I agree regarding Mel being the better dancer. I think what it came down to, since the judges votes were so-o-o-o close, was simply the fan base. I think that Mel's fan base was smaller than Helio's. Look at Marie Osmond - she really should have never lasted as long as she did - based on her dancing ability alone - please, Marie fans, don't yell at me - I like her too, - but she was very appealing and had a huge following that kept her in the "game" longer than her skills alone could have. I also agree, that Julianne is an amazing dancer and really does make her partners much better than they are!
I think Helio deserved to win because he had no previous dancing experience while Mel did, when I look at it in that light, Helio achieved far more than Mel did Mel was a fabulous dancer, don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed watching her.
Julianne is an amazing dancer I really hope she returns for the next season
I was so happy to see Helio and Julianne win!! I was rooting for them, although I thought Mel did very well too. I liked Marie but I don't think she deserved to be in the final two. I agree about Julianne, what a wonderful dancer! I think I heard she's only 18?? Wow, she's magnificent.