When Nick Lachey begins to compete in the upcoming 25th season of “Dancing with the Stars” he’ll actually be up against his wife, Vanessa Lachey, making them the second married couple to have ever competed for the Mirror Ball Trophy in the same season, following Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega in season 21. The new season begins on September 18, so before he and his competitors start competing on the dance floor, let’s consider his pros and cons.
He started his career singing in the group 98 Degrees with his friend Justin Jeffre, Jeff Timmons, and Nick’s brother Drew Lachey. Their first real success came with the release of their 1998 album titled “98 Degrees and Rising,” which sold over four million copies in the United States alone. He has since continued his career as a solo artist, so he certainly has his fair share of fans. If enough of them follow him to “DWTS,” he might have the viewer votes he needs to excel.
When the group went on hiatus in 2002, Nick and his first wife Jessica Simpson were featured in the MTV reality show “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica,” which ran for three seasons and helped expand his fan base beyond his boy band beginnings.
His brother Drew was able to win the second season of “Dancing with the Stars,” so perhaps Mirror Ball-winning dance skills run in the family.
His partner on the show will be Peta Murgatroyd, who has so far been able to win the Mirror Ball Trophy twice, first with Donald Driver in season 14 and then with Nyle DiMarco in season 22.
Nick’s wife, Vanessa, will be dancing with Peta’s husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who has so far had more experience on “DWTS” than Peta, though he hasn’t won as many Mirror Ball Trophies.
While Peta has won the competition twice, she has had mixed results in the rest of her seasons. When she first competed in season 13 with Metta World Peace, they were the first to be eliminated. Then in seasons 15 and 16 she came in sixth place when paired with Gilles Marini and Sean Lowe, respectively. When paired with Brant Daugherty in season 17, they came in seventh. Then she was fourth with James Maslow in season 18, fifth with Tommy Chong in season 19, 10th with Michael Sam in season 20, and when she returned to the ballroom last season after her maternity leave, she and Nick Viall came in seventh place.
His brother Drew may have won season two, but he competed again in the all-star season in 2012 and only finished in 11th place. So Nick should hope he takes after season-two Drew instead.
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