SAN DIEGO, September 18, 2017 – A new array of athletes, reality TV stars, and singers hit the ballroom floor for the first time Monday night to kick off the landmark 25th season of the enduring “Dancing With The Stars.:
Tonight’s two-hour season premiere begins with an opening number featuring returning head judge Len Goodman and the entire cast of “Dancing with the Stars,” choreographed by the show’s own Emmy-winning Mandy Moore.
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This season’s lineup of celebrity dancers includes a Shark Tank Shark, a married couple whose pro partners are also a married couple, a Pretty Little Liar, a Property Brother, an 80s pop icon, a WWE superstar, NBA champion, and retired NFL bad boy. Each couple will perform a salsa, foxtrot, tango or cha cha.
Pros Maks Chmerkovskiy, Mark Ballas, and Cheryl Burke are back on the dance floor. Judge Julianne Hough is taking a break this season. Longtime troupe member and everyone’s favorite understudy Alan Bersten has finally been elevated to the varsity competing as a pro with his own celebrity partner. It’s about time.
For their opening number to shake off the nerves, each couple will perform a salsa, foxtrot, tango or cha cha. No couples will be eliminated the first week. They will all advance to week two of the competition.
See our sneak preview photo gallery from tonight’s opening number on “Dancing With The Stars.”
Assigned dances and songs in alphabetical order:
Barbara Corcoran & Keo Motsepe: Salsa – “Money Maker” by Ludacris featuring Pharrell
Debbie Gibson & Alan Bersten: Foxtrot – “Lost in Your Eyes” by Debbie Gibson
Derek Fisher & Sharna Burgess: Salsa – “Basketball” by Kurtis Blow
Drew Scott & Emma Slater: Foxtrot – “Our House” by Madness
Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson: Foxtrot – “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles
Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold: Tango – “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” by Shawn Mendes
Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas: Cha Cha – “Don’t Worry” by Madcon
Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd: Cha Cha – “Come Get It Bae” by Pharrell Williams
Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev: Tango – “So What!” by P!nk
Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko: Cha Cha – “Like That” by Fleur East
Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke: Cha Cha – “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations
Vanessa Lachey & Maks Chmerkovskiy: Cha Cha – “Woman” by Kesha featuring The Dap-Kings Horns
Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy: Cha Cha – “Born Ready” by Disco Fries featuring Hope Murphy
For week one, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at ABC.com at http://dwtsvote.abc.go.com/ and on Facebook at http://bit.ly/2o1VO7b is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday evenings.