The Winners of 'Dancing with the Stars': Where Are They Now?
Since its 2005 premiere, "Dancing with the Stars" has transformed celebrities from all walks of entertainment and sports into skilled and glamorous dancers.
To prepare you for 14th season of quicksteps and salsas, "Extra" has compiled a list to catch you up on the past 13 winners, and what they've been up to since winning the Mirror Ball trophy.
'Dancing with the Stars' Winners: Where They Are Now?
Season 1: Kelly Monaco
General Hospital actress and reality star Kelly Monaco won the first "DWTS" in 2005. She named Maxim's number one sexiest cover model of the decade, and expanded her dancing resume, starring in the Las Vegas burlesque act, "Peepshow." In 2011, Monaco starred in E!'s reality TV series, "Dirty Soap," which followed her personal and professional life. The series ran for just one season.
Season 2: Drew Lacey
After the former 98 Degrees member won, he went on to co-host the 2006 Miss USA pageant, and traveled in both Canada and the United States for the "Dancing with the Stars" tour in 2007. In 2009, Lacey was the presenter for the reality series, "HGTV's $250,000 Challenge" and later that year won the celebrity edition of HGTV's Showdown, "Battle of the Bonus Room." He and his wife of 11 years had their second child on May 15, 2010.
Season 3: Emmitt Smith
Retired NFL running back Emmitt Smith was praised for "making dancing look manly" and for his "natural charm," when he and partner Cheryl Burke, landed in the top spot in fall '06. Smith was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010, and co-founded Esmith Legacy, which specializes in commercial real estate development.
Season 4: Apolo Anton Ohno
The American short track speed skater, 29, is an eight-time Olympic medalist -- making him the most decorated American Winter Olympics athlete of all time. After taking the trophy in the spring of 2007, Ohno has worked as a motivational speaker, philanthropist, and started the nutritional supplement business, 8 Zone. During his last Olympic games in 2010, Ohno won a bronze medal in the 1,000-meter race and another in the 5,000 relay.
Season 5: Hélio Castroneves
Race car driver and popular sports personality Hélio Castroneves claimed victory over Spice Girl Mel B in Fall 2007. In 2009, Castroneves won his third Indianapolis 500 and back-to-back races in 2009 and 2010. Castroneves returns for his 13th season with Team Penske in 2012, competing in the North America IndyCar Series.
Season 6: Kristi Yamaguchi
Kristi is an athlete, artist, wife, mother, philanthropist and dancer. Since her 2007 victory, Yamaguchi worked as an Olympics skating broadcast analyst on NBC's Universal Sports Network in 2010, and continues to grow her "Always Dream Foundation" which supports organizations that have a positive influence on children.
Season 7: Brooke Burke
Model Brooke Burke won in 2008 alongside Derek Hough, and went on to replace Samantha Harris as co-host of the program in Season 10. In August 2010, Burke hosted the third season of the TV Land series, "She's Got the Look," and published her first book, The Naked Mom: A Modern Mom's Fearless Revelations, Savvy Advice, and Soulful Reflections, in February, 2011.
Season 8: Shawn Johnson
Shawn was the youngest celebrity to win "Dancing with the Stars" at age 17. In 2008, Johnson won a gold and three silver Olympic medals for the United States Women's Gymnastics team, and she continues to train with the goal of attending, and making her mark in the 2012 U.S. Olympic games.
Season 9: Donny Osmond
The singer/actor and former teen idol took season 9 by storm with partner Kym Johnson, proving that he "can dance better than his sister," who finished third on season 5. Now, Donny and Marie Osmond can be found performing nightly at the Flamingo Las Vegas in a 90-minute variety show with special effects, dancers, and an elaborate custom-built stage.
Season 10: Nicole Scherzinger
Scherzinger, well known as the former lead singer of Pussycat Dolls, began her solo career in December 2010, just months before her victory. Scherzinger is currently slated to play Lilly in the upcoming film "Men in Black 3," to be released May 25, 2012.
Season 11: Jennifer Grey
The Fall 2010 champion, best known for her roles in the movies "Dirty Dancing" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," is working in TV. Since her win, she appeared in an episode of "House M.D," starred in the TV Movie "The Bling Room," and recently finished taping the romantic sci-fi film, "In Your Eyes."
Season 12: Hines Ward
The 12th champion, and fourth athlete to captivate America and the "DWTS" judges, is currently a free agent in the NFL after being released from the Pittsburgh Steelers in February 2012. Ward will hit the big screen in the upcoming film, "The Dark Knight Rises," as a member of the fictional Gotham Rogues football team.
Season 13: J.R. Martinez
Martinez is preparing to have his first child with girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones. Since his win, Martinez has appeared as the Grand Marshal of the 2012 Rose Parade, and continues motivational speaking to burn patients. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors.