The competition begins with an all-new cast of celebrities who will be paired up with the show's pro dancers and brave the dance floor for the very first time. Each week these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master new dance styles and technical choreography to perform a dance, which will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts as well as voted upon by viewers. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted Mirrorball trophy.
The premiere episode kicks off with a spectacular opening number featuring the entire cast. Each couple will then perform a Cha Cha, Foxtrot or Contemporary routine, vying for America's vote for the first time.
The competition heats up on a Latin-themed "Dancing with the Stars" as the celebrities take on new dance routines and fight for survival. The first elimination of the season is determined by combining the judges' scores from the first two weeks with the public votes from premiere night.
It's Hollywood night on "Dancing with the Stars," as 11 remaining couples take to the ballroom floor. Featuring a spectacular opening number with the entire cast, each couple will take on a dance style that they have not previously performed including the Quickstep, Foxtrot, Charleston, Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive.
Two-time professional champion Julianne Hough returns to guest judge for the first time, and each couple will compete in a dance style that they have not previously performed.
Each couple dances to a song of the celebrities' choosing that encompasses a memorable time or experience in their life. These heartfelt performances promise to be some of the most intense and emotional of the season. The show also features singer Aloe Blacc performing his hit song "Wake Me Up," accompanied by a select group of pro dancers. At the end of the night, one couple faces elimination.
Eight remaining couples compete in the Switch-Up Challenge; Ariana Grande and MIKA perform.
The couples perform a style of dance they have not previously attempted followed by two separate team dances.
Cher performs; one couple earns immunity, the other teams pair up to compete in the Dance-Off.
The six remaining couples dance with an eliminated pro or troupe member as part of dynamic trio.
Guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy; the couples perform to two different versions of the same song; Kerli performs; Noah Guthrie performs.
Kellie Pickler performs; the couples compete in four rounds of dance; TLC performs; the couples face elimination.
The couples perform as part of the 24-hour fusion challenge; Lady Antebellum performs; the eliminated celebrities return; Ylvis performs; the winner is crowned.