"My mind went blank for a minute," Melissa told us on the ballroom after the show. "I'll be honest: When we were standing there and it was us and Shawn [Johnson] and Derek [Hough], I assumed it was Shawn and Derek [who would win].
"When it was our name called, I just went, Oh my God, how did this just happen?"
"We thought we'd go home in week one," laughed Tony.
"We never thought we'd be champions or be the last ones standing," agreed Melissa. "I wish we hadn't underestimated ourselves -- but at the same time it kind of makes you more proud of what you've accomplished."
Season 15's runner-ups are also bursting with pride for the winners -- especially for Tony, who just nabbed »
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