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Season 24 springs into action on ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ Monday, 8 p.m. ET/PT

Written By | Mar 20, 2017

SAN DIEGO, March 20, 2017 – Many people mark the beginning of spring with longer days, warmer temperatures, working in the garden, or maybe a vacation.

If you mark spring with the return of “Dancing with the Stars” like we do, you’re a hardcore fan. And if you want to chat, join the conversation in the comments section below!

Season 24 starts on Monday, March 20, at 8 p.m. ET/PT with the usual array of 12 celebrities from professional sports, reality TV, and entertainment to is back with a new, dynamic cast of celebrities who are ready to hit the ballroom floor. The season premiere is the show’s 400th episode. We are being promised an opening dance number featuring the celebrities dancing with the show’s judges Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

Mr. T and pro partner Kym Herjavec (bottom left) prepare for their first week routine with members of the pro troupe. Photo: ABC

The dance styles assigned in Week 1 are the Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango, Viennese Waltz, and Quickstep. In years past, the dances were usually limited to the simpler Cha Cha, Waltz, and Foxtrot. Although no celebrity goes home after Week 1, it increases the potential for a wider range of scores from high to low, sometimes way low when a celebrity with zero dance or even music experience draws one of the tougher dance styles.

We don’t have any major complaints with the DWTS producers. They did a good job of matching the dance style, song, and difficulty level according to the skill level of the celebrity coming in on Week 1. Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles drew the Tango with partner Sasha Farber. She can easily handle this, but someone like Mr. T. or Chris Kattan would be lost. Salsa for Charo? Perfect. Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy have the Quickstep, but she’s a singer in a girl band that does lots of choreography so she shouldn’t be a disaster.

Nancy Kerrigan says rehearsal with pro Artem Chigvinsev is a lot warmer than being on the ice. Photo: ABC

The song choices are all tied to the celebrities; some are great and some are plain goofy. “Go Cubs Go” for David Ross? We get it, he’s a baseball player, but it’s nearly as ridiculous as Mr. T. drawing the theme song from “The A-Team” TV show. Erica Jayne is dancing to one of her OWN songs. Chris Kattan is likely to struggle no matter what, but at least he’ll be familiar with his assigned song: the disco-fabulous “What Is Love” by Haddaway which was the soundtrack to a long-running “Saturday Night Live” sketch starring Kattan and Will Farrell, which morphed into a full-blown movie “Night at the Roxbury.”

When are we going to see Will Farrell on DWTS? Make it happen.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba is so excited about the start of Season 24 that her jazz hands are flying! Photo: ABC

Week 1 Assignments:

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess: Cha Cha, “Move” by Luke Bryan

Charo and Keo Motsepe: Salsa, “Cuban Pete” by Mambo Compañeros

Chris Kattan and Witney Carson: Cha Cha, “What is Love” by Haddaway

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold: Quickstep, “Go Cubs Go” by Steve Goodman

Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko: Salsa, “XXPEN$IVE” by Erika Jayne

Heather Morris and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Viennese Waltz, “Make Something Beautiful” by Ben Rector

Mr. T and Kym Herjavec: Cha Cha, “Theme from the A-Team” by Mike Post, Pete Carpenter and The Daniel Caine Orchestra

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev: Viennese Waltz, “She’s Always a Woman” by Billy Joel

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd: Cha Cha, “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake and Tiësto featuring Justin Bieber

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy: Quickstep, “Good Time Good Life” by Erin Bowman

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater: Cha Cha, “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber: Tango, “Untouchable” by Tritonal and Cash Cash

Head judge Len Goodman is back to start Season 24 along with Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough.

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 and on Facebook is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday evenings.

“Dancing With The Stars: Season 24” debuts on Monday, March 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

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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.