How to Vote in Fall 2013

By Mike Krolak | Sep 16th, 2013

Dancing with the Stars returns for Season 17 in fall 2013 and shakes things up by transitioning to a one night, two-hour format beginning MONDAY SEPT 16 8|7c.

Combining the best elements of the show every Monday, "Dancing with the Stars" will continue to feature competitive dance, dynamic group performances and musical guests, all while climaxing to a dramatic elimination. Each week viewers vote for their favorite dancing performance. Starting in Week 2, each couple will be eliminated at the end of the episode by combining the judges' scores of that night, along with the public votes from the previous week.

Things are a little different for Fall 2013. During the live show every Monday night, the stars will dance their hearts out. Then, fans like you vote for your favorite dancers.

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The following week, the stars will perform again, and the judges will give each couple a score based on several factors, including technical execution. Those scores will be added to your votes from the previous week, and the couple with the lowest combined score from judges and viewer votes will be eliminated from the competition toward the end of that week’s episode.

So for example, your votes after Week 2 will be combined with the judges’ scores from Week 3 to determine who goes home at the end of Week 3. That means these dancers will have to bring it every week. If they had a bad week followed by a good week, the judges might be their saving grace. But a terrible performance might be enough to cancel out a solid performance the week prior -- you’ll have to watch to find out.

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