Dancing with the Stars (American season 29)

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Dancing with the Stars
Season 29
DWTS29Poster.jpg
Promotional poster featuring new host Tyra Banks
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes1
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 14, 2020 (2020-09-14) –
present (present)
Season chronology
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Season twenty-nine of Dancing with the Stars premiered on September 14, 2020 on the ABC network.[1][2]

Cast[edit]

Couples[edit]

Continuing from last season, the couples were not announced in advance and were instead revealed on the season premiere.[3][4] During The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons - Ever!, season 11's Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe, was announced as the first celebrity participant.[5] On August 24, 2020, it was reported that AJ McLean, member of Backstreet Boys, would be a celebrity participant as well;[6] McLean was later officially revealed on August 27.[7][8] On August 29, 2020, it was reported that Anne Heche, Jesse Metcalfe, and Vernon Davis would be celebrity participants in the season.[9] The other celebrity participants were revealed on Good Morning America on September 2.[10][11][12]

The season's lineup of fourteen professional dancers was announced on Good Morning America on August 18, 2020,[13] with the fifteenth professional announced on August 24.[14] Ten professionals from last season returned, along with Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev,[14] and Keo Motsepe, all of whom last competed in season 27. Two new pros were added: Daniella Karagach, previously a featured dancer, and Britt Stewart, a former troupe member, who is the first black female to become a pro.[13][1] Lindsay Arnold and Witney Carson, who are both pregnant and are due to give birth in November and January respectively, did not return as pros this season.[15][16]

Celebrity[11][12] Notability (known for) Professional partner Status Ref.
Monica Aldama Cheer star & coach Valentin Chmerkovskiy Participating
Carole Baskin Tiger King star & animal activist Pasha Pashkov Participating
Kaitlyn Bristowe The Bachelorette star Artem Chigvintsev Participating
Vernon Davis Former NFL tight end Peta Murgatroyd Participating
Anne Heche Film & television actress Keo Motsepe Participating
Skai Jackson Disney Channel actress Alan Bersten Participating
Justina Machado Television actress Sasha Farber Participating
Jeannie Mai Television host & stylist Brandon Armstrong Participating
AJ McLean Backstreet Boys singer Cheryl Burke Participating
Jesse Metcalfe Desperate Housewives actor Sharna Burgess Participating
Nelly Rapper & singer Daniella Karagach Participating
Charles Oakley Former NBA power forward Emma Slater Participating
Nev Schulman Catfish host & producer Jenna Johnson Participating
Chrishell Stause Actress & reality television star Gleb Savchenko Participating
Johnny Weir Olympic figure skater Britt Stewart Participating

Hosts and judges[edit]

On July 13, 2020, it was announced that Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews would not be returning as hosts.[17] The next day, it was announced that Tyra Banks was hired as the new host and would also serve as an executive producer.[18] Series judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli are all to return for the season.[19]

On September 8, 2020, it was announced that Derek Hough, who appeared as a professional partner in 17 of the show's 29 seasons between seasons five and 23, would be returning to the show to fill in Len Goodman's judging position, due to Goodman being unable to travel with COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions.[20][21][22][23]

Scoring charts[edit]

Couple Place 1 2 1+2
Monica & Val 19
Carole & Pasha 11
Kaitlyn & Artem 20
Vernon & Peta 17
Anne & Keo 18
Skai & Alan 21
Justina & Sasha 21
Jeannie & Brandon 18
AJ & Cheryl 18
Jesse & Sharna 18
Nelly & Daniella 16
Charles & Emma 12
Nev & Jenna 20
Chrishell & Gleb 13
Johnny & Britt 18
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 that was the last to be called safe

Average score chart[edit]

This table only counts dances scored on a 30-point scale.

Rank by
average
Place Couple Total
points
Number
of dances
Average
1 Skai & Alan 21 1 21.0
1 Justina & Sasha 21 1 21.0
3 Kaitlyn & Artem 20 1 20.0
3 Nev & Jenna 20 1 20.0
5 Monica & Val 19 1 19.0
6 Anne & Keo 18 1 18.0
6 Jeannie & Brandon 18 1 18.0
6 AJ & Cheryl 18 1 18.0
6 Jesse & Sharna 18 1 18.0
6 Johnny & Britt 18 1 18.0
11 Vernon & Peta 17 1 17.0
12 Nelly & Daniella 16 1 16.0
13 Chrishell & Gleb 13 1 13.0
14 Charles & Emma 12 1 12.0
15 Carole & Pasha 11 1 11.0

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 Highest scored dancer(s) Highest score Lowest scored dancer(s) Lowest score
Jive AJ McLean 18
Tango Skai Jackson 21 Chrishell Stause 13
Foxtrot Nev Schulman 20 Vernon Davis 17
Cha-cha-cha Justina Machado 21 Anne Heche
Johnny Weir
18
Salsa Jeannie Mai 18 Charles Oakley 12
Quickstep Jesse Metcalfe 18
Paso doble Carole Baskin 11

Couples' highest and lowest scoring dances[edit]

Scores are based upon a potential 30-point maximum.

Couple Highest scoring dance(s) Lowest scoring dance(s)
Monica & Val Foxtrot (19)
Carole & Pasha Paso doble (11)
Kaitlyn & Artem Cha-cha-cha (20)
Vernon & Peta Foxtrot (17)
Anne & Keo Cha-cha-cha (18)
Skai & Alan Tango (21)
Justina & Sasha Cha-cha-cha (21)
Jeannie & Brandon Salsa (18)
AJ & Cheryl Jive (18)
Jesse & Sharna Quickstep (18)
Nelly & Daniella Salsa (16)
Charles & Emma Salsa (12)
Nev & Jenna Foxtrot (20)
Chrishell & Gleb Tango (13)
Johnny & Britt Cha-cha-cha (18)

Weekly scores[edit]

Individual judges' scores in the charts below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough, Bruno Tonioli.

Week 1: First Dances[edit]

On the first night, couples danced the cha-cha-cha, foxtrot, salsa, tango, quickstep, paso doble, or jive.

For the second time in the show's history, the official partnerships were revealed to the public during the live broadcast.[4]

Running order
Couple Scores[24] Dance Music[25]
AJ & Cheryl 18 (6, 6, 6) Jive "Blinding Lights"—The Weeknd
Chrishell & Gleb 13 (4, 5, 4) Tango "Raise Your Glass"—P!nk
Vernon & Peta 17 (5, 6, 6) Foxtrot "All of Me"—John Legend
Anne & Keo 18 (6, 6, 6) Cha-cha-cha "Don't Start Now"—Dua Lipa
Jeannie & Brandon 18 (6, 6, 6) Salsa "Tell It to My Heart"—Taylor Dayne
Jesse & Sharna 18 (6, 6, 6) Quickstep "Part-Time Lover"—Stevie Wonder
Skai & Alan 21 (7, 7, 7) Tango "Super Bass"—Nicki Minaj
Kaitlyn & Artem 20 (6, 7, 7) Cha-cha-cha "Stupid Love"—Lady Gaga
Nev & Jenna 20 (7, 7, 6) Foxtrot "The Way You Look Tonight"—Frank Sinatra
Johnny & Britt 18 (6, 6, 6) Cha-cha-cha "Buttons"—The Pussycat Dolls
Justina & Sasha 21 (7, 7, 7) Cha-cha-cha "Respect"—Aretha Franklin
Charles & Emma 12 (4, 4, 4) Salsa "In da Club"—50 Cent
Monica & Val 19 (6, 7, 6) Foxtrot "My Wish"—Rascal Flatts
Nelly & Daniella 16 (5, 5, 6) Salsa "Ride wit Me"—Nelly
Carole & Pasha 11 (4, 4, 3) Paso doble "Eye of the Tiger"—Survivor

Dance chart[edit]

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

Couple 1 2[26]
Monica & Val Foxtrot Jive
Carole & Pasha Paso doble Viennese waltz
Kaitlyn & Artem Cha-cha-cha Foxtrot
Vernon & Peta Foxtrot Paso doble[27]
Anne & Keo Cha-cha-cha Foxtrot
Skai & Alan Tango Samba
Justina & Sasha Cha-cha-cha Rumba
Jeannie & Brandon Salsa Cha-cha-cha
AJ & Cheryl Jive Foxtrot
Jesse & Sharna Quickstep Foxtrot
Nelly & Daniella Salsa Cha-cha-cha
Charles & Emma Salsa Cha-cha-cha
Nev & Jenna Foxtrot Cha-cha-cha
Chrishell & Gleb Tango Rumba
Johnny & Britt Cha-cha-cha Tango
     Highest scoring dance
     Lowest scoring dance

Ratings[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Dancing with the Stars
No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "2020 Premiere" September 14, 2020 1.3/8 8.12[28]
2 "First Elimination" September 22, 2020[29] TBD TBD
3 "Disney Night" September 28, 2020[29] TBD TBD

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