The younger brother (by three years) of pop heartthrob (and ex-husband of Jessica Simpson) Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey followed in the footsteps of his famous sibling. Like Nick, Drew attended Cincinnati's School for the Performing Arts, where he triumphed in the arenas of academics, sports, and vocal performance. Drew then briefly enlisted in the army and worked as an EMT before the 19-year-old accepted Nick's invitation to travel to Southern California and join the white-hot boy band 98°. The ensemble scored a massive fan base and a Motown contract. After the group formally took a hiatus several years later, Drew achieved fame independently of Nick for performing in the celebrity contingent of the competitive reality series Dancing with the Stars. He and partner Cheryl Burke competed during the program's second season (in early 2006), and in fact won that season, beating such competitors as Julianne Hough and Joey Fatone. He later hosted the spin-off reality series Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann in 2008.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Was the final member to join singing group 98 Degrees.
- Has known his wife, Lea, since the fifth grade; the two were high-school sweethearts.
- Joined the Army Reserves after graduating from high school.
- Won Season 2 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars with partner Cheryl Burke.
- Made his Broadway debut as a cast member in Rent (2004); has also appeared on Broadway in Spamalot (2008).
- Was named the host of HGTV's $250,000 Challenge (2009) following his appearance on the network's Summer Showdown.