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Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With the Stars Season 16 Pro Awards! Best Debut, Best Transformation, and More!

It’s time to fill out the Dancing With the Stars Season 16 yearbook with superlatives for the pros who work so hard on-and-off-camera to put on a good show. So without further ado, here are our “awards” for the spring 2013 season...

Best Debut: Sharna Burgess

Honestly, we loved all three of the Season 16 newbies — including chipper Lindsay Arnold and hunkalicious Gleb Savchenko — but we were blown away by Miss Sharna Burgess. Part of that is because we felt so sorry for her when we saw she was paired with controversial comedian Andy Dick. We expected a train wreck, especially when Andy admitted he had a breakdown before the season even started. We figured maybe they’d see Week 3, but probably not. Instead, we fell in love with them, and when they did leave on Week 7, we were so sorry to see them go. Andy had a phenomenal transformation — the true DWTS image reboot so many stars want — and a lot of credit goes to his patient, loyal “sister” Sharna. She was the perfect match for him, and we can’t wait to see the next phase of her journey on Season 17.

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Best Transformation: Val Chmerkovskiy

No wonder Val Chmerkovskiy wasn’t thrilled when he first saw he was paired with Zendaya Coleman. Sure, she’s a popular TV star with natural dance talent, but she’s only 16 and he had previously been paired with mature and/or sexy women. He just played the showmance card to great effect with Kelly Monaco on All-Stars Season 15 and had to pull a 180 with Zendaya. But he was more than up to the challenge. They turned out to be The Cool Kids of Season 16, a truly fun, swagalicious pair, giving each other grief and love and sweet bro/sister support. She was exactly what he needed, and vice versa.

Best Press Patience: Peta Murgatroyd

Poor Peta Murgatroyd. You had to know whichever lady pro was paired with Sean Lowe was going to find herself embroiled in all the Bachelor tabloid drama. It happened to Chelsie Hightower when she danced with Jake Pavelka and it happened again to Peta when she danced with Sean. They both kept having to say they had a brother/sister relationship and he was not attracted to her, since he loved his gorgeous fiancee, Catherine. So, without having done anything wrong, Peta found herself in the tabloids basically every week as some kind of “homewrecker.” But she kept her head up and focused on the task at hand and got through it.

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Most Missed: Tristan MacManus

We still feel cheated of our weekly dose of Tristan MacManus. It's one thing when viewers can blame themselves for just not voting enough to save their favorite celeb and pro. It's another thing when you have to blame the cruel gods who hurt poor innocent Dorothy Hamill's body, then Tristan’s own body, thereby limiting our access to the Lucky Charm. Not fair.

Best Comeback: Derek Hough

He wasn’t even supposed to be here! We thought Derek was out for Season 16 (we also thought Maksim Chmerkovskiy would be in) and instead he had one of his best seasons ever with arguably his best partner ever in Kellie Pickler. He now has a fourth Mirror Ball trophy to add to his “family.” The man can’t be stopped!

What do you think, DWTS fans? Which pros were your favorites this season? Sound off in the comments!