BY DR. NEO GUTIERREZ
If you love dance like I do, your tv will be on ABC-TV every Monday and Tuesday night from 8 to 10 p.m. That’s when DANCING WITH THE STARS is on the air. By the way, the show happens in a tv studio located 8 blocks from where i live in West Hollywood !
Thanks to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, we have some terrific information about the show, which follows below:
For the current season, see Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 27).
Country of origin: United States
No. of seasons: 27
No. of episodes: 428
Production location(s): CBS Television City
and Los Angeles, California
Original network: ABC
Original release: June 1, 2005 – present
Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition television series that premiered on June 1, 2005, on ABC. It is the US version of the UK series Strictly Come Dancing. The show is hosted by Tom Bergeron, alongside Erin Andrews, who became co-host in season eighteen. Lisa Canning was co-host in the first season, Samantha Harris co-hosted seasons two through nine and Brooke Burke-Charvet in seasons ten through seventeen. The twenty-seventh season premiered on September 24, 2018, and its spinoff Dancing with the Stars: Juniors will premiere on October 7, 2018.
The format of the show consists of a celebrity paired with a professional dancer. 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.
CAST AND HOSTS
Tom Bergeron has been the host since the program’s premiere in 2005. In season 1, his co-host was Lisa Canning. She was replaced by Samantha Harris for seasons 2 through 9 (2006–09), who was then replaced by Brooke Burke-Charvet from seasons 10 through 17 (2010–13). Erin Andrews took over as co-host starting in season 18 (2014). Drew Lachey served as a temporary replacement for Harris during season 5 (2007) during her absence for 3 weeks due to maternity leave. Leah Remini filled in for Andrews in week 6 of season 19, due to commitments with the 2014 World Series and filled in for her again in weeks 6 and 7 of season 21 for the 2015 World Series. Season 19 champion Alfonso Ribeiro filled in for Bergeron on week 4 of season 21, due to Bergeron’s ailing father.
The regular judges are Len Goodman, who serves as head judge, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli. Goodman was absent for much of season 19, all of season 21, and much of season 23. Julianne Hough, who was a professional dancing partner for seasons 4–8, was added as a full-time judge on the panel for three seasons, 19–21, after having been a guest judge in the previous two seasons. She did not return for season 22. Hough did return as a full-time judge for seasons 23 and 24 but did not return for seasons 25 and 26. 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 the fourth judge or in absence of one of the main judges, including Paula Abdul, Donnie Burns, Nick Carter, Cher, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Michael Flatley, Kevin Hart, Jessie J, Rashad Jennings, Baz Luhrmann, Ricky Martin, Idina Menzel, Abby Lee Miller, Mandy Moore, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Ortega, Donny Osmond, Pitbull, Redfoo, Alfonso Ribeiro, Robin Roberts, David Ross, Shania Twain, and Zendaya.
A total of 309 celebrities have appeared in the 27 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 45 professional partners have appeared alongside celebrities, some for only one season (mostly in the earliest seasons).
SCORING AND VOTING PROCEDURE
In seasons 1 and 2, only the overall ranking between competitors by the judges and the public was relevant. In season 3 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 1/2-point intervals from 0.5 to 10, for a total score of 1.5 to 30. 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 pts on a night when the judges awarded 200 pts, 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 lowest-scoring two couples are identified at the end of the show, and the couple with the lowest combined total gets eliminated.
Season 8 added an occasional ‘dance-off’, in which contestants could re-perform 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 10 times each. 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.
Seasons 1 and 3 featured only two couples in the final week instead of three. Starting with season 16, four couples 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 couples in the final week, but in seasons 21, 23 and 25, there were four. In seasons 22, 24 and 26, there were only three couples in the final week.
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.
In season 21, Bindi Irwin had her payments withheld by a Los Angeles County 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.
In seasons 9 and 10, 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 Sep 23, 2009. “She’s Like the Wind” from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack (originally written by Swayze for 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.
PATRICK SWAYZE, btw, was from Houston, Texas, where he studied dance at his mom’s dance school.
On Oct 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 songs by select professional dancers of the show, with all coming together for “Thriller”.
In season 10, 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.
In season 24, to honor the passing of season 11 contestant Florence Henderson on November 24, 2016, a special tribute to Henderson was displayed on the dance floor. The season 24 premiere aired on March 20, 2017.
PROFESSIONALS WITH PERFECT SCORES
46: Derek Hough
35: Valentin Chmerkovskiy
30: Mark Ballas (HIS GRANDMOTHER WAS MARIA LUISA MARULANDA, DANCE TEACHER FROM LAREDO, TEXAS)
20: Cheryl Burke
18: Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Lindsay Arnold
14: Karina Smirnoff
13: Sharna Burgess
11: Kym Johnson, Tony Dovolani
9: Julianne Hough, Witney Carson
7: Peta Murgatroyd
6: Allison Holker
5: Sasha Farber
4: Dmitry Chaplin, Gleb Savchenko
2: Anna Trebunskaya, Edyta Sliwinska, Emma Slater
1: Alec Mazo, Louis Van Amstel, Keo Motsepe, Jenna Johnson
An unofficial live tour show called Dancing Pros: Live! toured with several Dancing pros since 2010. A Dancing with the Stars: Live! official tour was announced on November 3, 2014, for the 2014-2015 season starting on December 27, 2014, in Niagara Falls, New York and ending February 15, 2015, hitting 33 cities. A second tour, “Dancing with the Stars Live! : Dance All Night” was announced. A third tour, Dancing with the Stars: Live! – We Came to Dance, was announced on October 3, 2016, for 43 cities from December 16, 2016, to February 14, 2017. A fourth tour, Dancing with the Stars: Light Up the Night, was announced in October 2017 and began on December 30, 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina, performing 71 shows and ending in Los Angeles.