Dancing With The Stars: 10 Best Seasons Ranked

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8. Season 8

The eighth season of Dancing With the Stars mixed things up from previous seasons with the addition of two new dances and the introduction of “dance-offs,” and the changes paid off making it one of the best seasons of all. While season eight didn’t boast a very well-known cast, the stars were incredibly fast learners when it came to the dancefloor which had viewers coming back for more. The top three stars of the season were Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, model and actor Gilles Marini, and former The Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft, which was important for the series overall because it proved that there didn’t need to be big name stars for a season to be successful. Despite being relatively unknown, Johnson, Marini, and Rycroft gave DWTS fans some of the best competition they had ever seen on the series before, with only 1% dividing the winner from the runner-up. Shawn Johnson became the show’s youngest winner at the time when she and Mark Ballas took home the Mirrorball Trophy.

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7. Season 22

There is no denying that some of the most recent seasons of Dancing With the Stars have been the most impressive, and despite how popular they may or may not be, the celebrities are always endearing fans with their stories. Season 22 featured one of the most anticipated casts with actresses such as The O.C.‘s Mischa Barton and Full House star Jodie Sweetin taking on the dancefloor. The biggest story of the season, however, was Dancing With the Stars first ever deaf contestant Nyle DiMarco, who was just coming off his big win of Cycle 22 of America’s Next Top Model. The handsome model proved he could do more than strut down the runway, however, as he and Peta Murgatroyd danced their way to first place in a very memorable season. DiMarco’s story of struggle and triumph still resonates with fans and remains of the best DWTS wins of all time.

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