Dancing With The Stars Season 2 Recap
Following many of the changes that were in store for the season it was extremely important to begin season two of Dancing with the Stars with a fabulous cast of celebrities pulled together. In order to really do this, the show pulled out several well known celebrities to really give the show a serious boost. The huge changes in the show paid off and it continued to grow in popularity. However, it was also speculated that the viewer voting was creating problems in the results, as many people who received extremely low scores from the judges were actually given the ability to remain on the show an extremely long period of time.
Kenny Mayne was the first contestant to be sent packing. As an ESPN sports commentator he was teamed up with professional Andrea Hale. After an extremely brief stint on the show, he was eliminated on January 6, 2006 with the new season only starting on January 5, 2006. As one of the shortest durations on the show, he was certainly passed over by many when discussing highlights of the show.
Tatum O’Neil was partnered with professional Nick Kosovich and was eliminated on January 13, 2006. For her previous accomplishments, she was a successful actress and has even won an Academy Award previously.
Giselle Fernandez is a TV journalist who appeared in season two partnered with Jonathan Roberts. Following the elimination on January 20, 2006, she was expected to return to her normal job.
Master P is the rapper that everyone loved to support. Drawing the love of the viewers, he was kept around for many weeks despite the fact that he had no real skills in ballroom dancing. After putting in very few hours of actual dance training, it was immediately obvious that the viewers were voting for him simply due to his popularity, rather than his actual dancing skills. Partnered with Ashly DelGrosso the pair was eventually eliminated on January 27, 2006 after causing quite a stir over the voting process.
Tia Carrere is a model and actress who was partnered with professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The duo was eliminated on the February 3, 2006 episode.
George Hamilton an actor was partnered with Edyta Sliwinska after a successful run on the show the pair was eliminated on February 10, 2006.
Lisa Rinna was designated as one of the best dancers in the competition and was paired with professional Louis van Amstel. Despite best efforts and scores from the judges, Lisa was eliminated on February 24, 2006.
Stacy Keibler an actress and also a former Diva for WWE was paired with professional Tony Dovolani. The pair was eliminated on February 24, 2006 in third place; however, there was disputes that they should have rightfully beaten the second place finishers due to much better performances over the duration of the show.
Jerry Rice is a retired and highly successful NFL wide receiver. After being chided by the judges continuously over his lack of ability, it became obvious that the reason he stayed for so long was due to the viewers voting for him. The controversy surrounding the voting reached a fever pitch when Jerry finished second place. Many attributed his win to the votes that poured in right immediately following his dancing which was often at the very beginning of the show.
The final contestant for season was Drew Lachey, brother to Nick Lachey and also member of the boy band 98 Degrees. His professional partner was Cheryl Burke and they managed to secure a first place win on February 24, 2006. This was the first major project that Drew was involved in for quite a while, and his wonderful performances on the show attributed heavily to his win.
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