10 Celebrities You Forgot to Dance on 'Dancing With the Stars'

Remember when Carole Baskin appeared on "DWTS"?

When you're a reality show that's been on the air for 31 seasons and showcased more than 300 contestants, there are bound to be some people who get lost in the mix, whether they're eliminated in the first week or show all the way to the end.

Dancing with the Stars has featured celebrities such as Alfonso Ribeiro, Donny Osmond, and most recently, season 31 winner Charli D'Amelio ) hit the dance floor and won the Mirror Ball Award, but there were also plenty of celebrity contestants that were lesser known despite their epic dancing.

Bill Nye

Bill Nye, better known to millennials as Bill Nye the Science Guy, rose to fame in the early 90's with his popular educational program of the same name. But many may not remember that the science buff was also a DWTS Season 17 dancer.

Nye, paired with one-season professional dancer Tyne Stecklein, lasted only three weeks on the show before being eliminated, but made a memorable dancefloor debut with the cha-cha routine on Oingo Boingo's "Weird Science."

Carole Baskin

Everyone remembers how Tiger King took over the world in 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, but many may forget that was the same year one of the documentary stars hit the Dancing With the Stars dance floor.

Carole Baskin, known as an animal activist, performed with professional partner Pasha Pashkov, making her dance floor debut with Paso Doble, aptly accompanied by Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger". The star danced to other cat-themed songs like "What's New, Pussycat?" Tom Jones and The Lion King's "Circle of Life" on her Before being eliminated in the third week.

Priscilla Presley

Actress and businesswoman Priscilla Presley proved her late husband Elvis wasn't the only one who could shake, rattle, and tumbling man.

Teaming up with professional dancer Louis Van Amstel Presley, after dancing the mambo, foxtrot and rumba, entered the fifth week of the competition, but after she had the opportunity to follow Elvis Presley's The duo were unfortunately eliminated before any songs were danced to.

Wayne Newton

If you asked your grandmother about Wayne Newton, she'd say he was a phenomenal singer, with hits like "Red Rose for the Blue Lady" and "Danke Schoen" in the '60s. but For DWTS fanatics, he's a Season 5 competitor.

Teaming up with DWTS legend Cheryl Burke, Newton memorably trotted to Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas" Vegas), in reference to the singer's famous Las Vegas residency, but was eventually eliminated after Gerardo Matos Rodríguez's "La Cumparsita" tango into the third week of the competition.


Whether you liked her as a singer, Karla in the slasher sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, or her haunting Cinderella image alongside Whitney Houston in 1997's Cinderella , you most likely don't remember her brandy from Dancing With the Stars time.

The singer and actor competed with professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy in season 11, reaching the semi-finals of the competition and eventually finishing fourth, despite being unanimously considered frontrunners by the audience and judges due to their cha-cha dances, Waltz and their last Argentine tango.

Riker Lynch

Riker Lynch is best known as the bandmate of R5 alongside famed family member Ross Lynch, and was recently named the performer of the number two song on the NBC America Song Contest, but it wasn't Long ago, the singer-songwriter became a professional dancer.

Lynch danced with So You Think You Can Dance contestant turned DWTS pro Allison Holker, second place again home to him, losing to season 20 winners Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy at the Mirror Ball despite their Week 5 featured the unforgettable dance of the Pirates of the Caribbean themed Pasodoble.

Buzz Aldrin

Everyone knows Buzz Aldrin, whether as one of the first men to walk on the moon or as the man named after the space ranger in Toy Story. After such a stellar career, the former astronaut traded his spacesuit for his dancing shoes.

In season 10, Aldrin and pro partner Ashley DelGroso-Costa danced with other celebrities including Nicole Scherzinger and Nixie Nash, which will be DelGroso's -Costa's final season on the show, and finished 10th, but before they could do the foxtrot to Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me To The Moon."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Throughout Dancing with the Stars' 31 seasons, many sports stars have come and gone, and even won, but not the least of which was basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the dance floor in 2018 A spinoff of Dancing With the Stars: The Athletes.

Despite his prowess on the basketball court, Abdul-Jabbar proved he should stick to sports when he danced with pro Lindsay Arnold. In the second week of the competition, he danced only cha-cha and salsa and was eliminated. Despite his early elimination, the basketball player made DWTS history by becoming the first seven-footer to compete on the show.

Margaret Cho

Comedy, acting, music, podcast hosting, LGBTQ+ advocacy; Margaret Cho does it all. No stranger to reality television, in 2010 Cho joined the cast of DWTS Season 11, alongside stars such as Florence Henderson, champion Jennifer Grey, and first-out David Hasselhoff.

Cho collaborated with fellow LGBTQ+ and DWTS alumnus and professional dancer Louis van Amstel. The pair only survived the first three weeks of competition, dancing Viennese waltzes, jive and samba, finishing poorly before being eliminated and finishing 10th.

Kim Kardashian West

Long before she was the pop culture princess of the famous but dysfunctional Kardashian family, Kim Kardashian West was a little-known influencer who rose to superstardom by the time she was on the show's seventh season In 2008, just a year after Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered.

Kardashian was paired with Mark Ballas, who had teamed up with celebrity partner Kristi Yamaguchi in the previous season but only danced Three Dances finished third with the reality star, while her older brother, Rob Kardashian, competed in season 13 and finished second.

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