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.
Dancing with the Stars returns on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 8|7c with a sensational two-hour season premiere.
Previously unseen moments from the prior evening and performance recaps; interviews with the couples; a preview of Week Two.
Couples dance to a song that commemorates the celebrity's hometown. One couple is eliminated.
Dances commemorate the dance pro's hometown. One couple is eliminated.
For TV Night, the couples dance to a song that celebrates iconic shows; Season 19 champion Alfonso Ribeiro returns as a guest judge.
Songs that celebrate a Most Memorable Year in the stars' lives; a couple are eliminated.
Pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy returns to guest judge as the celebrities and professional dancers switch partners for one week.
Olivia Newton-John steps into the ballroom to help judge the remaining nine couples as they perform iconic dance routines from movies and music videos.
The eight remaining couples will perform an individual Halloween-themed routine in addition to a competitive team dance.
After performances that honor influential figures in the celebrities' lives, the couple with the highest score earns immunity from next week's elimination. The remaining couples will then take part in a dance off and one will be eliminated.
The six remaining couples perform two showstopping routines. The first will be a style of dance not yet done on the show and the second will be a team routine inspired by famous Broadway-style shows.
The couples take on a style of dance that hasn't been performed yet, a trio and a dance-off challenge.
After weeks of competitive dancing, the final four couples advance to the FINALS of Dancing with the Stars.
After weeks of competitive dancing, one star will be be crowned the Season 21 champion.