10 Popular Dancing With The Stars Winners Ranked From Worst To Best

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Dancing With the Stars has now been around for quite some time, and wasted no time in becoming one of the biggest and most successful reality competition series on TV. With more than 20 seasons already come and gone, fans have seen a lot of different winners from athletes to actors to singers and each have left their mark on the show. Many of the contestants have endeared themselves to fans and even though they have all won, it is obvious that some winners had more dancing skills than others. Here are 10 of the most popular Dancing With the Stars winners ranked from worst to best:

10. Emmitt Smith

Season three of Dancing With the Stars featured some big stars including NFL legend Emmitt Smith who was partnered with Cheryl Burke. While Smith definitely surprised fans with his agile moves on the dance floor, it was his charm and personality that definitely resonated with fans the most. His talent was undeniable, but the fact he was in a season where Jerry Springer made it to fifth place also suggests the level of competition wasn’t as high as some other seasons. Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff also had the same if not better scores than Emmitt and Cheryl and there are still many fans who think Mario and Karina should have won.

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9. Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond took on the Dancing With the Stars challenge for the show’s ninth season where he was paired with Kym Johnson. Osmond surprised fans and fellow contestants with his ease on the dancefloor and although he beat out the largest group of competitors with 16 in the season, his only true competition was Mya. Although there is no doubt his feat was impressive as he became the oldest Mirror Ball Trophy winner at the time, some still think Mya was actually the better dancer of the season.

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