Series / Dancing with the Stars

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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 winter of 2006 (summer of 2005 was a one-off). 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 Erin Andrews currently serving as his co-host (Lisa Canning was co-host in season one, Samantha Harris co-hosted seasons two through nine and Brooke Burke-Charvet in seasons ten through seventeen). The judges are Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli, with former professional dancer Julianne Hough joining the panel as permanent judge in season 19. Derek Hough is the only professional dancer to have achieved six wins, a franchise record (he also achieved two back-to-back championships twice). Cheryl Burke and Julianne Hough also have won two championships back-to-back. Mark Ballas and Kym Johnson are the only professional dancers in the show to have two wins that were not back-to-back. Tony Dovolani is the longest tenured professional dancer in the show, appearing in seasons 2 through 22, a total of 21 seasons and counting.

In general, it follows the Strictly Come Dancing celebrity formula: the show pairs a number of well known celebrities with professional ballroom dancers, who each week compete by performing one or more choreographed routines that are pertinent and follow the chosen theme for that particular week's prearranged theme. The dancers are then scored by a panel of judges. Viewers are given a certain amount of time to place votes for their favorite dancers, either by telephone or online. The couple with the lowest combined score provided by the judges and viewers is eliminated. This process continues until there are only two or three couples left; when they have competed for the last time, one couple is declared the champion. 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; eight of the eighteen 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 (The (!!)s denote performers that surprised everyone by making it into the top 3, whether by actual skill or by being an Elimination Houdini):

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.
    • Kirstie Alley did better than pretty much anyone would've guessed, especially when you consider her age, too.
    • Amber Riley didn't do too badly, either.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Several of the female athlete contestants, such as Laila Ali, Misty May-Treanor, Natalie Coughlin, Hope Solo and Nene Leakes.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Bruno flirts with the female contestants nearly as often as he does the male and more than once has jokingly proposed a threesome.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: In season 18, Maks kissed Meryl constantly — on the head, on the cheeks, on the forehead — but not on the lips even once, much to the frustration of pretty much everybody. Up to and including Carrie Ann, who told them point-blank that she thought they should have kissed at the end of their freestyle and then admitted that she wanted them to get married.
  • Artificial Limbs: See Handicapped Badass.
  • Ascended Extra: The troupe members who get to become pros, such as Tristan, Peta, Sharna, Henry, Sasha, Artem, Witney, Lindsay and Emma. On the opposite end of the spectrum, pros whose celebrity partners are eliminated are demoted to opening group numbers, commercial bumpers, and the occasional trio dances until the finale.
    • Season 21 tried to invoke this by having troupe member Jenna Johnson as the go-to replacement for incapacitated female celebs, with her taking Kim Zolciak-Biermann's place during her I Dream of Jeannie-themed samba on TV Night, almost replacing Tamar on the duet rumba with Nick and Sharna (it didn't actually happen due to Tamar's last-minute return to the studio, but the outtake reel shown during the finale confirms it), and performing a foxtrot to Alessia Cara's "Here" with Val as his season closer as Tamar was still in the hospital with pulmonary embolisms. It's still unknown whether this will succeed or not.
  • Awesome Aussie: Professional dancers Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd and Kym Johnson, and Season 21 celebrity winner Bindi Irwin.
  • Bash Brothers: Childhood friends Mark Ballas and Derek Hough would often dance together, whether in dance trios, opening numbers, and special numbers. In Season 19 they even swapped partners for the Switch-Up Week.
  • Broken Streak: Derek's spotless team dance winning streak was finally broken in Season 21 by the team led by Nick and Sharna.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Maks and Meryl in season 18, if the rehearsal packages are any indication. Maks — who has made no secret of the fact that Meryl is the best partner he's ever had — did a lot of worrying about being good enough to take Meryl all the way, and Meryl could often be seen cajoling him out of his dark moods with soft words and a lot of cuddling.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Also known as DWTS All Stars.
    • For the pros, Kym Johnson returned in season 20 as a professional dancer after taking three seasons off to judge the Australian version of the show. One season later, Karina Smirnoff, Louis van Arnstel and Anna Trebunskaya all returned, although they didn't exactly last long in the competition. Season 22 brought back Edyta Sliwinska, after an eleven-season absence, who ended up being the first eliminated pro. The next brought back six pros from previous seasons.
  • Camp Gay: Bruno Tonioli, especially whenever the men are half naked or take their shirts off.
  • Cute Mute: Deaf contestant and model Nyle DiMarco who can speak physically but obviously can't otherwise.
  • The Cutie: Chelsie Hightower and Julianne Hough in early seasons. Nowadays, the position is filled by pros Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold and Emma Slater as well as troupe members Jenna Johnson and Brittany Cherry.
  • Covered with Scars: Season 13 contestant and Iraq war vet JR Martinez has burn scars over 40% of his body. And a missing ear.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kenny Mayne during the now defunct Dancecenter segments. Tom Bergeron pretty much all the time.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Carrie Ann literally fell out of her chair after Gilles' Rumba in Season 15. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Dramatic Pause: It wouldn't be a talent show without one.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: During Eras Night in season 20, Nastia and Sasha Farber (who was standing in for an injured Derek) danced a Charleston to a live performance of Andy Grammer's Signature Song "Honey, I'm Good." Several months later, Andy himself turned out to be a contestant in the following season.
    • Danica McKellar made a split-second appearance in the Season 17 finale, and turned out to be a contestant on the following season.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Former pro and current judge Julianne Hough, former pro Chelsie Hightower, and current pros Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold, Emma Slater and Peta Murgatroyd. Derek Hough too, come to think of it.
  • Fanservice: It's ballroom dancing, thus it's a contractual requirement that the women's dresses reveal as much as possible, with the female celebs that are underaged during their respective seasons (such as Zendaya, Sadie Robertson, Willow Shields and Bindi Irwin) sporting costumes that were noticeably more modest (as they're legally required to cover it up) but still just as clingy.
    • 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 sex on a stick. So does his BFF Tony Dovolani: season 18 had him take his shirt off by Twitter vote.
    • Before the start of season 21, Nick Carter nonchalantly pointed out that he'd be okay with wearing tighter pants than usual and that he is aware of his big butt. A lot of viewers (and Julianne) noticed it too, especially after the Switch-Up and Famous Dances nights.
  • Fiery Redhead: Pros Sharna Burgess (though she's really blond) and 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!
    • Partially eliminated in season 17, when they eliminated the elimination show. Gone entirely in season 18.
  • Flanderization: The show originally started out as a fun competition that the celebrities learn how to dance different styles, and the first season ended with a winner (Kelly Monaco) that started out weak, but eventually became the most improved was considered an inspiration. Now, it become a fierce competition that the celebrities learn how to dance different styles professionally, and dancers like her (like Bristol Palin and Bill Engvall) are now thought as controversial and undeserved to win the show.
    • Season 18 became rather controversial with the three finalists: champion Olympic skater Meryl Davis (basically a professional dancer on ice), runner-up Olympic snowboarder Amy Purdy (who is a double-legged amputee with a limited moveset) and actress Candace Cameron Bure (who's not used to live TV competition). The level of Hate Dumb that season was so incredible that it's not about picking a favorite anymore but insisting who is the superior dancer, stooping down to name-calling and insults across every internet message boards.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers
  • Four Point Scale: Anything short of falling into the audience will get you at least a four. Averted with Michael Bolton's second dance of Season Eleven which earned him a 3 from Bruno.
  • Gainaxing: In season 15 Kelly Monaco actually made her partner Val rehearse their quickstep in a water-balloon filled bra to show how much of this happens during a dance and how uncomfortable it can be.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: In celebration of the show's 10th-year anniversary, the season 20 winners Rumer Willis and Val received a unique, golden "Mirror-ball Trophy".
  • Gratuitous Disco Sequence: Throughout the show's run, there have been a few disco-themed dances, if not outright classified as disco. Examples include Roshon and Chelsie's "I Want You Back" samba, Rumer and Val's "Turn the Beat Around" salsa, and most recently, Nick and Sharna's near-Shot-for-Shot Remake of the "You Should Be Dancing" scene from Saturday Night Fever as (again) a samba.
  • Guest Host: For the Most Memorable Year Night of Season 21, Season 19 champ Alfonso Ribeiro (who had been a guest judge the week before) had to step in to replace Tom, who was away to be with his deathly ill father, as host.
  • Handicapped Badass
    • A number of contestants over the years have been amputees. Season 18 contestant Amy Purdy has two artificial prosthetic lower limbs, season 4's Heather Millsnote  has a prosthetic leg, and season 20's Retired Army Sgt. Noah Galloway has both a prosthetic left arm and leg (he was planned to wear a prosthetic left arm for his week 3 Argentine Tango, but he had trouble handling the prosthetic and discarded it).
    • There's also been two deaf contestants, Marlee Matlin and Nyle Dimarco (the latter even won the whole shebang).
  • Happily Married: Season 21 contestants Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, who had two separate partners.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Mark Ballas and Derek Hough, Sharna Burgess and Peta Murgatroyd, and the quartet formed by Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold, Jenna Johnson and Brittany Cherry.
  • Hold Up Your Score
  • Large Ham: Bruno Tonioli.
    • On the side of the dancers, Mark Ballas. He's got some pretty... unique facial expressions when he dances. Not for nothing is he called the Dancing Dynamo.
  • Made of Iron: They may look willowy and fragile, but it would be hard to argue that these dancers aren't tough, especially the women. Julianne Hough was back and dancing less than a month after having an emergency appendectomy. The winner, however, might be Kym Johnson, 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 Aussie.
    • Mark Ballas suffered a back injury in season 16 but went on to dance with Alexandra Raisman; in season 18 during the dress rehearsal his right shoulder pop out the night before their scheduled freestyle performance in which he hoisted his partner Candace Cameron Bure with her legs wrapped around his shoulders and swung her around (amazingly, he did not change the choreography and went on to do that very same lift!)
  • The Mean Brit: Len Goodman filled this role when he was a judge.
  • Moe Couplet: Meryl and Maks in season 18. Their partnership brought out a tender, cuddly, and quite frankly loving side to Maks that was so rarely seen, even the judges couldn't stop talking about it.
  • Momma's Boy: Hines Ward, proudly so. Jacoby Jones too. On the pros' side, Mark Ballas with his mother, legendary Ballroom Latin dancer, Shirley Ballas.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Every single male pro, current and former. Most notably, the Chmerkovskiy brothers, Maksim (commonly referred to as the "Bad Boy of the Ballroom") and Valentin. Dancers will occasionally take off a season for various reasons, often with little fanfare, but when Maks decides to take a season off (or, as seen in seasons 21 and 22, returns as a guest judge), it makes the headlines.
    • Tony Dovolani in season 18, if twitter #takehishirtoff is any indication.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Every professional and many female celebrities.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: A little miscommunication happened once with Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd. Nyle is deaf and relied on visual cues to do the dancing. At one point they were dancing separately and she motioned him to walk over to her. It was supposed to be a flirty "Come hither" gesture, but the exact motion she used (with four fingers together) is the ASL sign for "Get over here right now!", causing Nyle to run to her, which briefly threw off their timing. They were able to play it off, however, and neither the judges nor the viewers knew the difference.
  • One Head Taller: 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 Huge Guy, Tiny Girl.
    • One that probably does qualify as Huge Guy, Tiny Girl is the Season 6 pairing of 6-foot-1 Tony Dovolani with 4-foot-11 Marissa Jaret Winokur.
    • Riker Lynch and Allison Holker. Riker is six feet tall and Allison maybe reaches his chin when she's in heels.
    • A similar case is Nick Carter (6'0) and Sharna Burgess (5'6). This is particularly striking during Icons Night, in which they performed a Contemporary and Nick's wife Lauren, who is only a couple of inches taller than him, joined them onstage after the dance.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in season 17 with Bill Engvall and Bill Nye, though the latter was eliminated early. There's also season 9 celebrity Mark Dacascos and pro Mark Ballas; season 9 also has pro dancers Anna Demidova and Anna Trebunskaya.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Mark Ballas (who grew up in London) speaks in his American accent but sometimes his British accent would occasionally come out.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Also a contractual requirement of ballroom dancing.
  • Platonic Life Partners:
    • Contestant Evan Lysacek and his professional partner Anna Trebunskaya of Season 10, reportedly.
    • Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke. When one of them was about to be eliminated back in season 18, they were holding each other's hands.
    • On the contestants' side, lifelong skating partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White. When Meryl won it all, Charlie was one of the first there to hoist her on his shoulders for her victory celebration.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: What Andy Dick, D.L. Hughley, Bill Engvall, Drew Carey, Tommy Chong and Gary Busey seem to be on the show.
  • The Pollyanna: Bubbly, energetic, joyful Bindi Irwin of Season 21, who loves everybody and (almostnote ) always has a smile on her face. Take a drink every time you hear her described as a "ray of sunshine" or similar, and have poison control on standby for the inevitable liver failure.
  • Real Men Wear Pink:
    • 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 National Football League player. Season 12 alone featured Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, and Chris Jericho.
    • In a more literal interpretation of the trope name, Tommy Chong wore a pink shirt once, only to tear it off and expose his man-boobs. Carlos PenaVega in Season 21 also wore pink, specifically in the promotional photoshoot for the season, in contrast with his wife Alexa in blue.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All:
    • 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 Mel B parlayed her appearance into several TV gigs. Season 5 champion Helio Castroneves was acquitted of tax evasion charges just before his win.
      • 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.
    • Season 18 with Amy Purdy.
  • Running Gag:
    • 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.
    • Mark Ballas seems to be the go to guy to be paired with religious conservative contestants: Bristol Palin (twice), Candace Cameron Bure, Sadie Robertson and Alexa PenaVega.
    • In Season 21, the claw move from the official choreography of "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" became a minor running gag in regards to Nick.
  • Ship Tease: Meryl and Maks in season 18 do this constantly, to the point of falling under Will They or Won't They?.
  • Shirtless Scene
  • Shout-Out: In Season 22, MMA fighter Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas have decided to christen their partnership Team POW! Right in the Kisser.
  • Showgirl Skirt: For reasons that should be pretty apparent, these are especially common when contestants do Latin dances like the salsa or samba.
  • Sibling Team: Derek Hough and Julianne Hough, Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: Kellie Pickler's freestyle counts as this. Instead of doing a super-sized freestyle, her partner, Derek Hough, decided to just focus on the dancing and the emotion. Their contemporary dance was by far the best freestyle of season 16.
    • It happened again in season 21, this time with Bindi.
  • Sixth Ranger: Or rather fourth ranger; in season 19, Julianne Hough returned and became the fourth judge from there to season 21, after which she left to pursue other projects.
  • Sleep Cute: This did not technically happen on the show itself, of course, but after they won the 21st season, Bindi and Derek became so tired from back-to-back TV appearances following the win that they just collapsed on the floor and snuggled close together with each other and with runners-up Nick and Sharna, who just happened to join them. Bindi then had this cute picture taken of the four of them sleeping together, and looking peaceful doing so, put up on Instagram. Bindi called these "gorgeous people" her "human pillows".
  • Smoking Is Not Cool: Commentators were more disgusted of Maksim Chmerkovskly and Peta Murgatroyd smoking than kissing, as they are professional dancers (and judging from the comments, they're not the only ones).
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Often, 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 "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 Black Eyed Peas "Boom Boom Pow." Although sometimes doing so can produce memorable results.
  • Stripperific: Most of the women's costumes.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Brooke Burke replacing Samantha Harris as co-host.
    • And now Brooke Burke is replaced by Erin Andrews.
  • Take That: Guitar Hero once showed a parody of the show called "Washed Up Celebrity Dance-Off".
  • Technician vs. Performer: 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: Audrina Patridge (the Technician) and Carson Kressley (the Performer). Patridge was even told multiple times by Bruno "you have excellent foot work, but you look like a Barbie."
    • Many of the seasons start out eliminating the "terrible" performers and then working to the "uninteresting" technicians. Then the 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.
    • Among the judges Len Goodman favors technique while Bruno Tonioli favors performance. Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough tends to strike a balance between the two.
  • Token Minority: Cheryl when she was on the show. Nowadays, it's Keo.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Former host Brooke Burke frequently invokes this by asking contestants to reflect upon the judges' scores.
  • Trans Atlantic Equivalent: Of Strictly Come Dancing.
    • Counts as a Market-Based Title as well.
      • Actually, Dancing with the Stars is the title for all the non-British versions, since Strictly Come Dancing is a pun on Strictly Ballroom and the old BBC show Come Dancing (the latter of which didn't export, so no one would get the reference outside Britain).
  • Visual Pun: A promo for season 21's semifinals has the announcer stating that the season was "filled with extreme highs [and] lows", which are illustrated, respectively, by Derek lifting Bindi during their Dirty Dancing rumba and Carlos dropping Witney while rehearsing the We Will Rock You-inspired paso doble with Alek and Lindsay.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: 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.
    • The four judges(!)
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: 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.
    • Nick Carter popped the button of his pants during his first dance, but that went mostly unnoticed.
  • What Were You Thinking?:
    • 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 Keibler (a member of WCW's Nitro Girls dancing troupe and an NFL 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, Evan Lysacek, Charlie White and Meryl Davis, who were professional figure skaters (essentially professional dancers on skates.)
    • And with Zendaya Coleman, whose current show centers around a dance-style variety show.
      • 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.
    • Letting Bristol Palin compete on All Stars, who was a mid-tier dancer in her season.
    • Perhaps a better example: Bringing on contestants who were clearly too elderly and frail to handle a grueling dance competition, like Cloris Leachman or Buzz Aldrin.
      • Leachman wrote in her memoirs all contestants do have to pass a basic physical, though the standards might not be very high.
    • Season 17, making Julianne Hough and Maksim Chmerkvosky as the replacement judges for a week. Does the producers think that she will not generate envy or getting personal to the pros?
      • Maks guest judges again in Season 22 with two opportunities for bias - judging brother Val Chmerkovskiy and then-fiancée Peta Murgatroyd.
    • Also in Season 17, Corbin Bleu. A trained dancer and regular Broadway actor. Totally not destined for the finals, right?
    • Season 18 probably had the biggest one of all with Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms being invited as guest judge. You could see the pro dancers were clearly displeased with this decision. (Still, you can argue that Abby had some dancing knowledge along with fellow guest judge Julianne Hough. Her delivery of critique though, made people scratch their heads.)
    • Season 19 has Alfonso Ribeiro, former Broadway child star and backup dancer for Michael Jackson.
    • Season 20: the show strikes again with 14-year old The Hunger Games star, Willow Shields; most people are wondering if this will work because, while Dancing with the Stars is a family show, some of the dances are a bit sexy for a young teen to be doing on national television, especially when her partner, Mark Ballas, is 28.
    • Also in Season 20, Riker Lynch, who happened to be a cousin of Derek and Julianne Hough.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Brandy. Season 11. Grade AS! Hot damn.

Alternative Title(s): Dancing With The Stars

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