VOTING — FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Got questions? We've got answers!
1. How does the show work this season?
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.
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.
Keep in mind that on episodes after the first week, a couple will be eliminated at the end of the show, so any votes cast for that eliminated couple that week will not be included in determining next week’s results. To avoid this situation, you can wait until after the elimination at the end of the show to cast your votes, so you know which couples are still in the competition.
For example, say you cast all your votes in Week 2 for Dancer A because they really blew your socks off. So your votes for Dancer A will be combined with the judges’ scores during next week’s show in Week 3, right? But wait! Dancer A was the first dancer eliminated, so at the end of Week 2 they were sent home. They weren’t even around in Week 3 to have your votes combined with the judges. In that situation, unfortunately, your votes won’t be included in determining next week’s results -- and you won’t get them back.
So use your votes wisely. If you wait until after the elimination at the end of an episode, you’ll know who’s still in the competition before casting any votes for next week’s show.
The scoring and format of the show is unique to the series and is not based on a standard dance championship. The competition is governed by the Official Rules made available to each couple; the summary here is for informational purposes only.
2. So how do I vote?
We have three convenient ways for you to keep your favorite stars dancing. You can vote by phone or do it online, either at ABC.com or on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/votedwts. And you have to be 13 years old…sorry, tweens!
3. When exactly can I vote?
Phone voting begins during the show on Mondays, and is open until 60 minutes after the conclusion of that show in your local time zone.
Online voting at both ABC.com and Facebook opens each Monday when the show begins on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) and stays open until 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) the next day. During the season’s final week on Monday, November 25, online voting will open when the show begins on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) and will stay open until 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) on Tuesday, November 26.
4. What are the phone numbers for voting by phone?
Here are the phone numbers for each team:
Christina Milian & Mark Ballas: (800) 868-3401
Jack Osborne & Cheryl Burke: (800) 868-3402
Brant Daugherty & Peta Murgatroyd: (800) 868-3403
Bill Nye & Tyne Stecklein: Eliminated
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: (800) 868-3405
Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff: (800) 868-3406
Amber Riley & Derek Hough: (800) 868-3407
Keyshawn Johnson & Sharna Burgess: Eliminated
Bill Engvall & Emma Slater: (800) 868-3409
Valerie Harper & Tristan MacManus: (800) 868-3410
Leah Remini & Tony Dovolani: (800) 868-3411
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi & Sasha Farber: (800) 868-3412
5. What if I want to vote online? Anything in particular I need to do first?
To vote at ABC.com, a username and a valid email address are a must. We've hopefully made the process pretty easy for you. In fact, if you already have a Facebook or Twitter account, you can sign in with one of those accounts, connect it to an ABC account and you're ready to go. If you don't have a Facebook or Twitter account, you can simply sign up for an ABC account at ABC.com.
To vote via Facebook, go here: http://apps.facebook.com/votedwts. You will need to have pop-up blockers turned off for Facebook and authorize the Dancing with the Stars voting app.
6. Multiple members of my household would like to vote. Can they?
Sure -- the more the merrier! Just make sure to log out after you finish voting, then have your other household members log in with their Facebook, Twitter or ABC.com accounts. It's perfectly fine to vote on the same computer.
7. I have an existing ABC account, why do I need to validate my email address?
The short answer is that we've changed our registration system for the better. When you log into your ABC account, you will be sent a confirmation email. Just click on the link inside. Once your account is validated, you're all set to vote for the season. We recommend you validate your account now so you're ready to roll come Dancing premiere night. You can sign in at the top of the page to validate your account.
Sometimes it takes a few minutes for the validation email to be delivered, so give it a few minutes. Also, be sure to check your "spam" folder to make sure the email didn't land there.
9. How do I change the email address associated with my account?
Just follow the directions on this page.
If you’re still having problems accessing online voting, send us your feedback here.