"The Bachelor" star Sean Lowe has had a busy week! Not only did he propose to Catherine Giudici on the show's three-hour finale, but he also announced two upcoming television events: His ABC-hosted wedding (yes, it will be coming soon to a TV near you!) and his new stint on "Dancing With the Stars."
Sean will partner with pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd for Season 16 of the dancing competition, so that could mean marriage and a mirrorball all in one year for the Dallas business entrepreneur!
As we await the most shirtless "Dancing With the Stars" season ever, here's a look at how past "Bachelor" alums fared when they traded dream dates for dancing shoes.
The very first star of "The Bachelorette" was, unfortunately, the very first person voted off of the very first season of "Dancing With the Stars." But this was back in the prehistoric days of "DWTS" when there were only six contestants and little-known pro dancers. The reality star was up against a new Kid on the Block (Joey McIntyre was in the house), a supermodel (Rachel Hunter), and a soap star ("General Hospital" star Kelly Monaco won that season), so we'll cut her some slack. Besides, Trista was a winner at love, tying the knot with hunky firefighter Ryan Sutter in her own million dollar ABC wedding. That beats a mirror ball trophy any day!
This airplane pilot made a mini-career out of reality TV, but his stint as "The Bachelor" ended on an ugly note with an on-camera confrontation with former fiancé Vienna Girardi. But Jake Pavelka's "Dancing with the Stars" stint with pro partner Chelsie Hightower wasn't a total disaster. He placed seventh on a season that boasted some very stiff competition, including NFL star Chad Ochocinco and Olympic gold medalist Evan Lycasek. (Okay, so even Pamela Anderson beat him out.) Still, the ambitious Jake kinda cried when he said goodbye to his "DWTS" family.
And this "Bachelor" alum was offered a "DWTS" redo. After placing third on the eighth season of the TV dancing competition with partner Tony Dovolani, Melissa Rycroft returned for the show's all-stars season last year. She and Dovolani won on their second go-around, even beating out their Season 8 competitor and subsequent champ Shawn Johnson. But while Melissa's mirror ball win was a storybook comeback, you have to give props to this former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader for that first "Dancing" stint. She was a last minute replacement for an injured Nancy O'Dell and had only two days of rehearsals before that season's live premiere. Not only that, but wasn't her heart still on the mend after being dumped by ex- fiancé Jason Mesnick on national television a few days earlier?
Sean Lowe's "Dancing With the Stars" debut airs on March 18 at 8/7c on ABC.
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