9 Stars Whose Careers 'Dancing With the Stars' Revived (PHOTOS)

Dan Clarendon

Sometimes the word “stars” in Dancing With the Stars seems like a stretch — it’s not like producers of the ABC hit are getting Meryl Streep or Tom Cruise to do the cha-cha-cha on live TV.

But the reality competition — which is heading into its 27th season — has turned out to be a smart career move for many contestants. In the gallery above, check out 9 celebs who got professional boosts from their time on the show.

Dancing With the Stars, Season 27 Premiere, Monday, September 24, 8/7c, ABC