Nicole Scherzinger named 'Dancing' champion

May 26, 2010 6:36:48 AM PDT
Nicole Scherzinger is the new champion of "Dancing With Stars."

Scherzinger took home the show's mirror ball trophy Tuesday in the season finale of the ABC contest reality program. The Pussycat Dolls frontwoman and partner Derek Hough bested Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek and his partner Anna Trebunskaya.

Winners of "Dancing With the Stars" were chosen by a combination of scores from judges and votes from viewers.

Meanwhile, Erin Andrews lasted 10 weeks on "Dancing With the Stars," only to be dismissed during the show's season finale.

The ESPN sportscaster and her professional partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, were eliminated from the ABC dance-off halfway through the two-hour season closer.

Tuesday's action-packed episode featured back-to-back performances by the season's finalists and past contestants.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin danced in a bedazzled space suit that host Tom Bergeron joked was from "the NASA Liberace collection."

"The Bachelor" Jake Pavelka danced with his betrothed, Vienna Girardi. Actors Shannen Doherty and Aiden Turner also returned to the dance floor.

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