by Brooke Bosca | Top Right Entertainment
“Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson bid farewell to “Dancing With the Stars” Tuesday night, finishing in second place to “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actor Alfonso Riberio.
Robertson, 17, expressed her gratitude at the end of the show and thanked God for the journey.
“It’s just been an amazing experience. I just want to say I’m so thankful to God who has brought me this far in this competition,” she said. “I feel like I really accomplished what I wanted to accomplish on this show and I’m so glad it was Alfonso. He deserves it.”
In an Instagram message posted after the finale, Robertson also thanked her fans for helping her make it to the end of the competition and, again, offered up praise for the experience.
“All glory to God for this crazy experience,” she said.
See the “Dancing With the Stars” results below:
Robertson and partner Mark Ballas performed their final dance before the results were announced, jiving to a hybrid of a quickstep and a samba that landed them a perfect score of 40.
The judges had plenty to say about Robertson’s skills on the dance floor, also showering her with praise for her moral character and peppy demeanor.
“Sadie, I think you’re an excellent role model and a representation of what youth should be today,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba proclaimed. “You’re clean, you’re elegant … everything about you I love.”
Bruno Tonioli added, ”Your personality is so bubbly, so vivacious, your charm always shines through in everything you do. Mark has really done a fantastic job in making you look like a dancing princess.”
Watch Robertson’s final performance below:
In a “thank you” video prepared for Ballas that aired during the finale, Robertson praised her partner for teaching her the ropes and for helping her progress in the competition.
“It’s crazy how far we’ve come. You have made me become a dancer when I had no experience, you made me smile when I didn’t want to smile,” she said. “You pushed me so far and so hard — and even though sometimes I was a little upset, I loved every second of this.”
Robertson said that Ballas will always have a second home in Louisiana, adding that, “The Robertson family has got you.”
Watch her video message below:
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