Dancing With the Stars

Dancing With the Stars
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 30, 2008

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With the new season of “Dancing With the Stars” kicking off tonight featuring Mya and others, we look back at some of our past favorite contestants from the show, from Toni Braxton to Warren Sapp to Vivica A. Fox.

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Singer Macy Gray looks to bust a move on the dance floor this season on “Dancing With the Stars.”

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Though she didn’t take the crown, Queen Bee Lil’ Kim gave it her all, wowing the judges week after week with her fierce footwork last spring with partner Derek Hough.

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With his smooth moves and suave charm, R&B singer Mario almost won the competition with partner Karina Smirnoff in spring 2008.

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Second season winner Emmitt Smith proved that he had what it took to make it all the way to the top.

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Toni Braxton and her “Dancing With the Stars” partner, Alec Mazo, do their thing on the floor.

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Former Spice Girl Mel B. shook her shimmy with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy in the fall of 2007.

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Even though boxing champ Laila Ali came in third place during her stint on the show, both she and her “DWTS” partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, were crowd favorites every time they hit the dance floor.

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One-time NFL defensive player of the year Jason Taylor took his fancy footwork off the field and onto the floor with partner Edyta Śliwińska, becoming the runner-up winner, in spring 2008.

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Toni Braxton ends her quick step performance with “Dancing With the Stars” partner Alec Mazo with a slide through his legs and a sexy pose on the dance floor.

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Track and Field champ Maurice Greene worked the floor with two-time champ Cheryl Burke in fall 2008. “Learning choreography is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I’m doing my homework and just doing the best job that I can,” Greene said.

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No, it’s not another sad love song that got Toni Braxton and her “Dancing With the Stars” partner, Alec Mazo, looking so serious. They’re waiting for their final scores after performing the quick step.

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Three-time Super Bowl champ and 2006 “Dancing with the Stars” winner Emmitt Smith and his dance partner, Cheryl Burke, bust a move at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The two took their show on the road to help introduce the Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive Concept vehicle.

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Maurice Greene, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who was once called the “World’s Fastest Man,” struts his stuff on the dance floor.

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Toni Braxton is all smiles with dance partner Alec Mazo.

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Warren Sapp is all smiles following yet another winning performance.

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