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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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June 1, 2005
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Dancing with the Stars Full Episode Guide

  • The winning couple is crowned.

  • The remaining dancers compete during the 11th and last week of performances.

  • An elimination happens following the tenth week of performances, which includes two dances from each couple, as well aa a trio dance.

  • The stars perform to songs from Broadway musicals and are paired up for a Team-Up Challenge. America has voted and viewers discover who will be eliminated.

  • An elimination; also featuring Halloween-themed dances.

  • An elimination happens after the seventh week of performances, which showcases each celebrity dancing to music from a different era. Also: Team dances are executed.

  • This week things heat up as the stars perform Latin dances. Also, Pitbull joins as a guest judge and sings "Greenlight."

  • The stars commemorate their most memorable year with their dances.

  • The results are in! Who will be eliminated from the competition?

  • This week the couples perform a dance inspired by a Cirque du Soleil show.

  • The results are in! Who will be eliminated from the competition?

  • This week the couples face off against each other in dance offs.

  • The results are in! Who will be eliminated from the competition?

  • The celebrities dance to some of television's greatest theme songs.

  • The 23rd-season premier opens with 13 celebrities, including Ryan Lochte; Rick Perry; Amber Rose; Laurie Hernandez; Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds; Marilu Henner; and Vanilla Ice.

  • In the 22nd season finale the winning couple is crowned.

  • In the first part of the season finale, the three remaining couples each perform two dances.

  • Semi-Finals include: each celebrity will dance a contemporary, quickstep, Argentine tango, Charleston, jive, samba or Paso DoblĂ©. There will be a double elimination, determined by last week's combined judges' scores and viewer votes, deciding the final three couples who will continue to the finals to vie for the mirrorball.

  • A fan favorite is eliminated.

  • The pairs will dance to music from popular artists such as Beyonce, James Brown, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder. Also, this episode features first ever boys vs. girls team dances.

  • In this week's competition, the stars and their partners are reunited and perform famous dance routines.

  • In this week's competition, every star gets a new partner for the night. Also, Maks guest judges.

  • Featuring Disney-themed performances and one elimination.

  • The celebrities remember their "Most Memorable Year." Plus, who will be eliminated?

  • It's Latin week for the stars. Plus, the first couple is eliminated.

  • The 22nd-season premiere starts with 12 celebrities featuring: Von Miller, Kim Fields, Geraldo Rivera, Mischa Barton, Antonio Brown and Paige VanZant.

Most Popular Dancing with the Stars Episodes

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  • Season 23 Episode 13 Week 10 11/14/2016
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Dancing with the Stars News

Lochte Scores: 'Dancing with the Stars' Ratings Rise

Ryan Lochte's participation in this season of Dancing With Stars doesn't seem to be hurting the series' ratings, even as he draws protests from angry audience members.

Will Ryan Lochte Win Back America on 'Dancing with the Stars'?

Ryan Lochte didn't make many friends in Brazil, but he might be able to redeem himself with a good performance on the dance floor this fall.

'Dancing With the Stars' Crowns its Winner!

Who took home the win when "Dancing With the Stars" season 20 wrapped?

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

The stars and their partners have been announced! Check out the full list here!

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

Hough will be rounding out the judge panel for season 19 of the dancing competition!

'Dancing With the Stars' Reveals Season 19 Pros

Which 12 pros are on the line-up? Check here for returning champs and new faces!

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Dancing with the Stars Video Clips & Extras

Winter Tour Preview - Dancing With the Stars Clip (02:33) Laurie Hernandezs Dancing With the Stars Journey! Clip (03:37) James Hinchcliffes Dancing With the Stars Journey! Clip (02:44) Laurie Hernandez is Going on Tour - Dancing with the Stars Clip (00:30) The 11th Elimination of DWTS Season 23 Clip (01:36) Vanilla Ice and Rick Perry Perform 'Ice Ice Baby' Clip (01:36) DWTS Season 23 Finale Opening Number Clip (02:50) Who Won Dancing With the Stars Season 23? Clip (02:19)