Famous members of the "Dancing With the Stars" television show have included Emmit Smith, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mark Cuban, Donny Osmond and Kirstie Alley. The popular show has featured many famous people as cast members throughout its long run. The stars have been celebrities who gained notoriety for different reasons, including athletes, business people, music stars, and television and movie actors.
Perhaps surprisingly, one of the most successful groups of stars have been current and former athletes. While it may be thought that actors and singers, who usually have a background in dance as well, would have a distinct advantage, more than one-third of the winners of the first 20 seasons were sports stars. Natural athleticism and fast feet helped former Dallas Cowboys hall of fame running back Emmit Smith hoist the first place trophy in season three. Other football playing winners include wide receivers Hines Ward and Donald Driver. Olympic champions Lolo Jones, Apolo Anton Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi and Shawn Johnson have been winners as well.
Television and movie stars have done well too, with some even being so popular they have made multiple appearances, including Kirstie Alley from "Cheers" and the "Look Who's Talking" movies and former "Baywatch" babe Pamela Anderson.
Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus and pop crooner Donny Osmond have also competed, with Donny winning season nine. Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban tried out his dance skills in season five but learned he was better at making money after an eighth place finish.