WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The Winners Of 'Dancing With The Stars'

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It’s no secret that the celebrities who go on “Dancing With the Stars” aren’t at their starriest when they do it.

The whole point, often, is to rejuvenate one’s career with a quickstep jumpstart.

Consider one of tonight’s three finalists, Ricki Lake (the other two are J.R. Martinez and Rob Kardashian) — after years out of the spotlight, she wormed her way back in and is now circling another talk show.

But how much is the actual crown worth to a celebrity’s career?

Season 3 winner, NFL great Emmitt Smith, is a football commentator and owns a Baltimore-based real estate development firm.

After winning season 4, speed skater Apolo Ohno locked up an endorsement deal with watchmaker Omega -- and, oh yeah, won a ton of medals at the 2010 Winter Games.

Racecar driver Helio Castroneves has been plagued by controversy since winning season 5: in 2008, he got in trouble with the IRS for failing to report his full income. This year, he was fined for blasting IndyCar officials on Twitter.

One could argue that season 7 winner Brooke Burke Charvet has had the best luck of all -- she now co-hosts the show with Tom Bergeron.

Shawn Johnson, who won season 8, is still tearing up the world of gymnastics -- she won a silver medal at the Pan Am games last month.

Donny Osmond, who won season 9, is touring with his sister and longtime collaborator Marie. The two recently released a new album.

Two months after winning season 12, Hines Ward was arrested for a DUI.

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