Dancing With the Stars has been a very successful show since first airing in 2005, and while some seasons have disappointed, others have turned into a very serious competition. Due to the backgrounds of the stars, it doesn’t take long for audiences to predict who will have an advantage, and while there are some surprises with ability, it also doesn’t take long for frontrunners of the season to emerge. There have been several shocking eliminations, along with quite a few Mirror Ball finale surprises. The stars and the pro partners work endlessly to perfect routines, and more than once it has really been a tight race going into the finale, leading to some surprising wins. Not that the actual winners weren’t deserving, but these stars deserved it just as much! Check out 8 stars who should have won Dancing With the Stars, but didn’t!
12. Paige VanZant
Season 22 of Dancing With the Stars was one of the most competitive of all the seasons, and while Nyle DiMarco was certainly spectacular, there are some fans who believe Paige VanZant should have been the winner. The MMA fighter and her pro partner Mark Ballas topped the scoreboard as often as Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd did, and actually by the end of the season VanZant and Ballas ended up with more total points than the winning pair and it isn’t often that the highest scorers don’t take home the Mirrorball Trophy.