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Over the last decade, there have been many reality programs on television that have come and gone. Many of these shows feature some sort of competition between contestants with eliminations presented every new episode. This formula has worked well for some programs, but it has also led to the demise of others. One such program that is just as popular as ever is ABC's Dancing With the Stars. The show is essentially a ballroom dancing competition that features celebrity contestants who are paired with professional dancers. Though the concept would not seem, at first, to be very compelling, millions of people tune in each season to see which celebrity will take the mirror ball trophy home.

The show is actually based upon a British program called Strictly Come Dancing, though it has quickly developed its own unique sensibility, separating it from its forebear. Generally speaking, each episode of the program is a light-hearted affair that features dances from all of the participating contestants and comments from judges who hail from the world of professional dancing. Additionally, each dancing couple is interviewed by the hosts of the show following their performance. Then, audience members are urged to vote for their favorite couple. The following evening, a second weekly show airs in which the couple who received the fewest votes is ceremoniously ejected from the show.

Dancing With the Stars has been airing for 14 seasons, and there have been some notable champions during this time. Football stars seem to do particularly well on the show, as evidenced by the performances and eventual wins of NFL pros like Donald Driver, Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward. However, some of the celebrity winners have come from fields outside the realm of professional athletics. These winners include J.R Martinez, Jennifer Grey and Donny Osmond. Brooke Burke, who is now a co host of the show, was also a winner in season seven.

Dancing With the Stars is a true phenomenon of American television, and it is likely that its formula will remain unchanged for the next few seasons, considering that it has been so successful. People love the relatively drama-free nature of the show, and they also enjoy seeing some familiar faces on the dance floor participating in some very unfamiliar activities. Season 15 is just around the corner, and it is likely that the new season will be every bit as enjoyable as the ones preceding it.

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Dancing with the Stars Full Episode Guide

  • Eliminated contestants return to perform and the Season 19 winner is crowned.

  • The road to the finale for the remaining couples.

  • The remaining couples perform their much anticipated Freestyle dance in hopes of impressing America.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Cast Revealed: Who Will Appear in Season 19?

It's finally been announced! Who will we get to see shaking their thang up on "Dancing With the Stars" this season? "Good Morning America" announced the roster Thursday, and it's a good one. Notably, contestants include Alfonso Ribeiro (who you may remember as Carlton from the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"). "We will absolutely give the fans what they would love to see, which is the Carlton Dance," he said. "I gotta give the audience a reason to keep me on," he added.

Julianne Hough Joins Judge Panel on 'Dancing With the Stars'

Julianne Hough has become the fourth judge on "Dancing With the Stars!" The dancer/actress joins Carrie Anne Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli for the upcoming 19th season of ABC's dance competition. "My role is to encourage and be supportive, and to also be candid and honest and try not to beat around the bush, to be too politically correct," she told PEOPLE. "I want to give critiques so they can improve. I'm not there to be harsh or cause a controvery.

'Dancing With the Stars' Reveals Season 19 Pros

"Dancing With the Stars" season 19 will bring some familiar faces, as well as a few new ones, to the screen. The 12 pros were revealed on ABC's "Good Morning America. " Five-time champion Derek Hough is slated to return, along with two-time winner Cheryl Burke (who has been with the show now for eighteen seasons), Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Mark Ballas, Tony Dovolani, Emma Slater, Peta Murgatroyd, and Witney Carson. New pros hail from the U.K. version of "DWTS.

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'Dancing with the Stars' Roster Revealed!

“Dancing with the Stars”, reaching into its 16th season, has finally revealed their 12 new “stars”! Some are pretty recognizable, but others, it seems like they’ve scraped the bottom of the barrel for. I guess the term “star” is pretty loosely applied after 16 seasons. Some of your favorite dancers won’t be returning, though. Fan favorite Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Anna Trebunskaya, Chelsie Hightower, and Louis Van Amstel have all bid their farewell to the show this season, and have been replaced by fresh faces.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Leaves 'Dancing With The Stars'

It seems despite being a staple on the show since their second season, Maksim Chmerkovskiy will not be returning to “Dancing With The Stars” for their sixteenth season, premiering next month. Chmerkovskiy reportedly “spoke with producers a few days ago and informed them that he wouldn't be returning for the upcoming season," despite originally claiming he would quit after the seventeenth season of the popular show. "What else do I have to do there after 15 seasons? It makes total sense.

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Lindsay Lohan Rejects Offer From 'Dancing With The Stars'

Sorry, ABC. Lindsay Lohan is a serious actress. Didn’t you see “Liz & Dick?” Lohan has reportedly turned down an offer to appear on “Dancing With The Stars,” because, well, reality television is just so beneath her. And it’s not a shabby offer, either. Word is producers offered the redhead $550,000… which is about four-to-five times what other contestants usually rake in. Let’s face it. That would go a long way toward clearing up her debt—which is in the hundred-thousands.

Julianne Hough's School Denies Abuse Charges

The London school that "Dancing With the Stars" beauty Julianne Hough attended as a child is striking out against allegations that abuse took place there. The principal of Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Anne Sheward, has released this statement: "Julianne was an exceptionally popular and talented pupil at the Academy and we totally refute any allegations that she was subject to abuse during her time with us. "It is no secret that during her studies [Julianne] also spent a considerable amount of  time at extra-curricular training and successfully competing the ballroom and Latin dance world -- which we had nothing to do with.

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