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Tamati takes the title!


After the closest finish in the history of New Zealand's Dancing with the Stars, Tamati Coffey and partner Samantha Hitchcock won the mirrorball trophy in the 2009 season finale. Check out all the action from the final below!

Click here to watch the dancing clips on tvnz.co.nz

What Dancing with the Stars final isn't complete without a performance by the Jase the Ace and his loyal band of followers?

Dancers Krystal, Rachel, Kristie, Aaron, Stefano and Cody joined Candy and Jase for a dancing spectacular.

And now let the competition begin....

Tamati began holding Sam in his hand - a photo which he tucked nicely into his suit pocket for safekeeping. Very sweet.

Tamati Coffey and Samantha Hitchcock - waltz - What'll I Do - Des O'Connor

Brendan said:
A beautiful opening to an extravagant night. There were parts that struck my heart.
Alison said: Samantha I think you have a talent for teaching.
Craig said: Magnificent!
Paul said: Mate it's amazing what you can do after 400 hours of training!
Score: 9 / 10 / 9 / 10   total = 38

Barbs can hardly keep her hands off Jonny's spectacular candyfloss pink silk shirt.

Barbara Kendall and Jonny Williams - rumba - The Way We Were - Barbara Streisand

Brendan said:
I'm pleased you chose the rumba tonight. That was gorgeous.
Alison said: Very nice legs! There will be competitive dancers at home thinking 'how did she do that'?
Craig said: That was truly spectacular. I loved it!
Paul said: I can't believe how well you're connecting with these dances.
Score: 9 / 10 / 9 / 10   total = 38

Tamati Coffey and Samantha Hitchcock - paso doble - Plaza of Execution - James Horner - 'The Mask of Zorro'

Brendan said:
Samantha is a very talented young lady as a dancer, teacher and performer. I've seen passion, heart. Without acting it came from within.
Alison said: There wasn't way too much bull in that. There was a lot of matador and he was quite butch.
Craig said: I absolutely hated it and I can tell you why: Icould not find a single thing wrong with it!
Paul said: Samantha I love your choreography. You've certainly proved why you're still here.
Score: 10 / 10 / 10 / 10   total = 40

Barbara Kendall and Jonny Williams - quickstep - You're The One That I Want - Olivia Newton John/John Travolta

Brendan said: I just loved it. That was a GREAT quickstep.
Alison said: That allowed the fun Barbara come to the floor. That's what you call Barbara Kendall going for gold.
Craig said: Darling you flew around that floor at literally 100 miles an hour. It was brilliant.
Paul said: You've become a different performer! You told the story, your energy was great.
Score:  10 / 10 / 9 / 10   total = 39

Tamati Coffey and Samantha Hitchcock - freestyle - Maori Battalion/ Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Bette Midler

Brendan said: Some great and very clever choreography. It didn't really deliver.
Alison said: Ma and Pa Coffey laughed so hard I thought your Ma was going to shake your pa off the seats!
Craig said: I do love a man in uniform! The round the bit was amazing.
Paul said: It wasn't your perfect performance. You didn't hold back.
Score: 8 / 9 / 9 / 9   total = 35

Barbara Kendall and Jonny Williams - freestyle - Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

Brendan said:
It had the most incredible lifts this competition has ever seen!
Alison said: That was amazing! Barbara Kendall has plenty of guts.
Craig said: Truly death defying. It had everything we've grown to love and appreciate about you. It was O for AWESOME!
Paul said: I hate it when people use a prop and don't use it! The lift was dynamite.
Score: 10 / 10 / 10 / 10   total = 40

And the winner of Dancing with the Stars is....

TAMATI AND SAMANTHA! 


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