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.
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.
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|
|Viennese Waltz||Season 5-present|
|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|
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|
|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|
|Part 2: February 26, 2006||27.23|| Sunday 8:00PM|
|3||September 12, 2006||20.06||Part 1: November 14, 2006||26.80||2006-2007|| Tuesday 8:00PM|
|Part 2: November 15, 2006||27.29|| Wednesday 8:00PM|
|4||March 19, 2007||21.80||Part 1: May 21, 2007||20.19||2006-2007|| Monday 8:00PM|
|Part 2: May 22, 2007||22.96|| Tuesday 9:00PM|
|5||September 24, 2007||21.19||Part 1: November 26, 2007||24.23||2007-2008|| Monday 8:00PM|
|September 25, 2007||18.34||Part 2: November 27, 2007||24.87|| Tuesday 8:00PM|
|6||March 17, 2008||21.15||Part 1: May 19, 2008||19.22||2007-2008|| Monday 8:00PM|
|March 18, 2008||17.02||Part 2: May 20, 2008||20.12|| Tuesday 8:00PM|
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.
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.).
The 2nd tour took place 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.
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Judges also presented a countdown of their choices for the top 10 perfect-scoring dances of the first five seasons. Their choices were:
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.