‘Dancing with the Stars’: A look at the show’s most controversial contestants


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Another season of “Dancing with the Stars” is underway.

Each season a number of celebrities from different professions are recruited to participate in the competition. Of course, Hollywood stars, such as actors and singers, have competed for the Mirrorball trophy, but athletes, politicians, businessmen and socialites have all tried their hand on the dance floor as well.


After 30 seasons on television, it stands to reason that some contestants can push buttons more than others—and some can be downright controversial.

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As the Season 30 contestants prepare to get on board once again, here’s a look at some of the most controversial contestants on the show.

Olivia Jade Giannulli (Season 30)

This year’s cast includes actress Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli and designer Mossimo Giannulli.

While Olivia Jade is a popular social media personality in her own right, her name became even more famous when her parents were accused of participating in a college admissions scandal in order to secure her a spot at the University of Southern California.

Ever since the scandal broke, Olivia Jade has faced accusations of abusing her privilege, and her public address about the situation during an episode of “Red Table Talk” was also publicly shut down.

Paula Deen (Season 21)

Paula Deen was one of the first big names in recent memory to let the cancellation culture take hold of her career.

When he was accused of using racial slurs, Deen’s career came to a complete end when several permanent deals fell through and his television show “Paul’s Best Dishes” was canceled on the Food Network.

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Carole Baskin (Season 29)

Carole Baskin rose to fame in early 2020 when Netflix’s “Tiger King” dropped, featuring her fight with fellow big cat enthusiast Joe “Exotic” Maldonado-Passage.

Featured in the documentary was a story about Baskin’s missing ex-husband, who, after his disappearance in 1997, has yet to be found. Baskin faced allegations of involvement in his disappearance in later years and even speculation about his involvement in his presumed death.

Baskin and her current husband Howard have strongly denied such speculation.

Ryan Lochte (Season 23)

Ryan Lochte was a contestant on season 23 of

Olympic athlete Ryan Lochte was a fan favorite swimmer until 2016, when he and several other professional swimmers were embroiled in scandal during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

It was initially reported that the athletes had been robbed at gunpoint, but it was later revealed that Lochte had broken a poster and urinated outside a bathroom at a gas station, where he was confronted by armed guards. was done by.

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Eventually, Lochte was accused of falsely reporting a crime and apologized for his “immature” decisions and behavior.

Sean Spicer (Season 28)

Sean Spicer was featured in Season 28 with partner Lindsay Arnold.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer caused an uproar when he was cast in the 28th season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Known for working under former President Trump, Spicer “dancing” audiences often surprised through the elimination rounds, despite skills that weren’t quite up to snuff.

The audience was divided in support of the contestants.

Tonya Harding (Season 26)

Tonya Harding competed with partner Sasha Farber in Season 26.

Another world famous athlete, Tonya Harding has been a controversial figure in the public eye for much of her time.

Harding was a big name in the figure skating world in the early 1990s and made headlines when her greatest American competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, was the subject of an attack in which she sustained serious injuries.

It has since been revealed that the attack was planned by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and Harding’s involvement has been questioned.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Season 5)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. competed professionally with Karina Smirnoff.

Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather may have been one of the biggest names in the sport over the past several decades, but that doesn’t mean he was without scandal.

Before appearing on the show in 2007, Mayweather was accused of crimes such as battery and domestic violence on several occasions.

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