"Dancing With the Stars" held its 18th and 19th seasons during 2014. The spring season featured several athletes: ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis, swimmer Diana Nyad, snowboarder Amy Purdy and hockey player Sean Avery. Actors included Billy Dee Williams, Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar.
Other entertainers who competed during the 18th season were comedian Drew Carey, singers Cody Simpson and James Maslow, and reality star NeNe Leakes. The winners were Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis and her professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. They pulled ahead of the other finalist couples, Amy Purdy and Derek Hough and Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas.
The 19th season of "Dancing With the Stars" premiered September 2014. Actors who competed were Alfonso Ribeiro, Lea Thompson, Jonathan Bennett, Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Janel Parrish. Sporting figures were NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, mixed martial artist Randy Couture and Olympian Lolo Jones. The cast was rounded out by comedian Tommy Chong, talk show host Tavis Smiley, designer Betsey Johnson, video blogger Bethany Mota and reality star Sadie Robertson. Alfonso Ribeiro, known for television's "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and his partner Witney Carson became the season's champions. The other finalists were Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas and Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy.