Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 3)

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Dancing with the Stars: season 3
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Season three promotional advertisement made by BLT & Associates
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 12, 2006 – November 15, 2006
Additional information
Celebrity winner Emmitt Smith
Professional winner Cheryl Burke
All Stars Emmitt Smith
Season chronology
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Season three of Dancing With the Stars premiered on September 12, 2006 and ended November 15, 2006. The number of couples competing expanded to eleven from the ten in the previous season.

For this season, the scoring system was changed. Fan vote only counted for 25% of the total score and scoring was now translated directly from percentages rather than into ordinals. The judges scores were added up, and each performer was given points based on the percentage of the total points distributed among all performers. (For example, a team received a score of 25. A total of 207 points were awarded to all nine performers. The team received 12.08% of that total, so that team earned 12.08 points. The couple happens to be Sara & Tony.) The fan vote was handled the same way, with the points based on how much of the total fan vote the star received. (So, in the same example, if the team earned 15% of the total fan vote, their grand total is 27.08 points.)[1]

The results shows of this season featured the Slim Fast Dance Challenge, where Tysonia Sichinga and Christian Perry illustrated how exercise such as dancing could aid weight loss. Unfortunately, Tysonia wound up gaining 5 pounds from what she said, "too much Slim Fast".

The season finale brought in 27.8 million viewers, making it the highest rated Dancing with the Stars season finale to date. Emmitt Smith was the celebrity winner from this season.

Couples[edit]

The 11 celebrities and professional dancers that competed were:

Celebrity Occupation / Known for Professional partner Result
Tucker Carlson Journalist Elena Grinenko Eliminated 1st
on September 13, 2006
Shanna Moakler Miss USA 1995/Model/Actress/Reality TV Star Jesse DeSoto Eliminated 2nd
on September 20, 2006
Harry Hamlin Actor Ashly DelGrosso Eliminated 3rd
on September 27, 2006
Vivica A. Fox Actress/Producer Nick Kosovich Eliminated 4th
on October 4, 2006
Willa Ford Pop Singer/Actress Maksim Chmerkovskiy Eliminated 5th
on October 11, 2006
Sara Evans Country Singer Tony Dovolani Withdrew
on October 13, 2006
Jerry Springer TV Host Kym Johnson Eliminated 6th
on October 25, 2006
Monique Coleman Actress Louis Van Amstel Eliminated 7th
on November 1, 2006
Joey Lawrence Actor/R&B Singer/TV Host Edyta Śliwińska Third place
on November 8, 2006
Mario Lopez Actor/TV Host Karina Smirnoff Runner-up
on November 15, 2006
Emmitt Smith Retired NFL Player Cheryl Burke Winner
on November 15, 2006

Sara Evans' withdrawal[edit]

On October 12, 2006, Sara Evans announced her withdrawal from the competition to be with her kids after filing for divorce from her husband, Craig Schelske.[2] In a "final appearance",[3] a pre-taped interview with Evans about her decision was shown on the October 17 episode.

Willa Ford stated on Headline News' Robin & Company that ABC had invited her to return to the competition, but she declined.[4] At the end of the October 18 results show, after showing the bottom two, it was revealed that there would be no elimination for the week due to Evans' departure.[5] The scores of Week 6 were combined with the scores of Week 7 for the October 25 elimination. Evans returned for the season finale.

Fan voting influence[edit]

On weeks four and five Ford and Fox were eliminated, despite Ford having tied in first place, and Fox tied in fourth. Ford was in the bottom two along with Springer, who was tied for the lowest score. Fox was in the bottom two along with Coleman, who both performed great the previous week and tied for fourth that week. Ford's elimination was booed by the audience, and so was Fox's. This extends the theme similar to last season where dancers with higher scores were often eliminated before ones that tended to get lower scores and also had more popularity with the fan vote. This circumstance would also happen again in season 11, with Bristol Palin getting the lowest scores in many consecutive weeks and higher scoring couples being eliminated. The Opie and Anthony radio show ran a campaign to keep Springer on the show, urging their fan base (nicknamed pests) to repeatedly vote for the pair, despite Jerry Springer's repeated live call-ins urging them to "give him a break."

Judges' scoring summary[edit]

Red numbers indicate the couples with the lowest score for each week.
Green numbers indicate the couples with the highest score for each week.
Bold black numbers indicate that the entire score board was tied
     indicates the couples eliminated that week.
     indicates the returning couple that finished in the bottom two.
     indicates the returning couple that was last to be called safe.
     indicates the winning couple.
     indicates the runner-up couple.
     indicates the couple withdrew from the competition.
     indicates the third-place couple.
     indicates the couple that should've been eliminated had an elimination taken place.
Couple Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 6+7 8 9 10
Emmitt & Cheryl 1 24 24 19 24 27 25 28+29=57 82 25+29=54 29+30=59 30+30+29=89
Mario & Karina 2 26 21 22 29 27 28 29+27=56 84 28+29=57 30+29=59 29+30+30=89
Joey & Edyta 3 21 29 22 27 25 24 29+28=57 81 28+26=54 29+30=59
Monique & Louis 4 19 26 27 24 27 23 27+27=54 77 24+29=53
Jerry & Kym 5 16 19 21 22 24 18 24+22=46 64
Sara & Tony 6 15 21 25 20 24
Willa & Maksim 7 22 23 22 28 27
Vivica & Nick 8 22 24 27 24
Harry & Ashly 9 17 21 22
Shanna & Jesse 10 18 22
Tucker & Elena 11 12

Highest and lowest scoring performances[edit]

Dance Best dancer Best score Worst dancer Worst score
Cha-cha-cha Emmitt Smith 30 Tucker Carlson 12
Foxtrot Mario Lopez
Joey Lawrence
29 Sara Evans 15
Mambo Emmitt Smith 30 Sara Evans 21
Quickstep Joey Lawrence 29 Jerry Springer 19
Jive Monique Coleman
Mario Lopez
27 Joey Lawrence
Willa Ford
22
Tango Mario Lopez 30 Emmitt Smith 19
Waltz Emmitt Smith 29 Jerry Springer 22
Rumba Joey Lawrence 30 Joey Lawrence 24
Paso doble Mario Lopez 30 Jerry Springer 18
Samba Emmitt Smith 30 Monique Coleman 23
Freestyle Mario Lopez 30 Emmitt Smith 29

Shanna Moakler, Harry Hamlin & Vivica A. Fox are the only celebrities to not land on this list.

Average[edit]

This table only shows for dances scored with a traditional 30-point scale.

Rank by
average
Place Couple Total Number of
dances
Average
1 2 Mario & Karina 414 15 27.6
2 1 Emmitt & Cheryl 402 15 26.8
3 3 Joey & Edyta 318 12 26.5
4 4 Monique & Louis 253 10 25.3
5 7 Willa & Maks 122 5 24.4
6 8 Vivica & Nick 97 4 24.3
7 6 Sara & Tony 105 5 21.0
8 5 Jerry & Kym 166 8 20.8
9 9 Harry & Ashly 60 3 20.0
9 10 Shanna & Jesse 40 2 20.0
11 11 Tucker & Elena 12 1 12.0

Couples' highest and lowest scoring performances[edit]

According to the traditional 30-point scale.

Couples Highest Scoring Dances Lowest Scoring Dances
Emmitt & Cheryl Cha-cha, Samba & Mambo (30) Tango (19)
Mario & Karina Tango, Paso doble & Freestyle (30) Quickstep (21)
Joey & Edyta Rumba (30) Cha-cha (21)
Monique & Louis Cha-cha (29) Foxtrot (19)
Jerry & Kym Samba & Foxtrot (24) Cha-cha (16)
Sara & Tony Jive (25) Foxtrot (15)
Willa & Maks Waltz (28) Foxtrot & Jive (22)
Vivica & Nick Tango (27) Foxtrot (22)
Harry & Ashly Tango (22) Cha-cha (17)
Shanna & Jesse Mambo (22) Foxtrot (18)
Tucker & Elena Cha-cha (12) Cha-cha (12)

Dance chart[edit]

Couple 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Emmitt & Cheryl Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Tango Paso doble Samba Jive Disco Waltz Mambo Foxtrot Rumba Waltz Cha-cha-cha Samba Mambo Freestyle
Mario & Karina Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Tango Paso doble Rumba Mambo Disco Foxtrot Jive Waltz Samba Tango Cha-cha-cha Samba Paso doble Freestyle
Joey & Edyta Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Jive Waltz Samba Rumba Disco Foxtrot Mambo Tango Paso doble Quickstep Rumba Foxtrot
Monique & Louis Foxtrot Mambo Jive Waltz Rumba Samba Disco Quickstep Paso doble Tango Cha-cha-cha Jive
Jerry & Kym Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Tango Waltz Samba Paso doble Disco Foxtrot Mambo Samba
Sara & Tony Foxtrot Mambo Jive Paso doble Samba Withdrew Jive
Willa & Maksim Foxtrot Mambo Jive Waltz Rumba Rumba
Vivica & Nick Foxtrot Mambo Tango Paso doble Paso doble
Harry & Ashly Cha-cha-cha Quickstep Tango Quickstep
Shanna & Jesse Foxtrot Mambo Mambo
Tucker & Elena Cha-cha-cha Cha-cha-cha
  •      Highest scoring dance
  •      Lowest scoring dance
  •      Performed but not scored
  •      Indicates the couple withdrew from the competition

This was the only season in which the runner-up got the highest Freestyle score and did not win the season.

Willa & Maksim is the only couple who was at the top of the leader board (with couples scoring less than them) and was eliminated. (This would be seen again in season 14 with Maria & Derek, season 15 with Sabrina & Louis, and season 17 with Christina & Mark).

Weekly scores and songs[edit]

The following is a list of the dances and songs played. The song titles are followed by the artist who recorded the song.

Individual judges scores in 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 Style Music
Joey & Edyta 21 (7, 7, 7) Cha-cha-cha "I Like The Way (You Move)"—Body Rockers
Sara & Tony 15 (5, 5, 5) Foxtrot "Mandy"—Barry Manilow
Tucker & Elena 12 (5, 4, 3) Cha-cha-cha "Dancing In The Street"—David Bowie & Mick Jagger
Monique & Louis 19 (6, 6, 7) Foxtrot "Baby Love"—The Supremes
Emmitt & Cheryl 24 (8, 8, 8) Cha-cha-cha "Son of a Preacher Man"—Dusty Springfield
Willa & Maksim 22 (7, 7, 8) Foxtrot "True"—Spandau Ballet
Mario & Karina 26 (9, 8, 9) Cha-cha-cha "Walkin' on the Sun"—Smash Mouth
Shanna & Jesse 18 (7, 5, 6) Foxtrot "Saving All My Love For You"—Whitney Houston
Harry & Ashly 17 (5, 6, 6) Cha-cha-cha "Disco Inferno"—The Trammps
Vivica & Nick 22 (6, 8, 8) Foxtrot "I Just Wanna Make Love to You"—Etta James
Jerry & Kym 16 (5, 5, 6) Cha-cha-cha "Hey Daddy"—Della Reese

Week 2[edit]

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music
Willa & Maksim 23 (7, 8, 8) Mambo "Get Busy"—Sean Paul
Harry & Ashly 21 (7, 7, 7) Quickstep "Lust for Life"—Iggy Pop
Monique & Louis 26 (9, 8, 9) Mambo "Bop to the Top"—High School Musical Cast
Mario & Karina 21 (7, 6, 8) Quickstep "Do Your Thing"—Basement Jaxx
Shanna & Jesse 22 (8, 7, 7) Mambo "Jump"—Kris Kross
Jerry & Kym 19 (7, 6, 6) Quickstep "Sing, Sing, Sing"—The Andrews Sisters
Vivica & Nick 24 (8, 8, 8) Mambo "Betece"—Africando All Stars
Joey & Edyta 29 (10, 9, 10) Quickstep "I Got Rhythm"—Ella Fitzgerald
Sara & Tony 21 (7, 7, 7) Mambo "Papa Loves Mambo"—Perry Como
Emmitt & Cheryl 24 (8, 8, 8) Quickstep "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"—KT Tunstall

Week 3[edit]

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music
Emmitt & Cheryl 19 (7, 6, 6) Tango "Simply Irresistible"—Robert Palmer
Monique & Louis 27 (9, 9, 9) Jive "The Heat Is On"—Glenn Frey
Harry & Ashly 22 (7, 8, 7) Tango "Santa Maria"—Gotan Project
Willa & Maksim 22 (7, 7, 8) Jive "SOS"—Rihanna
Jerry & Kym 21 (7, 7, 7) Tango "Hernando's Hideaway"—Ella Fitzgerald
Sara & Tony 25 (8, 9, 8) Jive "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'"—Nancy Sinatra
Mario & Karina 22 (8, 6, 8) Tango "What You Waiting For"—Gwen Stefani
Vivica & Nick 27 (9, 9, 9) Tango "Hey Sexy Lady"—Shaggy
Joey & Edyta 22 (8, 6, 8) Jive "Blue Suede Shoes"—Elvis Presley

Week 4[edit]

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music
Monique & Louis 24 (8, 8, 8) Waltz "If I Were A Painting"—Kenny Rogers
Emmitt & Cheryl 24 (8, 8, 8) Paso doble "España Cañí"—Erich Kunzel
Willa & Maksim 28 (9, 9, 10) Waltz "You Light Up My Life"—Debby Boone
Sara & Tony 20 (6, 7, 7) Paso doble "The Phantom of the Opera"—from The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack
Jerry & Kym 22 (7, 7, 8) Waltz "Tennessee Waltz"—Patti Page
Vivica & Nick 24 (8, 8, 8) Paso doble "It's My Life"—Bon Jovi
Joey & Edyta 27 (9, 9, 9) Waltz "Take It to the Limit"—The Eagles
Mario & Karina 29 (10, 9, 10) Paso doble "Cancion Del Mariachi"—Desperado Los Lobos & A Banderas

Week 5[edit]

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music
Joey & Edyta 25 (8, 8, 9) Samba "Freedom! '90"—George Michael
Willa & Maksim 27 (9, 9, 9) Rumba "Every Breath You Take"—The Police
Sara & Tony 24 (8, 8, 8) Samba "I Wish"—Stevie Wonder
Mario & Karina 27 (9, 9, 9) Rumba "The Way You Look Tonight"—Michael Bublé
Jerry & Kym 24 (8, 8, 8) Samba "Eso Beso"—Paul Anka
Monique & Louis 27 (9, 9, 9) Rumba "So Nice"—Bebel Gilberto
Emmitt & Cheryl 27 (9, 9, 9) Samba "Cha Cha"—Chelo

Week 6[edit]

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music
Mario & Karina 28 (9, 9, 10) Mambo "Ran Kan Kan"—Tito Puente
Monique & Louis 23 (9, 7, 7) Samba "ABC"—The Jackson 5
Joey & Edyta 24 (8, 8, 8) Rumba "Father Figure"—George Michael
Emmitt & Cheryl 25 (8, 8, 9) Jive "Lewis Boogie Blues"—T-Bone Burnett
Jerry & Kym 18 (7, 6, 5) Paso doble "Habañera"—Charlotte Church
Emmitt & Cheryl
Monique & Louis
Jerry & Kym
Joey & Edyta
Mario & Karina
N/A Group Disco "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough"—Michael Jackson

Week 7[edit]

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music
Jerry & Kym 24 (8, 8, 8) Foxtrot "My Way"—Frank Sinatra
22 (7, 8, 7) Mambo "Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy"—Kid Creole and the Coconuts
Monique & Louis 27 (9, 9, 9) Quickstep "Luck Be a Lady"—Frank Sinatra
27 (9, 9, 9) Paso doble "The Reflex"—Duran Duran
Emmitt & Cheryl 28 (10, 9, 9) Waltz "Hushabye Mountain"—from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
29 (10, 10, 9) Mambo "Que Bueno Baila Usted"—Oscar d'Leon
Mario & Karina 29 (10, 9, 10) Foxtrot "I Wanna Be Loved By You"—Marilyn Monroe
27 (9, 9, 9) Jive "Shake a Tail Feather"—Ray Charles and The Blues Brothers
Joey & Edyta 29 (10, 9, 10) Foxtrot "Singin' in the Rain"—Gene Kelly
28 (9, 9, 10) Mambo "Mambo No. 5"—Lou Bega

Week 8: Halloween Week[edit]

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music
Joey & Edyta 28 (10, 9, 9) Tango "The Addams Family Theme"—from The Addams Family
26 (9, 8, 9) Paso doble "Sympathy for the Devil"—The Rolling Stones
Mario & Karina 28 (9, 9, 10) Waltz "Dark Waltz"—Hayley Westenra
29 (10, 9, 10) Samba "Superstition"—Stevie Wonder
Monique & Louis 24 (8, 8, 8) Tango "Somebody's Watching Me"—Rockwell
29 (9, 10, 10) Cha-cha-cha "Ghostbusters Theme"—Ray Parker Jr.
Emmitt & Cheryl 25 (8, 8, 9) Foxtrot "Witchcraft"—Frank Sinatra
29 (9, 10, 10) Rumba "Spooky"—Dusty Springfield

Week 9[edit]

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music
Mario & Karina 30 (10, 10, 10) Tango "Whatever Lola Wants"—Gwen Verdon
29 (10, 9, 10) Cha-cha-cha "Bad"—Michael Jackson
Emmitt & Cheryl 29 (9, 10, 10) Waltz "At This Moment"—Billy Vera & The Beaters
30 (10, 10, 10) Cha-cha-cha "Dance to the Music"—Sly & The Family Stone
Joey & Edyta 29 (9, 10, 10) Quickstep "42nd Street"—Lee Roy Reams
30 (10, 10, 10) Rumba "Eternal Flame"—The Bangles

Week 10[edit]

Running Order
Couple Score Style Music
Emmitt & Cheryl 30 (10, 10, 10) Samba "Sir Duke"—Stevie Wonder
30 (10, 10, 10) Mambo "Que Bueno Baila Usted"—Oscar d'Leon
29 (10, 10, 9) Freestyle "U Can't Touch This"—MC Hammer
Mario & Karina 29 (10, 9, 10) Samba "Sir Duke"—Stevie Wonder
30 (10, 10, 10) Paso doble "Cancion Del Mariachi"—Desperado Los Lobos & A Banderas
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "It Takes Two"—Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

Call-out order[edit]

The Table Lists in which order the contestants' fates were revealed by Bergeron and Harris.

Contestant call-out order
Order 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Mario & Karina Emmitt & Cheryl Emmitt & Cheryl Mario & Karina Mario & Karina Mario & Karina Joey & Edyta Emmitt & Cheryl Mario & Karina Emmitt & Cheryl
2 Sara & Tony Joey & Edyta Sara & Tony Jerry & Kym Monique & Louis Emmitt & Cheryl Mario & Karina Joey & Edyta Emmitt & Cheryl Mario & Karina
3 Emmitt & Cheryl Monique & Louis Vivica & Nick Emmitt & Cheryl Sara & Tony Monique & Louis Emmitt & Cheryl Mario & Karina Joey & Edyta
4 Monique & Louis Mario & Karina Monique & Louis Willa & Maksim Joey & Edyta Joey & Edyta Monique & Louis Monique & Louis
5 Joey & Edyta Sara & Tony Joey & Edyta Joey & Edyta Emmitt & Cheryl Jerry & Kym Jerry & Kym
6 Jerry & Kym Harry & Ashly Mario & Karina Sara & Tony Jerry & Kym
7 Harry & Ashly Jerry & Kym Willa & Maksim Monique & Louis Willa & Maksim
8 Vivica & Nick Willa & Maksim Jerry & Kym Vivica & Nick
9 Willa & Maksim Vivica & Nick Harry & Ashly
10 Shanna & Jesse Shanna & Jesse
11 Tucker & Elena
     This couple had the encore for the week.
     This couple came in first place with the judges.
     This couple came in first place with the judges and had the encore for the week.
     This couple came in first place with the judges and was eliminated.
     This couple came in last place with the judges.
     This couple came in last place with the judges and was eliminated.
     This couple was eliminated.
     The couple withdrew from the competition
     This couple won the competition.
     This couple came in second in the competition.
     This couple came in first place with the judges and came in third in the competition.

Tour[edit]

On the October 25, 2006, results show, the first Dancing with the Stars – The Tour event was announced. Produced by ABC and Anschutz Entertainment Group, the live-action tour featured celebrities and professional dancers from U.S. seasons 1–3. The tour through 38 arena venues started in San Diego, California on December 19, 2006, and ended in Atlantic City, New Jersey on February 11, 2007. The pairs performing in the tour were:

At the last minute Willa & Maksim pulled out due to other commitments.

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