SAN DIEGO, Calif., April 30, 2018 – The Mirror Ball Trophy gets handed over in record time during a short, four-week DWTS Season 26, starting on Monday. It also means a change in voting with ruthless, real-time eliminations decided by the viewers. Dancing with the Stars is taking a new, brash approach.
DWTS Season 26 Line Up and Voting
This season’s lineup of athletes includes Olympic competitors including figure skaters, snowboarders, and a softball star; a former Los Angeles Lakers superstar; an NFL cornerback, and a former World Series-winning Major League Baseball player.
In week one, each couple will perform a cha-cha, salsa, foxtrot or Viennese Waltz. Eliminations start in week one at the end of the live show based on votes during the broadcast plus judges’ scores, which means Eastern and Central Time Zone viewers will get their say and know the outcome before those west of the Rockies see the show. Mountain and Pacific Time Zone votes will count toward the Week 2 elimination… meaning those of us out west will also get shut out of deciding the winner in Week 4.
Here’s how it works:
During the live season premiere broadcast Monday night, viewers can cast their votes for their favorite athletes and pros during the competition, Voting is ONLINE ONLY via ABC.com, no phone or text votes. Voting ends when the last couple dances.
Then, at the end of the episode, overnight voting will open for phone, ABC.com and Facebook, just like in previous seasons. All voting after the live show will factor into the week two eliminations. Toll-free phone voting will be open nationwide from the end of the live show until 5 a.m. EDT/2 a.m. PDT on Tuesday. Online voting at ABC.com and on Facebook will open at the end of the live show and closes at 10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT on Tuesday.
During each voting window, when voting online at ABC.com or Facebook, viewers can reallocate their votes until the voting window closes.
Take note, this season it’s not an advantage to dance last. If viewers wait to vote until they see everyone, the couples dancing later in the show have less time to get votes. The only advantage is in the judges’ scores, which tend to be higher for the couples dancing later in the show.
Dancers will perform alphabetically
This week, the lineup is alphabetical by thier first name. Adam Rippon dances first … and Tonya Harding dances last.
One thing will not change about DWTS Athletes. Fans will still get a heavy-duty dose of “revealing” personal interviews an profiles, tearjerking backstories, and overcoming adversity. Buckle your seat belt, athletes have all of this in mass quantities.
DWTS Athletes Assignments and Dance Order, Week 1:
Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson: Cha Cha, “Sissy That Walk” by RuPaul
Arike Ogunbowale and Gleb Savchenko: Salsa, “Them Girls” by Whitney Myer
Chris Mazdzer and Witney Carson: Salsa, “Mr. Put It Down” by Ricky Martin featuring Pitbull
Jamie Anderson and Artem Chigvintsev: Viennese Waltz, “Feeling Good” by Avicii
Jennie Finch Daigle and Keo Motsepe: Foxtrot, “All-American Girl” by Carrie Underwood
Johnny Damon and Emma Slater: Foxtrot, “Centerfield” by John Fogerty
Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess: Cha Cha, “Finesse” by Bruno Mars
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lindsay Arnold: Cha Cha. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder
Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten: Salsa, “No Excuses” by Meghan Trainor
Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber: Foxtrot, “When You Believe” by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey
Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews are back along with our three original judges, ballroom including head judge, Len Goodman, and dancers/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
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