Actor Sam Johnson has won the series title of Dancing with the Stars, with a $50,000 prize going towards the Love Your Sister charity.
Johnson took out the prize despite singer and drag artiste Courtney Act finishing on top of the leaderboard.
But once viewer votes were added the Gold Logie winner proved unbeatable with blogger Constance Hall finishing third.
Judge Sharna Burgess said, “It’s magical what you’ve done this season, especially you Jorja. Samuel, you wear your heart on your sleeve. You’re real, you’re raw and the ultimate showman.”
“Holy smokes,” Johnson said as he handed the trophy over to his partner; “Jorja must hold this because she’s the real dancer here.”
The win comes despite him controversially telling his supporters not to vote for him through the network endorsed SMS phone line – he later reversed that request.
The series had not been without its challenges, under siege from Nine and Seven juggernauts and illness hitting host Grant Denyer. TV presenter Jimmy Rees was also forced to withdraw for family reasons.
Yet 10 and producers Warner Bros. Studios / BBC Studios have won high praise for the Live revived brand, hosts Amanda Keller & Grant Denyer and three new judges in Craig Revel Horwood, Sharna Burgess and Tristan MacManus.