Emmitt Smith beat out Mario Lopez in the third season of Dancing With the Stars. "I am so proud of this trophy and I am proud to share it with Cheryl," Smith said. "We worked our tails off."
"Emmitt embodied what this competition is all about," contestant Shanna Moakler said. "He deserved to win. Absolutely."
Runners up Lopez, 33, and partner Karina Smirnoff couldn't hide their disappointment about coming in second place. "Tears streamed down Smirnoff's face as she reluctantly talked to reporters and the usually jovial Lopez tried to console her."
Aww. She was stunned because Mario did indeed have professional training. A local radio host here in Dallas went to school with Mario's sister- She is a professional dancer.
"Apparently world-class dancing wasn't enough. That wasn't the criteria it was based on," a dejected Lopez said. "I don't really care about the trophy. I just wanted to win for Karina. She is honestly the best dancer in the world. No disrespect to the other girls on this show, but they don't hold a candle to her."
Smith, Burke, Lopez and Smirnoff will be in New York City on Thursday for a Ronald McDonald House charity event. Then, Smith will reunite with his family at their Dallas home.
"This is going to be a great Thanksgiving this year," Smith's wife, Pat, said. "He is one happy man and I'm so proud of him." We are too!
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Thursday, November 16, 2006
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