'Dancing with the Stars' Pro Dancer Trivia

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Derek returns to the hit show.

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Derek returns to the hit show.

"Dancing with the Stars" season 13 premieres September 19 on ABC. In honor of the phenomenol pro dancers who work tirelessly to whip their celebrity counterparts into Mirroball-worthy shape, here's some quickie trivia. Can you match each professional hoofer with the correct tidbit? Try your luck and then check out the answers below.

Match each "DWTS" pro:

Louis Van Amstel, Karina Smirnoff, Derek Hough, Tony Dovolani, Lacey Schwimmer, Anna Trebunskaya, Kym Johnson, Cheryl Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Mark Ballas

With the correct trivia byte:

1. This dancer was "terrified to talk on camera" before joining "DWTS."

2. This pro pimped his/her own self-named jewelry line to Twitter followers in April 2011.

3. Who appeared in pop star Christina Aguilera's "Candyman" music video?

4. This dancer has four sisters.

5. Who won the very first dance competition s/he ever entered at the tender age of seven?

6. Which dancer seemed to get the brush-off by his/her dance partner after the couple was eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" season 12?

7. Who suffered a frightening neck injury during "DWTS" season 12 but recovered in time to dance in the finale?

8. Which pro once played the lead in the musical "Copa Cabana" at the London Palladium?

9. This dancer is engaged to a professional athlete.

10. This pro was once dubbed "a guardian health angel."


1. Cheryl Burke. During a February 2011 interview with PopEater, she said she was super shy and nervous when the "Dancing with the Stars" producers first approached her about appearing.

2. Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The talk and decidedly popular Ukranian shared news of his upcoming jewelry line, cleverly branded with the moniker "Maksim," to his Tweeties on April 17.

3. Lacey Schwimmer. She danced alongside brother Benji, who played the Candyman himself, in Aguilera's 2007 video.

4. Derek Hough. The ultra-popular --and successful-- Utah-born pro plays brother to sisters Sharee, Marabeth, Katherine and Julianne.

5. Anna Trebunskaya. The Russian-born beauty's parents owned a dance studio, so she began dancing early in life. And quickly dominated her competition.

6. Tony Dovolani. Poor Tony hasn't had the best of luck with his dance partners. First he was charged with enduring octomom Kate Gosselin. Then, when he and partner Wendy Williams got the boot from the Spring 2011 season, a media frenzy was born then the talk show host skipped the traditional last dance in favor of greeting studio audience members.

7. Kym Johnson. A lift gone-wrong with partner Hines Ward landed the Aussie pro dancer in the hospital, and left America breathless when video of the injury as it happened was broadcast. Near-miraculously, Kym was okay, and she and NFL star Hines went on to win the competition over runners-up Maksim Chmerkovskiy and celebrity partner Kirstie Alley.

8. Mark Ballas. It's not all about the dance for the repeat "DWTS" pro champ. In addition to appearances in theater productions, Mark also performs with "Dancing" co-star Derek Hough as a member of the Ballas Hough Band.

9. Karina Smirnoff. The feisty Karina, who was previously engaged to Maks Chmerkovskiy, found love with Major League Baseball pitcher Brad Penny. He presented Karina with a huge rock when he popped the question in October of 2010.

10. Louis Van Amstel. Sharon Osbourne bestowed the impressive distinction on her daughter Kelly's former "DWTS" partner, claiming that he changed her life for the better. Louis also claimed that his pairing with the younger Osbourne gal had a profound effect on him as well. Group hug?

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