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Dancing with the Stars Starts Tonight!

Author:
Shannon (danceexperts@aol.com)
Date Published:
January 5, 2006

http://abc.go.com/primetime/dancing/show.html

This season of Dancing with the Stars sees 10 couples taking to the floor on the first show -- and one will be knocked out in the very first week! There'll be more dancing, more well-loved classic tunes and lots more rhinestones.

Every Thursday night, beginning January 5 at 8/7c, the couples will each perform either a Ballroom or Latin American dance and be judged by pros and the viewers at home. Our professional dance judges, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, return to cast their votes and opinions.

Phone lines and online polls will open at the top of each Thursday night performance show so that viewers can vote for their favorites and lines will stay open for approximately 30 minutes after the end of the show.

The following night, in the 30-minute Dancing with the Stars Result Show (premiering Friday, January 6 at 8/7c), the couple with the lowest combined score from the judges and the viewers will be eliminated from the competition. The scoring is divided evenly between the judges and the viewers at home, ensuring unpredictable outcomes at the end of every show.

The weekly results shows are a new addition to the format. As well as revealing the couple to be eliminated from the competition, the show will also feature performances from top musical acts, professional dance demonstrations and exciting behind-the-scenes footage of training and other aspects of the show.

FORMAT SUMMARY:


Lines open at the beginning of each show for viewers to vote for their favorite couples and stay open for 30 minutes after the end. The whole country can vote, with ten votes permitted for each phone number.
The couple with the lowest score is knocked out of the competition.
One couple will be knocked out of the competition each week, starting with week one.
Online voting remains open until noon (Eastern Time) on the day of the results show. One vote per email address is allowed.

All of the music within the competition is performed by a live band, and are arrangements of contemporary tracks and well-loved classics. Musical director Harold Wheeler returns from Season 1.

Between each live show, the couples train intensively learning new dances every week which are filmed and edited into weekly 'behind the scenes' packages for the live shows.

The scoring and format of the show is unique to the series and is not based on a standard dance championship.

At the top of the series (shows 1-5), couples only perform one dance each. In show 6, when five couples are left, each couple will perform a new dance followed by a group Viennese Waltz (in which all couples dance at the same time). From then on, the couples will dance multiple times in dances they have not previously performed. The decision regarding which dances are to be performed by each couple each week rests with the producers.

By the end of the series, the three finalist couples will each have danced 9 of the 10 different dances included in the competition. The ultimate dance-off amongst the finalists will determine who wins the trophy.

The couples have already embarked on intense training in preparation for the first live show. In addition to learning precise movements and maneuvering in extravagant costumes, the pairs must maintain their focus, grace and composure during extremely high-pressured competition. Will they remain compatible during the process?

Dancing with the Stars was last summer's most successful series, averaging 16.8 million viewers weekly. Dazzling costumes, popular music performed by a spectacular 15-piece orchestra and electrifying performances offer glitz, glamour and spectacular fun.

Dancing with the Stars is the American version of the international smash hit series, Strictly Come Dancing. This version is produced in America by BBC Worldwide. Richard Hopkins and Conrad Green are executive producers. Izzie Pick is supervising producer. Alex Rudzinski directs. The program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.