Dancing with the Stars (U.S. TV series)

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Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars Title Logo.svg
Genre Reality competition
Based on Strictly Come Dancing
Directed by Alex Rudzinski[1]
Presented by
Narrated by Alan Dedicoat
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 21
No. of episodes 373 (as of November 24, 2015 (2015-11-24))
Executive producer(s)
  • Ashley Edens-Shaffer
  • Joe Sungkur
  • Rob Wade
Location(s) CBS Television City
Los Angeles, California
Running time 40–86 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Worldwide Productions
Original network ABC
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Audio format 5.1 surround sound
Original release June 1, 2005 (2005-06-01) – present
External links

Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the United States, and CTV/CTV Two in Canada. The show is the American version of the British television series Strictly Come Dancing. Tom Bergeron is the Emmy-winning host, alongside Erin Andrews, who became co-host in season eighteen.[2][3] Lisa Canning was co-host in season one, Samantha Harris co-hosted seasons two through nine[4] and Brooke Burke-Charvet in seasons ten through seventeen,[5] and Erin Andrews from season 18 until the present. The show has been renewed for season 22.[6]

The format of the show consists of a celebrity paired with a professional dancer. Past celebrity contestants have included professional and Olympic athletes, models, actors, singers, reality television stars, chefs, talk show hosts, journalists, entrepreneurs, magicians, politicians, newsmakers, internet sensations, and an astronaut. Each couple performs predetermined dances and competes against the others for judges' points and audience votes. The couple receiving the lowest combined total of judges' points and audience votes is eliminated each week until only the champion dance pair remains.

In 2012, GSN picked up rerun rights to seasons four to thirteen, but due to low ratings the network stopped airing the show after airing for three months from January 2012 to April 2012 in two different seasons aired mostly on weekends.[7]



Tom Bergeron has been the host since the program's premiere in 2005. In season one, his co-host was Lisa Canning. She was replaced by Samantha Harris for seasons two through nine (2006–09), who was then replaced by Brooke Burke-Charvet from seasons ten through seventeen (2010–13). Erin Andrews took over as co-host starting in season eighteen (2014). Drew Lachey served as a temporary replacement for Harris during season five (2007) during her absence for three weeks due to maternity leave. Leah Remini filled in for Andrews in week six of season nineteen, due to commitments with the 2014 World Series and filled in for her again in weeks six and seven of season twenty-one for the 2015 World Series.[8][9] Season 19 champion Alfonso Riberio filled in for Bergeron on week four of season twenty-one, due to Bergeron's ailing father.[10]

Judging panel[edit]

The main judges are Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. For the first twenty seasons, Len Goodman served as head judge, and will return for season 22. Julianne Hough, who was a professional dancing partner (in seasons 4–8), was added as a permanent fourth judge on the panel in season 19, after having been a guest judge in the previous two seasons.[11] Several former contestants appeared as judges in episode 200 (in season 11), including Hélio Castroneves, Mel B, Drew Lachey, Gilles Marini, Kelly Osbourne, and Emmitt Smith. Other celebrities, most often those who are associated with the world of dancing, former professional dancers, and past contestants have appeared as a fourth judge or in absence of one of the main judges, including Paula Abdul, Donnie Burns, Cher, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Michael Flatley, Kevin Hart, Julianne Hough, Jessie J, Baz Luhrmann, Ricky Martin, Abby Lee Miller, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Ortega, Donny Osmond, Pitbull, Redfoo, Alfonso Ribeiro and Robin Roberts.


A total of 236 celebrities have appeared in the 21 seasons of the series. For each season, the celebrities are paired with a professional partner who instructs them in the various dances each week and competes alongside them in the televised competition. A total of 42 professional partners have appeared alongside celebrities, some for only one season. The longest-tenured professional partner is Tony Dovolani who competed twenty seasons.

Professional partners[edit]

Color key:

     3rd place
     Celebrity partner was eliminated first for the season
     Celebrity partner withdrew from the competition
  • Bold Denotes Current Professional Dancer

Dance troupe and musicians[edit]

In season 12, the show introduced the troupe consisting of professional dancers who perform on the show but are not paired with celebrity partners.[12] The first troupe in season 12 included Tristan MacManus, Peta Murgatroyd, Kiki Nyemchek, Nicole Volynets, Ted Volynets, and Oksana Dmytrenko.[13] Members of the season 21 troupe are Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Brittany Cherry, Alan Bersten, and Hayley Erbert.[citation needed] Other past troupe members include Dasha Chesnokova, Sharna Burgess, Sonny Fredie Pedersen, Emma Slater, Julz Tocker, Gleb Savchenko, Henry Byalikov, Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold and Artem Chigvintsev.

Color key:

     Active member of the troupe
     Professional partner

For 17 seasons, the Harold Wheeler orchestra and singers provided the live music for the show. On February 7, 2014, it was announced that the new bandleader is Ray Chew. Along with him is a new band of instrumentalists and singers.[14]

Series overview[edit]

Season No. of
No. of
Partners in the finals
First place Second place Third place
1) Summer 2005 6 6 Jun 1 – Jul 6 Kelly Monaco & Alec Mazo John O'Hurley & Charlotte Jørgensen Joey McIntyre & Ashly DelGrosso
2) Winter 2006 10 8 Jan 5 – Feb 24 Drew Lachey & Cheryl Burke Jerry Rice & Anna Trebunskaya Stacy Keibler & Tony Dovolani
3) Fall 2006 11 10 Sep 12 – Nov 15 Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke Mario Lopez & Karina Smirnoff Joey Lawrence & Edyta Śliwińska
4) Spring 2007 11 10 Mar 19 – May 22 Apolo Anton Ohno† & Julianne Hough Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson Laila Ali & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
5) Fall 2007 12 10 Sep 24 – Nov 27 Hélio Castroneves & Julianne Hough Mel B & Maksim Chmerkovskiy Marie Osmond & Jonathan Roberts
6) Spring 2008 12 10 Mar 17 – May 20 Kristi Yamaguchi & Mark Ballas Jason Taylor & Edyta Śliwińska Cristián de la Fuente & Cheryl Burke
7) Fall 2008 13 10 Sep 22 – Nov 25 Brooke Burke & Derek Hough Warren Sapp & Kym Johnson Lance Bass & Lacey Schwimmer
8) Spring 2009 13 11 Mar 9 – May 19 Shawn Johnson† & Mark Ballas Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani
9) Fall 2009 16 10 Sep 21 – Nov 24 Donny Osmond‡ & Kym Johnson Mýa & Dmitry Chaplin Kelly Osbourne & Louis Van Amstel
10) Spring 2010 11 10 Mar 22 – May 25 Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
11) Fall 2010 12 10 Sep 20 – Nov 23 Jennifer Grey‡ & Derek Hough Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas
12) Spring 2011 11 10 Mar 21 – May 24 Hines Ward & Kym Johnson Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas
13) Fall 2011 12 10 Sep 19 – Nov 22 J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
14) Spring 2012 12 10 Mar 19 – May 22 Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas William Levy & Cheryl Burke
15) Fall 2012 13 10 Sep 24 – Nov 27 Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough Kelly Monaco & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
16) Spring 2013 12 10 Mar 18 – May 21 Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough Zendaya & Valentin Chmerkovskiy Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff
17) Fall 2013 12 11 Sep 16 – Nov 26 Amber Riley & Derek Hough Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke
18) Spring 2014 12 10 Mar 17 – May 20 Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy Amy Purdy & Derek Hough Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas
19) Fall 2014 13 11 Sep 15 – Nov 25 Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
20) Spring 2015 12 10 Mar 16 – May 19 Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy Riker Lynch & Allison Holker Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess
21) Fall 2015 13 11 Sep 14 – Nov 24 Bindi Irwin† & Derek Hough Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
22) Spring 2016 Mar 21 - May 24

† Youngest male winner at age 25; youngest female winners at age 17 (tie)
‡ Oldest male winner at age 52; oldest female winner at age 50

Scoring and voting procedure[edit]

In seasons one and two, only the overall ranking between competitors by the judges and the public was relevant. In season three and all subsequent seasons, the scoring system has made the exact scores relevant as well.

The scoring begins with the judges' marks. Each judge gives a numeric score from 1 to 10, for a total score of 3 to 30. The scoring was altered for the "all-star" season 15, during which judges could give scores at half-point intervals from 0.5 to 10.0, for a total score of 1.5 to 30.0. When multiple performances are scored, only the cumulative total counts. The contestants' "judges' shares" are calculated as the percentage of the total number of points awarded to all contestants that evening. (For example, if a team earned 20 points on a night when the judges awarded 200 points, their judges' share would be 20/200 = 10%.) This percentage is then added to the percentage of North American votes received by each contestant. The bottom two couples are identified at the end of the show, and the couple with the lowest combined total gets eliminated.[15] Season eight added an occasional "dance-off", in which contestants could re-do one of their dances, in an effort to improve their judges' score. This was later discontinued.

Public voting is conducted via a toll-free number, the ABC website, and, most recently, text messages and Facebook; contestants can vote during and immediately after each performance show. The maximum number of votes per voter per medium is equal to the number of couples performing that night, or five votes, whichever is larger. In April 2010, it was revealed that former contestant Kate Gosselin had e-mailed friends and family asking them to vote as many as ten times each.[16] In November 2010, the Washington Post reported that online voting appeared not to require a valid email address, and accordingly that numerous votes apparently could be cast by one person.[17]

In several cases where ESPN coverage of Monday Night Football airs instead on an ABC affiliate in an NFL team's home market, the program is delayed to air immediately after that station's local news, and a voting window confined only to the area codes of the pre-empted market is opened up to allow affected viewers to still put their votes in for the competition, though this is on a market-by-market basis (in some markets, an alternate sister station or digital subchannel carries the program live as scheduled).

Seasons one and three featured only two celebrities in the final week instead of three. Starting with season 16, four celebrities made it into the final week, although the top three finalists proceeded to dance one more time for the judges after the fourth place couple was announced. In season 20, there were three celebrities in the final week, but in season 21, there were 4.

General information[edit]


On the April 18, 2006 episode of the Howard Stern Radio Show, Stern's wife Beth said that she was guaranteed to earn $125,000 for just appearing on DWTS (in season 3) and could earn up to more than double the original sum, depending on how long she lasted on the program.[18][19]

In Season 21, Bindi Irwin had her payments withheld by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge because she was a minor, which therefore required her parents to sign-off on the contract. But although her mother signed, the contract lacked her father's signature, so the judge refused to validate the contract, despite Irwin's father being the world-famous naturalist Steve Irwin, whose death in 2006 had been widely covered in the news/media. The judge later validated the contract once Steve Irwin's death certificate was presented to the court, resulting in Bindi receiving a $350,000 paycheck from the show.


The first person to withdraw from competition was Romeo in the season two.[20] His father, Master P, took his place in the competition, being partnered with Ashly DelGrosso. However, Romeo later competed in season 12[21] and finished in 5th place. Romeo was partnered with Chelsie Hightower.

On week six in season three, Sara Evans cited her divorce as the reason for leaving the competition. No one was eliminated that week.

Another withdrawal occurred during the run-up to season four on February 28, when Vincent Pastore withdrew from the competition after only one week of training. Pastore said he did not realize how much work was needed during a ten-week period, and that he was not up to the physical demands of the show. He was replaced on March 2 by Pixar voice actor John Ratzenberger who was partnered with Edyta Sliwinska.[22]

In season seven, Misty May-Treanor withdrew from the competition in week three, after rupturing her Achilles tendon when rehearsing her jive with her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She did not perform the routine at all nor was she scored for it; no one else was eliminated that week.

In season eight, Jewel and Nancy O'Dell were injured before the season even began and could not compete. Jewel was diagnosed with fractured tibias in both legs; she came back later in the season to perform "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on a results show. O'Dell suffered from a torn knee cartilage.[23] They were replaced by Holly Madison and Melissa Rycroft who would be dancing with their partners for the rest of the season (Dmitry Chaplin and Tony Dovolani).

Tom DeLay, in season nine, withdrew in week three of competition due to a full stress fracture that had developed in both feet from an earlier pre-stress fracture in one foot. DeLay was declared safe before he announced his withdrawal during the October 6, 2009 results show. Debi Mazar was still eliminated that night despite DeLay's departure.

In season sixteen, Olympic figure skating champion Dorothy Hamill had to withdraw from the competition due to doctor's orders for a spinal injury. A cyst had developed near her lower spine, and was pinching off the nerve in that area. Either boxing champion Victor Ortiz or reality star Lisa Vanderpump would've been eliminated, but Hamill withdrew before the results could be announced, meaning that no one was eliminated that week.

In season eighteen, week three, actor Billy Dee Williams withdrew, by advice from a doctor, due to a chronic back problem (which resulted in no elimination that week).[24]

In season twenty-one, week three, reality star Kim Zolciak-Biermann was forced to withdraw from the competition after suffering a blood clot which resulted in a mini stroke (which resulted in no elimination that week). Tamar Braxton also withdrew from the season due to blood clots in her lungs making it the first season to have two withdrawals in it.

Injuries and health issues[edit]

Celebrities and professional partners have experienced minor injuries, or in some cases more serious, which did not affect later performances.

In season five, Marie Osmond infamously fainted after her performance in week five of the competition, after which the program immediately went into commercial; however, Osmond was able to regain composure and continued with the program. Episodes of food poisoning or the flu have caused stars like Jane Seymour to miss portions of other programs. Mark Ballas dislocated his shoulder when he came back in the finale to dance again with his eliminated partner, Sabrina Bryan.

In season six, Cristián de la Fuente suffered a ruptured tendon in his left biceps muscle during his performance on week seven. The judges critiqued him according to his performance up to the injury. He was sent to the hospital immediately and missed the end of the show. Derek Hough injured his neck in a rehearsal with Shannon Elizabeth but still performed.

In season seven, Julianne Hough was rushed to the hospital after the results show in week six with increasingly severe stomach pains. She was released the same night after it was determined that it was "just a bad stomach ache".[25] However, she was ordered to sit out the group hip-hop dance rehearsals the next day as a precaution.[26] On the October 27 performance show, Hough announced that she had been diagnosed with endometriosis and would be having surgery on October 28 to have her appendix removed.[27] Cody Linley, her partner, stayed to dance with Hough's temporary replacement, Edyta Sliwinska, who had been eliminated first. She returned in the semifinals to dance with Linley and was eliminated with him that week. Once during a dress rehearsal, Derek Hough tripped on a box and jumped in the air, then he tried to break his fall by jumping higher. His foot caught a stage light and he fell on his back crushing the back part of his head. He blacked out for a few seconds and was sent to the hospital. He was fine and he did compete that week.

In season eight, after landing on a wireless microphone pack and injuring his back during a dress rehearsal, Steve-O and his partner, Lacey Schwimmer, were unable to perform live. The judges critiqued their pre-recorded dress rehearsal performance. Melissa Rycroft suffered a rib cage injury also during a rehearsal and was judged based upon her pre-recorded dress rehearsal. Before her Group Mambo, professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer filled in for her dancing with Tony Dovolani. In the finals during training for her freestyle dance Shawn Johnson suffered a minor concussion on one of her flips. She was cleared to dance and won the season.

In season nine, both Lacey Schwimmer and Derek Hough had the flu and could not perform with their partners (Mark Dacascos and Joanna Krupa) who ended up dancing with substitute pros (Anna Trebunskaya and Maksim Chmerkovskiy).

In season ten, Evan Lysacek broke two of his toes during rehearsal. The injury was not bad enough to affect his ability to dance and he remained in the competition. He also had a mild concussion after falling on his head while doing a lift with his partner, Anna Trebunskaya, but he remained in the competition. Mark Ballas injured his knee and his partner, Shannen Doherty, was going to be dancing with Ballas' father, Corky but she was eliminated and did not have to dance at all anymore. Mark returned on May 4 results show to dance to "Hey, Soul Sister" performed by Train.

In season 11, Jennifer Grey was recovering from cancer and tumors in her neck. This caused her great pain during the show. In week seven it was revealed that she had torn a knee tendon. On the morning of the finale results show, she had a procedure done as a result of an injury that had happened during Night One of the results show. She had ruptured a disk and was unsure if she was going to perform for Night Two. She ended up performing and winning season 11.

In season 12, Ralph Macchio suffered a leg injury that affected his rehearsals for week eight. He still made it through to the semi-finals before being eliminated. Professional dancer Kym Johnson suffered a neck injury during rehearsals for her semi-finals Argentine tango while attempting a lift. She eventually recovered and went on to win season 12 with Hines Ward.

In season 13, Maksim Chmerkovskiy hurt one of his toes before rehearsal and brought in Ted Volynets from the dance troupe to prepare a Samba with Maksim's partner (Hope Solo) in week seven. While in rehearsals for week nine, J.R. Martinez suffered an ankle injury but stayed in the competition and was the last celebrity voted into the finals and he ended up winning the show.

In season 14, Maria Menounos broke two ribs in an incident where her ribs hit her partner, Derek Hough's, knee. She also had a stress fracture in her feet; neither injury affected her performance. The next week, she hit her chin during rehearsals when her partner dropped her on the floor. Melissa Gilbert suffered a head injury during her performance causing her to miss the end of the show and the results show the next night. They were revealed to be safe. William Levy injured his ankle but still danced on Monday. Katherine Jenkins suffered a head injury when her partner Mark Ballas kneed her on the head in rehearsals. She still danced later that evening.

In season 15, Melissa Rycroft suffered a herniated disc during her Team Freestyle rehearsal. She still danced that night. Pro Derek Hough suffered a neck injury during week six, so Mark Ballas who was Bristol Palin's partner (eliminated in week 4) filled in as Shawn Johnson's partner for week seven. Ballas was Johnson's partner in season eight which was the season they won. Kelly Monaco suffered a broken toe on her right foot while rehearsing for her week four contemporary dance with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. She went on to dance that night and advanced to the following week. Professional dancer Tony Dovolani suffered a back injury while rehearsing for his semi-finals Argentine tango. Dovolani was cleared to dance with partner Melissa Rycroft, and eventually ended up winning season 15. Also during season 15, Shawn Johnson suffered a minor injury to her left knee, resulting in her sitting out the remainder of the rehearsals for the group dance, which was held later that night.

In season 16, Dorothy Hamill withdrew from the competition during the week two results show due to a potential back injury. Lisa Vanderpump fainted while rehearsing her week four cha-cha. The doctor said that she had a viral infection with fever, which caused her to have low blood pressure and a rapid heart rate. She went on to perform the dance routine.[28] (However, she was eliminated that week.) Mark Ballas suffered a back injury during week seven rehearsals. Troupe member Henry Byalikov would be his replacement, but he was able to perform. In the dress rehearsals for week ten, Zendaya, wearing a sequined dress, accidentally elbowed her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, in his eye causing a split in his eyelid which required 14 stitches (Chmerkovsky did not go to the hospital until after the dress rehearsals were over). He was, however, able to perform that night and the couple went on to finish in second place.[29]

In season 17, Bill Nye was taken to a hospital for a quadriceps injury after his week two dance.[30] He did dance in week three as a robot, using a brace to immobilize his leg. Brant Daugherty injured his left foot during practice for week three. The cause is unknown. His injury required a cast. In week seven, Leah Remini had suffered a rib injury while preparing for her salsa dance. She chose not to say anything about the injury saying that everyone has injuries until host, Tom Bergeron revealed that she had the injury.[31][32][33] Amber Riley also faced knee issues throughout the course of the competition, but was still able to dance well and receive high scores. She won the competition.

In season 18, during week three, Billy Dee Williams, due to a chronic back problem, was advised to withdraw.[24] During week seven, Danica McKellar suffered a broken rib while rehearsing her routine but was still able to perform. On the same week, after her performance, Amy Purdy suffered a back injury and was sent to the hospital. She had been scheduled to participate in the team dance later in show, and the judges instead based their scores on the rehearsal footage for the dance. The team she was on scored higher than the other team. During rehearsal for Meryl Davis's salsa, she suffered a wrist injury, but was fine. While rehearsing the freestyle for the season finale, Mark Ballas injured his shoulder during a lift with Candace Cameron Bure. It was uncertain if Ballas would be able to perform with Cameron Bure, but after getting the clear from doctors, he was able to perform on the night of finale.

In season 19, during week three, Bethany Mota injured her ankle which required a boot cast, but was still to perform. In week six, Alfonso Ribeiro pulled a muscle in his groin due to his performance from week four but was still able to perform. Alfonso's pro partner Witney Carson injured her back during the dress rehearsal in week six, but she was still able to perform. In week eight, Tommy Chong injured his calves after his performance, but he was ultimately safe for another week. In week ten, Alfonso Ribeiro suffered a chronic back injury which required exams, but he was still able to perform. In week 11, Janel Parrish suffered a rib injury but was still able to perform.

In season 20, during week two, Patti LaBelle suffered a knee injury but able to perform and continued to suffer through week five. In week three, Willow Shields suffered a rib injury during rehearsals but was still able to perform. That same week, Nastia Liukin suffered a wrist injury but was able to perform. In week five, Bachelor star, Chris Soules suffered an injury in his calf during dress rehearsal but was able to perform. During week seven, professional dancer Derek Hough was hospitalized having suffered a broken big toe in his right foot and severe sprains to his left ankle as well as a bone bruise in the same ankle after falling down stairs during rehearsal. His partner Nastia Liukin was dancing with troupe member Sasha Farber until he had fully recovered.

In preparation for season 21, Peta Murgatroyd (who was paired with pop music star Andy Grammer) tore four ligaments in her ankle (which also had a floating piece of bone in it) and had to undergo surgery and take six-to-eight weeks to recover. Allison Holker took over as Grammer's partner. Hours after night two of week two, Kim Zolciak-Biermann suffered a mini-stroke after flying to Atlanta, Georgia.[citation needed] Due to the show's rules, she and Tony Dovolani had to withdraw from the competition as Kim was not cleared by her doctors in time. That same week, Bindi Irwin suffered a foot injury, but was still able to perform. In week nine, Tamar Braxton was rushed to the hospital hours before the show due to suffering with pneumonia and was judged based upon her pre-recorded dress rehearsal. She was announced safe that week, however on November 11, 2015, it was revealed that she would withdraw from the competition due to blood clots in her lungs.

Macy's Stars of Dance: Design a Dance[edit]

Beginning season seven, viewers had the opportunity to vote for their favorite pros (or in some cases former contestants) to dance to a style of dance as well as a song to dance to. An online contest is also usually held so viewers can submit drawings of outfits for the performance.

Special episodes[edit]

100th episode[edit]

The show celebrated its 100th episode on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, during week eight of season six.[34] More than 30 former cast members and pros returned, with interviews with Stacy Keibler, Lisa Rinna, Jerry Springer, Vivica A. Fox, Joey Fatone, Kenny Mayne, Sabrina Bryan, and former winners Kelly Monaco, Drew Lachey, and Apolo Anton Ohno. Other appearances, besides the season six cast, included Paula Abdul (in a video introduction), Jane Seymour, Ian Ziering, Mark Cuban, Wayne Newton, Leeza Gibbons, Harry Hamlin, Shandi Finnessey and Helio Castroneves. New routines were performed by Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough, Mel B and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and by Mario Lopez with the cast of A Chorus Line, in which he was starring on Broadway. The musical guest was country group Rascal Flatts.[35]

Judges' top 10 dances

The judges also presented a countdown of their choices for the top 10 perfect-scoring dances of the first five seasons. Their choices were:

No. Celebrity Professional Season Week Dance Place
1 Mario Lopez Karina Smirnoff 3 9 Tango 2nd
2 Mel B Maksim Chmerkovskiy 5 7 Paso doble 2nd
3 Stacy Keibler Tony Dovolani 2 8 Samba 3rd
4 Drew Lachey Cheryl Burke 2 8 Freestyle 1st
5 Helio Castroneves Julianne Hough 5 8 Quickstep 1st
6 Joey Fatone Kym Johnson 4 7 Jive 2nd
7 Apolo Anton Ohno Julianne Hough 4 9 Quickstep 1st
8 Emmitt Smith Cheryl Burke 3 9 Cha-cha-cha 1st
9 Sabrina Bryan Mark Ballas 5 4 Paso doble 7th
10 Kelly Monaco Alec Mazo 1 6 Freestyle 1st

200th episode[edit]

In season 11, viewers were allowed two votes per day on the DWTS website to vote for their favorite out of 30 given choices. On October 25, 2010, a countdown of the Top 10 voted for dances on the show was reported to celebrate the following week when the 200th show would be.

No. Celebrity Professional Season Week Dance Place
1 Drew Lachey Cheryl Burke 2 8 Freestyle 1st
2 Gilles Marini Cheryl Burke 8 4 Argentine tango 2nd
3 Apolo Anton Ohno Julianne Hough 4 5 Samba 1st
4 Nicole Scherzinger Derek Hough 10 8 1950's Paso doble 1st
5 Mel B Maksim Chmerkovskiy 5 7 Paso doble 2nd
6 Joanna Krupa Derek Hough 9 8 Futuristic Paso doble 4th
7 Apolo Anton Ohno Julianne Hough 4 10 Freestyle 1st
8 Helio Castroneves Julianne Hough 5 8 Quickstep 1st
9 Donny Osmond Kym Johnson 9 5 Argentine tango 1st
10 Shawn Johnson Mark Ballas 8 11 Freestyle 1st

On the actual 200th show, several dances were performed again on the show and six of the past fan favorites came back to judge; Helio Castroneves, Emmitt Smith, Drew Lachey, Kelly Osbourne, Gilles Marini, Mel B, and more. The couples re-created their most memorable routines on the 200th episode; Kristi Yamaguchi and Apolo Ohno served as team captains for the team dances. Yamaguchi's team consisted of Rick & Cheryl, Kyle & Lacey and Bristol & Mark, while Brandy & Maksim, Jennifer & Derek and Kurt & Anna were on Ohno's team. On the results show of November 2, some awards were given out to past celebrity contestants and professionals.

Category Winner
Most Dramatic Moment Marie Osmond
Worst Dancer Kenny Mayne
Biggest Dancer Transformation Louis van Amstel

300th episode[edit]

The 300th episode took place on the week nine results show of season 16.[36] Twenty-two past and present pros performed an opening number choreographed by Jason Gilkinson. Past pros who performed were Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, Louis Van Amstel and Anna Trebunskaya.[37] Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough danced their "Argentine tango" as the week's encore. However, the top 10 dances were not revealed, nor were the achievements.

10th Anniversary Special[edit]

On April 28, 2015 during season 20, a special pre-recorded episode aired as a 10th anniversary special with many former stars and professional dancers returning to the ballroom. Many past stars performed and reflected on their time on the show. Patti LaBelle, Amber Riley, and Lil' Kim performed LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade". The show closed with the largest amount of people dancing in the show's history as stars, pros, hosts, and judges were all out on the dance floor.


In seasons nine and ten, three tribute performances were done to honor the memory of artists and others. The first was a tribute to recently deceased actor Patrick Swayze, on September 23, 2009. "She's Like the Wind" from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack (originally written by Swayze for his film Dirty Dancing), "Unchained Melody" from his film Ghost, and "(I've had) the Time of my Life" from Dirty Dancing were performed by select professional dancers of the Show.

On October 20, 2009, a tribute was done for singer and dancer, Michael Jackson. "I Want You Back", "Man in the Mirror" and "Thriller" were performed—the first two by select professional dancers of the show, and all coming together for "Thriller".

In season ten, Professional Haitian dancers performed as a tribute to victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake on March 30, 2010. One of the male dancers, Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine, had lost his son in the rubble. They were dancing to "Dance Like This" by Wyclef Jean.


Highest-scoring celebrities[edit]

The scores presented below represent the best overall accumulative average scores the celebrity gained each season. Scores from Season 20 have been adjusted to be out of 40 instead of 30.

Number of perfect scores[edit]

Despite not making the top 10 list, Jennifer Grey and her partner Derek Hough held the record of the most perfect scores in a season, with a total of six. They won season 11 and maintained an average score of 27.2. That record would later be tied by Meryl Davis and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy in season 18, and tied again by Rumer Willis and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy in season 20. Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough broke previous records receiving eight perfect scores during Season 21. Season 21 also sets the record for the number of perfect scores awarded (23) and the number of stars to receive at least one perfect score (7).

The scores presented below represent the perfect scores which the celebrities gained in their original season. Dances performed with dancers other than the celebrity's original partner are counted in the total perfect scores with their original partner based on who choreographed the dance. For the Partner Switch-Up, perfect scores are counted with the celebrity's partner for that week. The All-Stars season is counted separately. Team dances and scores from additional guest judges not included.

  • 49: Derek Hough
  • 23: Mark Ballas
  • 20: Cheryl Burke
  • 19: Valentin Chmerkovskiy
  • 17: Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • 14: Karina Smirnoff
  • 11: Kym Johnson, Tony Dovolani
  • 9: Julianne Hough, Sharna Burgess
  • 8: Witney Carson
  • 6: Allison Holker
  • 4: Dmitry Chaplin, Peta Murgatroyd,
  • 3: Lindsay Arnold
  • 2: Anna Trebunskaya, Edyta Sliwinska
  • 1: Alec Mazo, Louis Van Amstel


Cardio dance DVDs[edit]

A DVD titled Dancing With The Stars: Cardio Dance was released on April 3, 2007 featuring Kym Johnson, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Ashly DelGrosso. The program contains cardiovascular workouts adapted from cha-cha, Paso doble, samba, and jive dance routines.

A second DVD Dancing with the Stars: Latin Cardio Dance was released on September 13, 2008 featuring Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Cheryl Burke. The program contains cardiovascular workouts adapted from cha-cha, Merengue, samba and mambo dance routines.[38]

Companion book[edit]

A companion book written by Guy Phillips was released in the early fall of 2007. Titled Dancing with the Stars: Jive, Samba and Tango Your Way Into The Best Shape Of Your Life, the book includes fitness routines modeled by Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska, as well as original costume designs, lists of performed songs during a dance, and a complete list of song-and-dance routine performed since the first season of the show.[citation needed]


The first Dancing spin-off, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, premiered on January 7, 2008 on ABC. The show's format was similar to the BBC Television series, DanceX. The show was canceled after one season.

A figure skating spin-off similar to ITV's Dancing on Ice called Skating with the Stars aired on ABC on November 22, 2010. The series was canceled after one season.[39]


U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
Date Premiere viewers
Date Finale viewers
1 Wednesday 9:00 p.m. June 1, 2005 (2005-06-01) 13.5[40] July 6, 2005 (2005-07-06) 22.4[41] 2005 6[42] <17[41]
2 Thursday and Friday 8:00 p.m. January 5, 2006 (2006-01-05) N/A February 24, 2006 (2006-02-24) N/A 2006 7 18.6[43]
3 Tuesday and Wednesday 8:00 p.m. September 12, 2006 (2006-09-12) November 15, 2006 (2006-11-15) 2006–07 3[44] 20.7[45]
4 Monday 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday 9:00 p.m. March 19, 2007 (2007-03-19) May 22, 2007 (2007-05-22) 5[46] 20[47]
5 September 24, 2007 (2007-09-24) November 27, 2007 (2007-11-27) 2007–08 4[48] 19.58[48]
6 March 17, 2008 (2008-03-17) 20.90[49] May 20, 2008 (2008-05-20) 20.12[50] 3[48] 21.67[48]
7 September 22, 2008 (2008-09-22) 21.12[51] November 25, 2008 (2008-11-25) 20.58[52] 2008–09 3[53][54][55] 19.76[56]
8 March 9, 2009 (2009-03-09) 22.82[57] May 19, 2009 (2009-05-19) 20.12[58]
9 September 21, 2009 (2009-09-21) 17.79[59] November 24, 2009 (2009-11-24) 19.29[60] 2009–10 19.72[61]
10 March 22, 2010 (2010-03-22) 24.19[62] May 25, 2010 (2010-05-25) 18.40[63]
11 September 20, 2010 (2010-09-20) 20.99[64] November 23, 2010 (2010-11-23) 24.14[65] 2010–11 21.92[66]
12 March 21, 2011 (2011-03-21) 22.65[67] May 24, 2011 (2011-05-24) 21.42[68]
13 September 19, 2011 (2011-09-19) 19.03[69] November 22, 2011 (2011-11-22) 19.45[70] 2011–12 5[71] 18.23[72]
14 March 19, 2012 (2012-03-19) 18.79[73] May 22, 2012 (2012-05-22) 17.79[73]
15 September 24, 2012 (2012-09-24) 14.11[74] November 27, 2012 (2012-11-27) 16.73[75] 2012–13 7[76] 14.85[77]
16 March 18, 2013 (2013-03-18) 17.06[78] May 21, 2013 (2013-05-21) 12.20[79]
17 Monday 8:00 p.m. September 16, 2013 (2013-09-16) 13.04[80] November 26, 2013 (2013-11-26) 14.75[81] 2013–14 5[82] 15.2[82]
18 March 17, 2014 (2014-03-17) 15.44[83] May 20, 2014 (2014-05-20) 15.07[84]
19 Monday and Tuesday 8:00 p.m. September 15, 2014 (2014-09-15) 13.64[85] November 25, 2014 (2014-11-25) 15.98[86] 2014–15 9[87] 14.72[88]
20 March 16, 2015 (2015-03-16) 14.16[89] May 19, 2015 (2015-05-19) 13.49[90]
21 Monday 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday 9:00 p.m. September 14, 2015 (2015-09-14) 13.13[91] November 24, 2015 (2015-11-24) 13.49[92] 2015–16 TBD TBD

Awards and nominations[edit]

Emmy Awards[edit]

The program has also been nominated for various other production-related awards since premiering in 2005, including for hairstyling, makeup, lighting design, and technical direction.[citation needed]


International broadcasts[edit]

Country Channel Premiere date
 Brazil Sony Spring 2015
 China CCTV-1
 Hong Kong TVB Pearl
 Japan NHK
NHK World
 South Korea Arirang
Asia-Pacific STAR World
 Singapore Mediacorp Channel 5
 Malta TVM
 Poland Fox Life
 Venezuela Venevisión

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