It’s hard to believe that Dancing With The Stars has been on for 27 seasons. But it’s a popular show that people love. We adore seeing new and old celebrities get on there and be taken out of their comfort zone. We like cheering them on and hoping that our favorites make it until the end. The show has been on for so long that we sometimes forget who has been on it over the years. Celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Ian Ziering, Kirstie Alley, and even Kim Kardashian have taken the stage to show off their dance moves. There has been a mix of actors, athletes, reality TV stars and singers on the show that it’s hard to keep track of them sometimes.
We have even seen stars from the '80s and '90s on the show that gave us a sense of nostalgia which kept us watching every week. There have been a lot of flops on the show, however, and some celebrities even regret going on the show in the first place. We have to admit that some of the stars go on there to try to stay relevant or try to revive a career that they once had.
Check out these four celebs who regret appearing on Dancing With The Stars, plus 16 who were desperate to stay relevant.
20 Desperate To Stay Relevant: Tonya Harding
Tonya Harding certainly made a name for herself that went down in history. Some bad choices were made in her life and because of that, her career as a figure skater was ruined. For the most part, she has stayed out of the media but that all changed when she appeared on Dancing With The Stars. She had a lot of haters on the show and people were surprised that she made it to the finale.
"When everybody in the world was against me, my dad was still in my corner — no matter what," she stated, as People reports, saying that he "never abandoned me."
19 Desperate To Stay Relevant: Nick Lachey
We haven’t seen a lot of Nick Lachey over the years even though at one point he had a successful music career. That seemed to end after his divorce from Jessica Simpson. He said that he went on the show to teach his son a valuable lesson. He had a lot of difficulty learning the moves on the show but he was determined not to give up.
“I came into this competition to challenge myself. I tell my 5-year-old: ‘Once you commit to something, stick it out.’ I would never want him to look at dad and think dad was a quitter,” he told People. “It’s not an easy thing to be confident doing something you’re not in, so I have to come out and sell it as if I’m the best dancer in the world.”
18 Desperate To Stay Relevant: Priscilla Presley
It was a surprise to hear that Priscilla Presley was going to be on Dancing With The Stars because she’s not really the kind of celebrity that gets noticed much. She’s just a celebrity because of who her husband was. She is known as a producer, entrepreneur and acted in Dallas as well as the Naked Gun.
She became well-known when she married Elvis Presley but she hasn’t done anything in Hollywood since the '90s. At the time of her appearance on DWTS, she was 62 years old and the oldest female celebrity to be on the show. Before her, it was actress Jane Seymour who at 56 was the oldest to compete on the show.
17 Desperate To Stay Relevant: Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson has actually been on the show three times, with her most recent appearance being in 2018 on the French adaptation, Danse avec les stars.
“I have never danced but have been offered roles on Broadway. I seem to be fated to take on this challenge," Anderson wrote on her IG. "My kids have always come first. And there was just no time for film or theatre. Now that they are grown, I’m ready to take on more artistic roles.”
She has never made it to the finales as of yet on any of the shows.
16 Desperate To Stay Relevant: Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice did have some dancing experience before going on the show but he was still eliminated. He had never watched the show before appearing on it himself. He became a favorite on the show because he always had a smile on his face and a positive attitude. The night he was eliminated from the show, he said,
“This is a magical experience, I love it, it's great.” He added, “Dancing makes you happy and this is just a happy experience, I'm honored to be here. And I appreciate all the fans and the people. It's magical.”
15 Big Regret: Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian was on the show during the beginning of her career over 10 years ago. She didn’t do very well because she could not keep a beat no matter what she did. It turns out that her talent is not in the form of dancing. She even joked about her terrible dancing skills on an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Dance instructor Mark Ballas talked about this partner in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel. "[She] wasn't the best dancing partner. I love her, she's awesome, we became good friends," he said. "Dancing was not her thing, but she's a great girl."
14 Desperate To Stay Relevant: Melissa Joan Hart
Aside from a few Hallmark TV movies, Melissa Joan Hart hasn’t been in anything significant in many years. That may be why she decided to try her hand at a dancing competition.
Hart has a lot of regrets about being on the show because she feels that she could have done better. She told The Wall Street Journal,
“It’s really hard for me because this is like the first time in my life that I’ve ever had any regrets that you can’t fix. I’ll never be able to go back and prove that I can do a good samba. I’ll be on the treadmill at the gym and thinking about all these things I should’ve done, could’ve done. It’s really hard. I’ve never really had that before in my life. I can’t go fix it.”
13 Desperate To Stay Relevant: David Hasselhoff
Apparently, the only thing memorable about David Hasselhoff was the fact that he behaved like a total diva while on the show. A show insider revealed to Us Weekly that Hasselhoff "was a mess." He added, "His people would call staffers 20 times a day, changing rehearsal times, canceling shoots and even suggesting things like camera angles and poses."
It must be really difficult to have a partner who acts like a diva and Hasselhoff hasn’t been famous for a long time.
12 Desperate To Stay Relevant: Michael Bolton
Michael Bolton received a ton of criticism when he was on the show and he butted heads with judge Bruno Tonioli. He would often receive low scores when he was part of season 11. At one point, Tonioli called one of his performances “the worst” he’s ever seen. That did not go over well with Bolton.
"I think he should apologize publicly, and he should be reprimanded for it," Bolton told Good Morning America. "I was disappointed with Bruno — to me, he let everybody down." Sometimes people just can’t take criticism, and he just wasn’t a strong dancer on the show.
11 Desperate To Stay Relevant: Kirstie Alley
Sometimes partners get together and they don’t jive very well. That was the case with Kirstie Alley and her dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Kirstie was on the show during Season 12 and it wasn’t the partnership that either of them had hoped for. Chmerkovskiy talked about the partnership on Watch What Happens after a fan asked him about Kirstie. He said,
"She stopped getting along with me. I think the world of her....I thought we had a great relationship."
He also spoke to Us Weekly about the reason for the fallout, saying, "Scientology happened. You can thank [my friendship with scientologist] Leah Remini for that. A note was sent to a friend telling me I was 'disconnected,' as in, I am no longer allowed to be Kirstie's friend."
10 Desperate To Stay Relevant: Aaron Carter
Aaron Carter is another star that may have gone on the show to see if it would do anything for his career. He had a successful music career as a child but sometimes that can be too tough on some people and he was one musician that went down a bad path.
Carter had said that he was surprised that he got eliminated on the show because he was doing so well. "I'm very proud of myself," Carter said on Good Morning America. "It's been a great experience. I've learned so many different things throughout the competition. ... Now I can actually brag that I know all these different kinds of style of dance."
9 Big Regret: Kate Gosselin
We know Kate Gosselin to have a strong personality and she’s not someone who likes to be pushed around. When she was on Dancing With The Stars she butted heads pretty hard a few times with her dance partner, Tony Dovolani. Things got so heated between the two of them that Dovolani almost quit.
Gosselin was blaming him for her inability to learn the moves properly and he was just becoming fed up. "You're not taking into consideration how I learn!" she said during a rehearsal in one episode. He took off his mic pack and replied, "I'm done, I'm done today. I quit!"
8 Desperate To Stay Relevant: Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton was pretty moody while on the show so she didn’t make the experience fun for anyone. She is another '90s actress that was pretty popular in her heyday and then went into obscurity. She was on Season 22 of DWTS with dance partner Artem Chigvintsev. The two didn’t have a very good time together and she had no problem blaming him for it.
"I was relying on you to make it a positive experience," she said during one argument with him. "I can't do another week of this," she added to the cameras. "He just is not getting it, and it's horrible for me."
7 Desperate To Stay Relevant: Jennifer Grey
You would think that there would be no better person to go on a show about dancing than Jennifer Grey. During her time on the show, she ruptured a disc in her back and for a while, she wasn't sure if she would be able to carry on.
"I did not think I was going to be able to dance," Grey said after she ending up winning, as E! News reports. "I'm feeling great. This dance experience was so much more difficult [than 'Dirty Dancing' where] I learned basically one dance over the course of months. It was a completely different level of dancing."
6 Biggest Regret: Ian Ziering
Dancer Cheryl Burke was not at all impressed to be partnered up with 90210 alum Ian Ziering. It seemed like everything about him just annoyed her to no end. Burke admitted that Ziering was her least favorite partner when she was on the Allegedly podcast.
"The fact that his name is not Ee-an and it’s Eye-an makes me want to throw up!" she said during the podcast. "I was, like, crying to the executives. I was like, ‘Is there any way to please just eliminate us?’ They’re like, ‘We can’t. We can’t do that.'"
5 Desperate To Stay Relevant: Jodie Sweetin
When Jodie Sweetin went on the show, she was one week away from the semifinals when she was voted off the show. This was just before she started production on the Fuller House series. "I couldn’t ask for a better way to say thank you. Like, I got to do this, I got to go out on all 10s, that's amazing," she said. "This has been an absolutely incredible experience. I can't thank you enough, Keo," she said, addressing her pro partner, Keo Motsepe.
Overall, she was proud of her performance even though she didn’t make it to the end.
4 Desperate To Stay Relevant: Rumer Willis
Rumer Willis is the daughter of famous actors Demi Moore and Bruce Willis. She has followed in the footsteps of her parents to Hollywood but hasn’t had the same kind of success. She was on Season 20 of the show with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. There was a lot of talk that Willis got involved romantically with her partner and even got a tattoo of the two of them dancing together.
She later had it removed after the show when he started dating Jenna Johnson but she did like the show. “I don’t think I’ve ever worked harder for than anything in my life or loved anything I’ve done more in my life,” she said, as Mercury News reports.
3 Desperate To Stay Relevant: David Arquette
It seems as if David Arquette’s appearance on the show had a huge impact on his life. He said that it helped him “find joy in my life.” He said that it helped change his image during an incredibly difficult time: he was divorced from Courteney Cox, had had a trip to rehab and been in a car accident.
He partnered up with Kym Johnson and said, as People reports, “I learned a lot about myself on this show. I learned a lot about self-appreciation and finding joy in my life and doing things that are positive for me. Kym and I had the best time. We had a lot of fun.”
2 Biggest Regret: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff were partners on the show during Season 11. When he did his tango performance he was upset when he got a really low score. He ended up making a scene over it.
"I was upset. I actually stormed off upset because I tried so hard. I really did. I changed my haircut, I don't know," he told Us at the time. "Once I landed all those lifts and the judges were [criticizing] me? I'll be honest with you, it was in one ear and out the other."
He’s clearly not used to things not going his way!
1 Desperate To Stay Relevant: Shannen Doherty
Ian Ziering wasn’t the only 90210 alum on the show. Shannen Doherty also performed on Dancing With The Stars, in Season 10. Shannen said that she went on the show and performed for her father. At the time he had recently had a stroke and she told Good Morning America, "I did do this for him. My dad doesn't have his speech 100 percent back yet, but the first words he learned were 'I love you.' He was crying, and he said, 'I love you and I'm proud of you.'"
Sadly, she was the first celebrity to hang up her dancing shoes and be eliminated.
Sources: Orlando Sentinel, The Wall Street Journal, Us Weekly, E! News, People