The season 11 star-studded cast and their professional partners get ready to break in their dancing shoes on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" for the two-hour season premiere, Monday, Sept. 20 (8-10:01 p.m.,) on the ABC Television Network.
In alphabetical order, and with their professional partners, the 12 stars making their dancing debut are:
All 12 teams will showcase their fancy footwork for the first time on Sept. 20. The first elimination will take place in week one with a two-hour show, Tuesday, Sept. 21 (8-10 p.m.) on the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars the Results Show." Music legend Santana and rock band Daughtry are set to perform.
Hosted by Tom Bergeron ("America's Funniest Home Videos") and Brooke Burke ("Dancing with the Stars" season seven champion; "Rock Star"), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that will be judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 30 minutes after the "Dancing with the Stars" performance shows. AT&T customers may also text message their votes by texting the word "VOTE" and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). Viewers may also vote online at www.abc.com starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast.
"Dancing with the Stars" is the U.S. version of the international hit series, "Strictly Come Dancing." This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade is co-executive producer. Alex Rudzinski directs. "Dancing with the Stars" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.