Singer Johnny Ruffo was last night declared the winner of Dancing with the Stars 2012.
Ruffo defeated Danielle Spencer for the title, after actress Zoe Cramond was eliminated earlier in the night.
Ruffo scored 85 points from the judges over Spencer’s 84, with the audience vote giving him a further edge.
Final scores were:
Johnny Ruffo & Luda Kroitor 28 (Foxtrot) + 26 (Cha Cha face off) + 30 (Freestyle Dance)
Danielle Spencer & Damian Whitewood 28 (Jive) + 27 (Cha Cha face off ) + 29 (Freestyle Dance)
Zoe Cramond & Aric Yudekin 28 (Jive) + 27 (Cha Cha face off)
“I said I’d be stoked if we made it to week five,” Ruffo said, “so making the final and taking the mirror ball home is so incredible, I can’t even explain it.”
It’s been a swift ride for Ruffo, who twelve months ago was a concreter in Perth until he entered The X Factor. Despite nearly being rejected at auditions he persisted through to the Grand Final and has a single released this week, aptly titled On Top.
The finale also saw the return of Kerri-Anne Kennerley, who said the joy of dancing was important to her to feeling positive as she faces cancer treatment.
“I’ve got the most enormous support… everyone’s been so supportive but tonight is all about the joy of dancing,” she insisted. Dance partner Carmelo Pizzino fought back tears as he acknowledged Kennery’s spirit.
Olivia Newton-John also performed Xanadu, in support of Kennerley’s fight with breast cancer, and there were more than a few flirtatious comments from the judges towards Ruffo.
The finale ends a tricky season for the long-running Seven show which saw its numbers dip in the 12th season -the 50th episode to be hosted by Daniel MacPherson.
Ruffo is the eighth male to win the dance contest since 2004.