Derek Hough was only 21 years old when he recorded his audition on Aug. 21, 2006, in hopes of scoring the reported $5,000 per episode gig. Looking at the video, it's easy to see how he ended up winning six mirrorball trophies -- he's been all business from the beginning.
"Being on Dancing With the Stars would be great," Hough said. "Right now I'm thinking to myself, 'Man, I have so many good ideas.' For me, that would be part of the excitement. Not necessarily the celebrity or being on television or whatever, it's more of the 'I have so many great ideas.'"
Cheryl Burke appeared soft-spoken in her tape, but she was quick to reveal that her quiet demeanor slips away as soon as she hits the ballroom.
"On the dance floor I'm very wild, aggressive and sexy, but off the floor I'm very to myself," said the now two-time mirrorball winner. "I don't dance like everybody else. I can't even compare myself to anybody else."
"I would bring a whole different dimension of youth, energy, the obvious good looks and a full head of hair," Val said with a laugh. "I do love dancing. It's my passion. It's what makes me happy."
And the best story might be from Val's brother Maksim Chmerkovskiy. After breaking his leg in a sledding accident at 13, Maks had a titanium rod placed in his leg and was told he'd have to walk with a cane. Thanks to his determination, Maks proved his skeptics wrong and was dancing again just six months later.