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'Dancing with the Stars' debuts with two-hour episode Monday, March 18

by jmaloni

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Thu, Mar 14th 2013 01:45 pm
`Dancing with the Stars`: This season's lineup of stars will perform for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere Monday, March 18, on ABC. Pictured rehearsing are Kellie Pickler and partner Derek Hough. (ABC photo by Jon LeMay)
"Dancing with the Stars": This season's lineup of stars will perform for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere Monday, March 18, on ABC. Pictured rehearsing are Kellie Pickler and partner Derek Hough. (ABC photo by Jon LeMay)

"Dancing with the Stars: Exclusive First Look" features extended backstage material, interviews and highlights of the "First Night" Dances, Tuesday, March 19

"Dancing with the Stars the Results Show" premieres in week two, with the first elimination on Tuesday, March 26

"Dancing with the Stars" is back with an all-new cast of fresh faces hitting the dance floor. This season features two new dance styles: contemporary and jazz; three new professional dance partners - Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess and Gleb Savchenko; and notable theme shows. In May, "Dancing with the Stars" will commemorate its 300th episode with a grand celebration. The competition begins with the two-hour season 16 premiere, live, Monday, March 18 (8-10:01 p.m.) on the ABC Television Network. "Dancing with the Stars the Results Show" premieres in week two, with the first elimination on Tuesday, March 26.

"Dancing with the Stars: Exclusive First Look," a clip show featuring extended backstage material, interviews and highlights of the "first night" dances, airs Tuesday, March 19 (9-10:01 p.m., ET).

Hosted by Tom Bergeron ("America's Funniest Home Videos") and Brooke Burke-Charvet ("Dancing with the Stars" season seven champion), the celebrities on "DWTS" perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

The celebrities and their partners for season 16 of "Dancing with the Stars" are:

•Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess

•Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus

•D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke

•Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff

•Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani

•Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd

•Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold

•Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough

•Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson

•Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas

•Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko

•Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy

ABC.com is back with a new Web series, "Dancing with the Stars: Pre-Show," presented by AT&T. The original online video series promises to be the go-to resource for fans to come together before the Monday night episode of "Dancing with the Stars." Beginning with the premiere episode, each week fans will be able to log on http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/pre-show and watch as host Marc Istook ("After Party: Dancing with the Stars," "After Party: The Bachelorette") and field correspondent Jake Whetter (Radio Disney) speak with an array of expert panelists and celebrity fans. Additionally, guest correspondents Jessica Radloff (Glamour.com) and television personality Jeannie Mai join the panel to discuss the season's performances, offer insight and solicit demonstrations from ballroom dance experts who've previously appeared on the show.

On March 18, ABC Radio will re-launch its popular "Dancing with the Stars" station on Slacker, providing viewers exclusive backstage interviews with all the contestants, dancers and judges. The station will be available where Slacker Radio is available, including smartphones, the iPad and Ford vehicles with SYNC AppLink and on the Web at: http://www.slacker.com/dwts. Every Monday and Tuesday, the ABC station will also feature insight and analysis from a variety of guest contributors, including "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars" champion Melissa Rycroft, former contestant and "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd, and Entertainment Weekly's Annie Barrett.

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