updated 11/28/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/28/2012 AT 1:15 PM ET
We have a winner!
“It’s unbelievable,” Rycroft told PEOPLE after the show. “I don’t know why we kept underestimating ourselves. I don’t know why we kept thinking, ‘It’s not us, it’s not us.’ And it was us.”
Dovolani, who’s never won in 14 previous seasons on the show, was elated on a night when his reasons for celebrating extended far beyond the DWTS ballroom.