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Dancing with the StarsDancing with the Stars - Dancing with the Stars - Take a B-class (or C-class) celebrity and team them with a professional dancer and "voila!" you have DANCING WITH THE STARS/ABC/2004+. The AMERICAN IDOL-style game show is based on the International smash hit series, STRICTLY COME DANCING. The American version is produced in the USA by BBC Worldwide. Richard Hopkins (UK) and Conrad Green (USA) are executive producers.

The format of the show is simple. Find six celebrities (later expanded to ten), pair them with leading professional dancers, have them practice an elaborate dance routine and then demonstrate what they learned in front of a live studio audience.

Throughout the competition, contestants are evaluated by both judges and the TV viewers. Judges give scores based on several factors, including technical execution. Each of the three-judge panel rank the performances with a 1-10 rating. A dancer may be ranked lower by the show's judges, but the vote count from the TV viewers (via phone) can override the judge's decision Ultimately, the scores from viewers are combined with the judges' for an final score that determines each couple's ranking.

In the heat of the competition, even the studio audience gets involved and "Boo!" the judges when they give higher scores to dancers that they felt were not deserved. Routinely, each week, one contestant is voted off the show.

DANCING WITH THE STARS aired its first two editions as summer and midseason programming. The show's third installment will air as part of the network's 2006-2007 fall programming lineup.

Celebrities involved in the first go-a-round of the series included actor John O'Hurley, best known as J. Peterman on ''Seinfeld;" Rachel Hunter, the supermodel and Rod Stewart ex; Kelly Monaco, an actress on ''General Hospital (who won the competition);" Joey McIntyre, former 'New Kid on the Block'; heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield; and Trista Sutter, the onetime ''Bachelorette"

Reportedly, contestants on the show are paid a base of $125,000 for the first two weeks of the show and are given about $20,000 each week after, until they are voted off.

The show's celebrities and their dance partners practiced their routines at several of Southern California Arthur Murray, Dance Studios. Arthur Murray, of course, had his own dance program on the ABC network in the 1950s and his company still offers dance instruction through a nationwide chain of franchised dance studios. Dance styles showcased on the program included such ballroom standards as the Fox Trot, Samba, Quickstep, and Tango, to name a few.

In 2006, actress Lisa Rinna was so inspired by her stint on the show that she opened her own dance studio in Los Angeles with her former partner Louis Van Amstel. As she told reporters, "I was so moved by (the experience) that it has to be part of my life. It transformed my body, it's fun and invigorating."

Judges on the program included Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Judge Bruno Tonioli coined the phrase "Weapon of Mass Seduction" when referring to female wrestler Stacey Keibler (a.k.a. "The Natural") who teamed with professional dancer, Tony Dovolani. They ranked 2nd overall in the competition.

Drew Lachey accepts  the "Dancing with the Stars" Trophy

Dancing with the Stars III - 2006

  • Tucker Carlson (news anchor) with Elena Grinenko
  • Jerry Springer (Talk Show Host) with Kym Johnson (champion of the Australian “Dancing with the Stars")
  • Vivica A. Fox (Actress) with Nick Kosovich
  • Harry Hamlin (Actor) with Ashly Delgrosso
  • Joe Lawrence (Actor) with Edyta Sliwinska
  • Mario Lopez (Actor/TV Host) with Karina Smirnoff
  • Sara Evans (Country Singer) with Tony Dovolani
  • Willa Ford (Pop Singer) with Maxsim Chmerkovskiy
  • Monique Coleman (Actress) with Louis Van Amstel
  • Shanna Moakler (Model/Actress) with Jesse DeSoto
  • Emmitt Smith (NFL Legend) with Cheryl Burke

Dancing with the Stars II - 2006

  • Drew Lachey (Singer) with Cheryl Burke
  • Stacey Keibler (Pro Wrestler) with Tony Dovolani
  • Jerry Rice (Athlete) with Anna Trebunskaya
  • Lisa Rinna (Actress) with Louis Van Amsel
  • George Hamilton (Actor) with Edyta Sliwinska
  • Tia Carrerra (Actress) with Max Chermkovskiy
  • Master P (Rapper) with Ashly DelGrosso
  • Giselle Fernandez (TV Journalist) with Jonathan Roberts
  • Tatum O'Neal (Actress) with Nick  Kosovich
  • Kenny Mayne (ESPN Anchor) with Andrea Hale (Kenny was 1st to go)

Dancing with the Stars I - 2005

  • Trista Sutter (Actress) with Louis van Amstel
  • Rachel Hunter (Model) with Jonathan Roberts
  • Evander Holyfield (Boxer) with Edyta Sliwinska
  • Joey McIntyre (Singer) with Ashly Delgrosso
  • John O'Hurley (Actor) with Charlotte Jorgensen
  • Kelly Monaco (Actress) with Alec Mazo (Kelly Monaco won the competition)

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