13 seasons later…Maksim Chmerkovskiy has finally won his first Mirror Ball trophy on Dancing With the Stars! The pro dancer and his partner Meryl Davis were crowned Season 18 winners on Tuesday night’s live finale.
That left Amy Purdy and her partner Derek Hough in second place, with Candace Cameron-Bure and Mark Ballas finishing in third. The win was especially exciting for Maks, whose fellow finalist pros have won the trophy five and two times, respectively.
After taking a break from the show for Seasons 16 and 17, the Russian dancer returned this year and was happily paired with the Olympic ice dancer. The duo were frontrunners throughout the entire season, and culminated with a score of a perfect 60 for their final three dances on Monday and Tuesday.
On the DWTS finale, Maks and head judge Len Goodman revealed that they may not be returning for another season of the show.