Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 21)

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Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 21)
Dancing with the Stars us season 21 poster.png
Promotional poster, featuring pro dancers Peta Murgatroyd and Artem Chigvintsev
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 14
Release
Original network ABC
Original release September 14 (2015-09-14) – November 24, 2015 (2015-11-24)
Additional information
Celebrity winner Bindi Irwin
Professional winner Derek Hough
Season chronology
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Season twenty-one of the American television competition series Dancing with the Stars premiered on September 14, 2015.

On November 24, 2015, Bindi Irwin and her partner Derek Hough were crowned champions. Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess finished second, Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold placed third. This season set records for the total number of perfect scores awarded (23) and the number of stars to receive at least one perfect score with 7 (Bindi Irwin, Nick Carter, Alek Skarlatos, Carlos PenaVega, Tamar Braxton, Alexa PenaVega, and Andy Grammer). Irwin also set a record with 8 perfect scores (a record broken in season 25 by Jordan Fisher) and became the second youngest winner of the show at 17 years old (after season 8 winner Shawn Johnson, who was 3 days younger at the time of her win, and later slipped to third behind season 23 winner Laurie Hernandez, who was 16 years old at the time of her win). This also marked Hough's sixth competitive win, extending his own record for the most wins for a professional dancer on the series.

Cast[edit]

Couples[edit]

On August 19, 2015, nine professional dancers were revealed during Good Morning America. Karina Smirnoff, who did not appear in season 20 returned for season 21. Anna Trebunskaya and Louis van Amstel would be returning after a five-season hiatus. Additionally, Lindsay Arnold would also be returning after spending the last four seasons in the troupe. While Peta Murgatroyd (who was to be paired with Andy Grammer) was originally announced as a professional, was sidelined for the season by an ankle injury, Allison Holker replaced her spot in the cast;[1] Artem Chigvintsev and Kym Johnson also did not return. Bindi Irwin was the first celebrity revealed on August 24,[2] on GMA; other celebrities were revealed at different dates through different media. The full cast of celebrities and professional dancers was revealed on September 2, 2015, on GMA.[3]

During the show, two celebrities (Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Tamar Braxton) withdrew during the competition due to health issues, marking the first time two contestants withdrew in midseason (Nancy O'Dell and Jewel both withdrew from Season 8 before the first episode).

Celebrity Notability (known for) Professional partner[a] Status Ref
Chaka Khan Funk & R&B singer Keo Motsepe Eliminated 1st
on September 21, 2015
[4]
Victor Espinoza Jockey Karina Smirnoff Eliminated 2nd
on September 22, 2015
[5]
Kim Zolciak-Biermann Reality television star Tony Dovolani Withdrew
on September 28, 2015
[6]
Gary Busey Film actor Anna Trebunskaya Eliminated 3rd
on October 5, 2015
[7]
Paula Deen Celebrity chef & businesswoman Louis van Amstel
Mark Ballas (week 5)[8]
Eliminated 4th
on October 19, 2015
[9]
Hayes Grier Vine & social media personality Emma Slater
Allison Holker (week 5)[8]
Eliminated 5th
on October 26, 2015
[10]
Andy Grammer Singer-songwriter Allison Holker
Sharna Burgess (week 5)[8]
Eliminated 6th
on November 2, 2015
[11]
Alexa PenaVega Film & television actress Mark Ballas
Derek Hough (week 5)[8]
Eliminated 7th
on November 9, 2015
[12]
Tamar Braxton R&B singer & reality television star Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Louis van Amstel (week 5)[8]
Withdrew
on November 11, 2015
[13]
Carlos PenaVega Big Time Rush singer & actor Witney Carson
Lindsay Arnold (week 5)[8]
Eliminated 8th
on November 23, 2015
[14]
Alek Skarlatos Legion of Honour recipient & soldier Lindsay Arnold
Emma Slater (week 5)[8]
Third place
on November 24, 2015
[15]
Nick Carter Backstreet Boys singer Sharna Burgess
Witney Carson (week 5)[8]
Runner-up
on November 24, 2015
Bindi Irwin Wildlife conservationist & actress Derek Hough
Valentin Chmerkovskiy (week 5)[8]
Winner
on November 24, 2015

Hosts and judges[edit]

Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews returned as hosts,[16] while judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli all returned this season.[17] After twenty seasons, Len Goodman did not return this season as a judge;[18] in a video message during the finale, Goodman announced he would return for season 22. Season 19 champion Alfonso Ribeiro filled in for Tom Bergeron on October 5, 2015, when Bergeron went to be with his ailing father Raymond Bergeron,[19] who subsequently died on October 12, 2015. Leah Remini filled in as co-host on October 19 and October 26, 2015,[20] while Erin Andrews covered the 2015 World Series with Fox.[21]

Scoring charts[edit]

Couple Place 1 2 3[b] 4 5[a][b] 4+5 6[b] 7 8 9 10 11
1 2 Top 4 Top 3
Bindi & Derek 1 24 25 23 32 28 37 65 40 30+28=58 28 30+30=60 27+3+30=60 30+30=60 +30=90
Nick & Sharna 2 24 21 24 36 27 35 62 39 24+30=54 30+3=33 28+27=55 24+0+30=54 30+30=60 +30=90
Alek & Lindsay 3 22 23 22 33 24 29 53 30 25+28=53 25 24+24=48 30+0+27=57 27+30=57 +27=84
Carlos & Witney 4 23 24 21 31 25 39 64 38 28+28=56 27+2=29 27+24=51 28+3+29=60 30+30=60
Tamar & Val 5 23 24 25 33 27 29 56 40 24+30=54 28 22+27=49
Alexa & Mark 6 22 24 22 36 21 40 61 30 27+28=55 25+2=27 30+30=60
Andy & Allison 7 21 21 23 29 23 36 59 40 26+30=56 22+2=24
Hayes & Emma 8 21 22 23 30 27 30 57 32 26+30=56
Paula & Louis 9 15 19 18 20 18 26 44 24
Gary & Anna 10 15 18 15 25 16
Kim & Tony 11 12 19 18
Victor & Karina 12 15 17 20
Chaka & Keo 13 13 15
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
     this couple withdrew from the competition
     the couple earned immunity, and could not be eliminated
     the winning couple
     the runner-up couple
     the third-place couple

Average score chart[edit]

This table only counts dances scored on a 30-point scale; scores by guest judges are excluded. Extra points from the dance-offs are not included.

Rank by
average
Place Couple[a] Total
points
Number
of dances
Average
1 1 Bindi & Derek 474 17 27.9
2 2 Nick & Sharna 462 27.2
3 4 Carlos & Witney 426 16 26.6
4 6 Alexa & Mark 309 12 25.8
5 5 Tamar & Val 305 25.4
6 3 Alek & Lindsay 428 17 25.2
7 7 Andy & Allison 245 10 24.5
8 8 Hayes & Emma 218 9 24.2
9 9 Paula & Louis 123 7 17.6
10 12 Victor & Karina 52 3 17.3
11 10 Gary & Anna 82 5 16.4
12 11 Kim & Tony 49 3 16.3
13 13 Chaka & Keo 28 2 14.0

Highest and lowest scoring performances[edit]

The best and worst performances in each dance according to the judges' 30-point scale (scores by guest judges are excluded) are as follows:

Dance Highest scored dancer(s) Highest score Lowest scored dancer(s) Lowest score
Salsa Nick Carter 30 Kim Zolciak-Biermann 12
Quickstep Carlos PenaVega
Bindi Irwin
30 Paula Deen 15
Cha-cha-cha Bindi Irwin 27 Chaka Khan 13
Foxtrot Carlos PenaVega 30 Chaka Khan 15
Jive Nick Carter 30 Victor Espinoza 17
Rumba Bindi Irwin 30 Paula Deen
19
Jazz Andy Grammer
Tamar Braxton
Bindi Irwin
30 Gary Busey 16
Tango Alexa PenaVega 30 Paula Deen
Gary Busey
18
Paso doble Carlos PenaVega
Tamar Braxton
28 Gary Busey 15
Contemporary Nick Carter
Alexa PenaVega
30 Tamar Braxton 22
Waltz Alek Skarlatos 30 Bindi Irwin 23
Charleston Bindi Irwin
Alexa PenaVega
30 Tamar Braxton 25
Samba Nick Carter 29 Paula Deen 15
Viennese Waltz Bindi Irwin 30 Andy Grammer 22
Argentine tango Bindi Irwin 30 Nick Carter 24
Team dance Nick Carter
Tamar Braxton
Hayes Grier
Andy Grammer
30 Bindi Irwin
Alexa PenaVega
Carlos PenaVega
Alek Skarlatos
28
Team-up dances Bindi Irwin
Alexa PenaVega
30 Alek Skarlatos
Carlos PenaVega
24
Freestyle Carlos PenaVega
Alek Skarlatos
Bindi Irwin
Nick Carter
30
Fusion dance Nick Carter
Bindi Irwin
30 Alek Skarlatos 27

Couples' highest and lowest scoring dances[edit]

Scores are based upon a potential 30-point maximum (scores by guest judges are excluded).

Couples[a] Highest scoring dance(s) Lowest scoring dance(s)
Bindi & Derek Rumba, Argentine tango, Viennese Waltz, Charleston, Jazz, Quickstep, Freestyle & Argentine tango/Cha-cha-cha Fusion (30) Waltz (23)
Nick & Sharna Contemporary, Salsa, Jive, Freestyle & Salsa/Tango Fusion (30) Jive (21)
Alek & Lindsay Waltz & Freestyle (30) Foxtrot, Quickstep & Rumba (22)
Carlos & Witney Quickstep, Foxtrot & Freestyle (30) Cha-cha-cha (21)
Tamar & Val Jazz (30) Samba (21)
Alexa & Mark Tango, Contemporary & Charleston (30) Foxtrot (21)
Andy & Allison Jazz (30) Foxtrot & Jive (21)
Hayes & Emma Contemporary (27) Cha-cha-cha (21)
Paula & Louis Jive (20) Quickstep & Samba (15)
Gary & Anna Foxtrot & Tango (18) Cha-cha-cha & Paso doble (15)
Kim & Tony Quickstep (19) Salsa (12)
Victor & Karina Rumba (20) Salsa (15)
Chaka & Keo Foxtrot (15) Cha-cha-cha (13)

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, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli.

Week 1: First Dances[edit]

The couples danced the cha-cha-cha, foxtrot, jive, quickstep or salsa.

Running order
Couple Scores[22] Dance Music[23]
Victor & Karina 15 (5, 5, 5) Salsa "G.D.F.R."—Flo Rida feat. Sage the Gemini & Lookas
Tamar & Val 23 (8, 7, 8) Quickstep "Do Your Thing"—Basement Jaxx
Chaka & Keo 13 (5, 4, 4) Cha-cha-cha "I Feel for You"—Chaka Khan
Hayes & Emma 21 (7, 7, 7) Cha-cha-cha "Cheerleader"—OMI
Andy & Allison 21 (7, 7, 7) Foxtrot "Marvin Gaye"—Charlie Puth feat. Meghan Trainor
Paula & Louis 15 (5, 5, 5) Quickstep "Hey, Good Lookin'"—Carol Welsman
Carlos & Witney 23 (8, 8, 7) Jive "I Got You (I Feel Good)"—James Brown
Alexa & Mark 22 (7, 7, 8) Jive "Whistle (While You Work It)"—Katy Tiz
Kim & Tony 12 (4, 4, 4) Salsa "Hey Mama"—David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack
Bindi & Derek 24 (8, 8, 8) Jive "Crocodile Rock"—Elton John
Gary & Anna 15 (5, 5, 5) Cha-cha-cha "Dancing in the Street"—David Bowie & Mick Jagger
Alek & Lindsay 22 (8, 7, 7) Foxtrot "Ten Feet Tall"—Afrojack feat. Wrabel
Nick & Sharna 24 (8, 8, 8) Cha-cha-cha "I Don't Like It, I Love It"—Flo Rida feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White

Week 2: Hometown Glory Week[edit]

Couples had to prepare two new dances to be performed on two consecutive nights. On Monday, the couples performed routines that celebrated the hometowns of the celebrities, with one couple being eliminated at the end of the show. On Tuesday, the remaining couples performed routines that celebrated the hometowns of the remaining pro partners, with another couple being eliminated. Charleston, contemporary, jazz, paso doble, rumba, tango, and waltz are introduced.

Running order (Night 1)
Couple Scores[4] Dance Music Result
Nick & Sharna 21 (7, 7, 7) Jive "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"—The Andrews Sisters Safe
Paula & Louis 19 (7, 6, 6) Rumba "Midnight Train to Georgia"—Gladys Knight & the Pips Safe
Hayes & Emma 22 (8, 7, 7) Foxtrot "This Is How We Roll"—Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan Safe
Chaka & Keo 15 (5, 5, 5) Foxtrot "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)"—Frank Sinatra Eliminated
Andy & Allison 21 (7, 7, 7) Jive "Only the Good Die Young"—Billy Joel Safe
Kim & Tony 19 (7, 6, 6) Quickstep "Queen Bee"—Rochelle Diamante Safe
Alek & Lindsay 23 (8, 7, 8) Jazz "Don't Stop Believin'"—Journey Safe
Alexa & Mark 24 (8, 8, 8) Salsa "Que Es Lo Que Quiere Esa Nena"—El General Safe
Victor & Karina 17 (6, 5, 6) Jive "La Bamba"—Ritchie Valens Safe
Tamar & Val 24 (8, 8, 8) Cha-cha-cha "We Are Family"—Sister Sledge Safe
Gary & Anna 18 (6, 6, 6) Foxtrot "Wouldn't It Be Nice"—The Beach Boys Last to be called safe
Carlos & Witney 24 (8, 8, 8) Foxtrot "Home"—Blake Shelton Safe
Bindi & Derek 25 (9, 8, 8) Tango "You Shook Me All Night Long"—AC/DC Safe
Running order (Night 2)
Couple Scores[5] Dance Music Result
Hayes & Emma 23 (8, 7, 8) Quickstep "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"—Jet Safe
Carlos & Witney 21 (7, 7, 7) Cha-cha-cha "Hound Dog"—Big Mama Thornton Safe
Gary & Anna 15 (5, 5, 5) Paso doble "1812 Overture"—Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Last to be called safe
Andy & Allison 23 (8, 8, 7) Contemporary "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"—Belinda Carlisle Safe
Alexa & Mark 22 (7, 7, 8) Rumba "Somewhere in Time" theme—John Barry Safe
Paula & Louis 18 (6, 6, 6) Tango "Get Ready"—The Temptations Safe
Bindi & Derek 23 (7, 8, 8) Waltz "Only a Man"—Jonny Lang Safe
Kim & Tony 18 (6, 6, 6) Foxtrot "Come Home"—OneRepublic feat. Sara Bareilles Safe
Alek & Lindsay 22 (7, 7, 8) Quickstep "American Girl"—Elle King Safe
Victor & Karina 20 (7, 6, 7) Rumba "Girl on Fire"—Alicia Keys Eliminated
Nick & Sharna 24 (8, 8, 8) Foxtrot "Coming Home, Pt. II"—Skylar Grey Safe
Tamar & Val 25 (8, 8, 9) Charleston "Living in New York City"—Robin Thicke Safe

Week 3: TV Night[edit]

Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Alfonso Ribeiro, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli.

Couples performed one unlearned dance to famous TV theme songs; samba and Viennese Waltz are introduced.

After suffering a mini-stroke, Kim Zolciak-Biermann was able to rehearse, but her doctors refused to clear her for air travel. As a result, she was unable to attend the dress rehearsal and the live show, which, according to the show's rules, meant she would have to withdraw from the competition. Had she not withdrawn from the competition, either Andy & Allison or Paula & Louis would have been eliminated that night.[24] Her dance partner, Tony Dovolani, performed their routine during the live show with stand-in Jenna Johnson.[25] There was no additional elimination.

Running order
Couple Scores[6] Dance Music TV show Result
Carlos & Witney 31 (7, 8, 8, 8) Jazz "Thank You for Being a Friend"—Cynthia Fee The Golden Girls Safe
Paula & Louis 20 (5, 5, 5, 5) Samba "The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle"—The Eligibles Gilligan's Island Last to be called safe
Tamar & Val 33 (8, 9, 8, 8) Tango "A Beautiful Mine"—RJD2 Mad Men Safe
Alexa & Mark 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Jazz "Breaking Bad Theme"—Dave Porter Breaking Bad Safe
Andy & Allison 29 (7, 7, 8, 7) Quickstep "Bandstand Boogie"—Larry Elgart American Bandstand Last to be called safe
Gary & Anna 25 (6, 7, 6, 6) Tango "The Addams Family Theme"—Vic Mizzy The Addams Family Safe
Alek & Lindsay 33 (8, 8, 9, 8) Tango "Bad Things"—Jace Everett True Blood Safe
Kim & Tony N/A Samba "Jeannie"—Hugo Montenegro I Dream of Jeannie Withdrew
Bindi & Derek 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) Quickstep "Movin' on Up"—Ja'net Dubois The Jeffersons Safe
Nick & Sharna 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Viennese Waltz "Did I Make the Most of Loving You?"—Mary-Jess Leaverland Downton Abbey Safe
Hayes & Emma 30 (7, 8, 7, 8) Jive "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme"—Chuck Lorre & Dennis C. Brown Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Safe

Week 4: Most Memorable Year[edit]

Couples performed one unlearned dance to celebrate the most memorable year of their lives.

For the first time in the history of the program, Tom Bergeron did not appear as a host; he was absent to be with his ailing father. Alfonso Ribeiro filled in for Bergeron.[26]

Pro dancer Allison Holker announced that she was pregnant with her second child. She continued to dance with Andy Grammer until their elimination several episodes later.[27]

Running order
Couple Scores[7] Dance Music Result
Alexa & Mark 21 (7, 7, 7) Foxtrot "Mama Said"—The Shirelles Safe
Gary & Anna 16 (5, 6, 5) Jazz "That'll Be the Day"—Buddy Holly Eliminated
Tamar & Val 27 (9, 9, 9) Rumba "King"—Tamar Braxton Safe
Hayes & Emma 27 (9, 9, 9) Contemporary "Stitches"—Shawn Mendes Safe
Alek & Lindsay 24 (8, 8, 8) Paso doble "Wake Me Up"—Avicii Safe
Nick & Sharna 27 (9, 9, 9) Jazz "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"—Backstreet Boys Safe
Carlos & Witney 25 (9, 8, 8) Waltz "Amazing Grace"—Ray Chew Last to be called safe
Paula & Louis 18 (6, 6, 6) Cha-cha-cha "Respect"—Aretha Franklin Safe
Andy & Allison 23 (7, 8, 8) Cha-cha-cha "Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)"—Andy Grammer Safe
Bindi & Derek 28 (9, 9, 10) Contemporary "Every Breath You Take"—Aaron Krause feat. Liza Anne Safe

Week 5: Switch-Up Night[edit]

Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Bruno Tonioli.

Couples performed one unlearned dance with a different partner selected by the general public; due to the nature of the week, no elimination took place. Argentine tango is introduced.

Tom Bergeron also returned to his hosting duties this week; the episode was dedicated to the memory of his father, Raymond, who died earlier in the day.

Running order
Couple Scores[28] Dance Music
Tamar & Louis 29 (7, 7, 8, 7) Samba "End of Time"—Beyoncé
Hayes & Allison 30 (8, 8, 7, 7) Viennese Waltz "Like I'm Gonna Lose You"—Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend
Paula & Mark 26 (7, 7, 6, 6) Jive "Shake"—Otis Redding
Alek & Emma 29 (8, 7, 7, 7) Rumba "Let It Go"—James Bay
Bindi & Val 37 (9, 9, 10, 9) Cha-cha-cha "Hold My Hand"—Jess Glynne
Carlos & Lindsay 39 (10, 10, 9, 10) Quickstep "Bossa Nova Baby"—Elvis Presley
Alexa & Derek 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) Tango "Pompeii"—Bastille
Andy & Sharna 36 (9, 9, 9, 9) Argentine tango "Can't Feel My Face"—The Weeknd
Nick & Witney 35 (9, 9, 8, 9) Paso doble "Don't Look Down"—Martin Garrix feat. Usher

Week 6: Famous Dances Night[edit]

Individual judges scores in the chart below (given in parentheses) are listed in this order from left to right: Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Olivia Newton-John, Bruno Tonioli.

Couples performed one unlearned dance that paid tribute to iconic dance performances from films and music videos; Leah Remini filled in for Erin Andrews.[21]

Running order
Couple Scores[9] Dance Music Result
Hayes & Emma 32 (8, 8, 8, 8) Jazz "You're the One That I Want"—John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John Safe
Andy & Allison 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) Jazz "Good Morning"—Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly & Donald O'Connor Safe
Alexa & Mark 30 (8, 7, 7, 8) Cha-cha-cha "I'm a Slave 4 U"—Britney Spears Last to be called safe
Bindi & Derek 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) Rumba "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"—Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes Safe
Paula & Louis 24 (6, 6, 6, 6) Jazz "Vogue"—Madonna Eliminated
Carlos & Witney 38 (10, 9, 9, 10) Rumba "Pony"—Ginuwine Safe
Nick & Sharna 39 (9, 10, 10, 10) Samba "You Should Be Dancing"—Bee Gees Safe
Alek & Lindsay 30 (8, 8, 7, 7) Jive "Jailhouse Rock"—Elvis Presley Safe
Tamar & Val 40 (10, 10, 10, 10) Jazz "Rhythm Nation"—Janet Jackson Safe

Week 7: Halloween Night[edit]

Couples performed one unlearned dance and a team dance to Halloween themes and songs; Leah Remini once again filled in for Erin Andrews.[20]

Running order
Couple Scores[10] Dance Music Result
Nick & Sharna 24 (8, 8, 8) Argentine tango "Bring Me to Life"—Evanescence feat. Paul McCoy Safe
Hayes & Emma 26 (8, 9, 9) Waltz "Once Upon a Dream"—Lana Del Rey Eliminated
Alexa & Mark 27 (9, 9, 9) Paso doble "Hora Zero"—Rodrigo y Gabriela Last to be called safe
Tamar & Val 24 (8, 8, 8) Foxtrot "People Are Strange"—The Doors
Andy & Allison 26 (9, 9, 8) Paso doble "The Beautiful People"—Marilyn Manson Safe
Bindi & Derek 30 (10, 10, 10) Argentine tango "Cry Little Sister"—Gerard McMann Safe
Alek & Lindsay 25 (9, 8, 8) Viennese Waltz "Haunted"—Beyoncé Safe
Carlos & Witney 28 (9, 10, 9) Paso doble "O Fortuna"—Carl Orff Safe
Nick & Sharna
Hayes & Emma
Andy & Allison
Tamar & Val
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle
(Team "Nightmare")
"This Is Halloween"—Danny Elfman
Bindi & Derek
Carlos & Witney
Alexa & Mark
Alek & Lindsay
28 (9, 10, 9) Freestyle
(Team "Who You Gonna Call?")
"Ghostbusters"—Ray Parker, Jr.

Week 8: Icons Night[edit]

Couples performed one unlearned dance that paid tribute to a personal icon of the celebrity's; the couple with the highest score earned an immunity from elimination, while the rest of the couples participated in dance-offs for extra points. After a two-week absence covering the World Series for Fox, Erin Andrews returned as co-host.

Running order
Couple Scores[11] Dance Music Icon Result
Carlos & Witney 27 (9, 9, 9) Salsa "Valió la Pena"—Marc Anthony Marc Anthony Last to be called safe
Alek & Lindsay 25 (9, 8, 8) Contemporary "Holding Out for a Hero"—Ella Mae Bowen Chris Kyle Safe
Andy & Allison 22 (8, 7, 7) Viennese Waltz "Isn't She Lovely"—Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder/Kathryn Grammer Eliminated
Alexa & Mark 25 (9, 8, 8) Argentine tango "Viva la Vida"—Coldplay David Safe
Nick & Sharna 30 (10, 10, 10) Contemporary "Can't Help Falling in Love"—Haley Reinhart Lauren Kitt Safe (Immunity)
Bindi & Derek 28 (10, 9, 9) Foxtrot "Grace Kelly"—MIKA Grace Kelly Safe
Tamar & Val 28 (9, 9, 10) Paso doble "Born This Way"—Lady Gaga Toni Braxton Safe

For each dance-off, the couple with the highest remaining score picked the opponent against whom they wanted to dance; the chosen opponent was allowed to pick the dance style (cha-cha-cha, jive or samba). The winner of each dance-off earned two points. The couple who won immunity, Nick and Sharna, received a three-point bonus. For the first time, the general public helped to determine the winner of each dance-off via the show's official website.

Dance-offs
Couple Judges' votes Public vote Dance Music Result
Carlos & Witney Carlos, Carlos, Carlos Bindi (64%) Jive "Travelin' Band"—Creedence Clearwater Revival Winner (2 pts)
Bindi & Derek Loser
Alexa & Mark Alexa, Tamar, Tamar Alexa (76%) Cha-cha-cha "Fun"—Pitbull feat. Chris Brown Winner (2 pts)
Tamar & Val Loser
Andy & Allison Andy, Andy, Andy Andy (54%) Samba "Lean On"—Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. Winner (2 pts)
Alek & Lindsay Loser

Week 9: Showstoppers Night[edit]

Couples performed one unlearned dance and a musical theater-inspired team-up dance with another couple, which involved the celebrities dancing side-by-side to the same song and receiving the same set of scores from the judges for the routine.

During dress rehearsals, Tamar Braxton fell ill and was taken to the emergency room. She was unable to return for her contemporary dance; the judges' scores were based on dress rehearsal footage. Braxton did return just in time for her team-up dance with Nick & Sharna. However, she subsequently withdrew from the competition after her doctors discovered pulmonary embolisms in her lungs.[29]

Running order
Couple Scores[12] Dance Music Result
Alek & Lindsay 24 (8, 8, 8) Salsa "Back It Up"—Prince Royce feat. Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull Safe
Alexa & Mark 30 (10, 10, 10) Contemporary "Make It Rain"—Ed Sheeran Eliminated
Carlos & Witney 27 (9, 9, 9) Argentine tango "What Do You Mean?"—Justin Bieber Last to be called safe
Bindi & Derek 30 (10, 10, 10) Viennese Waltz "Roses and Violets"—Alexander Jean Safe
Tamar & Val 22 (8, 7, 7) Contemporary "Wicked Game"—James Vincent McMorrow Safe (later withdrew)
Nick & Sharna 28 (9, 9, 10) Quickstep "A Cool Cat in Town"—Tape Five Safe
Alek & Lindsay
Carlos & Witney
24 (8, 8, 8) Paso doble "We Will Rock You"—Queen (from We Will Rock You)
Alexa & Mark
Bindi & Derek
30 (10, 10, 10) Charleston "All That Jazz" & "Hot Honey Rag"—Kander and Ebb (from Chicago)
Nick & Sharna
Tamar & Val
27 (9, 9, 9) Rumba "Hey Jude"—The Beatles (from LOVE by Cirque du Soleil)

Week 10: Semifinals[edit]

Couples performed one unlearned dance and a trio dance involving an eliminated pro or a pro from past seasons of the show. Midway through the show, the four couples participated in dance-offs, with the winners receiving three points to be added to their total scores.

Due to the unexpected withdrawal of Tamar Braxton earlier in the week, all four couples advanced directly to the finals.[30]

Running order
Couple
(Trio Dance Partner)
Scores[30] Dance Music Result
Bindi & Derek
(Mark Ballas)
27 (9, 9, 9) Salsa "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile"—Sia Last to be called safe
30 (10, 10, 10) Jazz "Resolve"—Nathan Lanier
Alek & Lindsay
(Emma Slater)
30 (10, 10, 10) Waltz "America the Beautiful"—Ray Chew Safe
27 (9, 9, 9) Argentine tango "Ex's & Oh's"—Elle King
Carlos & Witney
(Karina Smirnoff)
28 (9, 9, 10) Contemporary "Drag Me Down"—One Direction Safe
29 (9, 10, 10) Charleston "Booty Swing"—Parov Stelar
Nick & Sharna
(Peta Murgatroyd)
24 (8, 8, 8) Tango "Scars"—Alesso feat. Ryan Tedder Last to be called safe
30 (10, 10, 10) Salsa "No Doubt About It"—Empire cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Pitbull
Dance-offs
Couple Judges' votes Dance Music Result
Carlos & Witney Alek, Carlos, Carlos Cha-cha-cha "Fun"—Pitbull feat. Chris Brown Winner (3 pts)
Alek & Lindsay Loser
Bindi & Derek Bindi, Bindi, Bindi Samba "Lean On"—Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. Winner (3 pts)
Nick & Sharna Loser

Week 11: Finals[edit]

On the first night, couples danced a previously-learned style to a new song that was coached by one of the three judges, as well as a freestyle routine.

On the second night, the three remaining finalists performed a fusion challenge that was learned in only 24 hours.

Running order (Night 1)
Couple Scores[14] Dance[c] Music Result
Carlos & Witney 30 (10, 10, 10) Foxtrot "The Hills"—The Weeknd Eliminated
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "WTF (Where They From)"—Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams
Alek & Lindsay 27 (9, 9, 9) Rumba "The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore"—James Morrison Safe
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "Marchin On"—OneRepublic
Nick & Sharna 30 (10, 10, 10) Jive "Runaway Baby"—Bruno Mars Last to be called safe
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "Larger Than Life"—Backstreet Boys
Bindi & Derek 30 (10, 10, 10) Quickstep "Dr. Bones"—Cherry Poppin' Daddies Safe
30 (10, 10, 10) Freestyle "Footprints in the Sand"—Leona Lewis
Running order (Night 2)
Couple Scores[15] Dance Music Result
Nick & Sharna 30 (10, 10, 10) Salsa
Tango
"Turn Up the Music"—Chris Brown Runner-up
Alek & Lindsay 27 (9, 9, 9) Rumba
Tango
"A Sky Full of Stars"—Coldplay Third place
Bindi & Derek 30 (10, 10, 10) Argentine tango
Cha-cha-cha
"All the Way"—Timeflies Winner

Dance chart[edit]

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

  • Week 1: Cha-cha-cha, foxtrot, jive, quickstep or salsa
  • Week 2: Two unlearned dances (Hometown Glory Week)[31]
  • Week 3: One unlearned dance (TV Night)[32]
  • Week 4: One unlearned dance (Most Memorable Year)
  • Week 5: One unlearned dance (Partner Switch-Up)
  • Week 6: One unlearned dance (Famous Dances Night)
  • Week 7: One unlearned dance & team dances (Halloween Night)
  • Week 8: One unlearned dance & dance-offs (Icons Night)
  • Week 9: One unlearned dance & team-up dances (Showstoppers Night)
  • Week 10: One unlearned dance, dance-off challenge & trio dance (Semifinals)
  • Week 11 (Night One): Judges' choice & freestyle (Top 4)
  • Week 11 (Night Two): 24-hour fusion challenge (Top 3)
Couple Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5[a] Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11
Bindi & Derek Jive Tango Waltz Quickstep Contemporary Cha-cha-cha
(Bindi & Val)
Rumba Argentine tango Freestyle
(Team "Who You Gonna Call?")
Foxtrot Jive Viennese Waltz Charleston
(w/ Alexa & Mark)
Salsa Samba Jazz Quickstep Freestyle Viennese Waltz Argentine tango
Cha-cha-cha
Nick & Sharna Cha-cha-cha Jive Foxtrot Viennese Waltz Jazz Paso doble
(Nick & Witney)
Samba Argentine tango Freestyle
(Team "Nightmare")
Contemporary Immunity Quickstep Rumba
(w/ Tamar & Val)
Tango Samba Salsa Jive Freestyle Viennese Waltz Salsa
Tango
Alek & Lindsay Foxtrot Jazz Quickstep Tango Paso doble Rumba
(Alek & Emma)
Jive Viennese Waltz Freestyle
(Team "Who You Gonna Call?")
Contemporary Samba Salsa Paso doble
(w/ Carlos & Witney)
Waltz Cha-cha-cha Argentine tango Rumba Freestyle Jazz Rumba
Tango
Carlos & Witney Jive Foxtrot Cha-cha-cha Jazz Waltz Quickstep
(Carlos & Lindsay)
Rumba Paso doble Freestyle
(Team "Who You Gonna Call?")
Salsa Jive Argentine tango Paso doble
(w/ Alek & Lindsay)
Contemporary Cha-cha-cha Charleston Foxtrot Freestyle Rumba
Tamar & Val Quickstep Cha-cha-cha Charleston Tango Rumba Samba
(Tamar & Louis)
Jazz Foxtrot Freestyle
(Team "Nightmare")
Paso doble Cha-cha-cha Contemporary Rumba
(w/ Nick & Sharna)
Alexa & Mark Jive Salsa Rumba Jazz Foxtrot Tango
(Alexa & Derek)
Cha-cha-cha Paso doble Freestyle
(Team "Who You Gonna Call?")
Argentine tango Cha-cha-cha Contemporary Charleston
(w/ Bindi & Derek)
Jazz
Andy & Allison Foxtrot Jive Contemporary Quickstep Cha-cha-cha Argentine tango
(Andy & Sharna)
Jazz Paso doble Freestyle
(Team "Nightmare")
Viennese Waltz Samba
Hayes & Emma Cha-cha-cha Foxtrot Quickstep Jive Contemporary Viennese Waltz
(Hayes & Allison)
Jazz Waltz Freestyle
(Team "Nightmare")
Contemporary
Paula & Louis Quickstep Rumba Tango Samba Cha-cha-cha Jive
(Paula & Mark)
Jazz Samba
Gary & Anna Cha-cha-cha Foxtrot Paso doble Tango Jazz Cha-cha-cha
Kim & Tony Salsa Quickstep Foxtrot Samba Samba
Victor & Karina Salsa Jive Rumba Jive
Chaka & Keo Cha-cha-cha Foxtrot
     Highest scoring dance
     Lowest scoring dance
     Not scored or danced by the celebrity
     Gained bonus points for winning this dance-off
     Gained no bonus points for losing this dance-off
     Danced, but not scored

Guest judges[edit]

There were three guest judges during the course of the season. The first, season 19 champion Alfonso Ribeiro, was a judge for Week 3.[32] Former pro dancer and season 18 champion, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, joined the judging panel for Week 5.[33] The following week, Olivia Newton-John appeared as a guest judge for Famous Dances Night.[34]

Guest performances[edit]

Date Guest Song(s)
November 23, 2015 Meghan Trainor "Better When I'm Dancin'"/"Like I'm Gonna Lose You
Who Is Fancy, Ariana Grande, & Meghan Trainor "Boys like You"
November 24, 2015 Chaka Khan "I'm Every Woman"
Elle King "Ex's & Oh's
Andy Grammer "Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)"
Chaka Khan & Andy Grammer "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
Alexander Jean "Roses and Violets"
Nick Carter "I Will Wait"

Ratings[edit]

U.S. Nielsen Ratings[edit]

Episode Air date Rating/Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
18–49 rank
(Weekly)
Viewership rank
(Weekly)
Ref(s)
1 "Week 1: Premiere" September 14, 2015 2.1 7 13.13 8 4 [35][36]
2 "First Dances" (Clip Show) September 15, 2015 1.1 4 5.70 21 19 [36][37]
3 "Week 2: Hometown Glory, Part 1" September 21, 2015 1.8 6 11.46  —[d] 12 [38][39]
4 "Week 2: Hometown Glory, Part 2" September 22, 2015 1.5 5 9.58 20 [39][40]
5 "Week 3: TV Night" September 28, 2015 1.6 6 11.04 14 [41][42]
6 "Week 4: Most Memorable Year" October 5, 2015 1.7 5 11.82 24 9 [43][44]
7 "Week 5: Switch-Up Night" October 12, 2015 1.7 5 11.64 21 10 [45][46]
8 "Week 6: Famous Dances Night" October 19, 2015 1.9 6 12.50 22 7 [47][48]
9 "Week 7: Halloween Night" October 26, 2015 1.8 5 11.86 24 15 [49][50]
10 "Week 8: Icons Night" November 2, 2015 1.9 6 12.09 18 9 [51][52]
11 "Week 9: Showstoppers Night" November 9, 2015 2.0 6 12.63 17 6 [53][54]
12 "Week 10: Semi-Finals" November 16, 2015 1.8 6 12.35 22 6 [55][56]
13 "Week 11: The Finals, Part 1" November 23, 2015 2.1 7 13.29 12 6 [57][58]
14 "Week 11: The Finals, Part 2" November 24, 2015 2.4 8 13.49 9 5 [58][59]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e During Week 5, the celebrities performed with a different professional partner as part of the "Partner Switch-Up" for that week only. All celebrities returned to their original partners on Week 6.
  2. ^ a b c The couples were scored on a 40-point scale due to the presence of a guest judge.
  3. ^ Nick and Sharna went third on the first round of dances while Bindi and Derek danced third during the freestyle round. Carlos danced first on both rounds and Alek danced second on both rounds.
  4. ^ The weekly rank of these episodes is not known because they were not among the 25 highest-ranked shows of the week.

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