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John O'Hurley Says He Hasn't Lost His Dancing Chops

05/18/2015 09:16 am ET | Updated Nov 20, 2015

"Dancing With The Stars" will wrap up its 20th season this week, but we always remember the first. The celebrity dance competition was an instant hit since it first debuted 10 years ago in 2005. Back then, "Seinfeld" actor John O'Hurley was the favorite to win and beat out other stars like New Kids On The Block's Joey McIntyre and heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield. In the end, "General Hospital" star Kelly Monaco took home the mirror ball trophy, though O'Hurley reclaimed the first place title in the post-special "Dancing With The Stars Dance-Off." Win or lose, O'Hurley tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" that appearing on the show was a life-changing experience.

"In many respects ["Dancing With The Stars"] gave me my name back," O'Hurley says in the above video. "For many years, before then everyone knew me as J. Peterman. But it was that show that people started to identify me as John O'Hurley."

Since "Dancing With The Stars," O'Hurley hasn't really left the stage. Soon after the season ended he was cast in the Broadway show "Chicago" as Billy Flynn, a role he's had on and off for the past 10 years. So although it's been quite some time since he's had to do the foxtrot or the cha-cha, O'Hurley is confident he could still give the "Stars" a run for their money if he competed today.

"Well, I still think I'd do very well," O'Hurley says. 'I'm dancing every night on Broadway … so I still have my chops, I haven't lost that."

O'Hurley has had one big change since making his dancing debut a decade ago: He and wife Lisa welcomed a son named Will, now 8 years old.

O'Hurley also recently joined the cast of "Devious Maids" on Lifetime, where he'll play the love interest of Susan Lucci. "Believe it or not, it's not the first, the second, the third -- but the fourth time we've been love interests, so I think my wife is officially suspicious," he jokes.


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