Dancing with the Stars Season 16 Winner Is Kellie Pickler!

Derek Hough and Kellie Pickler enjoy their winning moment

Kelsey McNeal/ABC

updated 05/22/2013 AT 6:30 AM ET

originally published 05/21/2013 AT 9:30 PM ET

On Tuesday, Dancing with the Stars named its season 16 champions.

At the end of Monday night’s episode, Zendaya and an injured Val Chmerkovskiy received perfect 30s for both of their full-length routines, and then tacked on an additional five points to their score for winning the cha cha relay.

But only one point below the highest scoring pair were Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, who earned perfect 30s for their routines, which included a dramatic freestyle number that had viewers in tears. They came in second place during the cha cha relay, and scored four extra points.

Below them were Alexandra Raisman and partner Mark Ballas, followed by Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff.

And the winners are Kellie and Derek!

“This is amazing!” Kellie said, thrilled and hardly able to speak – though she was squealing with delight.

Zendaya and Val came in second; Jacoby and Karina, third.

“I’m very proud. I’m very happy,” Zendaya said. “I get to leave here with an amazing experience, so I’m happy.”


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