Dancing with the Stars

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  • TV-PG
  • 2005
  • 32 Seasons
  • 4.9  (10,455)

Dancing with the Stars is a reality television show that premiered on ABC in 2005. The concept of the show is that celebrities are paired with professional dancers, and each week they perform a different dance, which is then scored by judges and the audience at home. Each week one couple is eliminated until a winner is crowned at the end of the season.

The show has become incredibly popular over the years, with spin-off versions airing in countries around the world. The format has remained relatively consistent over the years, with a few changes being made here and there to keep things fresh.

At the start of each season, a group of celebrities from various walks of life are announced as the contestants. These can be actors, athletes, musicians, or reality TV stars, among others. Each celebrity is then paired with a professional dancer, with whom they spend the next several weeks rehearsing and learning new dance routines. The professional dancers are highly trained and come from a variety of backgrounds, including ballroom, Latin, and contemporary dance.

Each week, the couples perform a new dance and are scored by a panel of judges, who are usually made up of professional dancers and choreographers. The judges score each couple based on their technique, performance, and overall stage presence. The audience at home can also vote for their favorite couples, and these votes are combined with the judges' scores to determine which couple will be eliminated at the end of the night.

The show is hosted by two presenters, who introduce the dances and provide commentary throughout the competition. In the early seasons, the hosts were Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris, but since then there have been several different presenters.

At the end of each season, the couple with the highest score is crowned the winner of Dancing with the Stars. The winners receive a trophy and bragging rights, while the other contestants usually take away newfound respect for the art of dance and a lot of new fans.

One of the things that makes Dancing with the Stars so entertaining is the wide range of celebrities who take part. Over the years, contestants have included everyone from Olympic gold medalists to reality TV stars to former politicians. This means that viewers get to see their favorite celebrities in a completely new light, as they attempt to master new dance styles and perform in front of millions of people.

Another thing that sets Dancing with the Stars apart from other reality TV shows is the focus on dance. The professional dancers on the show are some of the best in the world, and viewers get to see them perform intricate and beautiful routines each week. The show also introduces viewers to a variety of different dance styles, from traditional ballroom dances like the waltz and foxtrot to more modern styles like hip hop and contemporary.

Overall, Dancing with the Stars is a fun and engaging show that combines elements of reality TV, dance, and competition. Whether you're a fan of ballroom dancing or just enjoy watching celebrities in awkward situations, there's something for everyone on this show. With its catchy theme music, glamorous costumes, and colorful personalities, Dancing with the Stars is sure to keep you entertained for hours on end.

Dancing with the Stars is a series that is currently running and has 32 seasons (498 episodes). The series first aired on June 1, 2005.

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11. Finale
December 5, 2023
In a series first, the finale episode will have five couples competing for a chance at winning the coveted "Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy." The finalists will perform a redemption dance and an unforgettable freestyle routine.
10. Semi-Finals
November 28, 2023
In the season's penultimate episode, each of the five couples will take the stage to showcase two all-new performances as they fight for a spot in the finale. Throughout the evening, each couple will perform one final ballroom dance style and one final Latin dance style, as they battle it out for scores and votes. Additionally, there will be a special performance by the professional dancers who will be joining the DWTS LIVE 2024 Tour to the tune of "Make Me Feel" by Janelle Monáe, choreographed by Mandy Moore.
A Celebration of Taylor Swift
9. A Celebration of Taylor Swift
November 21, 2023
How'd we end up on the (ballroom) floor anyway? The six remaining couples are ready to make the whole place shimmer with a night full of red-hot performances to the gorgeous tunes of multi-GRAMMY(R) award-winning recording artist Taylor Swift.
Whitney Houston Night
8. Whitney Houston Night
November 14, 2023
The seven remaining couples are "Saving All Their Love" for the ballroom floor as they dance to hit songs from one of the bestselling music artists of all time, Whitney Houston. Making an appearance as guest judge is actor, singer and Whitney Houston superfan, Billy Porter.
Music Video Night
7. Music Video Night
November 7, 2023
Tune is as the eight remaining couples prepare for an electrifying night as they perform dances to songs behind the most iconic music videos.
Monster Night
6. Monster Night
October 31, 2023
A special monster-themed Halloween episode simulcasts LIVE across both ABC and Disney+.
Most Memorable Year
5. Most Memorable Year
October 24, 2023
The 10 remaining couples take a moment to reminisce as they perform dances inspired by a pivotal year that held great significance in their lives. To celebrate the beloved former head judge Len Goodman, pro dancers from past seasons will return to the ballroom to join current pro dancers, alongside judge Derek Hough and co-host Julianne Hough for a spectacular dance tribute set to the timeless melody "Moon River" by Henry Mancini. Returning pro dancers include Kym Johnson, Anna Trebunskaya, Karina Smirnoff, Edyta Sliwinska, Tony Dovolani, Louis van Amstel, Maks Chmerkovskiy and Mark Ballas. The honorary tribute will be choreographer by pros Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson.
Disney100 Night
4. Disney100 Night
October 17, 2023
It's a magical day in the ballroom! The 11 remaining couples get ready for an unforgettable night celebrating Disney's 100 th anniversary. The evening is set to be full of timeless performances to songs from beloved soundtracks of Disney's most cherished films.
Motown Night
3. Motown Night
October 10, 2023
The judges said "I Want You Back" to the 12 remaining couples, and now it's time for them to move and groove on the ballroom floor with all-new dances showing off their soulful side. "Good Morning America" co-anchor Michael Strahan sits in at the judges table. Get "ready for a brand-new beat" with an opening number to "Dancing In the Street" by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, choreographed by Jamal Sims, with partner dances including the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Jive, Quickstep, Rumba or Tango.
Latin Night
2. Latin Night
October 3, 2023
The 13 remaining couples heat up the ballroom floor with all-new dances performed to music celebrating Latin heritage. The night will feature a fiery opening number to "DESPECHÁ" by ROSALÍA, choreographed by pros Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov.
1. Premiere
September 26, 2023
A new cast of celebrities and their pro partners hit the dance floor for the first time to perform a Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Jive, Salsa or Tango; featuring a dazzling opening number to "Levitating" by Dua Lipa.
Where to Watch Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Dancing with the Stars on demand at Disney+.
  • Premiere Date
    June 1, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    4.9  (10,455)