Profession: Pro ballroom dancer (he was the 2005 Yankee Classic Professional Latin Champion), partnered with Mel B this season.
The 27-year-old Ukrainian simply hasn’t found “the one” – yet. But he knows what he’s looking for. Says Chmerkovskiy, “She has to be able to dance.” And he’s literally looking for a woman who can put her best foot forward: “My favorite physical feature in a woman is her feet. It gets to the point of ridiculous,’ Chmerkovskiy told Extra.
Status: Engaged, to longtime girlfriend Aliette Vasquez
Profession: Racecar driver (he won the Indy 500 in 2001 and ’02), partnered with Julianne Hough
Nicknamed Spider-Man (for scaling the track-side debris fence after every race victory), the Brazilian daredevil is getting pulses racing with his show-stopping mambo and good ol’ fashioned modesty: “I can hear the audience clapping and cheering and it’s fuel for my energy,” Castroneves told PEOPLE. “It really keeps me going.”
Status: Married, with one child
Profession: Pro ballroom dancer (he was the World Rhythm Champion in 2005 and ’06), partnered with Jane Seymour
In search of the strong, silent type? Look no further than the 34-year-old Albanian. Dovolani helped season three partner, country’s Sara Evans, through a painful divorce. And season five partner Seymour has called him a “saint.” “He was making me focus on the dance, rather than focusing on anything else,” Seymour wrote on her blog after the recent death of her mother. “I realized that I needed to do this.”
Status: Married to model Vanessa Arevalo, with whom he has two children, Lucas and Leila
Profession: Actor, All My Children, partnered with Edyta Sliwinska
The Canadian already makes women swoon on daytime TV, and now he’s proving he can hold his own with the primetime pros on DWTS. “I think I’m good under pressure with things that I’m familiar with,” Mathison, who was diagnosed with Perthes disease (a degenerative condition that affects the hip joint) at a young age, told PEOPLE. “I am not a dancer, but we’ve put a lot of work into it and I’m ready.”
Profession: Pro ballroom dancer (he’s the former World Champion Latin American Dancer), partnered with Jennie Garth
Growing up with five siblings in Utah, “my mom saw us as the blond Osmond family,” Hough told ET. “We started playing drums and piano at a young age, and then we went to dance classes. To tell you the truth, I didn’t like it.” So what was the turning point? “I think when this goodlooking girl walked in, I was like, ‘Yeah, this is why I dance!’ “
Profession: Model (he was Cosmo’s Guy Without His Shirt in 2004), partnered with Anna Trebunskaya
Though the Abercrombie amp Fitch model was the second to be voted off DWTS, his short stint was a memorable one: The Vero Beach, Fla., native showed off his John Travolta-inspired quick step. Still, Reed is bummed about not being able to “hang out with these incredible people every Monday and Tuesday. I’ve made a really cool group of friends here,” he told PEOPLE of the cast.