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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
26 Seasons, 432 Episodes
June 1, 2005
Cast: Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman
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Dancing with the Stars Full Episode Guide

  • A new champion is crowned in the finale of the first-ever all-athletes edition of the show.

  • Six remaining athletes square off in the semifinals.

  • The second week of competition.

  • Sports fans rejoice as one of the most competitive seasons of Dancing with the Stars ever fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 determined athletes who will take to the ballroom floor for their first dance.

  • A winner is announced in the 25th-season finale.

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

  • An elimination occurs after the ninth week of competition, which is the semifinal round. Each couple will perform two dances: one is a song chosen by the pro, and the other is an iconic dance from a previous season.

  • Past winners and finalists join in the competition.

  • Halloween themed night with team dance

  • The couples attempt to capture the spirit of a specific movie genre, performing a paso doblé, jazz, rumba, Argentine tango, samba, jive or quickstep; a couple is eliminated.

  • The 10 remaining celebrities will transform into some of the most magical Disney characters from their favorite Disney films and celebrate the magnificence of “Disney Night.”

  • The 11 remaining celebrities dance to a song of their choosing that encompasses a memorable time or incredible experience in their life, with the performances coming straight from the heart and showcasing some of the most emotional routines of the season.

  • The celebrities dance to celebrate things in life that give them pleasure; one couple is sent home.

  • An elimination occurs as the second week of competition continues and the stars participate in Latin Night, which features dances such as the samba and salsa.

  • The first elimination of the season occurs after the stars tackle classic ballroom dances, including the Viennese waltz and the Foxtrot.

  • The 25th-season opener begins with 13 celebrities, including Drew Scott; Terrell Owens; Debbie Gibson; Barbara Cororan; Derek Fisher; and Nick and Vanessa Lachey.

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