Dancing With The Stars 2012 winner: Katherine Jenkins is graceful in defeat as she is named runner-up


'It's been an absolute dream': Disappointed Katherine Jenkins is graceful in defeat as she is named runner-up on DWTS

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09:02 GMT, 23 May 2012

She has won over American audiences and attracted a whole new fan base.

But that wasn't quite enough for Katherine Jenkins last night, as she was named runner-up on Dancing With The Stars.

The soprano, 31, was graceful in defeat, congratulating victor Donald Driver as he was awarded the Mirrorball Trophy.

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Disappointed: Katherine Jenkins and partner Mark Ballas were named runners-up on last night's finale of Dancing With The Stars

Disappointed: Katherine Jenkins and partner Mark Ballas were named runners-up on last night's finale of Dancing With The Stars

'It's been an absolute dream': Katherine said earlier that she'd never dreamed she would get so far in the American competition

'It's been an absolute dream': Katherine said earlier that she'd never dreamed she would get so far in the American competition

‘It's been an absolute dream,' Katherine said, as partner Mark Ballas called her 'an angel'.

Miss Jenkins tweeted after the final: 'Being runner up on DWTS feels pretty amazing…Thanku to all who voted to put us 2nd! I never would have thought this possible at the start!'

Earlier, the Welsh singer spoke of her gratitude to fans for getting her as far as the final.

High praise: Mark called the Welsh singer 'an angel'

High praise: The duo were told they'd 'set the bar so high' throughout the season by the judges

Gracious: The opera singer accepted her defeat in good spirits and congratulated Donald on his win

Gracious: The opera singer accepted her defeat in good spirits and congratulated Donald on his win

She wrote: 'Not long til the results… Whatever happens, just want to thanku for all your love and support – u couldn't have been more wonderful!

'And of course,no matter what, a humongous Thanku to my partner @MarkBallas for his patience,hard work & above all, great sense of humour!' (sic)

There is clearly absolutely no ill feeling towards the winner, with Katherine uploading a cosy picture of her and Donald together on a private jet en route to New York to appear on Good Morning America today.

No hard feelings: The singer tweeted a cosy picture of herself and winner Donald Driver on a private jet after the final

No hard feelings: The singer tweeted a cosy picture of herself and winner Donald Driver on a private jet after the final

Katherine and Mark were out in front after the previous night's semi-finals, in which they were the only couple to achieve a perfect score.

Last night, Katherine received extremely high praise from the panel, in particular Carrie Ann Inaba, for her final performance – a jive.

The judge said: ‘You are such a brilliant artist. Thank you, because you two set the bar so high this season.’

Crunch time: Donald and Peta beat out Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas for the first place prize

Tense: The competing dancers were emotional as they waited for the winner to be announced

Victory! But is was Donald Driver who scooped the mirrorball trophy with partner Peta Murgatroyd

Victory! But is was Donald Driver who scooped the mirrorball trophy with partner Peta Murgatroyd

But it was underdog Donald who scooped the mirrorball trophy with partner Peta Murgatroyd in a surprising final twist of the show, exclaiming upon his win: ‘Amazing. This is awesome. Thank you so much!’

The action-packed finale also saw Kelly Clarkson perform a medley of her new single Dark Side and her hit Stronger.

Gladys Knight, who was booted out in the sixth week of the competition, also took to the stage to sing The Way We Were, with the emotional song bringing Katherine, Mark and Peta to tears.

It was a reunion of sorts for all the axed celebrities of the season, who each returned to perform one last time on the show.

Perfect score: Katherine and Mark received 90 out of 90 points across the two finale shows

Perfect score: Katherine and Mark received 90 out of 90 points across the two finale shows