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Dancing With The Stars – Season 23

Dancing With The Stars heads into its 23rd season this September on ABC, and the first season was way back in the summer of 2005. There have been two seasons per year outside of the first season as there is usually one in the spring (in March), and then another one in the fall (in September). There are usually 12/13 celebrities paired with a professional partner, and there are two methods of voting: one comes from the judges on the set, and then there is a public vote, done via a toll-free number along with text messages and social media. The pair that receives the lowest score amongst the judges, along with audience votes, will be eliminated weekly until there is only one pair left. The winning pair gets to hold the Mirror Ball Trophy, along with a cash prize, which is not released. The second-place and third-place teams also receive a cash prize.

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Event Details

Event: Dancing With The Stars – Season 23 

Date: Monday, September 12th, 2016 (Premiere) 

Location: CBS Television City, Los Angeles, CA

TV: ABC 

Tom Bergeron has been the show's host since it began and he is back again, while Erin Andrews has been his co-host since Season 18. Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman have been the judges since the beginning, while they are joined by Julianne Hough (who won Seasons 4 and 5 as a professional), who returns after taking Season 22 off. This season's list of competitors, as usual, was announced on ABC staple Good Morning America on August 30th, 2016.

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Contestants Remaining

  • Celebrity / Known For / Profesional Partner
  • Laurie Hernandez (gymnast)/Val Chmerkovskiy

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Show Recap – Dancing With The Stars

It was a two-episode finale this week for Dancing With The Stars in which the winners were crowned. In the end, it was no surprise who wound up with the Mirrorball Trophy. Seeing another gymnast do so well on the show has stirred some debate as to whether they have a competitive advantage over the other celebrities.

What Happened Going Into This Week

Terra and Sasha were eliminated last week to bring the field down to four pairs going into the finale.

What Happened This Week

Each of the four remaining pairs had to do two dances on the first night, and there were three perfect scores. The pair that didn't receive one was Jana and Gleb as they had scores of 35 and 36, and they were the first couple to bow out, missing out on the big second night. This night was the one that we were all waiting for and all three didn't disappoint with a trio of 40s. Calvin and Lindsay picked up a perfect score for their mix of jive and quickstep to “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard, but they would finish third overall. James and Sharna fused a Viennese waltz and a foxtrot for their routine to “Over and Over Again” by Nathan Sykes featuring Ariana Grande, but that would only be good enough for second place. In the end, the winners would be Laurie and Val, who did a foxtrot/Argentine tango routine to “We Are The Ones” by Myon. Hernandez, at 16, became the youngest winner ever on Dancing With The Stars, surpassing fellow Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, and she also tied Season 21 winner Bindi Irwin for the most perfect scores in a season with nine. As for Val, it was his second win as a professional dancer on this show, adding to his win with Rumer Willis in Season 20.

It was a deserved win for Laurie, who won gold and silver at the Summer Olympics in Brazil. They were the best and most consistent all season, save for maybe one week, and she might have pulled off the dance of the season in the semifinals. Laurie's grandmother passed away the week before and they were very close. It was an emotional night as she, with Val's help, pulled it together to get not one, but two perfect scores. A special honorable mention goes to James and Sharna, especially the latter as she battled back from a knee injury in Week 7, and Jenna stepped in for her. However, she came back and two wound up in second place, which is nothing to sneeze at.

There hasn't been any news for Season 24 yet, but you can bet that it'll run again, so keep your ears to the ground for news on next year's season, which will likely start in March.

Season 23 Contestant/Professional Partner

Celebrity Known For Professional partner
Jake T. Austin Actor Jenna Johnson
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds Singer/Songwriter Allison Holker
Marilu Henner Actress/Author Derek Hough
Laurie Hernandez Gymnast Val Chmerkovskiy
James Hinchcliffe IndyCar driver Sharna Burgess
Vanilla Ice Rapper Witney Carson
Terra Jole Reality TV star Sasha Farber
Calvin Johnson Former NFL player Lindsay Arnold
Jana Kramer Country Music Singer/Actress Gleb Savchenko
Ryan Lochte Swimmer Cheryl Burke
Maureen McCormick Actress/Author Artem Chigvintsev
Rick Perry Politician Emma Slater
Amber Rose Model/Actress Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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It was a big week on Dancing With The Stars – one that was loaded with emotion – as the field was whittled down to just five pairs. That means we are now in the semifinals now.

What Happened Going Into This Week

Marilu and Derek were eliminated last week to bring the number of acts remaining to five.

What Happened This Week

There was no theme this week, but the pairs had to do an unlearned dance, along with a trio routine with a professional added to the mix. Shara returned to pair with James after her knee injury, and they managed to pick up a 29 for an Argentine tango, along with a 30 for their jive with Jenna, who stepped in for Sharna while she was out. Terra and Sasha got a pair of 30s, one for a rumba and another for a tango with Artem. Jana and Gleb were next with a 28 for a quickstep and then a 30 for a Paso doble with Alan. Calvin and Lindsay slipped up a bit with a 26 for their tango, but they got a 30 for a salsa routine with Witney. But the show belonged to Laurie and Val, who got a pair of 30s for a foxtrot and a samba with Maksim. The foxtrot with Val was what got Laurie emotional as she chose it for her grandmother, who passed away over the weekend, and after her perfect routine, Laurie broke down in tears, as did a lot of other people in the ballroom.

Terra and Sasha went up against Calvin and Lindsay in terms of being the last act to be called safe, and in a bit of a shock, and it was Terra and Sasha that went home despite getting two perfect scores. Life isn't always fair on Dancing With The Stars, but there are a lot of people shaking their heads after that episode.

Who Looks In Good Position To Win It All

Laurie and Val have been the top pair all season, and their emotional routine as a pair has nothing to do with it as they're just really good at this. James and Sharna picked up right where they left off before Sharna's injury, and they're probably the top contenders to take down Laurie and Val. Jana and Gleb have been quietly chugging along all season, while Calvin and Lindsay were fortunate to stay in this week, so that could inspire them to pick up their game ahead of next week's finals, which will be a two-episode finale to wrap up the 23rd season of Dancing With The Stars. Can anyone stop Laurie and Val from taking home the Mirrorball Trophy? Tune in and see.

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It is down to the final five acts on Dancing With The Stars and the competition is going to be very tight. In this week’s episode, even a good performance couldn't save the pair that was sent home.

What Happened Going Into This Week

Ryan and Cheryl were eliminated last week after getting away unscathed a few times this season.

What Happened This Week

This week's theme was Showstoppers Night, where the remaining six pairs danced to songs from musicals, and there was a team dance as well. Two teams got scores of 40 as Jana and Gleb did a waltz to “She Used To Be Mine” by Sara Bareilles from Waitress, while Laurie and Val joined them at the top with an Argentine tango to “Cell Block Tango” by Kander and Ebb from Chicago. At the low end, there was Marilu and Derek with a 36 for their samba to “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)” by The Four Seasons from Jersey Boys. James and Jenna (Jenna will be James' partner for the foreseeable future as Sharna's knee injury is ongoing) also scored 36 for their jazz routine for “A Brand New Day” by Luther Vandross from The Wiz.

For the team dances, James and Jenna paired up with Calvin and Lindsay (37 for their solo dance), and they got a 37 for a Paso doble to “No Good” by Kaleo, while Marilu and Derek joined Terra and Sasha (38 for their solo dance) for a jazz performance to “Big Noise from Winnetka” by Bette Midler. Laurie and Val teamed up with Jana and Gleb for a contemporary dance to “Bird Set Free” by Sia.

Jana and Gleb, for some reason, were the final team to be called safe and this week's eliminated team were Marilu and Derek, who actually had their best performance in a while this week. However, with only six teams left, someone has to go and it's only going to get more tight now that we're down to five pairs.

Who Looks In Good Position To Win It All

Laurie and Val were on shaky ground a couple weeks ago, but they've stepped back up and seem to be the favorites now. James and Jenna got off to a good start last week in their first performance together, but they dropped a little this week and probably should have been the last pair called safe. Calvin and Linsday, and Terra and Sasha, are definitely capable of moving up to challenge Laurie and Val, and Jana and Gleb have to use their snub this week as motivation, because they didn't deserve to be the last pair called safe. With five teams left, everyone has to take their effort to another level on Dancing With The Stars.

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True to form this season on Dancing With The Stars, the couple that was eliminated this week had been in danger of going last week. That now makes two weeks in a row when a couple that was on the fringe got the boot, making it a predictable week.

What Happened Going Into This Week

Maureen and Artem were eliminated last week, while Sharna was injured during rehearsal, but she still managed to dance with James and stay safe.

What Happened This Week

The theme this week was fittingly, Halloween, and three couples picked up a 30. Laurie and Val did a Viennese waltz to “Pure Imagination” by Jane Monheit, while Calvin and Lindsay joined them at the top with a quickstep routine to “Dr. Bones” by Cherry Poppin' Daddies. James got a new partner, Jenna (who was eliminated with Jake as the first couple), as Sharna will be out for a month with her knee injury. However, they still got a 30 as James and Jenna did a Viennese waltz to “You Don't Own Me” by Grace featuring G-Eazy. James and Jenna would win immunity as James had the most points over the season, ahead of Laurie and Val, and Calvin and Lindsay, who would compete in a dance-off which was won by Laurie and Val. Jana and Gleb also danced off with Terra and Sasha, which Jana and Gleb would win, while Ryan and Cheryl beat Marilu and Derek in another dance-off.

However, even though Ryan and Cheryl won the dance-off, which gave them an extra three points, they got two of the judges' votes and they won 58% of the public vote, they would be the ones eliminated this week. It seemed like Ryan and Cheryl were just getting going and the judges seemed to be really impressed by them, especially in the dance-off, but Dancing With The Stars can be a cruel show.

Who Looks In Good Position To Win It All

That leaves six pairs left, with James and Jenna having a great week despite getting thrown together due to Sharna's injured knee. Laurie and Val had gotten off to a hot start, then slowed down a bit, but they looked inspired this week and they could be the ones to beat once again, while Calvin and Lindsay need to be more consistent. At the other end, Marilu and Derek could be the next ones to go as it was a surprise that they weren't the last to be called safe; that was Terra and Sasha. Marilu and Derek should consider themselves to be fortunate enough to stay in the competition, and they might need their best performances of the season to stay on Dancing With The Stars.

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We are basically at the halfway point for this season of Dancing With The Stars as one more pair was sent home. Meanwhile, one professional dancer was worried it was the end of the road for her due to injury.

What Happened Going Into This Week

Amber cried to go home, and she got her wish last week as she and Maks were eliminated. She’s been one of the social media stars of the show but unfortunately for her and Maks, it’s come to an end.

What Happened This Week

There was a scary moment in dress rehearsal as James and Sharna were practicing their routine, and Sharna fell and hurt the same knee she had an ACL reconstruction on. However, Sharna seemed to be okay and wore a brace up until showtime.

It didn't seem to bother her at all as James and Sharna were one of two teams with a high score of 36 as the theme was Eras night, and they did a jitterbug routine to “In The Mood” by Glenn Miller. The other went to Calvin and Lindsay, who did a jive to “Good Golly Miss Molly” by Little Richard. On the other end, there were two scores of 28 as Ryan and Cheryl struggled with their rumba to “I Don't Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith, while Maureen and Artem scored the same for their tango to “You Give Love A Bad Name” by Bon Jovi.

Then there were two team dances as Ryan and Cheryl, Maureen and Artem, Calvin and Lindsay and James and Sharna scored a 38 as Team Past; they did a freestyle to “The Skye Boat Song” by Raya Yarbrough. Jana and Gleb, Terra and Sasha, Marilu and Derek and Laurie and Val were Team Future, and they got a 35 for their freestyle to “Embrace” by Armin van Buuren featuring Eric Vloeimans.

It was Jana and Gleb who were the last couple to be called safe, despite scoring a 34 for their routine, but in the end it was Maureen and Artem who would be eliminated.

Who Looks In Good Position To Win It All

The big winners of the week were definitely James and Sharna, who not only gutted it out with her knee, but the two excelled and have to be one of the favorites now. Calvin and Lindsay also had a big week, while Laurie and Val continue to truck along as things are heating up with seven couples left. Looking at elimination, we have Ryan and Cheryl, who were saved this week. That means there is absolutely no more room for error on Dancing With The Stars because one bad performance from a top team and they can find themselves on the outside looking in.

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An elimination that was a couple weeks in the making finally came this week on the latest edition of Dancing With The Stars. Last week, the couples got the week off from castaways but things were back to normal this week as the expected couple got the ax.

What Happened Going Into This Week

Last week's theme was Most Memorable Year Night, and it was also a no-elimination week, which was great news for more than a few couples.

What Happened This Week

This week's theme on Dancing With The Stars was Latin night and one pair stood tall above the rest. Jana and Gleb were the only couple to pick up a 40 (there was a fourth guest judge, rapper Pitbull) as they did an Argentine tango to “Hands To Myself” by Selena Gomez. James and Sharna picked up a 38 for their rumba routine to “Need The Sun To Break” by James Bay, and then there were two scores of 37: the first went to Calvin and Lindsay for their Argentine tango to “Hotel California” by the Eagles. Laurie and Val got the same score for their salsa to “Light It Up” by Major Lazer featuring Nyla and Fuse.

Then you had Amber and Maks, who got a 28 for their cha-cha-cha to “Bla Bla Bla Cha Cha Cha” by Petty Booka, and they were the only pair to score under a 30. Even though Calvin and Lindsay were the last pair to be called safe, the conclusion was never in doubt as Amber and Maks were eliminated. Amber had had a couple of meltdowns throughout the season and even this week, Amber cried during a practice session that she was going home. She got her wish and now the season is down to eight pairs.

Who Looks In Good Position To Win It All

It was a big week for Jana and Gleb, who fell off a bit after a good start and this week shows that they still have the stuff to challenge for the title. It was also a nice bounce-back week for Laurie and Val, who were rolling until last week and they picked up the pace to be among the leaders. However, you could argue that James and Sharna have taken the baton from them in terms of being in the lead right now, and they're probably the two to watch going into Week 7. At the other end, Ryan and Cheryl are probably in trouble of being eliminated, along with Maureen and Artem. Ryan and Cheryl scored a 30 this week (along with Terra and Sasha), while Maureen and Artem managed to score a 31, but both will need better efforts next week to stay on Dancing With The Stars.

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It was a “No Elimination” week on Dancing With The Stars and as a result, there was less pressure on the contestants to deliver. That’s what sparked most of the couples to improve on their efforts from the previous week.

What Happened Going Into This Week

Last week was a double-elimination week as Babyface and Allison joined Vanilla Ice and Witney on their way to the exit door. 

What Happened This Week

This week's theme was “The Most Memorable Year” Night, which means the couples had to do one unlearned dance to celebrate a significant year in their lives. James and Sharna got the highest score of the week with a 29 as they did a tango to “The Right Time” by Yves V featuring Mike James, while there were a pair of 27s on the board. The first went to Marilu and Derek, who did a Viennese waltz to “Surprise Yourself” by Jack Garratt, and Terra and Sasha joined them with a contemporary routine to “Stand By Me”; this version of the classic Ben E. King song was done by Florence and the Machine. Terra and Sasha's routine was particularly emotional as Terra broke down talking about missing her father's death, which is what happens during this week as the celebrities usually draw from something emotional that happened in their lives.

There were four 24s up as the low score of the week: Maureen and Artem did a foxtrot to “From The Ground Up” by Dan and Shay, while Calvin and Lindsay were next with a jazz routine to “Ain't No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Ryan and Cheryl did a contemporary routine to “A Song For You” by Leon Russell, and Amber and Maks got a 24 as well, for their samba to “Woman Up” by Meghan Trainor.

Who Looks In Good Position To Win It All

While it was an emotional week for most of the couples, the pressure was off and every couple at least held steady with their scores from the previous week; only one couple did worse. That would be Laurie and Val, who got a 25 doing a paso doble to “Ride” by Katy Perry, and they were rolling through the competition. All it takes is one bad week to send you home, although they're still the favorites. On the other end, Amber and Maks might be in trouble next as they've never gotten a score higher than 25, and that was in Week 3. They're the low team on the ladder right now, and they have to step up their game if they want to continue on Dancing With The Stars.

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It was a big week on Dancing With The Stars with the first double elimination of the season….and that might not have been the biggest thing to happen.

What Happened Going Into This Week

Rick and Emma survived one elimination, but they wouldn't survive a second as they were ousted. They were hanging by a thread due to their performances, so it wasn’t a shock that they were the ones that got cut.

What Happened This Week

This week's theme was Cirque du Soleil, and there was only one couple that got a perfect score of 30, and that was Laurie and Val as they did a jazz routine to “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson. Next was James and Sharna, who pulled out a 28 for their quickstep routine to “The Hollywood Wiz” by Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard. Then it dipped down to a 25, which was received by Terra and Sasha for their samba dance to “Simcha” by Benoit Jutras.

At the other end was Babyface and Allison, who got an 18 for their tango to “Come Together” by the Beatles, while Marilu and Derek got a 21 for their paso doble to “Battlefield” by Rene Dupere. The last pair to be called safe was Jana and Gleb, who picked up a 23 for the foxtrot to “Here Comes The Sun” in another appearance for the Beatles, while Vanilla Ice and Witney also got a 23 for their Viennese waltz to “La Nouba”, another song by Jutras. It would be Babyface and Allison who would have to find the exit door, along with Vanilla Ice and Witney for this double-elimination episode.

But the main event came in Tuesday's episode as Sasha and the eliminated Emma did a contemporary routine to “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, and then host Tom Bergeron set it up, handing his microphone to Sasha. He then got down on one knee and proposed, to which Emma tearfully said yes. This was Emma's sixth season on Dancing With The Stars, and the third season for Sasha, so it was proper that he did it on the show, to a rousing applause and the rest of the couples came out to congratulate them.

Who Looks In Good Position To Win It All

Laurie and Val might be running away with this as they have yet to score less than a 30 in each of the four dances. James and Sharna are hanging around, but it might just take a bad week to close the gap and on Dancing With The Stars, a bad week might send you home, so Laurie and Val, who won Season 20 with Rumer Willis, have to keep their foot on the gas.

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Another pair was eliminated on Dancing With The Stars, and given that the first Presidential Debate was this week, it was fitting that this person was shown the door. However, because of that debate, though, most people were not paying much attention to this week’s episode.

What Happened Going Into This Week

Despite not having the lowest score over the first two performances, Jake and Jenna were the first couple eliminated this season.

What Happened This Week

This week's theme was Face-Off Night, where the couples were paired off, and each set of two pairs had to do the same dance. The high score of the week went to Calvin and Lindsay, who got a 32 as they did a Viennese waltz to “Women's World” by BJ The Chicago Kid. Laurie and Val got a 31 as they did the tango to “Into The Sunset” by Crystal Lake featuring Kifi, while only one other pair reached the mark of 30. That would be Terra and Sasha, who got 30 with their Viennese waltz to “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls.

At the other end of the spectrum, there were two scores of 23 and one went to Rick and Emma, who did the paso doble to “Tamacun” by Rodrigo y Gabriela. The other 23 went to Vanilla Ice and Witney, who did the same dance to “Save Tonight” by Zayde Wolf. Vanilla Ice and Witney were spared, while the last pair to be called safe were Amber and Maks, who got a 25 for their salsa routine to “Booty” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Iggy Azalea. However, it was the end of the road for Rick and Emma. Rick, who attempted to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 and 2016, probably shouldn't have made it this far, but his run is over.

Who Looks In Good Position To Win It All

Laurie and Val have the highest average score so far at 31.3, while James and Sharna are next at 29.7. These two are head and shoulders above the competition so far, but it is still early in the season and as we've seen, scores only go so far on Dancing With The Stars. Then you have the opposite end of the scores and two teams are in real danger of being eliminated next week. Ryan and Cheryl, as well as Amber and Maks, are tied at 24.3 and they really need to step up their game. Just ahead of them are Vanilla Ice and Witney, who have an average of 24.7. Maureen and Artem are sitting at 25.3, but they should be fine unless they have a completely terrible week. The aforementioned trio of couples before that should get some extra practice in.

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The first couple was eliminated this week on Dancing With The Stars, and it might not have been the couple you would have thought. However, the headline of the week might have been the viral moment that included famous American swimmer Ryan Lochte.

What Happened Going Into This Week

The 13 couples who will vie for the grand prize this season all got their first dances out of the way. However, the 23rd season premiere will likely be remembered for the people that tried to rush the stage and get to Ryan Lochte for this summer's happenings in Brazil.

What Happened This Week

The theme of Week 2 was TV Night, in which the pairs performed to famous theme songs. One pair stood above the rest in Week 2 and that was Laurie and Val, who got a 32 as they did the jive to the theme song for “DuckTales”. Terra and Sasha weren't far behind as they had a 31 for a quickstep routine to “Bewitched” and one more pair reached 30 as Kenny, better known as “Babyface” got there with Allison, doing the Argentine tango to “The X-Files”. At the other end of the spectrum Rick and Emma scored a 22 for their quickstep to “Green Acres”, while three couples scored a 24: Ryan and Cheryl for a quickstep to “The Muppet Show”, Jake and Jenna for the cha-cha-cha to “Go, Diego, Go” and Amber and Maks for a Viennese waltz to “Game Of Thrones”.

Over the first two performances, Rick and Emma had the lowest average at 21.0, while Jake and Jenna were next with 23.0, and Maureen and Artem sat at 24.0, along with Ryan and Cheryl, and Amber and Maks. However, the team with the lowest score doesn't always go home as Rick and Emma were spared, and it was Jake and Jenna that were the first pair to be eliminated this season. It was surprising that Ryan and Cheryl were the last team to be called safe, and not Rick and Emma.

Who Looks In Good Position To Win It All

Laurie and Val are sitting atop the standings so far with an average of 31.5, while James and Sharna are next at 30.0 and then there are four pairs at 28.0. Rick and Emma are the team to watch next week at the other end as they're probably going to be in danger of being eliminated, although the three pairs sitting at 24.0 have to be worried now. Scores are a good indicator of who will go home on Dancing With The Stars, and for success as well. But as Jake and Jenna learned, it isn't the end all, be all, or else they'd still be in the competition.

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The 23rd season of Dancing With The Stars kicked off on Monday. Social media was abuzz as not only were the fans tweeting and SnapChatting, but so were the contestants. It all began with some fireworks, which shouldn't be a surprise considering one contestant in particular.

What Happened This Week

The two-hour season premiere had all 13 couples do their first dance, and there are two at the top of the list when it comes to the judges' scores. Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy picked up a 31, along with IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess. The lowest score was a 20, which went to politician Rick Perry and Emma Slater. In between, there were two pairs that scored 27 and two at 26, two at 25, two at 24 and two at 22. The results should come in next week's episode.

However, the show was stolen by Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, who was performing with his partner Cheryl Burke, when two men tried to rush the stage. The men were wearing anti-Lochte shirts, which no doubt stems from his problems at the Brazil Olympics as Lochte got into some trouble at a gas station, then concocting a lie about what happened and left the country. The men were stopped by security before getting to Lochte and Burke, who were shaken up. They received a 24 for their dance, but no one was talking about the performance the next day. The two men that tried to rush the stage were arrested and taken away, while Lochte and Burke finished up. It was quite a scene for the season premiere.

Who Looks In Good Position To Win It All

It is too early to tell who can win it all as everyone is still getting used to each other, but it's going to be an uphill climb for Rick and Emma to overcome their score of 20. Actor Jake T. Austin and partner Jenna Johnson weren't much better with a 22, and they're going to keep an eye on Rick and Emma as well. Actress Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev also scored a 22, and are looking to get off the hook by Rick and Emma. But the main story was Lochte, who is a lightning rod for what happened in Brazil and there are a lot of people not happy that he got this opportunity after what he did. Lochte (who was suspended for ten months by USA Swimming and has lost his sponsors) will be one to watch this season on Dancing With The Stars, which is off to a wild start already and it has nothing to do with the actual dancing.

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Champion

The Season 21 winners were model Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd, with DiMarco becoming the first deaf winner in the history of Dancing With The Stars. They beat out UFC fighter Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas, who was a runner-up as a professional partner for the third time to go with one win. It was Murgatroyd's second win as a professional as she also won with former NFL player Donald Driver in Season 14. There have not been any celebrity winners, but as for professional partners, Derek Hough's six victories is the record. Athletes tend to do well on Dancing With The Stars, claiming eight wins along the way.

Past Winners

Season Celebrity Winner Professional Partner
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

Rank Season Celebrity Professional Average score
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
 

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