Overview

Those who love to dance – or simply watch others do it – will love watching the US TV series Dancing with the Stars.

This show has been airing since 2005, which is a pretty impressive feat in the world of TV. Those who have heard of Strictly Come Dancing may have worked out that Dancing with the Stars is essentially the US version.

There are a massive 28 seasons of this show at the time of writing, with a 29th set to come in Fall 2020.

Premise

The premise of Dancing with the Stars is simple. A celebrity is paired up with a professional dancer, and each week they are tasked with performing a different dance.

Every episode sees the couples perform in a dance competition with a backdrop of judges awarding them points and the audience getting involved to vote in – or out – their favourites.

Those who receive the lowest combined judge and audience total each week will have no choice but to leave the show. This format continues each week until the reigning champions of that season emerge.

Cast and characters

There is no specific cast on Dancing with the Stars, as each season will see a different roster of celebrities sign on to perform and compete.

However, those who have been watching the show from the start will note that Tom Bergeron is the host with Erin Andrews. Lisa Canning was at the helm in the first season, while Samantha Harris and Brooke Burke-Charvet have also been involved.

The regular judges on the panel include Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Julianne Hough has been a judge for three seasons of the show.

As for the celebrities who have been involved, notable names include Mel B, Kelly Osbourne, Paula Abdul, Nick Carter, Cher, Kevin Hart, Jessie J, Ricky Martin, Idina Menzel, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Ortega, Pitbull, Redfoo, Alfonso Ribeiro, Shania Twain and Zendaya.

Dancers on the show have included the following:

  • Oksana Dmytrenko
  • Tristan MacManus
  • Peta Murgatroyd
  • Kiki Nyemchek
  • Nicole Volynets
  • Ted Volynets
  • Artur Adamski
  • Brandon Armstrong
  • Lindsay Arnold
  • Alan Bersten
  • Sharna Burgess
  • Henry Byalikov
  • Witney Carson
  • Brittany Cherry
  • Dasha Chesnokova
  • Artem Chigvintsev
  • Hayley Erbert
  • Sasha Farber
  • Shannon Holtzapffel
  • Dennis Jauch
  • Jenna Johnson
  • Kiril Kulish
  • Vladislav Kvartin
  • Morgan Larson
  • Keo Motsepe
  • Sonny Fredie Pedersen
  • Gleb Savchenko
  • Emma Slater
  • Britt Stewart
  • Julz Tocker

Filming locations

The location for filming Dancing with the Stars largely remains the same. There are records online indicating that the show is filmed at CBS Television City, at 7800 Beverly Blvd in Hollywood, CA. From time to time, tickets are released to the public so that they can watch their favourite show from the audience.

Production

The original network to air Dancing with the Stars was ABC, and the production company behind this show is BBC Studios. Each episode runs between 40 and 86 minutes on average, and there are a massive 448 episodes at the time of writing.

The executive producers of this show are Ashley Edens-Shaffer, Joe Sungkur, Andrew Llinares, Rob Wade and David Ruskey. Since 2006, the show has been available in 720p, which is HDTV, along with 5.1 surround sound.

Episodes and reception

The show has been received incredibly well by the US public, even those who have preferred titles like Dance Moms and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. A number of special episodes have aired since the show first began airing. For example, when the 100th episode aired in May 2008, over 30 former cast members and pros returned.

In the 200th episode, there was a countdown of the top 10 voted for dances on the show. Six fan favourites came back to judge, and couples performed their most memorable routines.

For the 10th anniversary special, a pre-recorded episode was released which featured a number of former stars and professional dancers heading back to the ballroom.

There have been a number of spin-offs, tours and merchandise which have spawned as a result of this show. There are cardio dance DVDs, a companion book, and spin-offs such as Skating with the Stars, Dance War: Bruno vs Carrie Ann and Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.

FAQ

Who are some of the Dancing with the Stars winners?

While listing the winners from all 28 previous seasons would take a while, here are the most recent pairings from the last few years:

  • Season 20: Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovisky
  • Season 21: Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough
  • Season 22: Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd
  • Season 23: Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovisky
  • Season 24: Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater
  • Season 25: Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold
  • Season 26: Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson
  • Season 27: Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess
  • Season 28: Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten

When was Dancing with the Stars: Juniors on?

This spin-off was announced in May 2017, and it premiered between October and December 2018. It was cancelled after one season.

Who are the Dancing with the Stars judges?

Len Goodman is head judge, while Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli also sit on the panel.

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