J.R. Martinez, Dancing with the Stars
If you weren't an All My Children
fanatic, you were probably asking "who?" when J.R. Martinez was announced as part of the Dancing
cast (only 4 percent
of our readers picked him to win then). But as everyone found out, Martinez is so much more than a soap opera star: He's an Iraq vet who suffered burns to more than 40 percent of his body and a picture of resilience, as his joyful, infectious spirit and outlook captivated viewers week in and week out. Couple that with the fact that he ain't too shabby a dancer either and you've got a winning formula: He and Karina Smirnoff won the Mirrorball trophy and he unquestionably won over the country.