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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.

Monday 8:00 PM et/pt on ABC
24 Seasons, 417 Episodes
June 1, 2005
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Dancing with the Stars Full Episode Guide

  • A winner is announced in the 24th-season finale. Included: a final competition round; performances by Hailee Steinfeld; OneRepublic; and Lady Antebellum. Also: a performance from the TV musical movie "Dirty Dancing"; a preview of a summer dance tour.

  • The finalists compete during the 10th week of performances.

  • An elimination happens after week 9 of performances.

  • An elimination happens after week 8 of performances.

  • Mandy Moore will kick off the night with an exciting opening number, then each couple will attempt to capture the spirit of a specific movie genre. As an added bonus, Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart perform a “Descendants”-themed medley.

  • The couples perform to boy band and girl group songs. Which couple will be eliminated?

  • An elimination occurs after week five of performances, which includes Disney-themed dances. Also: performances by Alfonso Ribeiro; Auli'i Cravalho; Donny Osmond; and ZZ Ward.

  • Each couple will dance to a song that the celebrity picks that relates to a memorable time or truly wonderful experience in their life while performing a Viennese waltz, cha cha, contemporary, foxtrot, rumba or waltz.

  • An elimination following week three of performances.

  • New celebrities hit the dance floor, including Simone Biles, Rashad Jennings, Charo, and Bonner Bolton.

  • All 13 couples from the season perform an opening number before the three finalists compete to be crowned "Dancing With the Stars" champion; musical performers include Vanilla Ice, Rick Perry, Andy Grammer and more.

  • 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 second elimination takes place, based on the viewers' votes and the judges' scores from last night's show.

  • 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.

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Amber Rose Gets Friendly with Her Bodyguard

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Lea Michele Speaks Out in Defense of Heather Morris

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