'I haven't slept for four nights!': Now J. R. Martinez twirls around New York as he celebrates Dancing With The Stars win


Good Morning, America! While most people reached for coffee, J.R Martinez was dancing his socks off on no sleep

With no shut eye in a staggering four nights, it's apt that this year's Dancing with the Stars champion, J.R Martinez, should arrive in the city that never sleeps at the crack of dawn today.

And the 28-year-old Iraq veteran turned soap star certainly proved that he's top of the heap when he ignored any fatigue to unleash his winning moves on Good Morning America.

Martinez, who was viewers favourite throughout the last leg of the hit ABC show, twirled and cha cha cha'd his partner Karina Smirnoff around the studio to the delight of everyone present.

Steamy: The partners looked sharp and sexy in black as they unleashed their winning moves

Dressed in matching black, the pair smouldered like late night salsa partners in Madrid rather than an early morning turn on breakfast television, as he arrived with the gang ahead of a morning of interviews, he smiled and said: 'I haven't slept for four nights, and I feel fantastic!'

But they also graciously allowed space for third-placed Ricki Lake, who had been favourite and front-runner, to show off some impressive moves with her charismatic teacher, Derek Hough.

Runner-up Rob Kardashian was also on the winners tour of television shows in Manhattan, but appeared a little shell-shocked after all the excitement of the announcement, and the party on the six-hour flight from L.A to New York's JFK.

J.R. Martinez was announced as the winner of the 13th season of the show last night.

Joy: J.R was so happy to have won the ultimate honour that he danced through his tiredness

The big announcement left J.R. and his partner Karina Smirnoff overcome with joy as glitter rained down and indoor fireworks were set off inside the studio.

'First and foremost, I want to thank everybody who voted for us, for 10 weeks,' he said. 'Thank you, America, for believing in us.'

He also paid tribute to dance professional Karina, who won the contest for the first time.

'You are amazing, and I'm so grateful I could be a part of your first mirror-ball trophy.'

We're all winners here: Rob Kardashian, Cheryl Burke, Carson Kressley, Karina Smirnoff, J.R Martinez, Ricki Lake and Derek Hough line up this morning

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Derek and Ricki dazzled, too

The eliminated celebrity contestants surrounded the soap opera actor, with professional dancer Derek Hough hoisting him onto his shoulders.

Viewers had learned about J.R.'s heroic life story throughout the season of the hit show, hearing how he joined the U.S. military at the age of 19.

His life changed in 2003, when as a United States Army infantryman deployed in Iraq, the truck he was driving hit a land mine and the subsequent explosion resulted in burns over 40 percent of his body.

Meanwhile, runner-up Rob was just grateful for the experience.

'I'm super thankful,' he said. 'I'm definitely not sad. I won in my book.'

Support: A dishevelled Rob Kardashian looks on as Derek sweeps Ricki off her feet

Hitting the dancefloor: They may have been eliminated first but Derek and Ricki were winners this morning with their beguiling dance

He again received support from the sidelines from his famous reality show family, with older sister Kim Kardashian not able to control her nerves following Ricki's elimination.

'Wow serious panic attack right about now!!!!! Someone just got eliminated!!! I don't want to spoil it but OMGGGGGGGGGGG,' she tweeted.

Rob's mother Kris Jenner was emotional as her son made it into the final two, and was seen with tears running down her face.

Following Ricki's elimination, Rob and J.R competed against each other for a final 'instant' samba to a cover of Ricky Martin's 1999 hit Shake Your Bon Bon.

He's done it! J.R. Martinez lifts the Mirrorball after winning the thirteenth season of the hit ABC show Dancing With The Stars, pictured here on Tuesday night's show

Crowds of congratulations: Derek Hough hoisted J.R. onto his shoulders as the eliminated celebrities surrounded the winners

The moment of truth: J.R. reacts with joy at the news he had won the Mirrorball trophy

'You can turn it on at will,' an impressed Bruno told J.R after his performance. 'You just bring it on and they love you. Rob last week you were over the rainbow but now you are in orbit!'

Carrie Ann told them: 'For one of you, that was your victory dance. But both of you are winners. That was a great way to end the season.'

The judges gave them each perfect 10s across the board, leaving J.R. with a total of 112, leaving Rob just out in front with a score of 113.

Earlier in the show, the three finalists had each reprised their favourite dance of the season to add to their judges' points from Monday's show, which combined with viewer votes for their total.

source: dailymail


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