Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network to start publishing your own articles.The celebrity winners on "Dancing with the Stars" are usually the names remembered after each season ends, but each celebrity was paired with a professional dancer. Both partners deserve equal credit for their win. As is proof in repeat professional winners, their talent and teaching greatly contributes to celebrity success, and each "star" contestant also has to possess talent, charisma, and drive to reach the number one spot.
These are the multi-talented, professional winning partners of "Dancing with the Stars:"
Partnered with Kelly Monaco, Alec Mazo took the top spot on the first season of "Dancing with the Stars." Mazo has been studying dance since childhood and is a 5 time US National Finalist. He has appeared in movies and commercials, and he has his own line of fitness videos. Alec has participated in five seasons of the popular dance program.
Cheryl Burke, partnered with Drew Lachey in season 2 and Emmitt Smith in season 3, won these two consecutive seasons. Cheryl originally studied ballet as a child but switched to ballroom as a teenager. The charismatic dancer and choreographer owns her own dance instruction studios and still performs on "Dancing with the Stars."
Another back to back winner, Julianne Hough took seasons 4 and 5 straight out of high school. Her partners were Apolo Anton Ohno and Helio Castroneves. Performing since early childhood, Julianne participated in a pop trio with fellow "Dancing with the Star's" professionals Derek Hough, her brother, and Mark Ballas. Hough is now concentrating on her country music career.
Winning seasons 6 and 8, Mark Ballas danced with two Olympic athletes, Kristi Yamaguchi and Shawn Johnson. The son of two of the most well-known ballroom dancers, Ballas has dancing in his genes. Before his time on the popular television show, he and Julianne Hough won a gold medal at the Junior Olympics. Mark also made it to the finals in season 11 of "Dancing with the Stars" with controversial partner Bristol Palin.
Kym Johnson won season 9 with celebrity Donny Osmond. An Austrailian, Kym originally performed on the Aussie version of the popular dancing program. Taking the number 2 spot twice on "Dancing with the Stars," Johnson finally took home the win with Osmond. Kym also has very successful fitness videos.
The only professional with three wins on "Dancing with the Stars" is Derek Hough. Reaching the top spot in seasons 7, 10, and 11, Hough's celebrity partners were Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, and Jennifer Grey. Star of the stage version of the musical "Footloose" in 2006, Hough is also a musician. Derek is missing the 12th season of "Dancing with the Stars" to film a movie.
- Derek Hough
- Alec Mazo
- Kym Johnson
- Helio Castroneves
- Kristi Yamaguchi
- Drew Lachey
- Donny Osmond
- Apolo Anton Ohno