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''Dancing With the Stars'' is a US reality show where dancers and celebrities duke it out on the ballroom dance floor. The show has hosted two competitions per season since summer of 2005. The humor of the early weeks is in seeing the dancers trying to train the celebrities in the vagaries of each of the many styles of ballroom dance.

The show stars Tom Bergeron as host, with Lisa Canning, Samantha Harris, Drew Lachey, and Brooke Burke serving as cohosts. The judges are, in order of judging, Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli.

In general, it follows the ''StrictlyComeDancing'' celebrity formula: Of the contestants, usually at least one has a bit of controversy around them, at least one is a 50-plus-year-old man with two left feet, at least one is a B- or C- list actor or actress, and at least one is famous in the world of sports (and these are most likely to win it all; seven of the fourteen winners have some sporting experience, with the rest (with the exception of J.R. Martinez) having dancing training beforehand).

Oh, the winners! Here are the winners of previous competitions:
* Season 1: [[GeneralHospital Kelly Monaco]], beating out [[{{Seinfeld}} John]] [[ToTellTheTruth O']][[FamilyFeud Hurley]] and [[NewKidsOnTheBlock Joey McIntyre]].
* Season 2: Drew Lachey, beating out Jerry Rice and [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} Stacy]] [[{{WCW}} Keibler]].
* Season 3: Emmitt Smith, beating out [[SavedByTheBell Mario Lopez]] and [[{{Blossom}} Joey Lawrence]].
* Season 4: Apolo Anton Ohno, beating out [[NSync Joey Fatone]] and Laila Ali.
* Season 5: [[IndyCar Helio Castroneves]], beating out [[Music/SpiceGirls Melanie Brown]] and Marie Osmond.
* Season 6: Kristi Yamaguchi, beating out Jason Taylor and Cristian de la Fuente.
* Season 7: Brooke Burke, beating out Warren Sapp (!!) and [[NSync Lance Bass]].
* Season 8: Shawn Johnson, beating out [[SexAndTheCity Gilles Marini]] and [[TheBachelor Melissa Rycroft]].
* Season 9: Donny Osmond, beating out Mya and [[Series/TheOsbournes Kelly Osborne]].
* Season 10: Nicole Scherzinger, beating out Evan Lysacek and Erin Andrews.
* Season 11: Jennifer Grey, beating out [[ThatsSoRaven Kyle]] [[CoryInTheHouse Massey]] and Bristol Palin (!!).
* Season 12: Hines Ward, beating out Kirstie Alley (!!) and [[ChelseaStaub Chelsea Kane]].
* Season 13: J.R. Martinez, beating out [[KeepingUpWithTheKardashians Rob Kardashian]] and [[{{Hairspray}} Ricki Lake]] (!!).
* Season 14: Donald Driver, beating out Katherine Jenkins and William Levy.
* Season 15: Melissa Rycroft, beating out Shawn Johnson and Kelly Monaco.

Season 15 will be an All-Star competition, with a cast of returning dancers including champions Kelly Monaco, Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves, and Shawn Johnson.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* {{Acrofatic}}: Warren Sapp in Season 7 pretty much stunned everyone with the light feet on his hefty frame.
** Kyle Massey was pretty impressive in this department as well.
** KirstieAlley did better than pretty much anyone would've guessed, especially when you consider her age, too.
* AmazonianBeauty: Several of the female athlete contestants, such as Laila Ali, Misty May Traynor, Natalie Coughlin, and Hope Solo.
** [[StatuesqueStunner Martina]] [[WhenSheSmiles Navratilova]], [[CurvesInAllTheRightPlaces dig those hips and butt]]!
* CampGay: Bruno Tonioli, especially whenever the men are half naked or take their shirts off.
** AlwaysCamp
** Season 13 Contestant Carson Kressley plays this for all it's worth.
* CoveredWithScars: Season 13 contestant and Iraq war vet JR Martinez has burn scars over [[http://www.accesshollywood.com/jr-martinezs-dramatic-and-inspirational-journey-to-dancing-with-the-stars_article_53868 40% of his body]]. And a missing ear.
* DeadpanSnarker: [[SportsCenter Kenny Mayne]] during the Dancecenter segments. Tom Bergeron pretty much all the time.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Carrie Ann literally falls out of her chair after Gilles' Rumba in Season 15. HilarityEnsues.
* DramaticPause: It wouldn't be a talent show without one...
* DuelingShows: A rare DualWielding version; ''Dancing'' is fighting off ''AmericanIdol'' with one hand and ''SoYouThinkYouCanDance'' with the other.
* DyeingForYourArt: The contestants will frequently talk about the amount of weight they've lost while doing the show. Since most of the contestants are celebs or athletes who are already in shape, it's usually not much, but occasionally there will be a huge transformation. Take Kirstie Alley, who has had weight problems in the past. When she Book Ended her time on the show by having one of her final performances be the cha-cha from the very first night, the costumers had to cut off over 3 feet of fabric (38 inches) off her dress from the first night to make it fit her. Remember this happened in roughly three months.
* {{Fanservice}}: It's ballroom dancing, thus it's a contractual requirement that the women's dresses reveal as much as possible.[[note]]Unless you are Shawn Johnson, whose costumes were noticeably more modest (but still just as clingy). This was because she was seventeen at the time, and so was underage - she was legally required to cover it up.[[/note]]
** Not to mention the abundance of he-cleavage.
** Kendra survived week 6 by doing a clothed exotic dance.
** Maksim lives and breathes this trope. He's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6JfyvcVBzo sex on a stick]].
* FieryRedhead: Anna Trebunskaya.
* {{Filler}}: A whole lot of it in the last few weeks of each season. (The show fills up the same amount of time, only instead of 14 dancers, there's only 3.)
** Dear God, the elimination shows. They often find ways to stretch them out for two hours!
* FluffyFashionFeathers
* FourPointScale: anything short of falling into the audience will get you at least a four. Averted with [[spoiler: Michael Bolton's second dance of Season Eleven]] which earned him a ''3'' from Bruno.
** Which was promptly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Tom... [[spoiler:''We have a 3?!'']]
* {{Gainaxing}}: Kelly Monaco actually made her partner Val rehearse their quickstep in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqkgKlS3Lkg water-balloon filled bra]] to show how much of this happens during a dance and how uncomfortable it can be.
* GenreSavvy: Donald Driver in the Season 14 finals. After correctly identifying the types of freestyles his opponents would be doing, Donald decided not to go with the expected hip-hop theme and do something unexpected: country. And it was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mjafhcdm0I awesome!]]
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Season 14, Gladys Knight and Martina Navratilova
* HappilyMarried: Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts. It's apparent [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba-fZbd69Go&feature=related whenever]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqVE4Csnaas&feature=related they]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV9a1eUi6MQ dance]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37TMRZUXbwA together]].
** Also Alec Mazo and Edyta Śliwińska.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Almost combined with EasterEgg. During the first dance for Roshon Fegan and Chelise Hightower, you can catch Roshon's ''ShakeItUp'' costars BellaThorne and {{Zendaya}} in the audience.
** Three {{So You Think You Can Dance}} alumni have been pros on the show so far - Dmitry Chaplin, Lacey Schwimmer and Chelsie Hightower.
* HoldUpYourScore
* LargeHam: Bruno
** On the side of the dancers, Mark Ballas. He's got some pretty... unique facial expressions when he dances.
* MadeOfIron: They may look willowy and fragile, but it would be hard to argue that these dancers aren't tough, especially the women. Julianne was back and dancing less than a month after having an emergency appendectomy. The winner, however, might be Kym, who endured a knee injury with Jerry Springer and kept dancing, and a nearly broken neck with Hines Ward, and went on to '''win.''' Not surprisingly, she's an [[LandDownUnder Aussie.]]
* TheMeanBrit: Len Goodman fills this role here.
* MommasBoy: Hines Ward, proudly so.
* MrFanservice: "Bad Boy of Ballroom" Maksim. Dancers will occasionally take off a season for various reasons, often with little fanfare. When Maks decides to take a season off, it makes the headlines.
** And now as of Season 13 we have MrFanservice little brother, Valentin. New pro Tristan (with the Oirish Accent) is also gaining a fast following.
** How about some Derek Hough?
* OldShame: In Week 6, they decided to show Bruno's role in EltonJohn's video for "I'm Still Standing", in which he's mainly in a speedo humping the air. His face got so red that it nearly threw off the transmission's color balance.
* OneHeadTaller: Val Chmerkovskiy and Derek Hough are quite taller than their respective season 15 partners, Kelly Monaco and Shawn Johnson. The height difference is so striking that it borders on HugeGuyTinyGirl.
* PimpedOutDress: Also a contractual requirement of ballroom dancing.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya of Season 10, reportedly. Particularly seeing as how she's, you know, married. Anna and Evan had fantastic chemistry and clearly had a blast together, but compare her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxXYyhtqvRA waltz with Evan]] to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37TMRZUXbwA this dance]] with her hubby, and the difference is instantly apparent.
* RealMenWearPink: For a show that requires male participants to wear shiny sparkly outfits and dance, it has attracted a substantial amount of athletes from sports such as MMA, boxing, and football. Almost every season has featured a major name AmericanFootball player. Season 12 alone featured Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, and ChrisJericho.
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: While Season 8 Champion Shawn Johnson didn't suffer any setbacks, it was really second place finisher Gilles Marini whose career got a tremendous boost from being on the show.
** Season 5 runner up [[Music/SpiceGirls Mel B]] parlayed her appearance into several TV gigs. Season 5 champion Helio Castroneves was convicted of tax evasion.
*** This isn't exactly unbelievable, since a large number of the winners have been pro athletes. The athletes simply do the show for fun either during retirement or during the off-season. Many don't have plans to leverage their success into other ventures, whereas the others might.
* RunningGag: Maksim Chmerkovskiy manhandling Tom Bergeron after the judges commentary.
** Also Derek Hough "getting yanked" off camera, and pulling funny faces/poses on the last note of the DWTS theme nearly every time it plays when he's on camera.
* ShirtlessScene
** WalkingShirtlessScene: Again, Maksim is an {{egregious}} example, but pretty much any male professional dancer gets a swing at this one.
* ShockingElimination: The elimination of Sabrina Bryan in Week 6 of Season 5, which shocked and brought tears to everyone.
** [[spoiler: And it happens AGAIN, in the SAME WEEK, to her in the All-Stars season! In a cruel coincidence, Sabrina was eliminated on Oct. 30, 2012...exactly five years to the day she was eliminated the first time!]]
** [[spoiler: And in Season 11, Brandy in the Semi-Finals, despite her getting a near-perfect score on her two dances]]
*** [[spoiler: Kristin Cavallari and Chynna Phillips in Season 13.]]
**** [[spoiler: Sherri Shepherd and Jaleel White in Season 14.]]
* ShowgirlSkirt: For reasons that should be pretty apparent, these are especially common when contestants dance the samba.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Oftentimes the music does not match what is traditional for the dance. The Paso Doble (the Spanish bullfighter dance) has been performed to songs such as [[KatyPerry "I Kissed a Girl"]] and the Monday Night Football theme. The Foxtrot (which is basically the ballroom dance most likely to be done to Rat Pack music) has been done to songs like The Guess Who's "American Woman" and BlackEyedPeas [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POaEp5LtiOo "Boom Boom Pow."]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Brooke Burke replacing Samantha Harris as co-host.
* TakeThat: Guitar Hero once showed a parody of the show called "Washed Up Celebrity Dance-Off"
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Season 1. Kelly Monaco (the Performer) won it over John O'Hurley (the Technician). Hotly contested, enough so that the two couples squared off in a TV special which O'Hurley won.
** Another pair of examples, different seasons, are Season 11: [[TheHills Audrina Patridge]] (the Technician) and [[CampGay Carson Kressley]] (the Performer). Patridge was even told multiple times by Bruno "you have excellent foot work, but you look like a [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul barbie]]."
** Many of the seasons start out eliminating the "terrible" performers and then working to the "uninteresting" technicians. Then the [[TheMario balanced]] dancers and finally to those that have a balanced mix of both.
** Many times, the line can be drawn between current and former pro athletes (Technicians) vs. actors or musicians (Performers.) The athletes usually have exceptional coordination and strength; however, since so many sports encourage a "game face" that shows zero emotion to avoid showing an opponent you're tired or in pain (which might give them a psychological advantage,) they come across as wooden. The actors, on the other hand, are much better at emoting and generally being entertaining (it is their job, after all,) but are much more likely to be uncoordinated or simply more vulnerable to fatigue. This was actually discussed at least once by the pro dancers.
* ThrowItIn: The couples can sometimes have an amazing ability to bounce back during a dance, such as Ralph Macchio catching Karina Smirnoff during a fall after his swinging coat knocked her to the floor.
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: Of ''StrictlyComeDancing''.
** Counts as a MarketBasedTitle as well.
*** Actually, ''Dancing With The Stars'' is the title for all the non-British versions, since ''Strictly Come Dancing'' is a pun on ''StrictlyBallroom'' and the old BBC show ''Come Dancing'' (the latter of which didn't export, so no one would get the reference outside Britain).
* VitriolicBestBuds: The show has been known to make fast and lasting friends out of the couples. However, because it's a high stress competition, they have been known to snap and snark at each other. Mel B and Maksim probably take the cake.
* WardrobeMalfunction: Kelly Monaco had one of these during a dance, but managed to keep everything covered and finished the dance.
** And as of Season 13, Nancy Grace had a nip slip after finishing her second dance. The camera awkwardly panned to show premade footage of audience members just sitting there staring.
** In season 14, professional dancer (not celeb) Maria Menounos had an unfortunate malfunction where one of her breasts popped out entirely of her top. Courtesy of the eight second delay, all home viewers saw was the Dancing With The Stars logo for a few seconds while she adjusted her top.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The show has a "wish list" of celebs that they would like to be on the show and have contacted in the past (some have had to decline for various reasons, but did the show later, such as Melissa Joan Hart and Kirstie Alley.) Some of the ones on the list include Bill Clinton, Lindsay Lohan, and having Portia de Rossi in the show's first same-sex couple.
* WhatWereYouThinking: Some people had this reaction to Nicole Scherzinger being let on as a contestant in Season 10. A group of amateur celebrity dancers vs. a woman who ''dances for a living''... nope, no unfair advantage there, no sir.
** The same was said for Stacy Kiebler (a member of {{WCW}}'s Nitro Girls dancing troupe and a cheerleader before that) in season 2.
** Same with Sabrina Bryan, who had studied Jazz and Tap most of her childhood, and actually released a Dancing fitness video called ''BYOU,'' and Kristi Yamaguchi, who was a professional figure skater (essentially a professional dancer on skates.)
*** It could be said that professional dancing celebs are brought on to counter the athlete celebs. Until J.R. Martinez won in season 13, you had either a celeb with dancing experience or an athlete win it all (six dancers and seven athletes so far).
*** The official stance of the show (at least initially) was that ballroom is very much its own domain, and having experience in another area of dance (hip-hop, tap, music video choreography, etc.) doesn't really lend itself to ballroom (with the obvious advantages of stamina, flexibility, etc.) They have said that they would veto anybody with a blatant disadvantage, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, but that may have changed in recent seasons.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Brandy. Season 11. Grade [[strike:A]]''S''! Hot ''damn''.
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** Three {{So You Think You Can Dance}} alumni have been pros on the show so far - Dmitry Chaplin, Lacey Schwimmer and Chelsie Hightower.
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* Season 15: Melissa Rycroft, beating out Shawn Johnson and Kelly Monaco.
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** [[spoiler: and it happens AGAIN, in the SAME WEEK, to her in the All-Stars season!]]

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** [[spoiler: and And it happens AGAIN, in the SAME WEEK, to her in the All-Stars season!]]season! In a cruel coincidence, Sabrina was eliminated on Oct. 30, 2012...exactly five years to the day she was eliminated the first time!]]
13th Nov '12 4:14:29 PM BrdwayRokr16
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**How about some Derek Hough?
30th Oct '12 6:46:32 PM Chamelion
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** [[spoiler: and it happens AGAIN, in the SAME WEEK, to her in the All-Stars season!]]
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* DistractedByTheSexy: Carrie Ann literally falls out of her chair after Gilles' Rumba in Season 15. HilarityEnsues.
10th Oct '12 1:03:51 PM etc156
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* OneHeadTaller: Val Chmerkovskiy and Derek Hough are quite taller than their respective season 15 partners, Kelly Monaco and Shawn Johnson. The height difference is so striking that it borders on HugeGuyTinyGirl.
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Almost combined with EasterEgg. During the first dance for Roshon Fegan and Chelise Hightower, you can catch Roshon's ''ShakeItUp'' costars BellaThorne and {{Zendaya}} in the audience.
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