Drew Lachey on Why He Needs to Win ‘DWTS: All-Stars’

'DWTS: All-Stars' Drew Lachey and Partner Anna Trebunskaya (Photo: ABC)

All of the contenders on this season’s “All-Stars” edition of “Dancing with the Stars” have a reason for wanting to win, whether it be redemption, or fighting to keep their title, or proving something to themselves or their fans or both.

Drew Lachey has another big reason for wanting to win: He needs a new mirror ball trophy … because his fell apart!

Lachey won the show in Season 2 with partner Cheryl Burke, but they got robbed in the trophy department.

“I just hope whoever gets the mirror ball trophy this year, it doesn’t fall apart on them like mine did,” Lachey told xfinityTV. “It’s got like chunks of mirror that just fell off.”

“I think a prop guy made it,” he laughed. “It was way back in Season 2.”

“Whether I win this season or not, I NEED a new trophy,” he added.

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So who does Lachey see as his biggest competition? “I don’t know, you see Emmitt, Apolo, Helio… The athletes have done well.”

But the sports pros don’t scare the former boybander. “I did beat Jerry Rice,” he pointed out with a grin. He also admits he’s looking forward to a friendly rivalry with his fellow boyband rival Joey Fatone.

“It depends on a lot of things though,” Lachey said of when we asked him about his strategy. “What music you get, what dance you get, what weeks you’re able to excel at. If you can stay healthy. All those elements play into it.”

And while each dancer, and each dance pro, all bring their different strengths to the dance floor, Lachey is pleased he’s been paired with Russian task master Anna Trebunskaya. “Anna is great at choreography,” Lachey said.

Are Emmitt and Cheryl the Ones to Beat?

Meanwhile, his former partner Cheryl Burke is paired on “All-Stars” with Season 3 winner Emmit Smith turning his former teacher into a new rival.

“Cheryl’s in a predicament because she doesn’t have me for a partner,” Lachey teased. “That’s the way I look at it.”

“DWTS: All-Stars” premieres with a two-hour episode on Monday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c on ABC.

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