Dancing With the Stars is going into its 26th season which is huge for a reality competition show. Although the show has been criticized for its selection of so-called “stars” it has drawn in a lot of big names in terms of actors, actresses, singers, TV personalities, reality stars, and athletes. Every season there seems to be a select few who fans expect to perform well either because of their background in dance or their natural talent, but then there have been some underdogs who have amazed audiences and the judges with how quickly they took to the dancefloor. Here are 11 former Dancing With the Stars contestants who truly surprised us with their success on the show!
11. Drew Lachey
In the show’s second season in 2006, Drew Lachey became the second Mirror Ball Trophy winner with Cheryl Burke after dominating his season. While he did have experience in dancing thanks to his time with 98 degrees, it is also true that many had no idea of what he was capable with because he was simply always the “other Lachey” brother. While Nick Lachey usually gets the spotlight, Dancing With the Stars was Drew’s time to shine and he did just that by continuously impressing judges and setting new standards for what to expect out of competitors.