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Dancing With The Stars – Season 24
Dancing With The Stars kicks off its 24th season on March 20th, 2017, sticking with its formula of two seasons a year (one in March and one in September, which has been the case since Season 3). There are 12 couples this season, down from 13 in Season 23, and as usual, the cast list was released on Good Morning America, which is also on ABC. There are two ways to vote: through the judges, and there is also a public vote, which is done through a toll-free number, along with texting and social media. The pair that receives the low score among the judges, along with the audience voting, will be eliminated each week until there is only one pair left standing. The winning duo gets the Mirror Ball Trophy, along with a cash prize, which is never released. The second-place and third-place teams also receive a cash prize, again, which is not released.
Event: Dancing With The Stars – Season 24
Date: Monday, March 20th, 2017; 8:00 PM ET
Location: CBS Television City, Los Angeles, CA
Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will continue to co-host the show; Bergeron has been there since the beginning, and Andrews since Season 18. Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Julianne Hough will judge. Inaba and Tonioli have done every season of Dancing With The Stars, while Goodman has done all but Season 21, when Hough filled in for him. Hough judged Seasons 19-21, and the last two seasons, and she is a two-time professional winner (Seasons 4 and 5).
Show Recap – Dancing With The Stars
The 24th season of Dancing With The Stars kicked off with a two-hour episode. There are a lot of intriguing athletes and former actors on the show, but it was the athletes that were off to a hot start
What Happened This Week
The competition got underway immediately as all 12 pairs did one dance. Olympian gold medalist Simone Biles and Sasha Farber were the high couple of the night as they got a 32 from the judges for their tango to “Untouchable” by Tritonal and Cash Cash featuring JHart. Next in line was NFL running back Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater as they got a 31 for their cha-cha-cha to “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars. A group of three pairs got scores of 28, notably MLB player David Ross and Lindsay Arnold for their quickstep to Steve Goodman’s “Go Cubs Go”, which was notable as Ross won the World Series with the Chicago Cubs, then retired.
At the other end of the spectrum, actor Chris Kattan and Witney Carson didn’t get off to a good start at all as they got a 17 for their cha-cha-cha to “What Is Love” by Haddaway (which was used by Kattan in his Saturday Night Live sketches with Will Farrell). Another actor struggled as Mr. T and Kym Johnson got a 20, also for a cha-cha-cha as they did theirs to “The A-Team Theme”; of course, Mr. T made his name on The A-Team in the 1980s.
Who Looks In Good Position To Win It All
Of course, it’s still very early in the season, but it shouldn’t be a surprise that Simone burst out of the gate. Her Olympic teammate in gymnastics, Laurie Hernandez, basically ran away with Dancing With The Stars last season and another Olympic gymnast, Shawn Johnson, won Season 8. It makes sense that a high-level gymnast would be great in a show as this, and Simone should definitely be considered one of the favorites. Rashad also had a great start and his background has a good pedigree in Dancing With The Stars as well as Emmitt Smith won in Season 3, Hines Ward won in Season 12 and Donald Driver won in Season 14.
Chris is in big trouble as it seemed as he and Witney were way off the pace, and they were fortunate that no one was eliminated on the first night because it would have likely been them. They need to step up in a major way, or hope that Mr. T and Kym struggle even worse next week on Dancing With The Stars. One of these two couples should be the favorites to exit first.
Season 24 Contestant/Professional Partner
|Contestant||Known For||Professional partner|
|Simone Biles||Olympic gymnast||Sasha Farber|
|Bonner Bolton||Model and bull rider||Sharna Burgess|
|Charo||Actress, comedian and singer||Keoikantse Motsepe|
|Erika Jayne||Singer and reality-television star||Gleb Savchenko|
|Rashad Jennings||NFL running back||Emma Slater|
|Chris Kattan||Actor and comedian||Witney Carson|
|Nancy Kerrigan||Former Olympic figure skater||Artem Chigvintsev|
|Normani Kordei||Singer||Valentin Chmerkovskiy|
|Heather Morris||Actress and dancer||Maksim Chmerkovskiy|
|David Ross||Former MLB catcher||Lindsay Arnold|
|Mr. T||Actor and former wrestler||Kym Johnson|
|Nick Viall||The Bachelor star||Peta Murgatroyd|
The Season 23 winner was Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, who became the youngest winner in the history of Dancing With The Stars at 16 years old. She won with Val Chmerkovskiy, who won for the second time and the first since Season 20, while the runners-up were IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess, who only missed two weeks due to a knee injury that looked really bad. However, Hernandez and Chmerkovskiy were the best couple of the season almost every week, and it was a well-deserved victory.
Hernandez became the ninth athlete to win on Dancing With The Stars, and the second gymnast after Shawn Johnson in Season 8 (Johnson was also the youngest winner prior to Hernandez). Fourteen winners have come from the world of entertainment, either a singer or an actor/actress.
|Season||Celebrity Winner||Professional Partner|
|Fall 2016||Laurie Hernandez||Val Chmerkovskiy|
|Spring 2016||Nyle DiMarco||Peta Murgatroyd|
|Fall 2015||Bindi Irwin||Derek Hough|
|Spring 2015||Rumer Willis||Valentin Chmerkovskiy|
|Fall 2014||Alfonso Ribeiro||Witney Carson|
|Spring 2014||Meryl Davis||Maksim Chmerkovskiy|
|Fall 2013||Amber Riley||Derek Hough|
|Spring 2013||Kellie Pickler||Derek Hough|
|Fall 2012||Melissa Rycroft||Tony Dovolani|
|Spring 2012||Donald Driver||Peta Murgatroyd|
|Fall 2011||J.R. Martinez||Karina Smirnoff|
|Spring 2011||Hines Ward||Kym Johnson|
|Fall 2010||Jennifer Grey||Derek Hough|
DWTS Records: Top 10 Scores All-Time
|1||18||Meryl Davis||Maksim Chmerkovskiy||28.4|
|2||6||Kristi Yamaguchi||Mark Ballas||28.33|
|3||8||Gilles Marini||Cheryl Burke||28.1|
|4||15||Melissa Rycroft||Tony Dovolani||28|
|5||15||Shawn Johnson||Derek Hough||27.93|
|6||14||Katherine Jenkins||Mark Ballas||27.87|
|7||18||Amy Purdy||Derek Hough||27.87|
|8||17||Amber Riley||Derek Hough||27.75|
|9||2||Drew Lachey||Cheryl Burke||27.73|
|10||2||Stacy Keibler||Tony Dovolani||27.73|