16 Former Dancing With The Stars Contestants Who Already Knew How to Dance

Amber Riley Entertainmeny Weekly Pre-Emmy party September 2013(Photo: Try CW/WENN.com)

Last night Amber Riley won the seventeenth season of Dancing With the Stars. You know Dancing With the Stars. It’s that show where a bunch of celebrities with absolutely no dance experience try something they, like I said, have no experience doing. Oh wait, I’m wrong. It’s actually the show where performers who actually do have dance experience win a competition that’s supposed to be about not knowing how to dance in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of people who haven’t danced as part of their careers and still pull off amazing performances on this show. But year after year the show still casts stars with dance backgrounds against has-beens who are mostly there for a laugh. Amber Riley may not have ever been seriously trained in ballroom dancing before this show, but she has been on Glee for five seasons, so she has experience learning choreographed dance numbers.

Let’s look back at fifteen other stars who really shouldn’t have been allowed on the show due to the fact that they already knew how to dance beyond just making a fool of themselves on prom night.

1. Joey McIntyre

Joey McIntyre singing(WENN)

Joey came in third place during the first season. I’ve seen those old New Kids on the Block videos, Joey. I know you can bust a choreographed move. Sure the waltz isn’t the same as whatever those moves were, but it’s still dancing, gosh darn it.

2. Drew Lachey

Drew Lachey with fans(Daniel Warren/ WENN)

Another season, another boy band member. This time Drew Lachey actually won the whole competition. Hey Drew, remember when you were in that group called 98 Degrees and you danced along to your music?

3. Sabrina Bryan

Sabrina Bryan performing(WENN)

There was a lot of controversy when Sabrina was kicked off her season in seventh place, because people were convinced she was going to win. Why? Because she was a super talented dancer. Why? Because she was in a little group called The Cheetah Girls and learned group choreography.

4. Mel B

Mel B(WENN.com)

Mel B made it to second place with some amazing dance skills that were probably influenced, at least a little bit, by all that time she spent grooving with the Spice Girls in the ’90s.

5. Joey Fatone

Joey Fatone(Digital Creations / WENN)

I saw you do that “Bye Bye Bye” puppet dance with *NSYNC, Joey. I watched that video like seven times a day when I was ten. Don’t even try to deny it. That’s why you made it to second place.

6. Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson(WENN)

Shawn is a professional gold-medal-winning gymnast. It’s not dancing, per se, but it still takes plenty of coordination, precision and flexibility, all things that are also required in dancing. That’s why she made it to first place.

7. Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi Yamaguchi(Carrie Devorah / WENN)

Okay, figure skating is pretty much dancing with blades on your feet. And Krisi Yamaguchi won a gold medal for it. So is it any surprise that she went home with the mirror ball trophy?

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    • Jessieface

      This is one of the many problems i have with this show. See also; Melissa Rycroft. She was a freaking Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader! I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve spent a Friday night or two watching a marathon of the making the squad show. On top of ludicrously hard dances and impossible flexibility expectations, all the ladies are expected to look like freaking goddesses the entire time. COUNT IT, while she is as cute as a button, she certainly has the dance experience to warrant her third place finish and then eventual all stars WIN!

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Good point. The athletes in general also always seem to have an advantage.

      • gussie

        I disagree with all of this. you may as well say that actors have an advantage because they can sell their performance. no one has an advantage in this competition.

    • gussie

      DWTS has never been about celebrities with no dance experience. I don’t know where people get that from. DWTS is a show that is about introducing celebrities to ballroom dancing. none of the celebrities had ballroom experience.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        It seems weird though, because some of the contestants don’t have ANY dance experience. So you know at the beginning of the season who’s probably gonna win.

      • gussie

        that is not always true. I am sure that no one expected Kelly Monaco to win season 1 when joe McIntyre had dance experience, no one expected emmitt smith to win against Mario lopez who had dance experience, no one expected drew lachey to win against Stacey kiebler she had more dance experience than he did or Kelly pickler to win against zendaya, or brooke charvet to win against lance bass or apolo anton ohno to win against joey fatone, or Donny Osmond against mya. I can go on and on. dance experience means nothing in this competition. you pretty much have to unlearn everything that you know. some celebrities have natural rhythm for example, gilles marini, and William levy

    • KJW

      Dorothy Hamill came in 12th place for her season because she had to withdraw from the competition due to health reasons (nerve damage in her right leg and back). Your inference that her “low finish” was due to having been retired so long shows you didn’t thoroughly do your research before writing this piece.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        You’re very right. Thank you for pointing that out.

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