Dancing With the Stars has featured some incredible partners over the years, but not all teams were perfectly matched.
Kim Kardashian competed on the dance series’ 7th season in 2008 alongside her pro partner, Mark Ballas. While the reality TV star has succeeded in many arenas, she ended her DWTS run in 11th place.
A decade later, fellow alum Milo Manheim recalled a conversation he had with Kardashian about her DWTS stint. “She doesn’t like dancing as much as I do, and I was like, ‘I’m about to do Dancing With the Stars, tell me, how was your experience?’ And she was like, ‘Milo, it’s the worst! Like, you get injured, you feel like an idiot,’” he told Entertainment Tonight in October 2018. “And I was like, ‘OK…’ So that was kinda my advice from her.”
Cheryl Burke, for her part, named Ian Ziering as her “least favorite partner.” Burke claimed on the “Allegedly” podcast in 2016 that the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum “made [her] want to slit [her] wrists,” and she frequently cried to the show executives.
Burke later said that she was “out of line” for seemingly making light of suicide. “There’s no excuse. No matter if it was a joke or not, I know it hurt him and I know it hurt his family,” she said on her “Pretty Messed Up” podcast in April 2021.
Scroll down to see some of the worst Dancing With the Stars pairings over the years.