It's the show that has swept America off its feet—even Oprah's security guard watches! Each week millions vote to decide which celebrity will be crowned the winner of ABC's smash hit Dancing with the Stars.
Three-time Super Bowl champ Emmitt Smith, one of the two finalists, had all the right moves on the football field, but on the dance floor he was just a rookie. Emmitt and his partner Cheryl Burke practiced up to 12 hours a day to perfect their routines and make it all the way to the finals. "It's just been a tremendous ride and a tremendous experience," Emmitt says.
Cheryl says Emmitt surprised her from day one. After the first performance, she says she knew that Emmitt had a chance to make it into the finals. "A football player, who would know this guy could just move?" Cheryl says.
Heartthrob actor and television host Mario Lopez is the other celebrity finalist. He and dance partner Karina Smirnoff have heated up the dance floor with their sexy dance moves and red-hot chemistry, but Mario puts the rumors that they are dating to rest. "I should be so lucky, but she's just a strict partner/teacher," Mario says.
After months of practicing and performing, the final results were revealed on November 15, 2006. The winner of the second season of Dancing with the Stars was...Emmitt Smith!