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

  
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9. Noah Galloway

As Dancing With the Stars has evolved season after season, they eventually branched out in their casting to include “stars” which included war veterans and national heroes. For the show’s 20th season, army veteran Noah Galloway was partnered with Sharna Burgess to the delight of fans. In 2005 while on deployment Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow and he left leg above the knee, and despite his accomplishments, many wondered how his injuries would deter his ability to complete certain dance moves. In fact, he wasn’t held back at all, and many watched him progress week after week, performing incredible routines until he eventually came in third place right behind Riker Lynch and Rumer Willis.

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8. Alfonso Ribeiro

Up to when actor Alfonso Ribeiro joined Dancing With the Stars for its 19th season in 2014, the most anyone knew of his dancing skills consisted of the iconic “Carlton” dance from The Fresh Prince of  Bel-Air. Known for the hilariously bad dance, it didn’t take much for Ribeiro to absolutely stun fans with his actual dancing talent. After week one’s Jive with his partner Witney Carson, both audiences and the judges had to pick their jaws up off the floor and from that moment on it was clear the competition was Ribeiro’s to lose. Along with his shocking ease on the dance floor and his infectious personality, his season was one of the most enjoyable yet.

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