Dancing With The Stars Summary

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"Dancing With The Stars" is a reality show on ABC which pairs professional dancers with celebrities to compete in various dance routines for a panel of judges. The show, based on the British series "Strictly Come Dancing", began in the U.S. on June 1, 2005, with Tom Bergeron doing the hosting duties, accompanied by soap opera star and former correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight" Lisa Canning. Samantha Harris replaced Canning after the first season and lasted season 2-9, after which Brooke Burke Charvet took over the co-hosting duties.

A panel of three judges, led by British professional ballroom dancer Len Goodman and featuring American choreographer Carrie Ann Inaba and Italian choreographer Bruno Tonioli, rates each couple's dance routine on a scale of 1-10 -- but it's the television viewers who have the final say, by calling in and voting for their favorite couple. Each subsequent week the couple with the fewest number of votes goes home.

The show often features former movie and TV stars, professional athletes, musicians and other notable celebrities; all of whom compete in Ballroom and Latin American dance routines. Each week the couples are filmed training for their upcoming routine before competing on the live show. The following night a Results Show airs, and one of the couples is sent home. A top musical act often makes an appearance and performs during the results show.

The dance professionals that are featured on the show-- who have also become celebrities in their own right-- include Cheryl Burke, Kym Johnson, Derek and Julianne Hough, Mark Ballas, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Edyta Sliwinska, Tony Dovolani, Karina Smirnoff, Anna Trebunskaya, Peta Murgatroyd and Lacey Schwimmer.

Past winners include (in order) Kelly Monaco, Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves, Kristi Yamaguchi, Brooke Burke, Shawn Johnson, Donny Osmond, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Hines Ward and J.R. Martinez. -Starpulse.com

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