Speaking after her win, an emotional Jennifer said: "It's such a sweet thing at the end of such a tricky tumultuous Journey and it was worth every second of it. It was the chance of a lifetime and I'm so grateful that I didn't miss it."
Asked what she would miss most about the show, Jennifer - who shot to fame starring opposite the late Patrick Swayze in 'Dirty Dancing'-replied: "Dancing."
The 50-year-old star endured health problems throughout the competition and in the final she danced through pain from a slipped disc.
She later dedicated her win to her nine-year-old daughter, Stella.
Although Bristol came finished in third place and was a controversial finalist because she had failed to impress the judges - Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman - on several occasions, she received a standing ovation from the crowd.
She said: "I have so many good memories in this competition. It's been a life-changing experience."
Christina Aguilera also performed during the show showcasing a raunchy routine from new film 'Burlesque'- in which she stars with Cher.