In the past 22 seasons of “Dancing with the Stars” the Mirror Ball Trophy has been won almost evenly by men and women. Ten past winners have been male, while the other 12 were female. In recent years women have had the advantage, taking six of the last eight seasons. The most recent female victor was wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin in season 21. But was she the best?
Before Irwin the Mirror ball was won by actress Kelly Monaco (season one), figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (season six), TV personality Brooke Burke (season seven), gymnast Shawn Johnson (season eight), singer Nicole Scherzinger (season 10), actress Jennifer Grey (season 11), reality star Melissa Rycroft (season 15), singer Kellie Pickler (season 16), actress Amber Riley (season 17), figure skater Meryl Davis (season 18) and actress Rumer Willis (season 20).
Do you think there will be another female winner this season? So far Laurie Hernandez is the overwhelming favorite to win the season, which would make her the 13th female champ, the second winning gymnast following Shawn Johnson and the youngest winner of all time at age 16.
Scroll through the photo gallery above to see every past winner of “Dancing with the Stars,” then click here to predict this season, and make sure to vote in our two-part poll below where you can pick your favorite female winner from the first 11 seasons of the show and then from the last 11 seasons. We’ll then pit your two favorites against each other to determine the ultimate female past winner.