Reality/Game Show
Jun. 01, 2005
Returning Series
120 min.
ABC TV Network

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Dancing With the Stars

The concept of the show is to pair a celebrity with a professional dancer in an attempt to win a high score from a panel of three judges and then a high number of votes from the viewers, who can call in and vote online. The person who receives the lowest score is eliminated, but they are allowed to dance one last dance at the end of the show.

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  • Dancer Cheryl Burke was the first professional dance partner to win two seasons (back-to back). She and former 98 Degrees member, Drew Lachey won season 2. In season 3, she and NFL legend Emmitt Smith won. Julianne Hough became the second professional dance partner to complete such a task. She and Apolo Ohno won season 4 and she and underdog Helio Castroneves closely beat out Melanie Brown for the Season 5 title. Derek Hough became the third winning season 16 with country singer Kellie Pickler and season 17 with Glee star Amber Riley.
  • Julianne Hough is the youngest professional dancer ever to have competed and win the overall title on the show at age 18 (season 4) with Apolo Ohno, and at age 19 (season 5) with Helio Castroneves.
  • Willow Shields is the youngest contestant to be announced to be competing on the show, at the age of 14. Cloris Leachman is the oldest at the age of 82.
  • Misty May-Treanor was the first celebrity contestant in the show's history to drop out of the competition due to injury.
  • Kelly Monaco was the first winner of 'Dancing With The Stars'.
  • Emmitt Smith was the very first athlete to win on the show.
  • Sara Evans was the first contestant to drop out of the show (she wanted to spend time with her kids while she and her ex were going through a divorce at the time-October 2007).
  • SPOILER: Winners: - Season 1. Kelly Monaco (Pro partner - Alec Mazo) - Season 2. Drew Lachey (Pro partner - Cheryl Burke) - Season 3. Emmitt Smith (Pro partner - Cheryl Burke) - Season 4. Apollo Anton Ohno (Pro partner - Julianne Hough) - Season 5. Helio Castroneves (Pro partner - Julianne Hough) - Season 6. Kristi Yamaguchi (pro partner - Mark Ballas) - Season 7. Brooke Burke (Pro partner - Derek Hough) - Season 8. Shawn Johnson (Pro partner - Mark Ballas) - Season 9. Donny Osmond (Pro partner - Kym Johnson) - Season 10. Nicole Scherzinger (Pro partner - Derek Hough) - Season 11. Jennifer Grey (Pro partner - Derek Hough) - Season 12. Hines Ward (Pro partner - Kym Johnson) - Season 13. J.R. Martinez (Pro partner - Karina Smirnoff) - Season 14. Donald Driver (Pro Partner - Peta Murgatroyd) - Season 15. Melissa Rycroft (Pro Partner - Tony Dovolani) - Season 16. Kellie Pickler (Pro Partner - Derek Hough) - Season 17. Amber Riley (Pro Partner - Derek Hough) - Season 18. Meryl Davis (Pro Partner - Maksim Chmerkovskiy) -Season 19. Alfonso Ribeiro (Pro Partner - Witney Carson) -Season 20. Rumer Willis (Pro Partner - Valentin Chmerkovskiy) Season 21. Bindi Irwin (Pro Partner - Derek Hough) Season 22. Nyle DiMarco (Pro Partner- Peta Murgatroyd) Season 23. Laurie Hernandez (Pro Parter- Valentin Chmerkovskiy)
  • Steve-O was the first celebrity contestant to be judged on his rehearsal footage after being too injured to compete live (from a back injury). The second celebrity judged on rehearsal was Melissa Rycroft-Strickland, who suffered a rib injury. Both celebrities were in Season 8.
  • The blue dress worn by Melissa Rycroft-Strickland in #8.11 was the same as the yellow dress worn by Karina Smirnoff in #6.5, and both dresses were used for the Samba.
  • Derek Hough was the first professional dance partner to win three seasons. He and model/show host Brooke Burke-Charvet won Season 7. After that, he won two seasons consecutively. In Season 10, he and Pussycat Dolls front-woman Nicole Scherzinger were victorious. In Season 11, he and movie star Jennifer Grey laid claim to the Mirror Ball Trophy. In Season 16, he won with country singer Kellie Pickler. In Season 17, he won the trophy with 'Glee' star 'Amber Riley'. In Season 21, Derek Hough went on to win his 6th mirrorball trophy with wildlife conservationist 'Bindi Irwin', daughter of Steve Irwin.
  • Edyta Sliwinska is the only professional dancer to compete in the first 10 seasons of the show.
  • Cheryl Burke and 'Driton 'Tony Dovolani have competed in more seasons than any other professional dancer. (Seasons 2-19)
  • SPOILER: Amber Riley is the first African-American woman to win the Mirror Ball Trophy. She won in Season 17 with pro partner Derek Hough.
  • Master P is noted as earning the lowest combined score on the show which was a 8 out of 30.
  • As of the announcement of Season 21, there have been six contestants on the show that were under the age of 18 at the time of their appearance. They are Shawn Johnson (Season 8) who was 17, Zendaya Coleman (Season 16) who was 16, Cody Simpson (Season 18) who was 17, Sadie Robertson (Season 19) who was 17, Willow Shields (Season 20) who was 14, & Bindi Irwin (Season 21) who was 17.
  • Julianne Hough and Derek Hough are cousins of Disney's "Austin & Ally" star Ross Lynch and contestant Riker Lynch.
  • SPOILER: Val Chmerkovskiy won for the first time in Season 20 with Rumer Willis
  • the pro, Mark Ballas, and the star, Patti LaBelle, both have the same birthday, May 24th.
  • Laurie Hernandez was the youngest contestant to win at age 16, with pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy
  • An attack of the flu in the previous week required Maksim Chmerkovskiy to fill in for Derek Hough as Joanna Krupa's partner, although Mark Ballas, who also had the flu, was able to continue.
  • Anna Trebunskaya filled in for Lacey Schwimmer as Mark Dacascos' partner due to Schwimmer having the flu.
  • After Louis van Amstel and Kendra Wilkinson's routine, judge Len Goodman says musical guest Katherine Jenkins is a soprano. However, Jenkins is not a soprano; she is, in fact, a mezzo-soprano.
  • Zendaya Coleman is the youngest contestant to compete on the show at age 16. Zendaya was born 1996. Before Season 16 Shawn Johnson was the youngest competitor as she was age 17 in Season 8.
  • SPOILER: Shocking everyone, Willow Shields was very surprisingly eliminated, after being at near the top of the scoreboard each week.
  • Most of the music used during the dances are from the recently released album We Love Disney.
  • SPOILER: In this epsoide Heather Morris was sent home but upon further investigation was a mistake but they never changed it.

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