Episode two of the new Season 28 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” features the first elimination on Monday night.
Among the list of competing celebrities this season – singer Ally Brooke, 26, (Fifth Harmony); supermodel Christie Brinkley, 65, who was injured and replaced by her daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, 21; Hannah Brown, 24, (“The Bachelorette”); actor James Van Der Beek, 42, (“Dawson’s Creek”) ; Karamo Brown, 38, (“Queer Eye”); actress Kate Flannery, 55, (“The Office”); Kel Mitchell, 40, (“Kenan & Kel”); former NBA player Lamar Odom, 39; country singer Lauren Alaina, 24; singer Mary Wilson, 75, founding member of the Supremes; and ex-NFL linebacker Ray Lewis, 44 – former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, 47, has made headlines as the most controversial and eyebrow-raising choice.
Who else would join the exclusive “DWTS” club with Spicer as the most interesting casting choice? Here are picks from each of the reality-TV competition’s seasons, which boast a total of 321 competitors:
Season 1: Boxing legend Evander Holyfield – all ears, er, eyes, were on him. Holyfield finished fifth. The champion: actress Kelly Monaco (“General Hospital”).
Season 2: Master P, who wasn’t able to rap his way to a win. He finished seventh. The champion: singer Drew Lachey (98 Degrees).
Season 3: It’s a tie between Tucker Carlson and Jerry Springer, who couldn’t talk their way toward high marks. They finished last (11th) and fifth, respectively. The champion: NFL legend Emmitt Smith.
Season 4: Heather Mills, the ex-wife of Sir Paul McCartney and the first paraplegic contestant. Mills finished seventh. The champion: speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno.
Season 5: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. Why, right?! Mayweather finished ninth. The champion: race-car driver Helio Castroneves.
Season 6: Magician and Las Vegas headliner Penn Jillette, whose tricks didn’t lead to victory. He finished last (12th).The champion: figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.
Season 7: Kim Kardashian. She couldn’t keep up, and the reality is she finished 11th. The champion: TV personality Brooke Burke.
Season 8: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who bit his way to 10th place. The champion: gymnast Shawn Johnson.
Season 9: Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader from Texas, who withdrew in the 13th week due to injury. The champion: singer Donny Osmond.
Season 10: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the sentimental Season 10 favorite, finished 10th. The champion: singer Nicole Scherzinger.
Season 11: Bristol Palin, famous for being the daughter of Sarah Palin, finished third. The champion: actress Jennifer Grey.
Season 12: Ralph Macchio … Daniel LaRusso … the Karate Kid … finished fourth. Wax on, wax off. The champion: NFL legend Hines Ward.
Season 13: Metta World Peace, aka Ron Artest, mostly because of his name. MWP finished last (12th). The champion: actor J.R. Martinez.
Season 14: Actor William Levy, virtually unknown before the show, made waves for his hotness and finished third. The champion: NFL star Donald Driver.
Season 15: The first “all-star” cast is noteworthy because Season Eight winner Johnson finished runner-up this time around on the dance floor. The champion: Melissa Rycroft of “The Bachelor.”
Season 16: Zendaya, who finished runner-up, makes the list for her cool name. The champion: country singer Kellie Pickler.
Season 17: There’s no theory behind it: Bill Nye, “the Science Guy,” finished 11th. The champion: actress Amber Riley.
Season 18: Charlie White makes this list because he’s the skating partner of the eventual winner. Awkward. White finished out of medal contention in fifth. The champion: figure skater Meryl Davis.
Season 19: Fashion designer Betsey Johnson, who always remains true to her quirky self. Johnson placed 10th. The champion: actor Alfonso Ribeiro.
Season 20: Model Charlotte McKinney, of that Carl’s Jr. ad during the Super Bowl, finished 11th. The champion: actress Rumer Willis.
Season 21: It’s a tie between actor Gary Busey and chef Paula Deen for their eyebrow-raising careers. They finished 10th and ninth, respectively. The champion: TV personality Bindi Irwin.
Season 22: Marla Maples, an ex-wife of President Donald Trump, placed 10th. The champion: model Nyle DiMarco.
Season 23: Rick Perry, the 47th governor of Texas, finished 12th. Honorable mention: swimmer Ryan Lochte, competing shortly after his questionable incident at the Rio Olympics, finished seventh. The champion: gymnast Laurie Hernandez.
Season 24: “The A-Team” legend Mr. T – “I pity the fool!” – finished 10th. The champion: NFL player Rashad Jennings.
Season 25: Husband-and-wife Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey finished ninth and seventh, respectively. The champion: actor-singer Jordan Fisher. Not to be mean, but who?
Season 26: Tonya Harding, who skated her way to a third-place finish behind another figure skater. The champion: Adam Rippon.
Season 27: The champion because his win was a bit of a surprise. The champion: country radio personality Bobby Bones.
Season 28: Did you make it this far in this long list? Spicer’s the choice here, and the champion is to be determined.
Breaking news: Former NFL players and figures skaters do well on “DWTS.” Other fun facts: Actress Willow Shields is the youngest competitor at age 14 and actress Cloris Leachman the oldest at 82. The youngest mirror-ball trophy champion is Hernandez at 16. The oldest was Las Vegas headliner Osmond, who won in 2009 at age 51. And Season 22 winner DiMarco, who is deaf, won “America’s Next Top Model” before his victory on “DWTS.”
Season 28’s pro dancers are Alan Bersten, Brandon Armstrong, Cheryl Burke, Emma Slater, Gleb Savchenko, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Lindsay Arnold, Peta Murgatroyd, Sasha Farber, Val Chmerkovskiy and Witney Carson, along with husband-and-wife newcomers Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach, who TV viewers would know from “World of Dance.”
Christie Brinkley was one of the last celebrities that I covered in Las Vegas – she was starring in a limited run as Roxie Hart in “Chicago” at the Venetian in March – before I moved to Spokane in April. I had met her before, and she is an absolutely lovely woman. I was rooting for her this season and am sad to see her bow out due to injury.
Season 28, episode one, aired last Monday with a memorable entrance by – who else? – Spicer in a ruffled, highlighter-yellow shirt dancing with Arnold to the Spice Girls’ “Spice Up Your World.”
Spicer was … Spice-y.
Episode two of “Dancing With the Stars,” with hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews and judges Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman, airs at 8 p.m. Monday on ABC.
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