The truth about winning Dancing with the Stars
Just about everything on Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) seems glamorous. From the over-the-top costumes to the perfectly-choreographed numbers, to the screaming fans, being a contestant looks like a dream come true. Dancing with the Stars is the ultimate reality contest show and is going on its 25th season. Every season, professional dancers are matched up with the “stars” (aka “C” to “D” list celebrities) and compete against each other in choreographed dances. The fun part is that the audience and viewers vote each week and ultimately choose the winner of the entire competition.
But what happens when the cameras stop rolling and it is time to go back to real life? The winners of the hit show can’t sit around basking in their mirror trophy glory forever. Here are just a few of the untold truths of winning Dancing with the Stars.
You may just go back to your old job
Here’s an anticlimactic secret for you. Many of the winners just go back to what they were doing before the show. Actress Kelly Monaco won the first season of Dancing with the Stars and immediately went back to her role on General Hospital. “A nice portion of people have gone on to do wonderful things — from talk shows to movies to whatever — but I’m just really happy where I am,” Monaco told the Sioux City Journal.
During the fifth season of the show, INDY 500 winner Helio Castroneves won the title. He also went back to his day job and is still racing cars and living in Florida. “I don’t think I would be a good actor! People enjoyed Dancing With the Stars because I was myself and every time they told me to say something, I would say my own words so I don’t think I could follow a script well,” he told OK. “But if I had the chance, I would have to prepare myself well. After Dancing With the Stars, I would never say never!”
In fact, Castroneves believed that being on DWTS actually made him a better driver when he returned to the sport. “I think it was a win-win situation,” he told USA Today. “The Indy car series as a group ended up earning a lot of new fans. I believe it also improves (you personally). Everything about it helped but certainly my name, my recognition — a big part of it is thanks to DWTS.”
Some winners go on to other reality shows
While some winners choose to resume their pre-DWTS lives, some can’t quite walk away from the limelight just yet. Brooke Burke-Charvet danced her way to the top with partner Derek Hough, and the win meant a lot to her. “Derek and I will always have a special relationship because we shared such a life-changing moment,” Burke-Charvet told Closer Weekly.
After her great experience, Burke-Charvet was clearly bitten by the TV contest bug, because she later went on to compete in Celebrity Apprentice. Perhaps she should have stuck with supportive partner Hough, because her real life husband did not do her any favors on that show. When Burke-Charvet asked husband David Charvet to pose for an ad sitting behind her on a motorcycle, he angrily refused, and it ended up costing her the spot on the show. “He’s very macho,” Burke-Charvet admitted to The Atlantic. “And he’s not the most cooperative guy.”
Another reality show lover is Melissa Rycroft. She went from appearing on The Bachelor to Dancing with the Stars to starring in CMT’s Melissa and Tye: A New Reality.