Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 15)

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Dancing with the Stars (season 15)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 19
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 24, 2012 (2012-09-24) – November 27, 2012 (2012-11-27)
Additional information
Celebrity winner Melissa Rycroft
Professional winner Tony Dovolani
Season chronology
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Season fifteen of Dancing with the Stars, called Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,[1] premiered on September 24, 2012.[2] Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet returned as hosts. The Harold Wheeler orchestra and singers provided music throughout the season. The returning members of the dance troupe for this season were Oksana Dmyrenko, Emma Slater, Sharna Burgess, Henry Byalikov and Sasha Farber. Sonny Fredie Pedersen replaced Kiki Nyemchek.

Season 15 was the first to feature an "all-star" cast, in which previous celebrities who have competed on the show have another chance to win the competition.[1] Six of the returning finalists, however, had already won the title in prior seasons (Kelly Monaco, Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves, and Shawn Johnson). Season eight saw the most returning contestants, with 3 out of the 13 contestants coming from that season (Gilles Marini, Shawn Johnson, and Melissa Rycroft). In addition, it was the only season to date to offer fractional (0.5) scores. Five contestants reunited with their original partners, while the other eight danced with new ones.

Season eight finalist Melissa Rycroft defeated season eight champion Shawn Johnson and season one champion Kelly Monaco to win the trophy. This also marked the first win for professional Tony Dovolani. Tony was also the third professional (after Kym Johnson and Peta Murgatroyd) to win after being eliminated first the previous season.

This was the first season to feature an all-female final three in the American series, which was seen again in season 18. Rycroft was the only celebrity to place higher than her original season (3rd to 1st) while everyone else ranked lower. Also, this is the first season where a couple performed a style of dance that no other couple performed. This was the Waltz, danced only by Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel. This would be seen again in season 17 when Bill Engvall and Emma Slater were the only couple to dance disco and in season 18 when Charlie White and Sharna Burgess were the only couple to dance the Paso Doble and in season 19 when Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater were the only to dance the Waltz.

Couples[edit]

The names of twelve returning celebrities were revealed on July 27, 2012.[3] All 12 professionals from Season 14 returned. A thirteenth contestant was chosen by the public, from either Sabrina Bryan, Kyle Massey or Carson Kressley. Bryan was announced the winner on August 27, 2012 over Kressley and Massey.[4] Louis van Amstel was partnered with Bryan, while the professional partners for the first twelve celebrities were revealed on August 13.[5] Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke were the professionals with the most returning partners (3) and each reunited with one.

Celebrity Occupation / Known for Position on DWTS Professional partner Status
Pamela Anderson Actress & Former Playboy model Season 10 competitor Tristan MacManus Eliminated 1st
on September 25, 2012
Joey Fatone N'Sync band member and actor Season 4 runner-up Kym Johnson Eliminated 2nd
on October 2, 2012
Drew Lachey 98 Degrees singer and actor Season 2 champion Anna Trebunskaya Eliminated 3rd
on October 9, 2012
Hélio Castroneves Indy 500 racing champion Season 5 champion Chelsie Hightower Eliminated 4th
on October 9, 2012
Bristol Palin Spokesperson & reality television star Season 11 finalist Mark Ballas Eliminated 5th
on October 16, 2012
Sabrina Bryan The Cheetah Girls singer & actress Season 5 competitor Louis van Amstel Eliminated 6th
on October 30, 2012
Kirstie Alley Award-winning comedy actress Season 12 runner-up Maksim Chmerkovskiy Eliminated 7th
on November 13, 2012
Gilles Marini Television and movie actor Season 8 runner-up Peta Murgatroyd Eliminated 8th
on November 13, 2012
Apolo Anton Ohno Olympic short track speed skater Season 4 champion Karina Smirnoff Eliminated 9th
on November 20, 2012
Emmitt Smith Former NFL running back Season 3 champion Cheryl Burke Eliminated 10th
on November 20, 2012
Kelly Monaco Model & soap opera actress Season 1 champion Valentin Chmerkovskiy Third place
on November 27, 2012
Shawn Johnson Former Olympic artistic gymnast Season 8 champion Derek Hough
Mark Ballas (Week 7)
Runner-up
on November 27, 2012
Melissa Rycroft Reality television star & TV hostess Season 8 finalist Tony Dovolani Winner
on November 27, 2012

Previous seasons[edit]

Celebrity Season Partner Average Place
Kelly Monaco 1 Alec Mazo 22.3 1st
Drew Lachey 2 Cheryl Burke 27.7 1st
Emmitt Smith 3 Cheryl Burke 26.8 1st
Apolo Anton Ohno 4 Julianne Hough 27.5 1st
Joey Fatone 4 Kym Johnson 27.5 2nd
Hélio Castroneves 5 Julianne Hough 27.1 1st
Sabrina Bryan 5 Mark Ballas 27.0 7th
Shawn Johnson 8 Mark Ballas 26.9 1st
Gilles Marini 8 Cheryl Burke 28.1 2nd
Melissa Rycroft 8 Tony Dovolani 26.9 3rd
Pamela Anderson 10 Damian Whitewood 22.8 6th
Bristol Palin 11 Mark Ballas 22.6 3rd
Kirstie Alley 12 Maksim Chmerkovskiy 24.7 2nd

Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke have the most returning partners this season with 3 each.

Scoring chart[edit]

Couple Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 5+6 7 8 7+8 9 10
Melissa & Tony 1 21 23.5 27 37 27+29.5=56.5 29.5 86 29+10=39 30+30=60 99 27.5+30=57.5 30+30+28.5=88.5
Shawn & Derek 2 22 25 26.5 39.5 27+29.5=56.5 28 84.5 30+8=38 29.5+26=55.5 93.5 30+29=59 27+30+30=87
Kelly & Val 3 21.5 22 27 37.5 24.5+27=51.5 27 78.5 27+9=36 28+28.5=56.5 92.5 25.5+28.5=54 29.5+29.5+28.5=87.5
Emmitt & Cheryl 4 24.5 22.5 25 36 29+27=56 26.5 82.5 27.5+7=34.5 28+30=58 92.5 27+27=54
Apolo & Karina 5 22 24.5 25.5 34.5 27+29.5=56.5 30 86.5 27+6=33 29.5+29=58.5 91.5 27+30=57
Gilles & Peta 6 24 25.5 25.5 39.5 29.5+27=56.5 27.5 84 28.5+5=33.5 29.5+29=58.5 92
Kirstie & Maks 7 19 21 24 30 25.5+27=52.5 27.5+2=29.5 82 24+4=28 27+24=51 79
Sabrina & Louis 8 22.5 26 25.5 35.5 29+29.5=58.5 30 88.5
Bristol & Mark 9 19.5 18 22.5 32
Hélio & Chelsie 10 21.5 23 25.5
Drew & Anna 11 21.5 22.5 24
Joey & Kym 12 20.5 22.5
Pamela & Tristan 13 17
Red numbers indicate the lowest score for each week
Green numbers indicate the highest score for each week
     the couple eliminated that week
     the returning couple finishing in the bottom two (or three)
     the returning couple that was the last to be called safe
     the winning couple
     the runner-up couple
     the third-place couple

Averages[edit]

This table only counts for dances scored on a traditional 30-points scale (guest judge Paula Abdul's scores from Week 4, Kirstie Alley's extra 2 points from the Country-Western group dance from Week 6 and the Swing Marathon dance scores from Week 7 have been removed).

Rank by average Place Couple Total points Number of dances Average
1 1 Melissa & Tony 420 15 28
2 2 Shawn & Derek 419 15 27.9
3 6 Gilles & Peta 275.5 10 27.6
4 5 Apolo & Karina 327 12 27.3
5 8 Sabrina & Louis 189.5 7 27.1
6 3 Kelly & Val 402 15 26.8
6 4 Emmitt & Cheryl 321 12 26.8
8 7 Kirstie & Maks 241.5 10 24.2
9 10 Hélio & Chelsie 70 3 23.3
10 11 Drew & Anna 68 3 22.7
11 12 Joey & Kym 43 2 21.5
12 9 Bristol & Mark 84 4 21
13 13 Pamela & Tristan 17 1 17

Highest and lowest scoring performances[edit]

The best and worst performances in each dance according to the judges' 30-point scale are as follows:

Dance Best dancer(s) Highest score Worst dancer(s) Lowest score
Cha-cha-cha Shawn Johnson 30.0 Pamela Anderson 17.0
Foxtrot Emmitt Smith 26.5 Kirstie Alley 19.0
Quickstep Melissa Rycroft 30.0 Bristol Palin 18.0
Jive Apolo Anton Ohno 29.0 Kirstie Alley 21.0
Paso Doble Melissa Rycroft 30.0 Bristol Palin 22.5
Samba Melissa Rycroft 30.0 Kelly Monaco 24.5
Tango Apolo Anton Ohno 29.5 Gilles Marini 25.5
Rumba Sabrina Bryan
Apolo Anton Ohno
30.0 Shawn Johnson 27.0
Waltz Sabrina Bryan 29.0 N/A N/A
Viennese Waltz Apolo Anton Ohno 30.0 Kirstie Alley 27.0
Salsa Emmitt Smith 30.0 Gilles Marini 29.0
Argentine Tango Melissa Rycroft 30.0 Shawn Johnson 29.0
Week 4 Dances (New Style) Gilles Marini Bollywood
Shawn Johnson Mambo
29.5 Kristie Alley Charleston 22.5
Theme Dances Shawn Johnson ("Knight Rider" Bhangra) 30.0 Kelly Monaco ("Surfer" Flamenco) 25.5
Trio Dances Melissa Rycroft (Paso Doble)
Emmitt Smith (Salsa)
30.0 Kirstie Alley (Paso Doble) 24.0
Instant Dances Shawn Johnson (Cha-cha-cha) 30.0 Melissa Rycroft (Samba)
Kelly Monaco (Jive)
28.5
Supersized Freestyle Melissa Rycroft
Shawn Johnson
30.0 Kelly Monaco 29.5

Couples' highest and lowest scoring dances[edit]

According to the traditional 30-point scale:

Couples Highest scoring dance(s) Lowest scoring dance(s)
Melissa & Tony Quickstep, Paso Doble, Argentine Tango, Samba, & Freestyle (30.0) Foxtrot (21.0)
Shawn & Derek Tango/Paso Doble Fusion, Bhangra, Freestyle, & Cha-cha-cha (30.0) Foxtrot (22.0)
Kelly & Val Paso Doble & Freestyle (29.5) Cha-cha-cha (21.5)
Emmitt & Cheryl Salsa (30.0) Quickstep (22.5)
Apolo & Karina Viennese Waltz & Rumba (30.0) Cha-cha-cha (22.0)
Gilles & Peta Bollywood, Quickstep & Rumba (29.5) Foxtrot (24.0)
Kirstie & Maks Rumba (27.5) Foxtrot (19.0)
Sabrina & Louis Rumba (30.0) Cha-cha-cha (22.5)
Bristol & Mark Rock n' Roll (24.0) Quickstep (18.0)
Hélio & Chelsie Quickstep (25.5) Foxtrot (21.5)
Drew & Anna Cha-cha-cha (24.0) Foxtrot (21.5)
Joey & Kym Quickstep (22.5) Cha-cha-cha (20.5)
Pamela & Tristan Cha-cha-cha (17.0) Cha-cha-cha (17.0)

Weekly scores and songs[edit]

Unless indicated otherwise, individual judges scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli.

Week 1[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Joey & Kym 20.5 (6.5, 7, 7) Cha-cha-cha "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"—Michael Jackson Safe
Shawn & Derek 22.0 (8, 6.5, 7.5) Foxtrot "Good Time"—Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen Safe
Sabrina & Louis 22.5 (7.5, 7.5, 7.5) Cha-cha-cha "What Makes You Beautiful"—One Direction Safe
Hélio & Chelsie 21.5 (7, 7.5, 7) Foxtrot "Pride and Joy"—Marvin Gaye Safe
Pamela & Tristan 17.0 (5.5, 5.5, 6) Cha-cha-cha "You Know I'm No Good"—Amy Winehouse Eliminated
Melissa & Tony 21.0 (7, 7, 7) Foxtrot "Big Spender"—from Sweet Charity Safe
Apolo & Karina 22.0 (7.5, 7, 7.5) Cha-cha-cha "Party Rock Anthem"—LMFAO Safe
Gilles & Peta 24.0 (8, 8, 8) Foxtrot "Call Me Irresponsible"—Bobby Darin Safe
Bristol & Mark 19.5 (6.5, 6.5, 6.5) Cha-cha-cha "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)"—Pink Safe
Drew & Anna 21.5 (7, 7, 7.5) Foxtrot "Love Song"—Sara Bareilles Bottom two
Kelly & Val 21.5 (7, 7, 7.5) Cha-cha-cha "Bang Bang"—David Sanborn Safe
Kirstie & Maks 19.0 (6.5, 6, 6.5) Foxtrot "Set Fire to the Rain"—Adele Safe
Emmitt & Cheryl 24.5 (8, 8.5, 8) Cha-cha-cha "Chain of Fools"—Aretha Franklin Safe

Week 2[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Melissa & Tony 23.5 (8, 8, 7.5) Jive "Shout"—The Isley Brothers Safe
Bristol & Mark 18.0 (6, 6, 6) Quickstep "Redneck Woman"—Gretchen Wilson Safe
Hélio & Chelsie 23.0 (8, 7.5, 7.5) Jive "Everybody Talks"—Neon Trees Bottom two
Apolo & Karina 24.5 (8.5, 8, 8) Quickstep "Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days"—Louis Prima Safe
Sabrina & Louis 26.0 (9, 8.5, 8.5) Quickstep "Black Betty"—Ram Jam Safe
Kirstie & Maks 21.0 (7, 7, 7) Jive "Non Non Rien N'a Changé"—Les Poppys Safe
Emmitt & Cheryl 22.5 (7.5, 7.5, 7.5) Quickstep "A Cool Cat In Town"—Tape Five Safe
Drew & Anna 22.5 (7.5, 7.5, 7.5) Jive "Dance, Dance"—Fall Out Boy Safe
Joey & Kym 22.5 (7.5, 7.5, 7.5) Quickstep "Creep"—Radiohead Eliminated
Shawn & Derek 25.0 (8.5, 8, 8.5) Jive "The Nicest Kids in Town"—from Hairspray Safe
Kelly & Val 22.0 (7.5, 7, 7.5) Quickstep "Who Says"—Selena Gomez & The Scene Safe
Gilles & Peta 25.5 (8.5, 8.5, 8.5) Jive "Don't Stop Me Now"—Queen Safe

Week 3: Iconic Dances Week[edit]

Celebrities must chose an iconic routine from the previous fourteen seasons and perform it but try to make it as "iconic" as it was previously. There was also a double-elimination. Two couples were "in jeopardy" halfway through the hour, two more at the end, with one couple of each pair eliminated.

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Original couple Result
Drew & Anna 24.0 (8, 8, 8) Cha-cha-cha "Crazy in Love"—Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z Joey & Ashly (season 1) Eliminated
Gilles & Peta 25.5 (8.5, 8.5, 8.5) Tango "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"—Eurythmics Erin & Maks (season 10) Safe
Melissa & Tony 27.0 (9, 9, 9) Samba "Conga"—Gloria Estefan JR & Karina (season 13) Safe
Apolo & Karina 25.5 (9, 8, 8.5) Foxtrot "Fever"—Michael Bublé Gilles & Cheryl (season 8) Safe
Kelly & Val 27.0 (9, 9, 9) Paso Doble "España Cañí"—Erich Kunzel Laila & Maks (season 4) Safe
Kirstie & Maks 24.0 (8, 8, 8) Cha-cha-cha "Moves like Jagger"—Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera Carson & Anna (season 13) Safe
Sabrina & Louis 25.5 (8.5, 8.5, 8.5) Paso Doble "Free Your Mind"—En Vogue Mel B & Maks (season 5) Bottom three
Emmitt & Cheryl 25.0 (8.5, 8, 8.5) Paso Doble "Canción Del Mariachi"—Los Lobos feat. Antonio Banderas Mario & Karina (season 3) Safe
Hélio & Chelsie 25.5 (8.5, 8.5, 8.5) Quickstep "Mr. Pinstripe Suit"—Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Apolo & Julianne (season 4) Eliminated
Bristol & Mark 22.5 (7.5, 7.5, 7.5) Futuristic Paso Doble "Living on Video"—Trans-X Joanna & Derek (season 9) Safe
Shawn & Derek 26.5 (9, 8, 9.5) Quickstep "Hey Pachuco"—Royal Crown Revue Hélio & Julianne (season 5) Safe

Week 4: Opponents' Choice Week[edit]

Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Paula Abdul, Bruno Tonioli.

All of the celebrities chose a dance style for one of their opponents, as well as getting their style of dance chosen by a fellow competitor.[6] Paula Abdul served as guest judge.[7][8] Hélio & Chelsie would have danced Broadway, chosen by Shawn & Derek, had they not been eliminated.

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Dance chosen by Result
Kirstie & Maks 30.0 (7.5, 7.5, 7.5, 7.5) Charleston "Forty-Second Street"—from 42nd Street Sabrina & Louis Bottom two
Bristol & Mark 32.0 (8, 8, 8, 8) Rock n' Roll "At the Hop"—Danny and the Juniors Gilles & Peta (Last Style) Eliminated
Sabrina & Louis 35.5 (9, 9, 8.5, 9) Disco "You Should Be Dancing"—Bee Gees Kirstie & Maks Safe
Emmitt & Cheryl 36.0 (9, 9, 9, 9) Bolero "Better in Time"—Leona Lewis Kelly & Val Safe
Gilles & Peta 39.5 (10, 9.5, 10, 10) Bollywood "Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)"—Pussycat Dolls feat. A. R. Rahman Bristol & Mark Safe
Melissa & Tony 37.0 (9, 9, 9.5, 9.5) Jitterbug "This Cat's on a Hot Tin Roof"—Brian Setzer Orchestra Apolo & Karina Safe
Shawn & Derek 39.5 (10, 9.5, 10, 10) Mambo "Para Los Rumberos"—Santana Hélio & Chelsie Safe
Apolo & Karina 34.5 (8.5, 9, 8.5, 8.5) Hip-Hop "Poison"—Bell Biv DeVoe Melissa & Tony Safe
Kelly & Val 37.5 (9, 9.5, 9.5, 9.5) Contemporary "Fix You"—Coldplay Emmitt & Cheryl Safe

Week 5: Guilty Pleasures Week[edit]

The two couples with the highest total cumulative points/average became "team captains" and chose teams to join them in the Team Freestyle; these captains were Gilles & Peta and Shawn & Derek. Gilles & Peta's team consists of Kelly & Val, Emmitt & Cheryl, and Kirstie & Maks. Shawn & Derek's team consists of Sabrina & Louis, Melissa & Tony, and Apolo & Karina. Bristol & Mark would have joined the team who lost a member, but they were eliminated in Week Four. Due to a presidential debate on October 22, this week of competition consisted of two performance shows - October 22 and 23. There was no elimination, so all the couples returned to dance during Week Six.[9]

Night 1[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music
Kelly & Val 24.5 (8, 8, 8.5) Samba "Want U Back"—Cher Lloyd
Gilles & Peta 29.5 (10, 9.5, 10) Rumba "I Will Always Love You"—Whitney Houston
Kirstie & Maks 25.5 (8.5, 8.5, 8.5) Quickstep "Mrs. Robinson"—Simon and Garfunkel
Emmitt & Cheryl 29.0 (9.5, 9.5, 10) Samba "Copacabana"—Barry Manilow
Sabrina & Louis
Shawn & Derek
Melissa & Tony
Apolo & Karina
29.5 (9.5, 10, 10) Freestyle "Call Me Maybe"—Carly Rae Jepsen

Night 2[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music
Melissa & Tony 27.0 (9, 9, 9) Tango "Toxic"—Britney Spears
Shawn & Derek 27.0 (9, 8, 10) Rumba "My Heart Will Go On"—Celine Dion
Apolo & Karina 27.0 (8.5, 9.5, 9) Samba "Give It to Me Baby"—Rick James
Sabrina & Louis 29.0 (10, 9.5, 9.5) Waltz "So This Is Love"—from Cinderella
Kirstie & Maks
Emmitt & Cheryl
Kelly & Val
Gilles & Peta
27.0 (9, 9, 9) Freestyle "Gangnam Style"—Psy

Week 6: Country Night[edit]

Each contestant and their partner danced to a country song, hence the name "Country Night." Each individual routine included a solo portion by the celebrity member of the pair.[10] After all individual routines were performed, all of the couples did a group dance. The couple that impressed the judges the most received 2 bonus points; that was Kirstie & Maks.[11] Sabrina Bryan was eliminated again in week six, with nearly the same average. This is the third time in Dancing with the Stars history (after Willa Ford in season 3 & Maria Menounos in season 14) that the star with highest judges' score was eliminated the week they came in first place. Bryan also had, at the time of her elimination, the highest accumulative average. Bryan was eliminated on exactly the same day that she was eliminated when she competed in season 5 five years prior (October 30, 2007).

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Gilles & Peta 27.5 (9, 9, 9.5) Cha-cha-cha "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"—Shania Twain Safe
Sabrina & Louis 30.0 (10, 10, 10) Rumba "Wanted"—Hunter Hayes Eliminated
Kelly & Val 27.0 (9, 9, 9) Tango "Good Girl"—Carrie Underwood Safe
Melissa & Tony 29.5 (9.5, 10, 10) Viennese Waltz "Why Ya Wanna"—Jana Kramer Safe
Shawn & Derek 28.0 (9.5, 8.5, 10) Cha-cha-cha "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy"—Kenny Chesney Safe
Kirstie & Maks 27.5 (9.5, 8.5, 9.5) Rumba "Home"—Blake Shelton Safe
Apolo & Karina 30.0 (10, 10, 10) Viennese Waltz "Skin (Sarabeth)"—Rascal Flatts Last to be called safe
Emmitt & Cheryl 26.5 (8.5, 8.5, 9.5) Foxtrot "Islands in the Stream"—Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers Safe
Emmitt & Cheryl
Sabrina & Louis
Gilles & Peta
Kirstie & Maks
Shawn & Derek
Melissa & Tony
Kelly & Val
Apolo & Karina
N/A Group Country-western
(freestyle)
"Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy"—Big & Rich
"I Play Chicken with a Train"—Cowboy Troy

Week 7: Dance Fusion Week[edit]

On the Week 6 Results Show, dance styles were chosen by the couples for each other, as was done for Opponent's Choice Week. For this week, however, a pair of dance styles was chosen that were to be "fused" together.[10] Due to the presidential election and effects of Hurricane Sandy for East Coast viewers, no elimination took place, so all remaining couples advanced to Week 8.[12] There was also a Swing dance marathon. Mark Ballas danced with Shawn Johnson in place of Derek this week due to Derek having an injury in his neck.[13] Sabrina & Louis would have danced a Tango Foxtrot fusion, chosen by Emmitt & Cheryl, if they had not been eliminated.

Running order
Couple Score Dance(s) Music Dances chosen by
Apolo & Karina 27.0 (9, 9, 9) Cha-cha-cha "Scream"—Usher Gilles & Peta (last style)
Paso Doble
Emmitt & Cheryl 27.5 (8.5, 9.5, 9.5) Rumba "Fine By Me"—Andy Grammer Shawn & Derek
Samba
Kirstie & Maks 24.0 (8, 8, 8) Quickstep "Sir Duke"—Stevie Wonder Apolo & Karina
Samba
Kelly & Val 27.0 (9, 9, 9) Foxtrot "Don't Stop"—Gin Wigmore Sabrina & Louis
Cha-cha-cha
Melissa & Tony 29.0 (10, 9.5, 9.5) Tango "Die Young"—Ke$ha Kirstie & Maks
Cha-cha-cha
Shawn & Mark 30.0 (10, 10, 10) Tango "Livin' On A Prayer"—Bon Jovi Melissa & Tony
Paso Doble
Gilles & Peta 28.5 (9.5, 9.5, 9.5) Argentine Tango "When I Get You Alone"—Robin Thicke Kelly & Val
Samba
Kirstie & Maks
Gilles & Peta
Apolo & Karina
Emmitt & Cheryl
Shawn & Mark
Kelly & Val
Melissa & Tony
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Swing Marathon "Do Your Thing"—Basement Jaxx

Week 8: Veterans Day/Trio Challenge Week[edit]

All seven couples chose one professional that was either previously eliminated or participates in the dance troupe, to perform with them in their Latin routine in an event known as the "Trio Challenge". There was also a double elimination. In honor of Veterans Day, the first round featured performances to songs that pay homage to servicemen and women.[14]

Running order
Couple
(Trio dance partner)
Score Dance Music Result
Shawn & Derek
(Mark Ballas)
29.5 (10, 9.5, 10) Viennese Waltz "Angel"—Sarah McLachlan Safe
26.0 (10, 7, 9) Samba "Jungle Jazz"—Les Tambours du Bronx
Apolo & Karina
(Sasha Farber)
29.5 (10, 9.5, 10) Tango "Holding Out for a Hero"—Bonnie Tyler Last to be called safe
29.0 (9.5, 9.5, 10) Jive "Greased Lightnin'"—from Grease
Kirstie & Maks
(Tristan MacManus)
27.0 (9, 9, 9) Viennese Waltz "Hallelujah"—Leonard Cohen Eliminated
24.0 (8, 8, 8) Paso Doble "Bring Me to Life"—Evanescence
Kelly & Val
(Louis van Amstel)
28.0 (9.5, 9, 9.5) Viennese Waltz "I'll Be"—Edwin McCain Safe
28.5 (9.5, 9.5, 9.5) Jive "Animal"—Neon Trees
Gilles & Peta
(Chelsie Hightower)
29.5 (9.5, 10, 10) Quickstep "Danger Zone"—Kenny Loggins Eliminated
29.0 (9.5, 10, 9.5) Salsa "Rebelión"—Joe Arroyo
Emmitt & Cheryl
(Kym Johnson)
28.0 (9, 9.5, 9.5) Viennese Waltz "Love Letters"—Ketty Lester Safe
30.0 (10, 10, 10) Salsa "Mr. Saxobeat"—Alexandra Stan
Melissa & Tony
(Henry Byalikov)
30.0 (10, 10, 10) Quickstep "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"—The Andrew Sisters Safe
30.0 (10, 10, 10) Paso Doble "Rumour Has It"—Adele

Week 9: Semifinals/Themed Dances/Bad Tribute Week[edit]

The five remaining couples have two dances each this week: one unlearned dance to the music from Michael Jackson's album Bad and one dance chosen by the other couples. The theme of the last dance was also chosen by the other couples. Kelly and Val chose the "Caveman" Hustle for Melissa and Tony, Emmitt and Cheryl chose the "Knight Rider" Bhangra for Shawn and Derek, Gilles and Peta chose the "Big Top" Jazz for Apolo and Karina and Shawn and Derek chose the "Espionage" Lindy Hop for Emmitt and Cheryl. This left the "Surfer" Flamenco for Kelly and Val. Gilles and Peta would have danced the "Mad Monk" Merengue chosen by Apolo and Karina had they not been eliminated.

There is also another double elimination this week, due to the Finals.

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Dance/theme chosen by Result
Melissa & Tony 27.5 (9, 9.5, 9) "Caveman" Hustle "Walk the Dinosaur"—Was (Not Was) Kelly & Val Safe
30.0 (10, 10, 10) Argentine Tango "Dirty Diana"—Michael Jackson
Shawn & Derek 30.0 (10, 10, 10) "Knight Rider" Bhangra "Mundian to Bach Ke"—Panjabi MC Emmitt & Cheryl Safe
29.0 (9, 10, 10) Argentine Tango "Bad"—Michael Jackson
Apolo & Karina 27.0 (8.5, 9, 9.5) "Big Top" Jazz "What You Waiting For?"—Gwen Stefani Gilles & Peta Eliminated
30.0 (10, 10, 10) Rumba "Man in the Mirror"—Michael Jackson
Emmitt & Cheryl 27.0 (9, 9, 9) "Espionage" Lindy Hop "Secret Agent Man"—Johnny Rivers Shawn & Derek Eliminated
27.0 (9, 9, 9) Tango "Leave Me Alone"—Michael Jackson
Kelly & Val 25.5 (8, 9, 8.5) "Surfer" Flamenco "Malagueña"—Brian Setzer Melissa & Tony (last style left) Last to be called safe
28.5 (9.5, 9.5, 9.5) Rumba "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"—Michael Jackson

Week 10: Finals[edit]

Emmitt & Cheryl as well as Apolo & Karina were eliminated in week nine, leaving Kelly Monaco, Shawn Johnson, and Melissa Rycroft to compete in the finals, the first time the finals have had three female celebrities. Each couple will perform their favorite dance of the season, along with a super-sized freestyle on night one, and an instant dance on night two in which they had to choose their dance style as well as their music the night of the competition. Each couple was allowed to bring in extra performers for their freestyle only.

Night 1[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Guest performers in the freestyle
Kelly & Val 29.5 (9.5, 10, 10) Paso Doble "España Cañí"—Erich Kunzel Troupe members & church choir
29.5 (10, 9.5, 10) Freestyle "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"—Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Melissa & Tony 30.0 (10, 10, 10) Samba "Conga"—Gloria Estefan Trapeze artists
30.0 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "I Was Here"—Beyoncé
Shawn & Derek 27.0 (9, 8.5, 9.5) Quickstep "Hey Pachuco"—Royal Crown Revue Fierce Five (U.S Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team)
30.0 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "Carnaval de Paris"—Dario G

Night 2[edit]

Running order
Couple Score Dance Music Result
Kelly & Val 28.5 (9.5, 9.5, 9.5) Instant Jive "Cat and Mouse"—Nikki & Rich Third place
Melissa & Tony 28.5 (9.5, 9.5, 9.5) Instant Samba "Life Is a Highway"—Rascal Flatts Winner
Shawn & Derek 30.0 (10, 10, 10) Instant Cha-cha-cha "Respect"—Aretha Franklin Runner-up

Dance chart[edit]

The celebrities and professional partners danced one of these routines for each corresponding week:

  • Week 1: Cha-cha-cha or Foxtrot
  • Week 2: Jive or Quickstep
  • Week 3: One unlearned dance (Iconic Dances Week)
  • Week 4: One unlearned and uncommon dance (Opponents' Choice Week)
  • Week 5: One unlearned dance & freestyle team dance (Guilty Pleasures Week)
  • Week 6: One unlearned dance & group country-western (Country Week)
  • Week 7: One dance of two combined styles & swing marathon (Dance Fusion Week)
  • Week 8: One unlearned ballroom dance & one unlearned Latin trio dance (Veterans Day/Trio Challenge Week)
  • Week 9: One unlearned Michael Jackson-themed dance & one unlearned and uncommon dance/theme (Semifinals/Themed Dances/Michael Jackson Week)
  • Week 10: Favorite dance, super-sized freestyle & instant dance (Finals)
Couple Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Melissa & Tony Foxtrot Jive Samba Jitterbug Tango Freestyle Viennese Waltz Country-Western Tango
Cha-cha-cha
Swing Quickstep Paso Doble Hustle Argentine Tango Samba Freestyle Samba
Shawn & Derek Foxtrot Jive Quickstep Mambo Rumba Freestyle Cha-cha-cha Country-Western Tango
Paso Doble
Swing Viennese Waltz Samba Bhangra Argentine Tango Quickstep Freestyle Cha-cha-cha
Kelly & Val Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Paso Doble Contemporary Samba Freestyle Tango Country-Western Foxtrot
Cha-cha-cha
Swing Viennese Waltz Jive Flamenco Rumba Paso Doble Freestyle Jive
Emmitt & Cheryl Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Paso Doble Bolero Samba Freestyle Foxtrot Country-Western Rumba
Samba
Swing Viennese Waltz Salsa Lindy Hop Tango Cha-cha-cha
Apolo & Karina Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Foxtrot Hip-Hop Samba Freestyle Viennese Waltz Country-Western Cha-cha-cha
Paso Doble
Swing Tango Jive Jazz Rumba Viennese Waltz
Gilles & Peta Foxtrot Jive Tango Bollywood Rumba Freestyle Cha-cha-cha Country-Western Argentine Tango
Samba
Swing Quickstep Salsa Bollywood
Kirstie & Maks Foxtrot Jive Cha-cha-cha Charleston Quickstep Freestyle Rumba Country-Western Quickstep
Samba
Swing Viennese Waltz Paso Doble Cha-cha-cha
Sabrina & Louis Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Paso Doble Disco Waltz Freestyle Rumba Country-Western Rumba
Bristol & Mark Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Paso Doble Rock 'n' Roll Cha-cha-cha
Hélio & Chelsie Foxtrot Jive Quickstep Quickstep
Drew & Anna Foxtrot Jive Cha-cha-cha Cha-cha-cha
Joey & Kym Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Cha-cha-cha
Pamela & Tristan Cha-cha-cha Freestyle
  • Dances in BOLD indicate the encore dance, chosen by the judges for that week's result show.
     Highest scoring dance
     Lowest scoring dance
     Danced, but not scored
     Gained bonus points for this dance

The results/guest performances[edit]

Date Dance style Artist(s) Song(s) Dancers
September 25, 2012 Bollywood Pitbull "Don't Stop The Party" Pitbull's dancers
Hip-Hop Justin Bieber "As Long as You Love Me" Justin Bieber's dancers
October 2, 2012 Rumba Katherine Jenkins & Plácido Domingo "Come What May" Val Chmerkovskiy and Anna Trebunskaya
Hip-Hop Cher Lloyd "Want U Back" Cher Lloyd's dancers
October 9, 2012 Cha-cha-cha Karmin "Brokenhearted / Hello" Chelsie Hightower, Sharna Burgess, Sonny Pedersen and Jaymz Tuaileva
Jive Frankie Moreno "Tangerine Honey"/"Real Wild Child" Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer w/ Henry Byalikov, Oksana Dmytrenko, Sasha Farber and Emma Slater
October 16, 2012 Rumba Donny Osmond & Susan Boyle "This Is The Moment" Kym Johnson and Tristan MacManus
Cha-cha-cha Tito Puente Jr. "Oye Como Va" Cheryl Burke, Michelle Hafle, Natalja Panina, Sergey Korshunov and Arkadiy Polezhaev
Acrobatic Dancing Christina Grimmie "Titanium" The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers
October 30, 2012[15] Paso Doble Taylor Swift "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" Troupe Members
Contemporary Jason Mraz "I Won't Give Up" Chelsie Hightower and Mark Ballas
November 13, 2012 Hip-Hop Ne-Yo "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" Ne-Yo's Dancers
Cha-cha-cha Kylie Minogue "The Loco-Motion" Kym Johnson, Tristan MacManus and Troupe members
November 20, 2012 Hip-Hop The Wanted "I Found You"/"Glad You Came" The Wanted's Dancers
Hip-Hop Paula Abdul "Dream Medley" Mark Ballas, Chelsie Hightower, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Sonny Fredie Pederson, Henry Byalikov, Sharna Burgess, and Emma Slater
Contemporary Drehz "Heart Cry" Derek Hough, Allison Holker, Melanie Moore, Kathryn McCormick, Jessica Lee Keller

U.S. television ratings[edit]

Show Episode Air date Viewers
(millions)
Rating/share
(adults 18–49)
Rating/share
(household)
Note
1 "Performance Show: Week 1" September 24, 2012 14.11 2.5/7 9.3/14 [16][17]
2 "Results Show: Week 1" September 25, 2012 11.79 2.1/6 7.7/12 [18][19]
3 "Performance Show: Week 2" October 1, 2012 12.38 2.1/5 9.3/12 [20][21]
4 "Results Show: Week 2" October 2, 2012 12.03 2.1/5 7.9/12 [22][23]
5 "Performance Show: Week 3" October 8, 2012 13.55 2.2/6 8.9/13 [24][25]
6 "Results Show: Week 3" October 9, 2012 13.33 2.2/6 9.0/13 [26][27]
7 "Performance Show: Week 4" October 15, 2012 13.64 2.1/5 9.1/13 [28][29]
8 "Results Show: Week 4" October 16, 2012 12.92 2.0/6 8.6/13 [30][31]
9 "Performance Show 1: Week 5" October 22, 2012 13.27 2.4/6 8.7/13 [32][33]
10 "Performance Show 2: Week 5" October 23, 2012 12.90 2.3/7 8.3/13 [34][35]
11 "Performance Show: Week 6" October 29, 2012 13.90 2.3/5 9.5/14 [36][37]
12 "Results Show: Week 6" October 30, 2012 11.49 1.8/5 7.9/12 [38][39]
13 "Performance Show: Week 7" November 5, 2012 13.48 2.1/5 9.0/13 [40][41]
14 "Performance Show: Week 8" November 12, 2012 13.79 2.1/5 9.2/14 [42][43]
15 "Results Show: Week 8" November 13, 2012 12.11 1.9/5 7.9/12 [44][45]
16 "Performance Show: Week 9" November 19, 2012 14.28 2.4/6 9.2/14 [46][47]
17 "Results Show: Week 9" November 20, 2012 13.01 2.0/6 8.5/13 [48][49]
18 "Performance Show: Week 10" November 26, 2012 16.30 2.7/7 10.4/15 [50][51]
19 "Season Finale" November 27, 2012 16.73 3.0/8 10.7/12 [52][53]

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