November 15, 2006 09:10 PM by Joe Reality
After a recap of the Dancing with the Stars 3 final performance show, Len Goodman asked both Emmitt Smith and Mario Lopez to do an encore. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke danced the Samba, while Mario Lopez & Karina Smirnoff danced freestyle. After the final two danced with their partners for one last time, Tysonia Sichinga from the Slim-Fast Dance Challenge talked about how her life had changed since appearing on Dancing with the Stars.
After a recap of the first several weeks of Dancing with the Stars 3, Tucker Carlson, Shana Moakler, Harry Hamlin, and Vivica A. Fox returned for one last performance. In a separate routine, Willa Ford, Sara Evans, Jerry Springer, Monique Coleman, and Joey Lawrence also returned for a final performance.
Host Tom Bergeron asked the eliminated contestants what their favorite moments were from the show, Jerry Springer initially joked “when they said I could keep the shirt.” However, Monique Coleman delivered an even better line, saying “the day that I found out that Jerry Springer was my dad.”
As the final two couples waited on stage for the results, host Tom Bergeron revealed that Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke were the champions of Dancing with the Stars. After hugging his partner Cheryl Burke, Emmitt Smith said “We’ve come a long way, we really have, and to Mario and Karina, you know they’ve been true champions throughout the whole entire event. They have raised the bar so high for dancing and challenged everybody that was in this competition to go farther, and to you my friend, I appreciate you very much, I appreciate your hard work, your effort, I mean you’ve been a true gentleman.”