Amber Riley & Derek Hough
Despite a nagging knee injury, the Glee actress became the first African-American woman to win the mirror ball trophy. “I want to let women of all sizes know you can do whatever you put your mind to,” she said at the time.
Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star was a lock to win after he re-created his character’s goofy signature dance move, “The Carlton,” during week 4. “I never thought it’d still be something 20-something years later,” he said of the dance.
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
Martinez, formerly an actor on All My Children, was a crowd favorite for having overcome the trauma of being burned on over 34 percent of his body while serving as an infantryman in Iraq in 2003. “I want to sleep with this thing,” he said of the trophy.
Sabrina Bryan & Mark Ballas
The very definition of gettin’ robbed on the dance floor: Despite earning a perfect score of 30 points during week 4, the talented Cheetah Girls singer – and favorite for the finals – was inexplicably booted on week 6.
Mel B & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
The Spice Girls singer made it to the finals but had to settle for second place behind racecar driver Helio Castroneves.
Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke
The sexy French-American actor made it to the finals but lost by less than 1 percent of the vote to then 17-year-old gymnast Shawn Johnson and her partner, Mark Ballas.
KIRSTIE ALLEY’S SHOE FALLS OFF
During a waltz with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, the actress lost her shoe but not her cool. She finished the dance and got a respectable score of 22.
BRISTOL PALIN WEARS A GORILLA SUIT
Bristol and partner Mark Ballas began their jive to “Hey Hey We’re the Monkees” in, yep, hairy ape suits, before ripping them off to reveal their clothing underneath.
KELLY MONACO’S DRESS BREAKS
The General Hospital actress’s sexy samba got steamier when her strap snapped; she had to continue while holding her bustier up with one hand.
MARIE OSMOND FAINTS
The singer collapsed in front of a stunned audience after her samba with partner Jonathan Roberts, who broke her fall as help rushed in. “You [could] really hear her hyperventilating,” said host Tom Bergeron.
KATE GOSSELIN’S PASO DOBLE
After partner Tony Dovolani almost quit on the reality star for calling him a bad teacher, the mom of eight showed off her own considerable lack of skills with this painfully wooden number.
DWTS IS ‘MY SHOW’
The Ukrainian-American dance pro lost his cool after judge Len Goodman called his rumba with Hope Solo the “worst dance of the season.” Moments later Maks barked, “With all due respect, this is my show.”