Dancing with the Stars is an American reality competition television series based on the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing, and is part of BBC Worldwide's international Dancing with the Stars franchise.
The show premiered in the USA on ABC on 1 June, 2005.
Dancing with the Stars premiered in South Africa on DStv's BBC Prime channel (which later became BBC Entertainment) on Sunday 23 March 2008, at 20h00, beginning with Season 5. The first four seasons did not air in South Africa.
See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 7 premiered on BBC Entertainment on Sunday 10 October 2010, at 19h30. Double episodes broadcast back-to-back, weekly.
Full of glitz, glamour, sequins and stardom, Dancing With The Stars returns for another season of pairing celebrities with professional ballroom and Latin American dancers.
The celebrities taking part in this season are:
Brooke Burke - Model and TV Host
Cloris Leachman - Actress
Cody Linley - Disney Star
Kim Kardashian - Reality TV Star
Jeffrey Ross - Standup Comedian
Lance Bass - Former *NSYNC Star
Maurice Greene - Olympic Gold Medal Sprinter
Misty May-Treanor - Olympic Volleyball Player
Rocco DiSpirito - Celebrity Chef
Susan Lucci - All My Children Star
Ted McGinley - Actor
Toni Braxton - R&B Singer
Warren Sapp - Super Bowl Champion NFL Football player
The celebrities are paired with professional dancers, and in each episode the couples compete in a live knock-out ballroom dancing competition, performing a new dance every time, until they are eliminated from the competition by a combination of judges and audience.
The panel of judges is made up of ballroom and Latin dance judges and well-known choreographers. They help guide the viewers through the dances being featured, ensure that the couples incorporate the required steps into their routines and that the competition is taken seriously and has credibility.
As well as the glamour of the live show, the cameras follow the couples throughout their dance training. They start training six weeks prior to the first transmission and continue through the season.
All the training is filmed in observational documentary style, charting the couples' progress and exploring their relationships.
The show pairs a celebrity with a professional ballroom dancer. The professional dancer is responsible for teaching the celebrity how to perform specific dances, which the pair perform live on the show each week.
The dancers are scored by a panel of three professional dance judges. Additionally, viewers of the program may vote by phone, text message, or online methods.
The team which receives the lowest total score (a combination of the judges' scores and viewer votes) each week is eliminated from the competition.
The panel of judges consists of Len Goodman (head judge), Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli. The announcements for the show's titles ("Live from Hollywood, this is Dancing With the Stars") and introductions for the dances and judges' scores were recorded in the United Kingdom by Alan Dedicoat.
The following are the dances performed by couples on Dancing with the Stars. In addition, each couple in the final round performs a dance of any style or combination of styles of their choosing, called "freestyle".
Viennese Waltz (Since Season 5)
Mambo (Since Season 3)
Waltz (Seasons 1-4)
Season 1: Kelly Monaco & Alec Mazo
Season 2: Drew Lachey & Cheryl Burke
Season 3: Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke
Season 4: Apolo Anton Ohno & Julianne Hough
Season 5: Helio Castroneves & Julianne Hough
Season 6: Kristi Yamaguchi & Mark Ballas
Season 7: Brooke Burke & Derek Hough
Note: the first four seasons did not air in South Africa. All subsequent seasons broadcast exclusively on BBC Entertainment (formerly BBC Prime).
Premiere: 23 March 2008 | Finale: 25 May 2008 | Sundays, 20h00
Premiere: 25 July 2010 | Finale: 3 October 2010 | Sundays, 19h30
Premiere: 10 October 2010 | Finale: 12 December 2010 | Sundays, 19h30
Premiere: 13 February 2011 | Finale: 24 April 2011 | Sundays, 18h30