JR Martinez has boogied past Rob Kardashian to win the latest series of Dancing With The Stars.
The actor hoisted aloft the mirrorball trophy with his professional partner Karina Smirnoff, after being crowned champion of the 13th edition of ABC television”s hit show – the US version of Strictly Come Dancing.
Host Tom Bergeron called the Iraq war veteran “an inspiration”.
The all-male finale was set up halfway through the final show when talk show host Ricki Lake was voted off, finishing third.
The judges didn”t provide much extra guidance during the final competition, their last dance was a samba that the competitors had to perform with little preparation time.
Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba gave both teams perfect 30 scores for their final dances.
“For one of you, that was your victory dance, but I think both of you are winners,” judge Carrie Ann said.
“That was a great way to end this season.”
JR, 28, came into Tuesday”s episode tied with Ricki for second place.
He reprised his jive routine from week two, and though he made a few mistakes, Len said, “You”ve got such a sparkling personality, you just light up this room.”
After being seriously injured whilst serving with the US Army in Iraq, JR went on to win a role on US soap All My Children.
His victory brings his partner Karina her first mirrorball in 10 seasons.
“He is my mirrorball trophy”, Karina also acknowledged that they really wanted to win, saying it would be “a perfect ending to a perfect story”.