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Dancing with the Stars Has a New Mirror Ball Champ! | Alfonso Ribeiro

Dancing with the Stars Finale: Alfonso Ribeiro Wins Season 19

Originally posted 11/25/2014 05:00PM

It was a year marred by painful injuries (bummer about your groin, Alfonso Ribeiro!) and awkward wardrobe malfunctions (pink boas will never mean the same again to Betsey Johnson), but the 19th season finale of Dancing with the Stars Tuesday was no less dramatic.

Ribeiro, who has said he waited 10 years for a moment like this, became the latest amateur to take home the mirror ball trophy. "I cannot believe this!" he told host Tom Bergeron. "I don't even know what to say! These are happy tears!"

"He deserves this so much," added his partner, Witney Carson. "He's one of the most hard-working people I know."

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DWTS: Who Got 10s but Still Went Home?

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DWTS: Who Got 10s but Still Went Home?

Originally posted 11/24/2014 10:30PM

It seemed wrong to send someone home on a night when everyone got a 10 or two, but there can only be three couples in Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars finale.

Even though she was partnered with repeat winner Derek Hough, YouTube star Bethany Mota was the latest hoofer to leave the ballroom.

"I discovered things about myself, things I thought I could never do," Mota said. "I never thought I'd be this far in the competition. To be in the finals was the best thing ever."

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: My Goal Now Is to Win

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: My Goal Now Is to Win

Originally posted 11/24/2014 10:00AM

Janel Parrish is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the TV drama Pretty Little Liars. She's been paired with pro Val Chmerkovskiy for season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, and she'll be blogging for PEOPLE about her experience on the hit ABC show.

It's honestly surreal to be going into the finals tonight. I don't know how it happened so quickly. I feel like just yesterday I was having my first rehearsal with Val! It's amazing, it's exciting, and I'm also really sad for this journey to end.

I'm kind of surprised I stuck around this long. Honestly, my goal was just to make it through each week, and now I have a new goal, which is to win. Now that it's actually here and it's in sight, I want to go all the way and I want to go all the way with Val and I want us to win.

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: You Pour Your Heart Out on the Dance Floor Every Week

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: You Pour Your Heart Out on the Dance Floor Every Week

Originally posted 11/17/2014 07:15AM

Janel Parrish is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the TV drama Pretty Little Liars. She's been paired with pro Val Chmerkovskiy for season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, and she'll be blogging for PEOPLE about her experience on the hit ABC show.

The quickstep we performed last week was honestly one of my favorite dances we've done. I thought it was amazing. It was America's choice dance, so they chose everything down to our costumes and the song and the style, and at the end they wanted us to kiss, so we threw that in for America!

Even though Val had a little bit of a stumble during the dance, it didn’t throw us off at all. The poor thing, his patent leather shoes got stuck together, but we both just kept going and we were able to get back on track. I know Val felt really bad because of the slip, but I was like, "You're human! Sometimes humans slip. It's all good!"

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: Val Keeps Me Calm and We Dance On

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: Val Chmerkovskiy Keeps Me Calm and We Dance On

Originally posted 11/10/2014 10:00AM

Janel Parrish is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the TV drama Pretty Little Liars. She's been paired with pro Val Chmerkovskiy for Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, and she'll be blogging for PEOPLE about her experience on the hit ABC show.

Last week's contemporary dance definitely was my favorite dance. I thought the choreography was the most beautiful we've done so far, and I love Romeo and Juliet. I love the story behind it, and the song and just the message behind the song – that everybody's free to love who they want to love. It's an emotional song, and it allows you to express emotions through dance, so I loved every second of that.

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: Our Dance Tonight Will Be 'Beautiful and Romantic'

Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: Our Dance Tonight Will Be 'Beautiful and Romantic'

Originally posted 11/03/2014 07:30AM

Janel Parrish is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the TV drama Pretty Little Liars. She's been paired with pro Val Chmerkovskiy for season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, and she'll be blogging for PEOPLE about her experience on the hit ABC show.

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: Tonight's Dance Is For The Pretty Little Liars Fans

Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: Tonight's Dance Is For The Pretty Little Liars Fans

Originally posted 10/27/2014 09:15AM

Janel Parrish is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the TV drama Pretty Little Liars. She's been paired with pro Val Chmerkovskiy for season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, and she'll be blogging for PEOPLE about her experience on the hit ABC show.

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Is There Really Something Between DWTS's Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy?

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DWTS: Is There Really Something Between Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy?

Originally posted 10/21/2014 03:30PM

It may happen every year, but that won't stop Dancing with the Stars from attempting to drum up romance rumors on the ABC reality show.

This time, it's between Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy – who danced around the possibility of a romantic connection during Monday's telecast. Though PEOPLE confirmed the duo are just friends, the show continued to tease the notion that they may have feelings for each other.

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: 'It's Really Nice to Be Back with Val'

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: 'It's Really Nice to Be Back with Val'

Originally posted 10/20/2014 08:30AM

Janel Parrish is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the TV drama Pretty Little Liars. She's been paired with pro Val Chmerkovskiy for season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, and she'll be blogging for PEOPLE about her experience on the hit ABC show.

Dancing to a Jessie J song knowing that she would be a guest judge definitely put the pressure on last week!

I'm a huge fan and I wanted to make sure that we did that song justice. I think she was a little shocked seeing the song she wrote for her mom being taken in a racy way, but she seemed to really enjoy the dance.

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: I'm 'Channeling My Inner Bad Girl' This Week

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: I'm 'Channeling My Inner Bad Girl' This Week

Originally posted 10/13/2014 04:45PM

Janel Parrish is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the TV drama Pretty Little Liars. She's been paired with pro Val Chmerkovskiy for season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, and she'll be blogging for PEOPLE about her experience on the hit ABC show.

Last week was definitely an emotional one. Val is amazing because the second the package started playing, I started to get emotional because we don't see our video packages before the show. I knew what I said and I knew what was filmed, but seeing it and hearing it was another thing.

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