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

Dancing with the Stars is a reality show airing on American Broadcasting Company in the United States. The show is based on the United Kingdom BBC Television series Strictly Come Dancing and is part of BBC Worldwide's international Dancing with the Stars franchise.

Its seventh season began on Sept. 22, 2008, as part of ABC's fall line-up.


The show pairs a celebrity with a professional ballroom dancer. The professional dancer is responsible for teaching the celebrity how to perform specific dances, which the pair perform live on the show each week. The dancers are scored by a panel of three professional dance judges. Additionally, viewers of the program may vote by phone, text message, or online methods. The team which receives the lowest total score (a combination of the judges' scores and viewer votes) each week is eliminated from the competition.

Dancing with the Stars is hosted by Emmy Award-winning game show host and TV personality, Tom Bergeron, and E! reporter Samantha Harris (who joined the show in season 2, replacing Lisa Canning). For the first three weeks of the competition of season 5, season 2 celebrity champion Drew Lachey co-hosted with Bergeron while Harris was on maternity leave.

The panel of judges consists of Len Goodman (head judge), Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli. Harold Wheeler is the musical director. The announcements for the show's titles ("Live from Hollywood, This is "Dancing With the Stars") and introductions for the dances and judges' scores were recorded in the United Kingdom by Alan Dedicoat.

Dancing with the Stars is broadcast live from CBS Television City in Los Angeles in Studio 46.

The first three seasons were not aired in the UK. BBC One aired Season 4 on Sunday afternoons from Sunday, July 152007. On September 282007, UKTV Gold began airing Season 5.

BBC America began to air Season 2 of the U.S. series on January 6, 2008, combining performance and results shows into 2-hour episodes. However, it was reported that many viewers of BBC America were unhappy with the decision, mainly due to the fact that the channel was showing repeats of an American-produced program, despite the BBC's involvement with the show.


Season Season Premiere Date Season Finale Date
Season 1 June 1, 2005 July 6, 2005
Season 2 January 5, 2006 February 26, 2006
Season 3 September 12, 2006 November 15, 2006
Season 4 March 19, 2007 May 22, 2007
Season 5 September 24, 2007 November 27, 2007
Season 6 March 17, 2008 May 20, 2008
Season 7 September 22, 2008 November 25, 2008


The following are the dances performed by couples on Dancing with the Stars. In addition, each couple in the final round performs a dance of any style or combination of styles of their choosing, called "freestyle".

Dance Seasons Used
Foxtrot All
Cha-Cha-Cha All
Quickstep All
Jive All
Tango All
Paso Doble All
Viennese Waltz Season 5-present
Mambo Season 3-present
Rumba All
Samba All
Waltz Seasons 1-4


Season Winners Runner-Up Third Place
Season 1 - Summer 2005 Kelly Monaco & Alec Mazo John O'Hurley & Charlotte Jørgensen Joey McIntyre & Ashly DelGrosso
Season 2 - Spring 2006 Drew Lachey & Cheryl Burke Jerry Rice & Anna Trebunskaya Stacy Keibler & Tony Dovolani
Season 3 - Fall 2006 Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke Mario Lopez & Karina Smirnoff Joey Lawrence & Edyta Śliwińska
Season 4 - Spring 2007 Apolo Anton Ohno & Julianne Hough Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson Laila Ali & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Season 5 - Fall 2007 Hélio Castroneves & Julianne Hough Mel B & Maksim Chmerkovskiy Marie Osmond & Jonathan Roberts
Season 6 - Spring 2008 Kristi Yamaguchi & Mark Ballas Jason Taylor & Edyta Śliwińska Cristián de la Fuente & Cheryl Burke
Season 7 - Fall 2008

U.S. television ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Dancing With The Stars on ABC.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of Nielsen Ratings.

Season # Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Timeslot Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1 June 1, 2005 13.48 July 6, 2005 22.36 2004-2005 Wednesday 9:00PM n/a 16.80
2 January 5, 2006 17.46 Part 1: February 23, 2006 17.70 2005-2006 Thursday 8:00PM
(dance show)
#6 18.57
Part 2: February 26, 2006 27.23 Sunday 8:00PM
(results show)
#18 14.81
3 September 12, 2006 20.06 Part 1: November 14, 2006 26.80 2006-2007 Tuesday 8:00PM
(dance show)
#3 20.73
Part 2: November 15, 2006 27.29 Wednesday 8:00PM
(results show)
#7 19.42
4 March 19, 2007 21.80 Part 1: May 21, 2007 20.19 2006-2007 Monday 8:00PM
(dance show)
#6 19.89
Part 2: May 22, 2007 22.96 Tuesday 9:00PM
(results show)
#9 18.22
5 September 24, 2007 21.19 Part 1: November 26, 2007 24.23 2007-2008 Monday 8:00PM
(dance show)
#3 21.58
September 25, 2007 18.34 Part 2: November 27, 2007 24.87 Tuesday 8:00PM
(results show)
#4 19.43
6 March 17, 2008 21.15 Part 1: May 19, 2008 19.22 2007-2008 Monday 8:00PM
(dance show)
#5 19.53
March 18, 2008 17.02 Part 2: May 20, 2008 20.12 Tuesday 8:00PM
(results show)
#6 18.24

The show's first season is not ranked because it aired in the summer of 2005. If it had aired during the official 2004-2005 season and received the same numbers, it would have ranked #11, in place of Two and a Half Men.

The September 20, 2005 drew 10.9 million viewers, while the results show two nights later drew just over 10.4 million.

Dancing With The Stars was the most-watched Thursday night program on American Broadcasting Company since Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2000 and the most-watched Thursday 8 p.m. series on American Broadcasting Company since Mork & Mindy in 1979. In its second season, it attracted high viewing numbers similar to those of its timeslot competitor, CBS' ''Survivor: Panama.

The first part of the series' second season aired on February 23, 2006. The other programs airing opposite Dancing With The Stars (14.8 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.) were: the Figure skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics on NBC (17.7 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.), an episode of CBS' Survivor: Panama (14.8 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.), and a results show during the fifth season of FOX's American Idol (23.5 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 9:02 p.m.).

Dancing with the stars tour

On the October 25, 2006, results show, Dancing with the Stars – The Tour was announced. Produced by ABC and Anschutz Entertainment Group, the live-action tour features 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:

The 2nd tour took place with the following couples:

A 3rd tour took place from December 18, 2007 to February 10, 2008 with the following couples:

Mel B.; front runner for season five, turned down the tour due to her commitment to the Spice Girl Reunion Tour. It was revealed that after a few shows, Cheryl Burke had to withdraw from the tour. It was thought that something had happened to her appendix and she would not be able to continue in the tour.

Perfect scores

Perfect thirties

Judges have awarded perfect 30 out of 30 to couples on the following occasions:
Celebrity Professional Season Week Dance
Kelly Monaco Alec Mazo 1 6 Freestyle
John O'Hurley Charlotte Jorgensen 1 Dance-Off Waltz
Stacy Keibler Tony Dovolani 2 5 Samba
Drew Lachey Cheryl Burke 2 6 Tango
Stacy Keibler Tony Dovolani 2 6 Jive
Drew Lachey Cheryl Burke 2 8 Paso Doble
Drew Lachey Cheryl Burke 2 8 Freestyle
Stacy Keibler Tony Dovolani 2 8 Jive
Stacy Keibler Tony Dovolani 2 8 Samba
Emmitt Smith Cheryl Burke 3 9 Cha-Cha-Cha
Joey Lawrence Edyta Sliwinska 3 9 Rumba
Mario Lopez Karina Smirnoff 3 9 Tango
Emmitt Smith Cheryl Burke 3 10 Samba
Emmitt Smith Cheryl Burke 3 10 Mambo
Mario Lopez Karina Smirnoff 3 10 Paso Doble
Mario Lopez Karina Smirnoff 3 10 Freestyle
Apolo Anton Ohno Julianne Hough 4 5 Samba
Laila Ali Maksim Chmerkovskiy 4 7 Samba
Joey Fatone Kym Johnson 4 7 Jive
Apolo Anton Ohno Julianne Hough 4 8 Paso Doble
Joey Fatone Kym Johnson 4 9 Jive
Joey Fatone Kym Johnson 4 9 Foxtrot
Laila Ali Maksim Chmerkovskiy 4 9 Quickstep
Laila Ali Maksim Chmerkovskiy 4 9 Cha-Cha-Cha
Ian Ziering Cheryl Burke 4 9 Jive
Apolo Anton Ohno Julianne Hough 4 9 Quickstep
Apolo Anton Ohno Julianne Hough 4 10 Freestyle
Joey Fatone Kym Johnson 4 10 Freestyle
Apolo Anton Ohno Julianne Hough 4 10 Paso Doble
Joey Fatone Kym Johnson 4 10 Tango
Laila Ali Maksim Chmerkovskiy 4 10 Mambo
Sabrina Bryan Mark Ballas 5 4 Paso Doble
Mel B Maksim Chmerkovskiy 5 6 Rumba
Mel B Maksim Chmerkovskiy 5 7 Paso Doble
Hélio Castroneves Julianne Hough 5 8 Quickstep
Mel B Maksim Chmerkovskiy 5 9 Paso Doble
Mel B Maksim Chmerkovskiy 5 9 Viennese Waltz
Hélio Castroneves Julianne Hough 5 9 Foxtrot
Hélio Castroneves Julianne Hough 5 9 Cha-Cha-Cha
Jennie Garth Derek Hough 5 9 Cha-Cha-Cha
Mel B Maksim Chmerkovskiy 5 10 Mambo
Hélio Castroneves Julianne Hough 5 10 Quickstep
Kristi Yamaguchi Mark Ballas 6 6 Jive
Kristi Yamaguchi Mark Ballas 6 10 Cha-Cha-Cha
Kristi Yamaguchi Mark Ballas 6 10 Freestyle
Kristi Yamaguchi Mark Ballas 6 10 Jive
Jason Taylor Edyta Sliwinska 6 10 Quickstep

General information

Edyta Sliwinska is the only professional that has been on the show for every season. Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani, Karina Smirnoff, Kym Johnson, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, and Mark Ballas have been on the show every season since their debut as professionals.

Scoring and voting procedure

Starting in Season 3, the procedure for eliminating couples changed. Previously, only the overall ranking between competitors by the judges and the public was relevant. Starting in Season 3, the differential is now relevant.

The scoring begins with the judges' marks. Each judge gives a 1 to 10 score, allowing for a highest score of 30, and a lowest score of three (though the lowest individual score ever given was a 2- Season 2, Master P, Paso Doble, and the lowest combined score was an 8). With multiple performances, the scores would all be added at the end of the program. The scores for all competitors are added together and each contestant's "judge share" is determined by dividing their score by the sum of all the scores combined and recorded as a percentage. This percentage is then added to the percentage of North American votes received by each contestant. The bottom two couples are identified in the results show, and the couple with the lowest combined total is eliminated.

Public voting is conducted via a toll-free number, the ABC web site, and, most recently, text messages. Voters can place up to the number of couples performing that night to a minimum of 5 votes per medium during and immediately after each performance show.


Sara Evans in the third season was the first celebrity to withdraw from the competition, while in progress. She cited her divorce as the reason for leaving the competition. As a result, her professional partner, Tony Dovolani also became the first professional dancer to withdraw from the competition.

Another withdrawal occurred during the run-up to Season 4, 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 actor John Ratzenberger who was partnered with Edyta Sliwinska.

Misty May-Treanor was forced to withdraw from Season 7 after tearing her Achilles tendon during rehearsals. The injury required surgery. Her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy became the second professional to withdraw from the competition.


Over the seasons there have only been three confirmed relationships between a professional dancer and their celebrity partner. These were Season 3's Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff, Season 5's Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas, and Season 6's Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough.

Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo are married. Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya are married. Season 2's Lisa Rinna has been married to Season 3's Harry Hamlin since 1997, prior to either's appearance on the show.


Derek Hough and Julianne Hough are brother and sister. Corky Ballas and Mark Ballas are father and son.

Celebrity injuries

On Season 5, Marie Osmond fainted on Week 5 after her performance. The show immediately went to commercial break. On Week 6, Jane Seymour was also absent on the results show due to food poisoning.

On Season 6, Kristi Yamaguchi injured her ankle on Week 4. This did not affect her performance or attendance. On Monday April 28, 2008 (Week 7), Cristián de la Fuente suffered a ruptured tendon in his left biceps muscle during his performance. 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.

On August 24, 2008 (the day before she was named as a celebrity contestant), Kim Kardashian cut her foot on a piece of a broken table in her hotel room, which she spoke about to Robin Roberts, Sam Champion and Tom Bergeron on Good Morning America the next day. Doctors told her she can still dance in season 7.

On September 22, 2008, while rehearsing for that night's performance, Jeffrey Ross suffered a scratched cornea in his left eye. He wore a rhinestone-studded eye patch in jest of the injury.

On October 4, 2008, Misty May-Treanor had torn her Achilles tendon during rehearsal and was forced to withdraw from the competition, requiring surgery for her injury.

On October , 2008, Susan Lucci had sprained her ankle while rehearsing for that night's performance. She explained that she lides underneath partner Tony Dovolani's legs in the routine, and she "didn't put her butt down in time" and rolled her ankle, thus spraining it. She still performed that night, her ankle wrapped.

Professional Partner injuries

Season 3

Jerry Springer's partner, Kym Johnson hyperextended one of her legs but kept on performing.

Season 5

Mark Ballas dislocated his shoulder on the Season Finale during his and Sabrina Bryan's encore dance. He was immediately sent to the hospital for the rest of the night.

Season 6

Karina Smirnoff told dance partner Mario she had to get surgery for a neck injury she had suffered.

On April 1, 2008 (Week 3), Derek Hough injured his neck when practicing for a routine he and his sister, Julianne Hough, and their friend Mark Ballas were to perform to a live performance on that night's results show by Kylie Minogue of her hit song Can't Get You Out Of My Head. Derek appeared on the results show but Mark and Julianne danced the routine without him.

In Week 5, Derek Hough contracted food poisoning from a protein shake that he drank earlier on performance day.

Season 7

Karina Smirnoff sprained her left ankle during rehersals the morning of performance, September 22. She performed that night, ankle fully wrapped, with celebrity partner, Rocco DiSpirito.

Derek Hough blacked out after tripping and hitting his head on October 4, 2008. He was rushed to hospital, and was cleared to continue with the competition.

100th episode celebration

The show celebrated its 100th episode on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. 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 included the Season 6 cast, Jane Seymour, Ian Ziering, Mark Cuban, Wayne Newton, Leeza Gibbons, Harry Hamlin, Shandi Finnessey, Paula Abdul 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 is currently starring on Broadway. The musical guest was country group Rascal Flatts.

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:

  1. Mario Lopez & Karina Smirnoff - Season 3 - Week 9 - Tango
  2. Mel B & Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Season 5 - Week 7 - Paso Doble
  3. Stacy Keibler & Tony Dovolani - Season 2 - Week 8 - Samba
  4. Drew Lachey & Cheryl Burke - Season 2 - Week 8 - Freestyle
  5. Helio Castroneves & Julianne Hough - Season 5 - Week 8 - Quickstep
  6. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson - Season 4 - Week 7 - Jive
  7. Apolo Anton Ohno & Julianne Hough - Season 4 - Week 9 - Quickstep
  8. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke - Season 3 - Week 9 - Cha-Cha-Cha
  9. Sabrina Bryan & Mark Ballas - Season 5 - Week 4 - Paso Doble
  10. Kelly Monaco & Alec Mazo - Season 1 - Week 6 - Freestyle

Cardio dance DVDs

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.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy has confirmed that he has finished another volume of the Dancing With The Stars: Cardio Dance series which he will be doing with Cheryl Burke. No other professional dancers will be featured on this DVD. This volume is different than the original for it is mainly based on Latin dances.

Companion book

A companion book written by Guy Phillips was released in the early fall of 2007 entitled, Dancing with the Stars: Jive, Samba and Tango Your Way Into The Best Shape Of Your Life . The book has behind the scenes photos and stories from the show as well as fitness routines modeled by Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska. The book also features many promotional images from the first four seasons and the tour as well as original costume designs, lists of performed songs during a dance, and a complete list of every song and dance routine performed since the first season of the show.

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