Cheryl Burke Biography
Birth Name: Cheryl Burke
In Season 6, she made it to the finals and placed third with actor Cristián de la Fuente. In Season 7, she was eliminated in Week 8 with partner and Olympic runner Maurice Greene, the former "World's Fastest Man." Off the set, in the spring of 2008, she opened her own dance studio in northern California, called Cheryl Burke Dance and, due to her growing public profile, became one of the first professionals to be a paparazzi target, as allegations flew that Burke was having an affair with married father and former partner, Drew Lachey, during the "DWTS" tour. Both parties denied the charges and her fellow dance professionals stepped up to defend her honor. Despite the scandal, Burke returned strong in Season 8 when she was paired with French actor Gilles Marini, best known for his cameo in the Sex and the City movie. All signs pointed for a third win for Burke, but in a shocking twist, gymnast Shawn Johnson took home the trophy. For season 9, Burke was one-half of the unlikely pairing with disgraced former Republican House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay.