Better Homes and Gardens‘ Rob Palmer has won the tenth series of Dancing with the Stars.
Palmer and Alana Patience defeated singer Tamara Jaber and partner Carmelo Pizzino.
Photographer Alex Fevola and Arsen Kishishian were eliminated earlier in the night.
“I don’t know what to say,” said a gushing Palmer.
” “It’s the best fun you can ever had. I’ll be lost without it. There’ll be a huge whole where this competition used to be.
“It’s a ride, it’s a full on ride. If you could harness this and put it in a theme park and pay money to get on it you’d make a fortune.”
Both Palmer and Jaber scored perfect 10s for dances on the night, with Jaber totalling 84 points over Palmer’s 77.
Palmer’s surprise win follows the judges branding Jaber the best dancer the show had seen across its 10 seasons. But the judges also noted his improvement across the series.
Jaber’s performance comes at a time when her personal life has been in turmoil following a marriage break up with Kyle Sandilands. But she told viewers the contest helped her focus on the demands of the contest. She is determined to keep up her renewed dancing skills.
Despite the sudden exit of David Wirrpanda this season, its highlights have included appearances by Kylie Minogue and Pamela Anderson. Ratings this season have hovered around 1.36m, a long way from earlier seasons which had another million to boot. But under hosts Daniel MacPherson and Sonia Kruger it continues to help deliver Seven solid Sunday night audiences which is an accomplishment after ten seasons.
Palmer is the sixth Seven Network star to win the dancing contest.