updated 12/22/2010 AT 10:30 AM ET
•originally published 12/22/2010 AT 11:00 AM ET
Who was the best ice queen of them all?
It turned out to be All My Children actress Rebecca Budig, who outskated Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel on Tuesday night to be crowned the winner of ABC’s inaugural Skating with the Stars season.
Budig, the front-runner all season long – she notched the season’s only perfect score of 60 – was stunned to be named the winner, and credited her partner, the skating pro Fred Palascak.
“I’m just shocked. I owe all of this to Fred, who is an unbelievable teacher,” she said.
Meanwhile, Frankel, 40, who skated with Ethan Burgess, was gracious as the runner-up. “Rebecca totally deserves it. She should be a real ice skater,” she said.
Perhaps the show’s biggest name, Frankel said the six-week show was challenging.”
“I did take on too much, but when you do that, you have to just push harder and go through it,” she said. “And you will get what you want. You will get there in the end.”