
However, in a stunning turn, when the finalists took their place onstage in the last 15 minutes of the show and votes were tallied from last week and last night, Kordei took third place.
Gasps could be heard in the audience, and Inaba and Tonioli seemed truly shocked. Kordei was as gracious as ever and thanked the show, saying she was grateful for the experience.
In the end, it was down to Ross and Jennings, and Jennings won the season. It was announced that Jennings will be joining the "Dancing With the Stars" summer tour.
You can catch the winners on Wednesday on "Good Morning America" on ABC.