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'Dancing with the Stars' season 17 debuts Monday

by jmaloni


Sat, Sep 14th 2013 01:00 am

"Dancing with the Stars" is back with an all-new cast and fresh show format. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, Monday, Sept. 16 (8-10:01 p.m.) on the ABC Television Network. "Dancing with the Stars" will shake things up this season by transitioning to a one night, two-hour format. The premiere episode will kick off with an opening number featuring the entire cast. Each couple will then perform a cha cha, foxtrot or contemporary routine, vying for America's vote for the first time.

Beginning with the second episode on Monday, Sept. 23, one couple will be eliminated at the end of the show by combining the judges' scores from the first two weeks with the public votes from the previous week.

Hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Tom Bergeron ("America's Funniest Home Videos") and Brooke Burke-Charvet, "Dancing with the Stars" is the hit series in which celebrities 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 17 of "Dancing with the Stars" are:

  • Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
  • Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff
  • Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd
  • Bill Engvall and Emma Slater
  • Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus
  • Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess
  • Christina Milian and Mark Ballas
  • Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein
  • Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke
  • Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber
  • Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani
  • Amber Riley and Derek Hough

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the "Dancing with the Stars" broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the east coast at 8 p.m., and closing at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. For the final week, on Monday, Nov. 25, online voting will open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the east coast at 8 p.m., and closing at 11 a.m. the next day. A custom Facebook app lets fans vote, share whom they voted for and say why, as well as see whom friends voted for.

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