Kelly Monaco Wins Dancing with the Stars
07/07/2005 AT 08:00 AM EDT
Monaco and her professional dance partner Alec Mazo scored low in the first round but snapped back thanks to some stylish hip-shaking during a samba that almost caused her to have a wardrobe malfunction.
"I have to lose my top more often," she said afterward.
A disco ball topped the victors' trophy.
In the winners' circle, Monaco, 29, announced: "All my life I've been the underdog. I know it's such a sap story, but I have."
"Well, not tonight," replied show emcee Tom Bergeron. Hurley, 50, and his partner, Charlotte Jorgensen, had been judged to be the couple to beat.
Contestants previously eliminated (each coupled with a pro partner) were Joey McIntyre (of New Kids on the Block); model Rachel Hunter; Trista Sutter of The Bachelorette; and former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield.
The six-week Dancing with the Stars has been a surprise summer hit. Last week, it was easily the most watched show, attracting 18.6 million viewers, reports the Associated Press.