Newly minted "DWTS" champ Laurie Hernandez talks winning the trophy

Amos Herrera
December 4, 2016

With Jana Kramer getting the boot on Monday night, it was down to three contestants: James Hinchcliffe, Calvin Johnson Jr. and Laurie Hernandez. Watch the appearance below!

Throughout the DWTS season 23 of DWTS, several celebrities like Amber Rose, Maureen McCormick, Terra Jole, Marilu Henner, Vanilla Ice, Jake T. Austin, Babyface, Rick Perry, and Ryan Lochte came. Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez! She will be a part of the Dancing with the Stars tour. "It's a no-rules thing", former National Football League wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Jr., said.

Dancing With The Stars returns for season 24 in March 2017.

"I'm just so excited I was able to have this opportunity", Hernandez - who was paired with dance pro Val Chmerkovskiy - told ET's Cameron Mathison.

"So for the Mirrorball, it was like I've always loved to dance and my passion was dancing as well as gymnastics, so winning the Mirrorball today was insane and awesome".

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James & Sharna finished in the second place, while Calvin & Lindsay were the second runner-ups. "And, my goal is just to inspire others as I go on with my journey, and thanks for being there for me". The judges cited her ability to learn as a performer beyond her dancing skills throughout the nearly three-month-long competition, in which she was the youngest competitor.

Finally, we'll have a victor at the end of the night.

The new champ praised her fellow finalists as the "most awesome competitors" and former National Football League star Johnson said he was happy for Hernandez. "I've always loved to dance and my passion was dancing as well as gymnastics, so winning the Mirrorball [Trophy] today was insane and unbelievable".

Tonight's "Dancing with the Stars" episode was one stuffed full of a lot of fun, and at the same time, there were some emotional moments given that not every routine went according to plan.

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