Dancing with the Stars Winners: Where Are They Now?

Apr 23, 2021Kara

The only real show that will get Sean Spicer, Hannah Brown, and Lauren Alaina together is Dancing With The Stars! It's a jumble of celebrities dancing their way to the elusive Mirror Ball Trophy. There have been 27 seasons, resulting in 27 champions. I wonder what happened when they took off their dancing heels? Read on and see what all of the DWTS champions are up to!

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Kelly Monaco (Season 1)

Monaco finished third with Valentin Chmerkovskiy on DWTS season 15, seven years after being the show's first-ever winner. On the show's 10th anniversary special in 2015, the two gave a nostalgic minute-long performance. Even so, Monaco's home is still in Port Charles, where she continues to play Sam McCall, the role that has made her famous since 2003. She has a very impressive net worth.

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Earnings from General Hospital

Given her long tenure in General Hospital, many viewers are likely interested in how much money she has earned. Monaco's net worth is reported to be around $4 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Monaco's earnings from General Hospital are unknown, but an actor who has worked on the show for a long time could gain up to $5,000 per episode. The second season winner can’t have enough with reality shows.

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Drew Lachey (Season 2)

Drew Lachey of the 98 Degrees turned on the heat with Cheryl Burke in one of the most unforgettable freestyle performances. During the second season, the singer won the Mirror Ball Trophy. Drew most recently tried out for another reality show, American Ninja Warrior. Even though he didn't make it through the second hurdle, his older brother Nick Lachey was there to support him through FaceTime. He also returned to DWTS Stage.

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Returning with More Following

Drew Lachey returned to the Dancing With the Stars stage, this time with a far greater fandom than when he first shimmied his way to the top. Lachey's cheering squad had since expanded to include Isabella Claire, 6, and Hudson Nicholas, 2, after being cheered on by his then-pregnant wife Lea when he won the prestigious mirror ball trophy in 2006. 

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Emmitt Smith (Season 3)

The ex-Dallas Cowboy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 after winning the Mirrorball Trophy with partner Cheryl Burke. He maintains his personal identity in the sports entertainment industry while also contributing to the community through Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, which regularly grants educational scholarships and offers learning opportunities to underserved youth. He is also venturing into some businesses.

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Barbershop Business

Emmitt Smith, the former Dallas Cowboys running back, has turned his company, Emmitt Smith Enterprises, Inc., into quite the developer, creating everything from real estate to construction firms. Now, he is a new co-owner of the lifestyle club The Gents Place, and he is also moving into the barbershop market. 

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Apolo Anton Ohno (Season 4)

Apolo stripped off his skates and replaced them with dance shoes more than a year after winning one gold and two bronze medals at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Julianne Hough, a speed skater and professional dancer, made a fine pair with him on the dance floor. For the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Apolo provided speed skating commentary. He'll probably do the same thing in 2022. As for now, he has somewhere else to focus on.

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Zero Regrets!

Apolo Ohno, the most decorated winter Olympian in the United States history, considers life after sport to be so exciting, dynamic, demanding, and satisfying that he is writing a book about it. In Zero Regrets: Be Greater than Yesterday, he reflects on his remarkable short-track speed skating career and explains how he plans to make his time off the ice just as successful – for himself and others. Hough, his partner, made a back-to-back win on the next season.

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Helio Castroneves (Season 5)

Helio Castroneves, a Brazilian racing car racer, won season five of DWTS. He was paired with Julianne, and their synergy on the dance floor was undeniable.  The race car driver won his third Indianapolis 500 two years after winning in 2007. He was fortunate that year.

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Making Millions after DWTS

In the same year, he and his wife Adriana Henao welcomed their first child, Mikaella. He returned for the all-stars season but was knocked out in the third week. Helio is still competing in IndyCar and is a member of Team Penske. He made over $1.3 million in 2016

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Kristi Yamaguchi (Season 6)

On the season six finale in May 2008, Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi added the Mirrorball trophy to her 1992 gold medal. In the final week of the competition, she and her partner Mark Ballas earned three perfect scores for their cha-cha, freestyle, and jive routines.  Kristi is also very much a part of the figure skating world, and in 2018, the Ice Theatre of New York honored her. She recently celebrated a silver-anniversary milestone.

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Always Dream

This 2021, Kristi is commemorating the silver anniversary of her charitable organization, Always Dream. Always Dream was created by Yamaguchi to foster her passion for children's literacy. She started by donating books to a few Bay Area schools that support underserved youth. It has since expanded to ten schools, 32 kindergarten classrooms, and 500 learners in three states. 

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Brooke Burke (Season 7)

Derek Hough, Julianne's brother, won the first season in November 2008 with Brooke Burke, a model and actress who later co-hosted the show with Tom Bergeron before being replaced by Erin Andrews in 2013. They defeated celebrities such as a pre-superstar Kim Kardashian. Brooke is now the mother of four children, but her body is still looking great!

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Co-Parenting with the Ex

Brooke married her David, a French singer and Baywatch star, in 2011 after their two children were born. In April 2018, she ended the relationship, and in 2020, she told Us Weekly about their co-parenting arrangement: 'We have a beautiful relationship right now, which is really valuable.' Brooke has two daughters with her first husband, Garth Fisher. Another Olympic gold medalist was also a champ.

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Shawn Johnson (Season 8)

Shawn Johnson was destined for greatness. In May 2009, the gymnast teamed up with Mark Ballas to win the season eight Mirrorball trophy, fresh from her results at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where she won four gold medals and one silver medal. In 2012, Shawn announced her retirement from gymnastics. Andrew East, a football free agent, became her husband. They are expecting another child this year.

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A New Baby is Coming

In a recent YouTube video, the 28-year-old Olympic gymnast announced that she and her husband Andrew East expect their second child. Andrew found out he was positive for COVID-19 just a few days after discovering they were expecting their second child. He was then forced to remove himself from his relatives for ten days, but he seems to be doing well now. This summer, Baby East will arrive, and they are both hoping for a little boy.

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Donny Osmond (Season 9)

The ninth season of DWTS premiered in September 2009, with 16 contestants rather than the regular 13. Melissa Joan Hart, Kathy Ireland, Aaron Carter, Joanna Krupa, Kelly Osbourne, and Mya were among the notable participants, the latter two of whom advanced to the finals alongside eventual winner Donny Osmond and his partner Kym Johnson. In the finale, they received two perfect scores for a freestyle routine and an Argentine tango. DWTS was not his last reality show.

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The Masked Singer

It's no surprise that Donny Osmond, who is known for his theatrical performances, was able to win DWTS season nine. In the first season of FOX's hit show The Masked Singer, Donny came in second place. Peacock was his disguise. He described the experience as the "most enjoyable thing he has ever done."

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Nicole Scherzinger (Season 10)

Nicole Scherzinger used her Pussycat Dolls experience to make Derek Hough win the Mirrorball trophy for the second time in May 2010. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, reality TV stars Kate Gosselin and Jake Pavelka were among the other contestants during that unforgettable season. Her winning moment led to even greater things.

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X-Factor Judge

Since DWTS, Nicole has been in several reality television competitions. She has been on the panels for Australia's Got Talent and The Masked Singer and was a judge on The X Factor. Her personal life has once again made headlines in 2019 as it was revealed that she is dating Try Star's Thom Evans.

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Jennifer Gray (Season 11)

Jennifer Grey relived her Dirty Dancing days in the fall of 2010, when she and partner Derek Hough cha-cha'd their six perfect scores during the season, including three during finals week, putting them ahead of Bristol Palin, Brandy, Audrina Patridge, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, and David Hasselhoff. After that, she starred in another show.

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Gray in Grey’s Anatomy

In the most recent season of Grey's Anatomy, Jennifer landed a role. Betty's mother, who lived with Amelia Shepherd, was played by her. She has a family connection to the show as her dad, Oscar-winning actor Joel Grey once played a former tutor of Katherine Heigl's character on Grey's Anatomy

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Hines Ward (Season 12)

Hines Ward, the NFL MVP, and his partner Kym danced their way to the season 12 championship. Since Emmitt in season three, the retired Pittsburgh Steeler has become the first football player to win. After the 2011 season, Hines announced his retirement from the NFL. He was hired as an offensive coordinator for the New York Jets this year, his first full-time coaching position. One would have thought that he’ll be in the Hall of Fame for his hard work.

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Snubbed Again

Hines was voted to four Pro Bowls and helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls during his 14-year career in Pittsburgh. He was also named MVP of the 2006 Super Bowl, a rare honor for a wide receiver. However, for the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, the fifth time was not the charm. Ward was once again snubbed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the finalists for the Class of 2021 were announced. 

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J.R. Martinez (Season 13)

During season 13 of DWTS, veteran and All My Children star J.R. Martinez and dancer Karina Smirnoff won the Mirror Ball Trophy. The Viennese waltz to "Breakaway" performed by the duo will steal your breath away. J.R. spends most of his time delivering motivational and keynotes addresses. In 2012, he published Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Power, and Spirit, which became a New York Times best-seller. The 14th winner is now a business owner.

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Donald Driver (Season 14)

Donald Driver, a former Green Bay Packers quarterback, and Peta Murgatroyd won the Mirror Ball in the 14th season. The duo beat out model William Levy and singer Katherine Jenkins. Donald is a co-owner of Driven Elite, an athletic training organization. It is owned by the wide receiver, John Myers, and baseball player Aaron Westlake. Donald is a co-owner of Driven Elite, an athletic training organization.

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Driven Elite

Driver and Aaron Westlake, a former Vanderbilt basketball player, have opened three Driven Elite locations in the Dallas area. Driver mentioned that he has been searching for a place to bring the company to Wisconsin. He selected the MAC building at 758 N. Broadway in downtown Milwaukee, which is undergoing a $70 million renovation that will bring the club's wellness offerings up to date. 

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Melissa Rycroft (Season 15)

Melissa Rycroft, who placed third on season eight of DWTS, joined 12 other former contestants for DWTS: All-Stars in 2012, including Pamela Anderson, Joey Fatone, Drew Lachey, Bristol Palin Kirstie Alley, Emmitt Smith, Gilles Marini, and Helio Castroneves. On the two-night finale, she and Tony Dovolani narrowly defeated past champions Kelly Monaco and Shawn Johnson, winning two perfect scores and a 28.5. She then married the love of her life.

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Bachelor No More

Rycroft revealed her engagement to Strickland in March 2009. Clearly, Rycroft is no longer associated with Mesnick or The Bachelor franchise. Rycroft indicated she had no grudges against Mesnick or Malaney in an Instagram post on August 10. Rycroft then revealed in a separate Instagram post that she is still thankful for her time on The Bachelor, mostly because it led her to Strickland. 

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Kellie Pickler (Season 16)

Kellie Pickler, a country singer, may have placed sixth on season five of American Idol, but she was first on season 16 of Dancing with the Stars in the spring of 2013. She waltzed to victory over contestants with Derek Hough at her side. The American Idol winner is now working as a Hallmark screen star. She recently appeared in the films Christmas at Graceland and Wedding at Graceland with Wes Brown. She also landed a talk-show gig.

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Pulling Up After Losing the Show

The singer started to act slowly but steadily, eventually landing her own talk show, Pickler & Ben, with co-host and journalist Ben Aaron. Even though the 2017 talk show seemed to be doing well, it was reportedly canceled last year. Kellie has pulled herself up after losing her talk show and focusing on various projects, including her role in some Hallmark Christmas movies. 

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Amber Riley (Season 17)

In 2013, Glee star Amber Riley gave DWTS vet Derek Hough his record-breaking fifth Mirrorball win. With a perfect-scoring samba-quickstep variation to "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher", they edged out the other finalists. Amber became a member of Leading Ladies, a British-American supergroup that recorded its debut album, Songs from the Stage, in 2017. Amber has spent two years in the Dreamgirls stage production. She is also has a heart for her beliefs.

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Recognizing her Voice’s Strength

Riley has released a self-titled EP, launched #unMUTEny as a campaign to end the silence in the entertainment industry, remixed "O Christmas Tree" into the carol "Oh Shopping Spree" in collaboration with Straight Talk Wireless, and landed a starring role (along with a co-executive producer title) on the NBC musical comedy Dream in the last year. The  8th winner sparked some dating rumors.

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Meryl Davis (Season 18)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned his first win with Olympian Meryl Davis in May 2014, after 14 seasons. Their chemistry fuelled romantic speculation, and despite both insisting that they were only friends, they clearly had a special connection. In 2019, Meryl married Fedor Andreev, a fellow skater, in a European wedding. 

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Alfonso Ribeiro (Season 19)

Over fellow contestants, Sadie Robertson and Janel Parrish, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum came out on top. The energy of Alfonso Ribeiro was a big part of his season 19 victory. In 2015, Alfonso was selected to host America's Funniest Home Videos. Who was he supposed to take the place of? Tom Bergeron, host of DWTS. While he was on stage, we’re sure he picked up some useful advice!

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Rumer Willis (Season 20)

Rumer Willis and partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy were able to dance their way to the top of Season 20 of Dancing with the Stars.  Rumer then stunned the judges on The Masked Singer with her singing abilities, and her acting credits are growing. We have also seen her in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood and has starred in more than 20 episodes of Empire. In Hollywood and has starred in more than twenty episodes of Empire

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Promoting Body Positivity

“This is just an appreciation post for my body because I think it's important to enjoy ourselves,” the 31-year-old actress wrote on Instagram recently, wearing a plunging gray bra and boxers from Kim Kardashian's SKIMS company. The actress said she's "working very hard" to embrace the skin she's in, calling body image issues "really equalizing" and saying she still feels "shame" when she sees images of modelesque Instagram influencers.

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Bindi Irwin (Season 21)

From the beginning, Irwin, the daughter of the late Steve Irwin, was a fan favorite. Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy, as well as Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas, were eliminated. In July 2019, Bindi got engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Chandler Powell. She continues to work at the Australia Zoo with her mother, Terri, honoring her late father, Steve.

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Nyle DiMarco (Season 22)

In May 2016, the Deaf model devoted his victory to all "Deaf people worldwide." He told Us Weekly at the time, "It means the barriers can be broken." Nyle has guest-starred on Sundance Channel's This Close and ABC's Grey's Anatomy spinoff Station 19 since his time on DWTS

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Laurie Hernandez (Season 23)

When compared her medals to the mirrorball trophy, the gymnast tells Us, "Honestly, I feel like they tie with each other." At only 16 years old, the Olympic gold medalist became the show's first youngest female winner, carrying home the Mirror Ball. Laurie told PEOPLE that she wanted an emotional and physical break from gymnastics during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. But she's back in the gym, preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

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Rashad Jennings (Season 24)

At the end of Season 24, Rashad and his partner Emma Slater held the Mirror Ball high and proud. Thanks to the former NFL’s running back experiences, he could use his quick feet to his advantage. Rashad is now the author of Coin Slot Chronicles which became a bestselling book. Another winner became the show’s host.

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Jordan Fisher (Season 25)

It was the Hamilton alum that helped Lindsay Arnold to have her first Mirrorball trophy. The singer owns the greatest number of perfect scores in the show, so it’s not a surprise that he bagged the award in the end. He was later on tapped to be DWTS: Junior’s host. He is now happily married to his beautiful wife!

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Happily Ever-After

Fisher married Ellie Woods in a private after-hours ceremony at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, on November 21. At Cinderella Castle's back courtyard, the couple was surrounded by a close circle of socially distant and masked friends and family. Fisher has performed on Broadway's Hamilton as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton, as well as in two Fox live musicals: Rent (as Mark Cohen) and Grease (as Danny) (as Doody). 

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Adam Rippon (Season 26)

This guy was the third ice skater who took home the Mirrorball trophy when he won on the all-athletes season. He now has his own Youtube series where he interviews different celebrities and gives them skating lessons. He also appeared in Taylor Swift’s "You Need to Calm Down" music video.

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Bobby Bones (Season 27)

Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess won the most recent season of DWTS. In the contentious finale, the radio show host defeated actors Milo Manheim and Evanna Lynch. He now hosts Bobby Bones Show, and he even returned to American Idol as an in-house coach! 

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Who among these Dancing With The Stars contestants is your favorite? If ever they will face each other on stage again, who will you give your loudest cheer? Tell us in the comments and tell us who you’d like to see on the next seasons too!

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