[PHOTOS] ‘Dancing with the Stars’: Top 10 BEST contestants of all time

I’ve been an avid viewer of “Dancing With the Stars” since season one. Over the past 23 seasons, there has been a eclectic group of celebrities ranging from entertainment legends (Patti LaBelle, Donny Osmond, Cloris Leachman and many more), to decorated athletes (Emmitt Smith, Meryl Davis, Shawn Johnson and Hines Ward, among others), to polarizing individuals who were ripped from the headlines of politics or the tabloids (like Bristol Palin, Kate Gosselin, Rick Perry and Tom DeLay). It’s the diverse mix of stars that makes “DWTS” entertaining to watch season after season.

Photo Gallery: Every winner of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ to date

As a dedicated fan I decided to comb through the past 22 editions of the show and narrow it down to the top 10 best “Dancing With the Stars” contestants of all time. Scroll through the photo gallery above for the complete countdown.

Do any of this season’s contestants deserve to join the above list? Season 23 is well underway, and when you visit our predictions center you can predict who will get the high score each week, who will get the low score, how many 10s the judges will give out, who will be eliminated and, of course, who will win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.

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Gold Derby readers just like YOU often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it’s important that you give us your predictions. You can continue to update and change your forecasts throughout the week, just click “Save” when you’ve settled on your choices. You’ll compete to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, bragging rights and a place of honor on our leaderboard. Our racetrack odds change as you make your predictions, just as they do when you bet on the Emmys, Oscars, Golden Globes and more. Be sure to read our contest rules and sound off on the season of “Dancing with the Stars” in our reality TV forum.

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