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D.L. Hughley & Cheryl Burke

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Meet the Star: D.L. Hughley

D.L. Hughley, one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today has also made quite an impression in the television, film and radio arenas. 

First and foremost a standup comedian, his fifth stand-up special Reset premiered on Showtime in 2012 and is currently available on DVD.  Hughley can also be seen in the comedic documentary special for Comedy Central titled D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List.

Known for being astute and politically savvy, Hughley served as host of the late night talk show D.L. Hughley Breaks the News on CNN. He was both star and producer of his namesake television show that ran on ABC and UPN The Hughleys. He is one of the standout comedians of the hit comedy docu-film The Original Kings of Comedy

A veteran of numerous talk show appearances, Hughley switched the tables in 2005, hosting his own talk show Weekends at the DL on Comedy Central.  In addition, Hughley has headlined several comedy specials including D.L. Hughley: Going HomeD.L. Hughley LiveShocked & Appalled and the recent Unapologetic.

Meet the Pro: Cheryl Burke

Cheryl has won over audiences with her creative choreography and effervescent personality. We suspect her dangerously low cut dresses might have something to do with it, too.

Joining the show in the second season with a bang, Cheryl won back-to-back disco ball trophies with partner Drew Lachey in Season 2, and then with Emmitt Smith in Season 3, and had a second place finish with Rob Kardashian in Season 13, and another one in Season 14 with William Levy.

But don't let her sweet smile fool you—this girl has some sizzling hot moves and knows just how to show them off! "We want people to think something is going on, on the dance floor," says Cheryl. "You want people to be so uncomfortable watching it because we are going to be so sexy."

Cheryl started ballet lessons at age 4 and was soon performing throughout her native Bay Area. "But at 11, I went to a competition and saw the costumes, heard the music, and loved that the dancers had partners," Burke explains. Incidentally, these are all the same reasons why we love DWTS!

By the age of 13, Cheryl was traveling and competing throughout the world, later moving on to win several championships. Some of her triumphs include being the 2005 Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Champion, 2005 San Francisco Open Latin Champion and 2005 World Cup Professional Rising Star Latin Champion. Burke also clinched several UK Championship titles, and scored a fourth place showing in the U.S. "Under 21s" division.

Capitalizing on her success with DWTS, Cheryl has started her own line of clothing and dance studio, Cheryl Burke Dance, with several locations throughout California. You also may have seen her as a guest star onThe Suite Life of Zack and Cody.


• 2005 World Cup Professional Rising Star Latin Champion
• 2005 San Francisco Open Latin Champion
• 2005 Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Champion
• U.K. Championships
• 4th in U.S. in the Under 21s


• Emmitt Smith (All Star Season)
• William Levy
• Rob Kardashian
• Chris Jericho
• Rick Fox
• Chad Ochocinco
• Tom DeLay
• Gilles Marini
• Maurice Greene
• Cristián de la Fuente
• Wayne Newton
• Ian Ziering
• Emmitt Smith
• Drew Lachey

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