'Dancing with the Stars' (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)

Dancing with the Stars is a reality TV series featuring celebrities paired with professional dancers to train and perform in weekly ballroom dancing competitions. A panel of expert judges rates each choreographed routine on a scale of 1 to 10. The dance pair with the highest cumulative score at the end of the season wins the competition.

Celebrity contestants on DWTS have included JoJo Siwa of Dance Moms, Grammy-winning singer Toni Braxton, actor Zendaya, boxing legend Evander Holyfield, and media personality Kim Kardashian West.

The roster of pro dancers comprises Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, and Britt Stewart.

The judges’ panel has consisted of Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, Derek Hough, and Julianne Hough. Hosts have included Tom Bergeron of America’s Funniest Home Videos and Tyra Banks of America’s Next Top Model.


  • Genre: Reality television
  • Original release: 2005
  • Seasons: 30 and counting
  • Network/Streaming: ABC, Hulu, fuboTV, Disney+
  • Awards: Over a dozen Emmy Awards in categories such as hairstyling, makeup, costumes, choreography, lighting design/direction, and host
  • Behind the scenes: The show scripts the contestants’ dialogue and relationships with their dance partners.
  • Fun fact: Producers invite former President Bill Clinton to participate every season, and he declines every time.
  • Spinoffs: Dancing With the Stars: Juniors
  • Series like Dancing With the Stars: America’s Got Talent, America’s Next Top Model, Dance Moms, The Masked Singer, So You Think You Can Dance

Visit Dancing with the Stars on the ABC website.

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