Drew Lachey, a "Dancing With the Stars" champion and member of the pop group 98 Degrees, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the auditorium of O'Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.
His talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by St. Thomas' University Lectures Committee. No tickets are required; doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m.
Following his talk, "98 Degrees and Rising: Following Your Dreams on the Path to Success," Lachey will sign autographs in the atrium outside the auditorium.
Lachey and his brother, Nick, joined 98 Degrees in 1995. After the band produced four successful albums, Drew's career interests turned to dancing and acting. Television credits include "Hollywood Squares," "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica," and serving as co-host of the Miss U.S.A. pageant. He also performed in the Broadway company of "Monty Python's Spamalot" and the musical "Rent."
Lachey and his professional dance partner Cheryl Burke earned a perfect score of 30 with a tango in the sixth week of competition on the 2006 "Dancing With the Stars" television program. They went on to earn two more perfect scores in the eighth and final week and were crowned champions. He later performed throughout the United States and Canada in the 2006-07 "Dancing With the Stars Tour."
Lachey also has served as a "Dancing With the Stars" co-host, and was host of ABC's "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann."
A native of Cincinnati, Lachey is 33 and lives with his family in Los Angeles.