REALITY ROUNDUP: PICKLER WINS “DANCING”, SHAKIRA AND USHER MIGHT LOSE “THE VOICE”

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By Jason Wentworth

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kellie Pickler didn’t win on “American Idol.” But she does on “Dancing With the Stars.” The country singer looked shocked as host Tom Bergeron announced that she and pro partner Derek Hough (HUF) win the mirrorball trophy. She screamed “Oh my God!” Pickler got two sets of perfect 10s from the judges Monday night and another last night. But so did runner-up Zendaya. The Disney kid had a lead of a single point going into last night’s finale. But it was the viewer votes that put Pickler over the top. Football pro Jacoby Jones finishes in third place. Because there were problems with voting on the ABC website during Monday’s East Coast broadcast, those votes didn’t count. Only votes cast by phone, text and Facebook figured into the final count.

Shakira and Usher are slowly losing their chances of winning on “The Voice.” Kris Thomas from Team Shakira and Josiah Hawley from Team Usher were eliminated last night. That leaves just Sasha Allen on Team Shakira and Michelle Chamuel (sham-yoo-EL’) on Team Usher, while Adam Levine and Blake Shelton still have three acts each on their teams. Last night’s show also turned into an impromptu telethon for the Red Cross to benefit victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. Shelton and his wife, Miranda Lambert, opened the show by performing “Over You.” The coaches performed songs with their teams while a plea for Red Cross donations was flashed on the screen.

NEW YORK (AP) – Candice Glover is the winner of “American Idol,” but Idol is the loser. About 14 million people watched the finale. That’s less than half the 29 million people who watched just two years ago. It was good enough for third place in the ratings. Ten years ago, Idol peaked with 38 million viewers for the finale. The “Dancing With the Stars” performance episode was watched by more than 13 million people. The results show scored fewer than 12 million. Only one episode of “The Voice” made it into the top 10. As usual, “NCIS: Los Angeles” was the most-watched show of the week with nearly 19 million viewers.