Dancing With The Stars: 11 Contestants Who Surprised Us With Their Talent

  
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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.

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10. Donny Osmond

There was never any doubt that Donny Osmond had talent, but when he joined the cast of season nine in 2009 he was already 52 years old. Since he was a singer before the choreographed dance days there really was no telling what his dancing skills were like, and he made jaws drop when week after he week he gracefully swept across the dance floor with Kym Johnson. It was clear that age is truly just a number to Osmond who did not let being over 50 slow him down and really faced no one that came close to him aside from the runner-up Mya. Osmond’s was a fun season to watch and he truly deserved becoming the show’s oldest Mirror Ball Trophy winner.

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