People Staff
March 13, 2006 12:00 PM


Forget the trophy, STACY KEIBLER is more excited about being able to get her hands on some apple pie. “I cut it out of my diet because who wants to go out there in these sexy little outfits and look bad?” says the pro wrestler, 26, who is dating actor Geoff Stults, 29. Having scored perfect 10s for her finale samba, her third-place showing elicited gasps from the studio audience. “I was shocked,” admits judge Bruno Tonioli. No hard feelings, though, and “no dance-off,” promises partner TONY DOVOLANI. “America saw what we could do,” concurs Keibler, who hopes to start acting after her WWE contract is up in July. “I don’t feel robbed at all.”


Former 49ers wide receiver JERRY RICE was as surprised as anyone when Keibler was eliminated. “I said, ‘Oh my God, we’re in the final two!’ ANNA [TREBUNSKAYA, his partner] had to calm me down.” An underdog from the start, the father of three, 43, “was nervous for the first couple of weeks,” says his wife, Jackie, 38. “But towards the end he said, ‘I’m going to have fun with this!’ He’s a big ham.” Rice plans to use the 10 pairs of dance shoes he now owns by sharing some of his moves with Jackie. Still, he’ll miss competing each week. “I’m probably going to go through withdrawal,” he says. “This has been the experience of a lifetime.”


Although partner CHERYL BURKE helped him nab the Dancing title, DREW LACHEY can’t wait to kick up his heels with another girl. “In a couple of years my daughter will be cutting a rug around me,” says the dad-to-be, 29. “I’ll hold her hands, and she’ll be dancing on my feet. I’m looking forward to that.” Wife Lea, 29, due this month with the couple’s first child, was in the audience every week to watch her husband paso doble into posterity. “I’m so proud of him,” she says. Adds brother Nick: “He worked really hard for this.” So what will he do with that coveted trophy? “It’ll go on my ego shelf,” says Lachey. “A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into getting this.”

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