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PREMIER EPISODE FAN CHAT: Dancing With The Stars Season 21, Week 1

Written By | Sep 14, 2015

SAN DIEGO, September 14, 2015 – The baker’s dozen of couples will perform for the first time as “Dancing With the Stars” launches Season 21 with a brand new cast of competitors including a celebrity chef, R&B superstar, Internet star, former boy band heartthrob, and the first jockey to win the Triple Crown in three decades among the lineup.

Communities Digital News will be right there with our first live online chat of the season. We are all eager to see these stars strut their stuff, and we are hoping for plenty of surprises.

Dancing With The Stars Season 21: preview and predictions

Monday’s show begins with what ABC is calling “the biggest dance number in DWTS history,” staged and filmed on Hollywood Boulevard. Then we see all 13 couples dancing either a Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Salsa, Quickstep, or Jive. No one will be eliminated this week, but fan votes will count toward elimination in week 2.

No tens from Len this year. Judge Len Goodman is staying home in England and won’t appear on Season 21. There will be just three judges: Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli. There will be no guest judges this year. Goodman says he will probably return for Season 22 in the spring.

There will be no Tuesday elimination shows, but there is a second show on Tuesday this first week. Viewers will get to see replays of the first night of dancing, plus extended behind the scenes video of training and interviews.

Producers promise the classic theme weeks like “Most Memorable Year of My Life” will be back, along with some brand new themes they are keeping secret.

“Dancing With the Stars” debuts Monday, September 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

Competitors in Alphabetical Order

Alek Skarlators and Lindsay Arnold: Foxtrot. “Ten Feet Tall” by Afrojack feat. Wrabel

Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas: TBA, “Whistle (While You Work It)” by Katy Tiz

Andy Grammer and Allison Holker: Foxtrot, “Marvin Gaye” by Charlie Puth feat. Meghan Trainor

Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: Jive, “Crocodile Rock” by Elton John

Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: TBA, “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown

Chaka Khan and Keo Motsepe: Cha Cha Cha, “I Feel for You” by Chaka Khan

Voting information: During the first week only, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at and on Facebook at is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT the next day.

Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.