The second week of “Dancing with the Stars” continues tonight, so it’s a great time to spotlight each of the 13 couples competing on the all-star season, including fan favorite Sabrina Bryan and her pro partner Louis van Amstel. Sabrina is keeping fans abreast of her progress with regular tweets. On September 30, Bryan uploaded a YouTube video of her rehearsals and said on Twitter, “Holy cow that week FLEW BY!!! Geez…is it seriously Sunday??? Enjoying a nice foot massage with Anna Trebunskaya and Drew Lachey.” In turn, Louis van Amstel posted on Twitter, “Sabrina and I perform 5th tomorrow night! We love our music, our costumes and can’t wait to show u our Quickstep!”
Bubbly Bryan was a member of the multi-platinum recording act, The Cheetah Girls, as well as a star of the hugely successful Disney Channel movie of the same name. “The Cheetah Girls” movie debuted in August of 2003, breaking the ratings record as the most successful Disney Channel movie in history and selling two million units of the soundtrack. Bryan continued to reprise her role in “The Cheetah Girls 2: When in Spain” and “The Cheetah Girls 3,” set in India. As a recording group with Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams, The Cheetah Girls had one of the top ten most successful tours of 2006, selling out 87 dates and becoming one of the top five merchandise selling acts in history.
Sabrina Bryan competed on season five of “Dancing with the Stars” and was a very popular and talented contestant. She and her partner Mark Ballas received the first perfect score of the season for their powerful Paso Doble in week five, but were shockingly eliminated during week six. Her elimination is still considered one of the most shocking moments ever on “Dancing with the Stars.” In fact, an AOL poll voted their elimination “2007’s most shocking TV moment.” The next week, the remaining dancers and celebrities showed their continued support and affection for Bryan by donning her signature cheetah paw-print tattoo. Helio Castroneves eventually went on to win the mirror ball trophy.
Below were the competitors on season five, in order of their elimination:
- Josie Maran
- Albert Reed
- Wayne Newton
- Floyd Meriweather
- Mark Cuban
- Sabrina Bryan
- Jane Seymour
- Cameron Mathinson
- Jennie Garth
- Marie Osmond
- Mel B
- Helio Castroneves (winner)
Sabrina Bryan returned to “Dancing with the Stars” to dance on the 100th show celebration. Sabrina and Mark’s Paso Doble to “Eye of the Tiger” was chosen as number nine of the top ten dances of the first five seasons. Bryan and Ballas were the only couple in the top ten that did not make it to the finals.
One of Bryan’s solo projects is the fitness-dance DVD called “BYOU” and the sequel “BYOU 2”, on which she was the star and co-producer. “BYOU” was originally released in early 2006 and went double platinum.
Sabrina Bryan is currently developing film, television, Internet and book properties to star in and produce. Her endeavors include co-writing the book “Princess of Gossip” with top young adult author Julia DeVillers and a recurring role on the new Disney Channel animated series, “Fish Hooks.” She also hosted three seasons of ABC.com’s web series, “Backstage with the Stars.”
Sabrina’s partner, Louis van Amstel, began his dance career at an early age, training in a theatre school and gaining a solid background in ballet, tap, and jazz. Upon graduating, Louis attended the University of the Arts in Amsterdam to further strengthen his skills in classical dance and theory.
Louis is an Emmy-nominated dancer and choreographer whose accomplishments include:
- United States Professional Latin American champion (2000)
- Seven-Time Dutch National Amateur Champion
- World Professional Showdance Champion (1996)
- Professional World Latin Finalist (1996)
- European Amateur Latin Champion (1995)
- World Amateur Latin Champion (1994, 1995)
- Grand Slam Latin Champion (1995)
Talented and likable Louis van Amstel has competed on eight seasons of “Dancing with the Stars.” His past partners include:
- Trista Sutter on season one (6th place)
- Lisa Rinna on season two (4th place)
- Monique Coleman on season three (4th place)
- Priscilla Presley on season six (8th place)
- Kelly Osbourne on season nine (3rd place)
- Niecy Nash on season ten (5th place)
- Margaret Cho on season eleven (10th place)
- Kendra Wilkinson on season twelve (6th place)
In 2009, the 12-time dance champion and Emmy-nominated choreographer launched “LaBlast,” a partner-free, cardio workout program that includes high-energy Latin dances to help people get in shape and increase their self-esteem and outlook on life. Classes are currently offered in California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel are determined and motivated to do well on the all-star season of “Dancing with the Stars.” Because she defeated Kyle Massey and Carson Kressley to win the popular vote and return as an all-star, Bryan doesn’t want to let her fans down. Louis is aware of this and feels the pressure to produce stunning dances each week to help Sabrina reach her goal of winning the coveted mirror ball trophy.
The dancing duo may be on their way. For their week one Cha Cha Cha, Bryan and van Amstel earned high praise and marks from the judges. Bruno exclaimed, “You are on fire!” Their score of 22.5 landed them in third place, just behind Emmitt Smith and Gilles Marini. Can they score even higher with this week’s Quickstep? Chances are very good because Bryan excels at the faster, more physical routines.
“Dancing with the Stars” continues on Monday, October 1 when the twelve remaining couples dance either the Jive or the Quickstep. A new one-hour special titled “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars – Defining Dances” airs from 8-9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 2. The judges select and introduce past routines from the all-stars’ previous seasons.
Immediately following the special, the first results show airs from 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET and features Katherine Jenkins, last season’s finalist and classical singer, who returns to the ballroom as a special musical guest. Pro dancers Val Chmerkovskiy and Anna Trebunskaya accompany Jenkins’ performance with Placido Domingo. Also taking to the “Dancing with the Stars” stage is 19-year-old pop powerhouse Cher Lloyd, performing her hit single, “Want You Back.” Finally, the first Macy’s Star of Dance performance is a futuristic standoff featuring the world’s most talented dancers battling for dance floor supremacy.
So, who will be the next to go and follow in Pamela Anderson’s footsteps? Tune in to catch the heated, all-star throw down on “Dancing with the Stars.”
The remaining all-star competitors and their pro partners include:
- Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
- Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel
- Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower
- Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson
- Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough
- Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya
- Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
- Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy
- Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff
- Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
- Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani
- Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke