NORFOLK -- Five celebrity finalists hit the hardwood for on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

Among them, NFL football hall-of-famer Emmitt Smith, whose wife Pat Southall is a Chesapeake native.

Six years ago, Smith won the famed mirror ball trophy when he competed for the first time on the popular ABC show. He's back as part of an all-star lineup in which the best dancers of the previous seasons compete against each other.

In 2006, he and his professional dancing partner, Cheryl Burke practiced at the Evelyn Ott Dance Studio in Norfolk while on a three-day visit to Hampton Roads.

13News got exclusive video of a practice session. Fans of the show also held a 'Save Emmitt' party in downtown Norfolk to help encourage people to vote for him on the show.

Smith's sister-in-law, Pam is hoping Hampton Roads will come through again.

The show airs tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m on WVEC-TV13.

Voting starts once the show begins.

Supporters can call 800-868-3413 or 800-VOTE4-13 or text code 3413.

Click here to find out more about Team Emmitt.

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