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> Description 
Dancing with the Stars is the name for a variety of international television series, based on the format of the British series Strictly Come Dancing. Shows have aired in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

The show pairs a number of celebrities with professional ballroom dancers who each week compete against each other in a competition to impress a panel of judges and the viewing public in order to survive potential elimination. Through a telephone poll, viewers vote who should stay and who should go, taking into account an average score as given by the panel of judges.

Australia

The Australian series debuted in 2004 on the Seven Network, and is hosted by Daryl Somers and Sonia Kruger. A number of guest performers have also appeared on the show including Australian Idol Guy Sebastian.

Dancing with the Stars has been a consistent high rating performer, usually finishing the number one show for every week it has aired.

USA

The American ABC Network adaptation, hosted by Tom Bergeron and Lisa Canning, premiered on June 1, 2005 to over 13 million viewers, the biggest summer debut ever for an American reality series. The second week climbed to 15 million viewers, and the show climbed to #1 in the ratings, where it remained for the remainder of the season.

Trista Rehn Sutter (The Bachelor contestant and the Bachelorette in series one) - Eliminated first

Evander Holyfield (Heavyweight boxer) - Eliminated second

Rachel Hunter (Supermodel) - Eliminated third

Joey McIntyre (Singer, formerly of New Kids on the Block) - Eliminated fourth

John O'Hurley (Actor, best known as J. Peterman from Seinfeld and also host of the 2000 version of game show To Tell the Truth) - partner Charlotte Jorgensen runner-up

Kelly Monaco (Actress on soaps Port Charles and General Hospital) partner Alec Mazo - winner

The success of the show quickly inspired a similar show from the Fox Broadcasting Company scheduled to air later in 2005 entitled Skating with Celebrities. (Another dance show, So You Think You Can Dance, a contest featuring unknown aspiring dancers, was already set to air before Dancing with the Stars premiered.)

Some viewers felt the outcome of the show was unfair, as half the winning points came from the judges' votes, instead of solely from the votes of viewers, and Monaco and Mazo had received a "perfect 10" from the judges that night. In response to the criticism, ABC announced a 90-minute special, Dancing with the Stars: Dance-off, a rematch between Monaco and O'Hurley (with their respective partners), to air September 20, 2005. The winner, determined solely by fan votes, would be announced in a September 22 results show.

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> Airing History & Information 
Premiere 2005
Episodes
Network ABC
Format/Time Color / 60 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
> Cast 
Lisa Canning....   Herself - Host
Tom Bergeron....   Host
Carrie Ann Inaba....   Judge
Bruno Tonioli....   Judge
Len Goodman....   Judge

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