Why "Dancing with the Stars" is Special For so many people the idea of watching television is simply watching another boring show that features more boring characters doing the exact same thing repeatedly. Starting around the time of the writers' strike in Hollywood the number of new and creative television shows that were released suddenly took a serious nosedive. Working to ensure that people had television to watch is not always easy, but networks started scrambling to provide shows. For most, the answer was additional reality shows. "Dancing with the Stars" came along before the writers' strike hit and as such, it provided the opportunity for people to watch the show without forcing themselves to endure excessive reality television. This advantage was a huge help when it was time to start looking at the ratings that the show was pulling. While "Dancing with the Stars" has managed to acquire a great viewer base the writers' strike certainly helped to increase viewers and has pushed the show to the second most popular show on television following American Idol. Additional reasons why people love to watch "Dancing with the Stars" is all of the great things that you can watch occur. If there is ever a show that combines excitement and dancing together this is certainly one of the best options. By pulling stars and professional ballroom dancers together, the ABC network has managed to secure a hugely popular hit on their hands. Each season, new celebrities are chosen to compete on the show, and each year the goal is still the same, winning the competition. While most television shows that feature contests also involve large amounts of prize money, the celebrity that wins the season of "Dancing with the Stars" is lucky to receive anything at all. Generally, each week there is a couple that goes home. The exact determination of which couple will go home each week varies heavily based upon the score that each couple receives not only from the judges, but also the number of votes from the viewers. Using the special method of computing which couple is sent packing from the show is designed to help viewers really feel connected, while at the same time providing judges to help seriously critique the dancing of the contestants. While each of the couples has a single professional ballroom dancer and a single celebrity there are some that at the very end of the show you would never be able to guess which was the professional dancer before the season actually began. Many celebrities enjoy their time on the show due to the increased publicity surrounding them, as well as the competition that they are able to engage in. While it is possible that someone might not actually appreciate competition it is quite rare that someone would deliberately harm their efforts on the show. This works to heavily encourage viewers to look for the contestant that they truly feel is best. With a large number of celebrities to choose from for each season, it can be a lot of fun to watch the dancing relationships develop and grow. For the largest number of people it is a truly amazing and thrilling ability to watch the show continue to develop and wonder exactly which pair is going to be leaving next. However, it is also extremely entertaining to see just what exactly some of the stars are capable of. By pulling celebrities from a large number of fields, there are magicians, boxers, actors, and even singers all engaging in competition on the show to determine who is really and truly the best. A short amount of time watching the show will no doubt allow you to decide exactly which celebrity you are personally interested in seeing win the competition. Regardless of who you are pulling for and exactly when they go home watching the show unfold over the season is still a lot of fun, and by allowing every season to be bigger and better than before it is a show that is likely to continue for a very long time to come. Why "Dancing with the Stars" is so Popular With so many shows on television anymore, it is amazing at times, how some of the simplest shows can actually capture the imagination and attention of the audience. In order to actually enjoy the show it is very important that you realize that no the winners of the show do not receive money. They do not receive a dancing contract like singers on American Idol receive a singing contract. To really enjoy the show you need to understand they are not receiving anything more than a title, and a cute little trophy that really does not mean that much to them. Of course, they are paid for being on the show while they are there, but in terms of Hollywood, it is not enough pay to really make the stars stick around for a long time. The main reason why many of the stars stick around is nothing more than pure competitive nature. Being in the competition simply means that each star is teamed up with a professional dancer and must dance their hearts out each week for the right to stay. Being kicked off early is a disaster and could easily result in the star looking foolish against their peers. This makes it a desire for the stars to perform their very best in order to avoid getting kick out. Some of the other reasons why the show is so incredibly popular range from simple things like incredible dancing styles, to even just wondering what each contestant is going to actually wear. Trying to decide which part is the most interesting to you is not always easy to pinpoint but if you spend a few minutes watching the show you are quite likely to find something that you are interested in watching. If you enjoy watching people being criticized then this is also the show for you, what Simon Cowell does for American Idol there are three different judges on "Dancing with the Stars", this gives plenty of opportunity to hear criticism, unique comments and even an occasional praise when a pair of contestants do well. With contestants competing against each other and relying heavily upon the votes of viewers, it is possible to vote for your own favorite celebrity and professional pair to hang around. Regardless of the exact reason why you like the show, it is really easy to see at first glance just why it is so much fun to watch. From the thrilling dance scenes, to the amazing costumes, and even the comments of the judge, competitive nature abounds and this makes the perfect opportunity to show off just how competitive each of these contestants really are. By making their own mark on the "Dancing with the Stars" show, they are adding a small piece of themselves, and since most of the stars on the show are not as successful as previously, it makes a great way to get back into the public spotlight. Just realize if you decide to watch a single episode that you might become deeply attached to the show. There is so much excitement and it is quite contagious. If you are simply looking for something that could be a bit of fun to watch occasionally then this is certainly not it, you will find that rather quickly you are drawn to watching every episode and ensuring that you have ample time to vote for the contestant that you feel strongest about. Struggling to find time to actually watch the show could quickly become your biggest problem! If you are ever channel surfing and looking for the next greatest show to watch spending a few minutes watching "Dancing with the Stars" is some time very well spent. There is no reason at all why you should ever look for anything else, after all with a season full of drama, excitement, amazing dancing and so much more the American version of "Dancing with the Stars" has it all. Dancing or Playing the Judges -- You Decide On every episode of "Dancing with the Stars" celebrities and their professional dance partners all take the stage and grace the audience with a short dance. The actual dance is frequently nothing at all to do with the actual scores that are handed out by the judges. However, it is also extremely important to realize that while the judges do play a large part of determining who wins the show, and even who goes home each week there are several instances where the viewers themselves will have a much larger impact on how the show proceeds. In general terms it is typically widely accepted that the show is based heavily upon appearances. Both the appearance of the celebrity and also the appearance of the professional dancer. It is very seldom that anyone actually makes it through the competition by looking sloppy, uncoordinated and even badly organized. If you are looking to ensure that you are well pulled together and are actually appropriately scored then it is critical that the contestants actually look the parts that they are trying to play. For many this means stepping out of their comfort zone and wearing clothing that they normally would never wear. In order to actually put together the true package needed to win the show it is very much necessary to take the time to pull together a great routine that is complete with perfect timing, great dancing skills, audience draw and even a great costume. Someone is just not going to look as pulled together if they select the wrong costume. There is no denying this at all, but if you do not take the time to actually select a good costume you could quickly find yourself leaving the show simply because the costume took too much attention away from the actual dancing. In order to really move past the small details and determine if the judges really do decide the show based on actual dancing skills it is important to watch a season from start to finish. There has been speculation for a very long time that the judges are not very concerned with the actual dancing. This has been further proven by the lack of fairness that judge Mary Ann Inaba often shows to contestants. However, while the show continues to plug along, there are times when it is noticeable that the actual dancing is the primary concern of the judges. For most viewers it is extremely frustrating only having a partial impact on which contestants stay and which go. The judges having at least some impact on which contestants are permitted to stay is intended to ensure that the competition stays focused on dancing skills, however it does still occasionally fall to the side in the event that some contestants are more favored by the judges and even the viewers than others who are more talented. While the show has struggled to ensure that it is fairly judged there is still an uncertainness whether the actual dancing or the whim of the judges makes a greater difference in who will actually win. Pulling your favorite star out of the crowd and giving them the boost needed to win is not just based on actual votes. It is still required that contestants at least attempt to completely master the dances that they are trying to compete with. This goes a long way towards helping contestants be absolutely certain that they are winning based upon their actual dancing skills, rather than just popularity but as many arguments have occurred, it is still undetermined just how effective this actually is. Many feel that the dancers whom are actually more talented are actually penalized by the judges in terms of a contestant that is more favored, such as the case with Melanie Brown and her partner on five. However, while the debates continue to rage on, there are still several theories that are discussed and the show marches on for a new season after each one ends, further increasing the popularity. Dances from "Dancing with the Stars" Each Season of "Dancing with the Stars" features some different dance techniques. While some seasons have featured the same dances, there are also some seasons where a special style is thrown in to ensure that things stay interesting for the audience. Looking over all of the different dance styles, there is truly something for everyone and it can be a lot of fun to see the different styles and watch how each professional handles it. The first thing to consider is the styles that have been present for every season so far. The Foxtrot, Cha-Cha-Cha, Quickstep, Jive, Tango, Paso Doble, Rumba and finally the Samba is the dance styles that is seen in every season. Once you start looking at the different styles that have only been used periodically, you notice a much smaller list. The first is the Waltz; this was only used for the first four seasons before being replaced in season five by the Viennese Waltz. The final dance style that has been used is the Mambo; this was first introduced during season three and has continued through at least season six so far. The Foxtrot is a dance style that was initially created by Harry Fox and premiered in 1914. It has been developed and is not typically accompanied musically by big band music. In the beginning however it was most often accompanied by ragtime music. As one of the most popular dance styles it is really easy to understand why this has been a basic staple for Dancing with the Stars every season. The Cha-Cha-Cha is a dance that originated back to its Cuban origins and comes to us from Latin America. Pierre Margoli is the actual dance teacher credited for creating the ballroom style of Cha-Cha-Cha. Another frequent style is the Quickstep. Designed as a combination of several different styles including the Foxtrot, Shag, Peabody, One Step and even the Charleston the dance was standardized in 1927. At a fast glance, it may seem extremely similar to the fast Foxtrot, however it is completely different with distinct patterns. Jive is another popular choice. This was created in the early 1940's and originated with African-Americans. The dance itself evolved from the Jitterbug as well as Swing dancing. As an extremely quick dance, it is most commonly performed at the clipper speed of 44 bars per minute, though on some occasions it can be slowed down to as little as 32 bars per minute. Tango is an intriguing dance, with two different styles to choose from the American and also the International style it is a favorite of many ballroom dancers. Trying to really find the perfect style for each partnership is not always easy; however, the International style is typically much more accepted for competitions. Paso Doble is a progressive style International ballroom dance and is not as widely used. It is quite similar to the Samba. Rumba is broken up into three different styles. There is the Cuban Rubma, the Early American Rumba and finally the Ballroom Rumba. The Samba is a very quick and speedy style. With a speed that is easily adjusted, it can move from very slow to extremely quick depending on the music. As you can see, there is an extremely diverse mixture of dance styles that are heavily used for the show. This provides ample opportunity to see a diverse range of dances as well as ensure a well rounded competition. "Dancing with the Stars" from the Beginning If you have ever wondered exactly where the show "Dancing with the Stars" has come from, it is really an amazing story. With six different celebrities paired together with six different professional ballroom dancers, a phenomenon was born into the United States. The show was already a hit in England, however trying to gauge exactly how well the show would perform in the United States was not quite so easy due to the dramatic differences between viewers. With the start of the show on June 1, 2005, it was immediately obvious that the show was a hit. The viewers for the very first episode hit an enormous 13 million viewers and climbed its way to the number one position. This was an incredible feat for a show that was just starting out, and was success that would just continue to grow as the show went on. Combining together celebrities from a wide field, incredible costumes and some fabulous dancing has all proven to be a great recipe for success for the show. The initial cast of the show for celebrities included several people who had not been seen heavily for a very long time, and demonstrated that a bit of time away from the spotlights of Hollywood is not always fatal for a career. The initial contestants for the show included: Trista Rehn, her claim to fame was her time on the show the Bachelorette as well as also competing on The Bachelor. Her time on the show was extremely short lived as she was eliminated on June 8, 2005 along with her partner Louis van Amstel. Evander Holyfield, he dazzled the world as a major heavyweight boxer and proved that while he was not the most graceful on his feet; he certainly was not the worst. Pulling all of his experience, as a boxer did not seem to benefit him greatly as his time on the show was tragically brought to an end on June 13, 2005 after just two weeks. His professional partner was Edyta Sliwinska. Rachel Hunter, as a famous supermodel it is standard that moving gracefully is required. While dancing with partner Jonathan Roberts it was unfortunate that Rachel was eliminated on June 22, 2005, which brought their time on the show to an end. Joey McIntyre, made famous by the 1980's boy band, New Kids on the Block he has also done a few acting gigs, mostly plays though. With his own semi-successful music career covering several years, it had been a while since he had been actively heard from. Paired with professional Ashly DelGrosso he was eliminated on June 29, 2005 after coming in 3rd place. John O'Hurley was able to secure several acting jobs as well as numerous television show hosting gigs; however, his first stint at competing came on "Dancing with the Stars". Paired with Charlotte Jorgensen as his professional partner the pair was eventually awarded a second place finish on July 6, 2005 for the season finale. Kelly Monoco, a successful actress with numerous shows to her credits including Baywatch, Port Charles, Hard Copy, Spin City, and General Hospital to name a few was declared the winner of season one on July 6, 2005 with professional partner Alec Mazo bringing a successful end to the first season for the show. Due to the success of the first season, additional seasons of the show were quickly organized. Each additional season of the show has increased the number of viewers watching and each features a unique set of celebrity contestants as well. One of the key factors that has helped to influence the success of the show is the uniqueness compared to anything else that is currently on television. Because the show pulls upon the success of contestants and offers no prize money at all, it is only a title as well as a trophy that the winning pair is awarded. While many contestants are not as comfortable with this idea, many others are thoroughly pleased to simply be able to compete again and stay in the public spotlight. "Dancing with the Stars" Season 2 Recap Building upon the success of season one of "Dancing with the Stars" was something that sent audiences into overdrive. Pulling the total number of competing couples up to 10, rather than just the six that season one offered was one of the largest changes. However, it certainly was not the only change for the show, which allowed it to reach a wider base of viewers. Another substantial change for the show was the change to an hour and a half time slot, rather than just the single hour time slot. Added to this change was the addition of a results show that was aired the subsequent night, which ran for an hour. Following many of the changes that were in store for the season it was extremely important to begin season two of "Dancing with the Stars" with a fabulous cast of celebrities pulled together. In order to really do this, the show pulled out several well known celebrities to really give the show a serious boost. The huge changes in the show paid off and it continued to grow in popularity. However, it was also speculated that the viewer voting was creating problems in the results, as many people who received extremely low scores from the judges were actually given the ability to remain on the show an extremely long period of time. Kenny Mayne was the first contestant to be sent packing. As an ESPN sports commentator he was teamed up with professional Andrea Hale. After an extremely brief stint on the show, he was eliminated on January 6, 2006 with the new season only starting on January 5, 2006. As one of the shortest durations on the show, he was certainly passed over by many when discussing highlights of the show. Tatum O'Neil was partnered with professional Nick Kosovich and was eliminated on January 13, 2006. For her previous accomplishments, she was a successful actress and has even won an Academy Award previously. Giselle Fernandez is a TV journalist who appeared in season two partnered with Jonathan Roberts. Following the elimination on January 20, 2006, she was expected to return to her normal job. Master P is the rapper that everyone loved to support. Drawing the love of the viewers, he was kept around for many weeks despite the fact that he had no real skills in ballroom dancing. After putting in very few hours of actual dance training, it was immediately obvious that the viewers were voting for him simply due to his popularity, rather than his actual dancing skills. Partnered with Ashly DelGrosso the pair was eventually eliminated on January 27, 2006 after causing quite a stir over the voting process. Tia Carrere is a model and actress who was partnered with professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The duo was eliminated on the February 3, 2006 episode. George Hamilton an actor was partnered with Edyta Sliwinska after a successful run on the show the pair was eliminated on February 10, 2006. Lisa Rinna was designated as one of the best dancers in the competition and was paired with professional Louis van Amstel. Despite best efforts and scores from the judges, Lisa was eliminated on February 24, 2006. Stacy Keibler an actress and also a former Diva for WWE was paired with professional Tony Dovolani. The pair was eliminated on February 24, 2006 in third place; however, there was disputes that they should have rightfully beaten the second place finishers due to much better performances over the duration of the show. Jerry Rice is a retired and highly successful NFL wide receiver. After being chided by the judges continuously over his lack of ability, it became obvious that the reason he stayed for so long was due to the viewers voting for him. The controversy surrounding the voting reached a fever pitch when Jerry finished second place. Many attributed his win to the votes that poured in right immediately following his dancing which was often at the very beginning of the show. The final contestant for season was Drew Lachey, brother to Nick Lachey and also member of the boy band 98 Degrees. His professional partner was Cheryl Burke and they managed to secure a first place win on February 24, 2006. This was the first major project that Drew was involved in for quite a while, and his wonderful performances on the show attributed heavily to his win. Season Three -- "Dancing with the Stars" Excels Gaining on the successful momentum that helped to shove "Dancing with the Stars" into popularity the show made a few additional changes when it was time to start casting season three. The first change that was made was the inclusion of an additional celebrity and professional pair. This brought the total number of contestants to twenty-two total with eleven being celebrities. Additionally changes were made to the actual scoring system with the total points being awarded to each pair of contestants being heavily influenced by the total overall voting numbers. The third season saw the highest viewer numbers so far with a total of 27.8 million viewers tuning in for the season finale that was aired on November 15, 2006. With changes in voting and scoring worked out it was hoped that the competition would be again focused solely on the actual dancing ability. However, this was proven untrue by the scores of both Jerry Springer and also Sara Evans. Additional complications that plagued the season including Sara Evans dropping out after filing for divorce from her husband. The contestants of season three included: Tucker Carlson a news anchor for MSNBC was teamed up with professional Elana Grinenko and was the first pair eliminated on September 13, 2006 after the season kicked off on September 12, 2006. Shanna Moakler the wife of rocker Travis Barker is a former Miss USA, as well as has started in numerous television shows and also appeared in Playboy. Shanna was paired with Jesse DeSoto and was eliminated quickly from the show on September 20, 2006. Harry Hamlin, an actor was paired with Ashly DelGrosso, however was eliminated on September 27, 2006. Vivica A. Fox well known for numerous acting roles was paired up with Nick Kosovich and stayed on the show until October 4, 2006. Willa Ford, the self-proclaimed Bad Girl of Pop was paired with professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Following her time on the show, it was rumored that the two were dating, however several weeks later Maksim released a statement denying a relationship outside the dancing competition with Willa. Sara Evans was paired up with Tony Duvolani. Sara was one of the celebrities to benefit from the popular vote as she was also the subject of many extremely low scores. She withdrew herself from the competition on October 13, 2006 after filing for divorce from her husband. Jerry Springer daytime talk show host and also former politician was paired together with Kym Johnson. Due to the elimination of Sarah by withdrawal the couple was given an extra week to remain on the show. However, after receiving the popular vote for an extended period of time their luck came to an end and the pair was voted to be eliminated on October 25, 2006. Monique Coleman the star of several Disney shows was paired together with Louis van Amstel. Popular in many shows for tweens and other similar age groups she performed well and was eventually eliminated on November 1, 2006. Joey Lawrence the actor most recognized for his roles on Blossom as well as several other television shows. Coming in third place for season three he was paired up with professional Edyta Sliwinska but was eliminated on November 8, 2006. Mario Lopez, best known for his time spent on the popular teen show Saved by the Bell was paired up with Karina Smirnoff, whom he eventually started dating. Finishing the season in second place, he performed quite well throughout the entire season and finished extremely close to first place. Emmitt Smith a respected, loved and retired NFL running back was teamed up with Cheryl Burke and performed quite well through the entire season. When the season ended up November 15, 2006, the pair was awarded a first place finish. Barely beating out Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff the pair performed well throughout the entire season with only one low score during the third week. "Dancing with the Stars" Grows During Season Four With the latest season of "Dancing with the Stars" starting on March 19, 2007, the show hit the ground running and never looked back. Several adjustments were made to the show though to improve the overall flow. The first change that was in store was the shift in timeslots. This was actually done to accommodate a larger audience that would otherwise potentially be wrapped up watching American Idol on Fox, rather than tuning into "Dancing with the Stars". Additional changes also included waiting until the end of week 2 to start actually eliminating contestants. A final change was airing the show in the UK, which had not been done previously. Pulling out the contestants for season four was a lot of enjoyment, with a range of athletes, singers, and even actors combined together it created a really enjoyable show. Paulina Porizkova a supermodel was paired with Alec Mazo and was the first contestant that was sent home. Paulina and Alec departed the show on March 26, 2007 after only two weeks on the show. Shandi Finnessey has enjoyed a career as a former Miss USA and also a game show host. Partnered up with Brian Fortuna she was also struck from the show extremely quickly and found herself removed on April 3, 2007. Leeza Gibbons a talk show host was paired up with professional Tony Dovolani and only stayed for 4 episodes before being eliminated from the show on April 10, 2007. Clyde Drexler a retired NBA player was teamed up with professional Elena Grinenko and was eliminated on April 17, 2007 after holding on for several weeks. The former wife of Beatle Paul McCartney, Heather Mills was on the show for season four as well. Her official job was listed as Charity Campaigner; however, this has not been verified since there is some difficulty locating her actual job. It was rumored that her stay on the show was dragged out due to the publicity surrounding her extremely public divorce to Paul McCartney. As the only contestant with a prosthetic leg, she only had one incident where her leg created a problem. She was partnered with Jonathan Roberts and was eliminated finally on April 24, 2007. John Ratzenberger an actor with credits including the hit television show Cheers was partnered with professional Edyta Sliwinska but was eliminated on May 1, 2007. Billy Ray Cyrus the one hit wonder of the 1990's was partnered up with Karina Smirnoff. Presently best known as the father of Hannah Montana star, Miley Cyrus he was eliminated from the show on May 8, 2007. Ian Ziering an actor with credits that include the popular show Beverly Hills, 90210 was partnered with professional Cheryl Burke for his stay on the show. After an elimination on May 15, 2007, they finished in fourth place. Laila Ali the daughter of Mohammad Ali and also a professional Boxing World Champion. Partnered with professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy she pulled out a third place finish on May 22, 2007 at the season finale. Joey Fatone from the 90's boy band 'N Sync was partnered with Kym Johnson and pulled out a second place finish. Despite an extremely limited career outside of music before his appearance on the show, he was extremely popular with the audience and received a large amount of votes. Apolo Anton Ohno is a five time Olympic Medalist in Short Track Speed skating. After winning two gold, one silver and also two bronze medals in the Olympics Apolo appeared on season four of "Dancing with the Stars" and was partnered together with professional Julianne Hough and danced his way to victory yet again by winning the title and first place in the season finale on May 22, 2007. With the wide range of celebrities involved, it was only natural for a bit of controversy to follow as well. The biggest controversies included Vincent Pastore an actor pulling out of the show right before it began. Originally partnered with Edyta Sliwinska he was replaced by John Ratzenberger. There were two professionals who pulled out of this season as well, Ashly DelGrosso pulled out due to a pregnancy and Louis van Amstel pulled out due to personal reasons but still appeared as a professional dancer for performances and assisted with choreography. Continuing with Success "Dancing with the Stars" Season Five With an ever increasing fan base, "Dancing with the Stars" returned on September 24, 2007 and brought with it an extra long premier week. With three episodes offered initially it was an extremely long week and the season ended on November 27, 2007. During the season, the co-host Samantha Harris took time off to have her baby and was temporarily replaced by season two winner Drew Lachey. The season started with an interesting mix of twelve celebrities as well as twelve professional dancers all teamed up. Josie Maran a successful model that has appeared in numerous magazines and photo spreads. She was partnered up with Alec Mazo and was eliminated early in the competition the very first week on September 24, 2007. Albert Reed another successful model who has worked with companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch danced with professional Anna Trebunskaya. After a very limited stay on the show, they were eliminated on October 2, 2007. Wayne Newton the favorite of many old western movies appeared and was partnered with former professional champion Cheryl Burke. After just three weeks on the show, the pair was eliminated on October 9, 2007 and Wayne rode off into the sunset. Floyd Mayweather Jr. a WBC welterweight champion boxer nicknamed "Pretty Boy" was tied to professional Karina Smirnoff. The pair danced together for several weeks until they were eliminated on October 16, 2007. Mark Cuban is an entrepreneur who was professionally teamed with Kym Johnson. About halfway through the season they were eliminated on October 23, 2007. Sabrina Bryan a member of the Cheetah Girls was paired with Mark Ballas. After performing extremely well for several weeks, it was an outrage to many viewers when the pair was eliminated on October 30, 2007. Jane Seymour an actress known for many different roles was paired with professional Tony Dovolani. After remaining on longer than Sabrina Bryan, many were upset over the voting process. Eliminated from the show on November 6, 2007. Cameron Mathison an actor on All My Children the ABC soap opera as well as several different television shows. Paired up to dance with professional Edyta Sliwinska they remained on the show for quite a while, only being eliminated on November 13, 2007. Jennie Garth, best known for her role as Kelly on Beverly Hills, 90210 performed beautifully was paired with Derek Hough. The pair performed wonderfully until they were eliminated on November 20, 2007 to finish in fourth place. Marie Osmond an entertainer who had not performed quite as well as expected was paired up to Jonathan Roberts. The duo came in third place on the November 27, 2007 season finale. However, many were extremely upset that Marie Osmond made it to third place beating out several others that were more talented. Melanie Brown, a member of the girl power group Spice Girls and called Scary Spice was paired to Maksim Chmerkovskiy for the season. Performing beautifully the entire season it was expected that they would win first place. However, they only pulled out a second place win during the season finale on November 27, 2007. Helio Castroneves an Indy 500 Race Car Champion and speed demon on the roads was paired up with Julianne Hough. Many were upset over the win for Helio and Julianne and claimed that the title was stolen due to Melanie being a substantially better dancer. Regardless of the reason, the duo danced their way to victory and pulled out the first place finish for the finale. As you can just imagine, the entire season was filled with excitement. From a Cheetah Girl to a Spice Girl and even throwing in a boxer, racecar driver and a few actors it was a truly unique and remarkable season. The overall shockers were fairly minimal except for the extended length that Marie Osmond stayed and the loss that Melanie Brown received rather than actually winning the title. Summarizing Season Six of "Dancing with the Stars" Putting together the latest season of the show was a truly special time. By crowning a female as the winner for the first time in 5 seasons, it was a chance for the women to recapture the crown. By sticking to the new time slot, as well as working with another twelve celebrities and twelve professionals the show again kicked off on March 17, 2008. However, the difference for this year was not one but two eliminations that would occur on the first elimination show. With a wide range of personalities and celebrities pulled out for the latest season it was a truly magical time for some. Magician Penn Jillette half of the famous duo Penn and Teller was paired up with professional Kym Johnson. While Penn has a true ability to perform amazing magic tricks there were no tricks capable of keeping the duo on the show. They were eliminated in the very first elimination round that was held on March 25, 2008. Monica Seles a women's tennis Grand Slam champion was paired up with the talented Jonathan Roberts. Despite talent on the tennis court, the couple was also eliminated on the first elimination round on March 25, 2008. Steve Guttenberg an actor well known for numerous films including Three Men and a Little Baby as well as Three Men and a Little Lady, was paired up with the talented Anna Trebunskaya. Following a very brief stint on the show, they were the third couple to be eliminated on April 1, 2008. Adam Carolla a truly funny comedian as well as radio host was paired up with the two time winning Julianne Hough. Despite Julianne's luck with previous seasons, the couple was eliminated on April 8, 2008. Priscilla Presley best known for being the wife to the King of Rock n Roll Elvis Presley was partnered with Louis van Amstel. After performing well on the show for several weeks, the couple was finally eliminated on April 15, 2008. Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin was teamed up with professional Fabian Sanchez and performed wonderfully for several weeks. After a fabulous experience on the show they were eliminated on April 22, 2008. Shannon Elizabeth an actress best remembered for her role in American Pie was paired up with the talented Derek Hough. After a thrilling experience on the show, their partnership came to a halt on April 29, 2008 after coming in only sixth place. Mario an R&B singer with plenty of soul was partnered up with Karina Smirnoff. After a smooth flow on the dance floor the pair was eliminated in fifth place on May 6, 2008. Marissa Jaret Winokur an incredible Tony award winning actress from Broadway was paired up with ballroom professional Tony Dovolani. Putting their talents together the pair managed to hang in to secure a fourth place finish. They completed the show on May 13, 2008. Cristian de la Fuente was paired with professional and previous winner Cheryl Burke. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous television shows as well as movies. Many of his movies and appearances have also been Mexican shows as well. They worked well together until the conclusion of their adventure when they made a great third place finish on May 20, 2008. Jason Taylor a NFL player for the Miami Dolphins is used to playing the defensive end. However, despite being the NFL Man of the Year, he and professional partner Edyta Sliwinska only managed to secure a second place victory in the final on May 20, 2008. The winner a female for the first time in five seasons was Olympic Champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. After receiving the only perfect score throughout the entire season as well as the talented professional Mark Ballas as a partner, she waltzed her way to victory in the season finale on May 20, 2008 and was one of the treasured favorites throughout the entire season. Changes to "Dancing with the Stars" There has been extremely positive responses to "Dancing with the Stars" since it was first created. The show has experienced a large number of changes over the seasons and many of these changes have been for the better. Trying to really keep up with all of the changes is not always as easy as you may like, but in general, the changes made the show even better than it was previously. Season one saw the show kick off with a total of six couples. There were six celebrities and also six professional dancers. The judges all awarded points at the conclusion of the dances and then audience members were permitted to call in and vote. Season two increased the contestant count to ten couples. However, there was no other changes made aside from adding contestants. For season three the vote scoring system changed a bit. The votes of viewers still accounted for half of the final score however; it was changed to directly relate to percentages rather than actual points. This was a significant change and was intended to help minimize the popularity vote that was seriously harming many of the less popular contestants that were much more talented. "Dancing with the Stars" season four kicked off a few different changes. With a total of eleven couples paired together, the season kicked off on March 19, 2007. The biggest change of the season was the shift of time slots. Dancing with the Stars was moved to a new night to avoid a conflict with the Fox hit show American Idol. This proved good for the ratings as well. The beginnings of season five started with twelve couples paired together. This was the one year that had the greatest problems with viewer voting. There was numerous complications with better dancers being kicked off in favor of contestants that were actually much more popular contestants that were not as skilled at dancing. The celebrities that were voted off included Sabrina Bryan leaving early and also Melanie Brown losing to Helio Castroneves. Season six offered relatively few changes with everything staying essentially the same as in season five. This allowed for a very smooth flowing season and very few problems over all. As you can just imagine, those instances when significant changes took place created the opportunities where there were some very large complicated that took a bit of effort to smooth out. For the majority of contestants adapting to the changes was easy enough. However, it is also important to note that during the duration of the show voting was changed to require votes from viewers to wait until the end of the show, instead of permitting voting to occur during the actual show itself. This change was made to help ensure that all voting was conducted in a fair manner. All of the changes that have occurred so far during the show have worked to ensure that the show increases in popularity. For viewers the changes to the show have helped to add a significant amount of value. There are very few contestants who have found negative repercussions due to the changes which have further proven that the changes made to the show have helped to ensure that it is running the best possible. While further changes are likely, at this point there have been no changes for season 7 released yet. Can "Dancing with the Stars" Resurrect a Career? For all of the celebrities who have been involved in the show Dancing with the Stars there are plenty of questions about whether it is actually valuable to them or not. With so many people looking for ways to really boost their career after a brief lull many celebrities are lining up for their chance to get on the show. Trying to determine just how successful the show has really been is a huge series of questions though, after all the effect for each celebrity has been a bit different. With the celebrities of season one including Trista Rehn, Evander Holyfield, Rachel Hunter, Joey McIntyre, John O'Hurley and Kelly Monaco there was very little that was actually gained for the celebrities. Kelly Monaco is still acting on the soap opera that she appears in, and Joey McIntyre is presently preparing for a trip around the country with band mates from the boy band of the 1080's New Kids on the Block. Season two brought not only a larger selection of celebrities but also several that are making headlines. Tatum O'Neal has recently been in the news for a drug arrest that occurred following her time on the show. Additional figures have been Master P who has maintained a fairly low profile after appearing on the show, but still works on albums occasionally. Additionally, Lisa Rinna has rejuvenated her career and is a television show host on the Soap Opera network. For season three, it was a really star packed season. With celebrities such as Joey Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Emmitt Smith and even Monique Coleman packed into the season it was certain to go somewhere. With celebrities like Shanna Moakler, they returned to dealing with family issues, while other celebrities including Mario Lopez went onto star on Broadway in A Chorus Line. Monique Coleman is a Disney star and has moved onto several new projects with the company. The majority of the cast from season four was much less active prior to the show. The biggest names of the show included Joey Fatone, Laila Ali, Billy Ray Cyrus and also Heather Mills. The greatest attention from each of the celebrities has circulated around people such as Billy Ray Cyrus who is now best known as simply being the father of Hannah Montana Disney star Miley Cyrus and also Laila Ali who is the daughter of boxer Mohammad Ali. Additionally, since the show ended Heather Mills has appeared in a few other television shows, but also managed to secure her divorce from former Beatle Paul McCartney. The majority of the contestants from season five included Sabrina Bryan, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and also Melanie Brown from the Spice Girls. Since the show ended, the Spice Girls launched an international reunion tour, and also Floyd Mayweather made a special appearance on WWE earning a nice paycheck for the appearance. From season six, it appears that none of the celebrities who disappeared into the background before the show are really managing to break out from the darkness. With celebrities such as Steve Guttenberg and Priscilla Presley, the largest promise was from celebrities such as Penn Jillette half of the magical duo Penn & Teller as well as actress Shannon Elizabeth. Overall, the results of the show still seems to have settled with very few of the recent contestants making a huge splash after the show is over. This latest season really will be the test of time to determine if the show is really good at resurrecting careers.
Winners of "Dancing with the Stars": Professionals and Celebrities Each season of "Dancing with the Stars" has been really interesting and amusing. Watching the celebrities learn how to maneuver with the large costumes is a real treat for many people and with so much going on during the whole season it is really easy to forget just how important it is to really take some time to look at the real winners for each season. Season one gave us the winners Kelly Monaco and Alec Mazo. With Alec coming in as the oldest professional winner and Kelly Monaco the first winner of the show a hit series was born. By bringing the success of the show together with all of the great benefits that are provided a truly hit series was created. Kelly Monaco the season one winner is an actress and is quite well known for her role on the hit show General Hospital. Season two was off in full force quickly and allowed the viewers the opportunity to really start connecting with the stars. Drew Lachey the younger brother to singer Nick Lachey and also a former member of the boy band 98 Degrees pulled out a win with professional Cheryl Burke. The duo performed excellently together and had a fabulous time. Season three started with several great players and found the winner in Emmitt Smith a retired running back who was partnered with Cheryl Burke. This represented the second consecutive win for Cheryl, but the first win for Emmitt. After dancing his way into the hearts of viewers, he managed to pull a great win. Season four was a great treasure with the winner Apolo Anton Ohno who was paired up with Julianne Hough. Julianne Hough was the youngest professional winner at only 18 when she helped Apolo Anton Ohno who was the youngest celebrity at 25 dance his way to win. Performing beautifully the entire season together, they enjoyed a large amount of success. Season five was another great season for Julianne Hough's who secured her second consecutive victory with Helio Castroneves as her celebrity partner. Helio a racecar driver for the Indy series performed really well however seemed a weaker contestant against the runner up Melanie Brown. Season six saw a return of the women to the winning ranks. Kristi Yamaguchi an Olympic champion figure skater pulled out a win with professional partner Mark Ballas for the last season. After winning the highest scores for the entire season and the only perfect score for a contestant so far, Kristi was the true favorite of the crowd when she finished the season in top position. Looking at all of the winners of "Dancing with the Stars" it is easy to see that the men have routinely dominated the winners circle. With men capturing the title for four straight seasons in a row it is time for the women to step up and compete better in order to keep the title from reverting back to a male contestant in the subsequent season 7 that is scheduled to start in the fall of 2008. With contestants still under wraps at this point, finding the perfect matching pair to win the hearts of the judges and the viewers is not always easy. "Dancing with the Stars" is certainly destined to grow even further and the previous six winners make it a great experience. Win or Fail -- Creating a Truly Special Show While most television shows currently, broadcasted feature enormous prizes handed down to individuals who vie for a position on the show, Dancing with the Stars stands out above the crowd. By skipping over the thrill of prize money and even resurrecting someone's career, it is clear that the show is pulling on a tradition of success and trying their absolute best to bring success to the show any way they possibly can. Trying to determine exactly what makes the show a hit or a miss is not always as easy as calling off a list of benefits or negatives, but it can certainly make for a rather entertaining list. Your first consideration should always be looking at the fact that the stars who are selected for the show are typically those you have not seen or heard from in a while. In all reality since 2005 when Kristi Yamaguchi was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame, has anyone really seen her doing much? What about Jerry Springer? Perhaps Melanie Brown was your actual favorite, but in reality, most of the stars that are pulled out are at best B rated stars who have done very little in recent years. Occasionally someone comes along who is primarily famous due for whom they married, such as the case with Heather Mills and even Priscilla Presley but most contestants have had some sort of career for themselves at some point to fall back on. Other reasons that the show seems to pull a lot of attention is when is the last time you saw guys such as Penn Jillette, Mario, Wayne Newton, and even Floyd Mayweather all ballroom dancing? These are guys who are known for music, magic and even boxing. Ballroom dancing certainly does not fit into the standard experience, but yet it is one of the main draws that helped each of these contestants do well on the show. With contestants on the female side also coming from some strange backgrounds, it creates a lot of interest and intrigue to see who will actually make it on the show and who is going to crash and burn quickly. I would have to think that one of the biggest draws to the show is there is absolutely no prize. The best that the contestants who win receive is simply a statue or trophy, and a sweet little title that means absolutely nothing at all. In a growing group of celebrities who are used to being given anything they want they are increasingly finding themselves getting nothing at all but just a small trophy for all of their efforts. This is rather amusing to some viewers who normally expect to watch these shows and see large prizes handed over. Another draw is the fact that the show brings together several different elements. There are the professionals who actually know what they are doing, the celebrities who act like they know what they are doing; the gorgeous costumes, fun music, incredible dances and the even intensive popularity contest. While many have tried to argue that the show is actually about talent, anyone who has watched much knows that it is much less about talent and much more about the popularity of the contestant. Those who are loved by a large number of fans and viewers tend to stay around much longer regardless of how well they can actually dance. This makes the show closely resemble the in clique of high school where only the most popular kids were allowed to hang out. With the draws of the show pulling people from a large number of demographic ranges it is obvious that the show is doing something right. Whether they are pulling in the right celebrities to resurrect, or the format itself is just that good is yet to be seen, but people are loving the show. Discussions after the show trying to determine who is going home abound, and the wheel keeps ticking bringing new contestants and sending home more as the Dancing with the Stars empire continues to grow. The Most Hated Judge -- Take a Guess With each season of "Dancing with the Stars" bringing all new celebrities to the center of attention it is increasingly obvious that there are several judges who play a very large part on the show. Trying to determine the exact role that each of the stars play is often varied, but it is possible for a large number of people to easily pinpoint the one judge that they dislike. However, while everyone tends to have different opinions, there are also several factors that make it increasingly obvious that one judge in particular has the role of villain wrapped up tightly. For the vast majority of viewers the inclusion of Len Goodman as well as Bruno Tonioli seems only natural. After all, these two gentlemen are directly involved with the British version of the show Strictly Come Dancing. One major difference between the original British version and the United States version is the number of judges, for the British version there are a total of four judges, which includes Craig Revel Horwood, Arlene Phillips, Len Goodman, and finally Bruno Tonioli. Len Goodman comes from England and is a professional dancing judge, as well as instructor for ballroom and also Latin dance styles. Beginning his dance career around 1962 he has ample experience to pull upon and has demonstrated a very extensive knowledge of all of the dance types, styles, varieties and even the alternative techniques that can be used. Due to the overwhelming success of the British version, Strictly Come Dancing he was offered the position as the head judge on the American version, "Dancing with the Stars". BrunoTonioli is a professional dancer as well as a choreographer. His professional credits have ranged across a large number of projects with his most recent notoriety coming from both the British version, Strictly Come Dancing but also the American version, "Dancing with the Stars". Pulling from his own experience as a dancer and even a choreographer he is able to offer the contestants, both stars and professionals some great first hand advice and is also known for making an appearance on the Australian version of the show, "Dancing with the Stars". Carrie Ann Inaba is an American actress, singer, and also dancer. She has also handled numerous professional choreography needs as well, especially for various competitions, and television shows. From all of the judges involved in the show "Dancing with the Stars" she is the only judge who has no personal ballroom dancing experience or training. This has no doubt found her repeatedly questioned on her ability to judge the competition. Pulling on her dancing skills, she has proven in her own professional career that she is incredibly talented and has been involved in the show since the very beginning. Overall, if you had to just read the small pieces of information presented and pick the one judge that you believe is the worst what do you think you would say? Most people can agree that it is extremely difficult to actually pinpoint that one judge that is unanimously called the villain but for some it is actually quite simple. The lack of experience in professional ballroom dancing tends to make Carrie Ann Inaba the first choice; however, there are several reasons why she is often considered the villain judge in the show. For the majority of people who have watched the show for any great amount of time it is noticeable that aside from the truth that many people all compete against each other Carrie Ann Inaba also has a habit of being much harsher on the female contestants than on the male contestants. This is regardless of whether the contestants are professionals or celebrities. This has created a large amount of frustration amongst fans that felt that male's were not performing to the same level as the female but yet received better comments and ratings. Trying to avoid this reputation, it has been obvious that Carrie Ann Inaba is working to change her image, but it is proving to be a bit difficult for her to do since each couple has at least one female actively involved. Learning the Moves -- Is it Enough? After six successful seasons on the show it is rather obvious for most viewers that the winner of the show is not always about necessarily who is the most talented. There are plenty of occasions where a much more talented contestant will be cast away in favor of a contestant that is much more popular. If you are completely unsure exactly how you are going to really determine the best contestant then it is incredibly difficult to really decide what is most important. There are several key issues that will heavily influence the outcome of the season. Of course, "Dancing with the Stars" is obviously about dancing. Nevertheless, there is so much more to actually making an incredible run on the show. If you really look around at all of the different elements, it is really easy to see how the actual dancing can quickly become something that is much less important than the actual presentation of the performers. For the different celebrities who are less talented but extremely popular it is possible to pick up a large amount of support from the audience. Often times, this support from the audience and the viewers will go a long way towards holding a contestant into the competition even after they should have gone home. Many viewers become completely enthused by the actual costumes that are worn rather than actually paying attention to the actual dancing technique of each contestant. One of the many details that should be thoroughly viewed is the technique though. This can often be easily overlooked with the glitzy and glamorous costumes that are used, but should never be shoved to the backburner. Several seasons however have proven that actual technique is not always the most important area to review as there have been several contestants who remained on the show much longer than they should have due to just actual technique seriously lacking. For the contestants who are actually skilled at dancing it is much easier to relax and enjoy the performance. But for others this can be extremely difficult. Contestants who tend to actually enjoy their dancing tend to perform much better, they demonstrate greater levels of confidence and they also are quite talented at putting a good bit of effort together to ensure that they are truly selling their performance to the audience as well as the judges. While the judges are always going to be much more critical of actual technique, the audience will quickly notice how confident a performer really as, as well as if they seem to actually be enjoying themselves. Another factor that can play into the draw to win is the relationship between the celebrity and the professional. While the professional is ultimately responsible for teaching, the celebrity how to dance it is also extremely important that they be close enough to feel comfortable around each other. For everyone who has actually watched an uncomfortable performance this is a huge issue. There are many times when partners are not really comfortable together and this can create a huge issue on the dance floor due to the stress coming through even during actual dancing. In order to really sell themselves to the audience and judges it is critical that the partners actually like and enjoy each other. However, this does not mean that they have to date or even fall in love. There is a distinct difference between enjoying your partner and disliking them. History of "Dancing with the Stars" Have you ever been flipping channels and stumbled upon "Dancing with the Stars"? Many people have found themselves in this position and wondered exactly how the show actually got started. The fact is, this is not a show that is unique to the United States, in fact, it comes from a long line of shows that it is similar to and is based off the British television show Strictly Come Dancing. A piece of a franchise from the BBC Worldwide and has successfully finished six seasons so far with the seventh season scheduled to begin in September of 2008. The show itself features professional ballroom dancers who are teamed together with celebrities from a wide range of fields. The celebrities themselves come from movies, television, music and even some modeling. Combining the dancers together with the actual celebrities is typically done randomly but the final result is a pair that is combined together for the season and must compete against all other pairs for the season. It is the job of the professional dancer to teach, coach and encourage the celebrity in all of the appropriate styles of ballroom dancing that is needed in order to complete the season. The celebrity that performs best is typically the winner, which obviously requires a very strong professional dance partner in order to actually help the celebrity learn the necessary dances. Once each pair performs, they are provided a score from the three judges. This score is then combined with the votes from viewers voting for their favorite pair as well. At the end of the voting period, the couple with the lowest score is sent home. This is the format that has been adopted from the British version, Strictly Come Dancing. Additionally, as well as adopting the British version the show also includes two of the judges from the British series. Both Bruno Tonioli and also Len Goodman are associated with the American version and the British version to name a few. The show itself has been incredibly popular all around the world and is shown in numerous countries all around. Finding the perfect combination of judges, guidelines, contestants and even dance styles has afforded the show a large amount of success. With success coming all around the world the show seems to have everything it could possibly want, great stars, wonderfully talented professionals and a cast of great judges. However, much as "Dancing with the Stars" seems to have everything they are still behind in terms of ratings. American Idol is still the top ranked show in television; however, "Dancing with the Stars" is fighting very hard to actually catch up. How successful the show will be at working to catch up in ratings is still yet to be seen, but each season has continued to increase ratings. As you can imagine, the show tends to strike at the hearts of competition. With a highly competitive nature, arriving all around from both the professional dancers and even the celebrities who find competition extremely addictive the show pulls a large number of contestants, viewers and fans. As you can imagine, the show's popularity has continued to grow and there is an ever increasing number of people who are looking for great advances in the show. Finding the substantial success that "Dancing with the Stars" has located is never easy, but it is always something that will continue to grow as the show has continued down a path of great success. Gathering the Strength to Go On With several performers facing injuries after various points in the season, it is really important to take a look at the injuries that can occur and how some of these injuries have perhaps damaged "Dancing with the Stars". With injuries hitting not just the professionals but also the celebrities it is very important to look around at all of the minor details to see how the larger picture, the title of winner was actually impacted. The first hit that occurred was to professional Kym Johnson. This occurred during season three while she was paired with talk show host and former politician Jerry Springer. During one of the actual performance, Kym hyper extended one of her legs creating a serious injury. She was however able to continue dancing. Overall, the couple did not fare well and were eliminated soon after. During Season five, there were several problems that were encountered. The first was during week five when Marie Osmond was dancing. For exact reasons unknown, she fainted in the middle of the dance. The show was immediately cut to a commercial break and she was treated. Additionally during week six Jane Seymour was missed from the results show due to a case of food poisoning. Due to the show only being results, rather than an actual performance Jane was not harmed for missing the date. Another injury in season five was Mark Ballas a professional. His injury occurred during the season finale for the season. He was performing an encore dance with Sabrina Bryan his celebrity partner when he suffered a shoulder injury. After the dance, he was sent to the hospital to seek immediate treatment. Because this injury occurred long after the couple had been eliminated it did not harm their likelihood of winning at all. Season six brought with it relative calm. However, Kristi Yamaguchi suffered from an injured ankle during week four. She managed to perform without incident and later went on to actually win the season. Cristian de la Fuente suffered from a ruptured tendon in his left bicep during his actual performance. The judges allowed a bit of slack, only judging his performance up until the actual injury occurred. Immediately following the dance, he was sent to the hospital and was not present for the rest of the show. With all of the seasons of the show that have thus been released and with "Dancing with the Stars" now marching towards season seven the overall number of injuries is extremely low. Working to avoid injuries is always a top priority for the show, but on the occasion that injury does occur they are promptly treated which for most contestants has allowed them to return to the show quickly to continue competing. To this point, there have been no contestants who had to pull out of the show completely due to an injury. While there are of course other problems such as Sara Evans withdrawing due to a divorce and even other casting changes before the show actually starts the overall number of contestants that are injured and thus influencing the overall conclusion is extremely small. This has allowed very few circumstances to actually impact the overall winner for each season. After all, the season six contestant with an ankle injury Kristi Yamaguchi even went out to claim a win. Facts and Trivia from "Dancing with the Stars" Looking at all of the seasons of "Dancing with the Stars" it is rather interesting the patterns that start to emerge sometimes. Learning some of the facts and trivia of the show can be really entertaining and is often quite exciting. There are numerous tidbits of trivia that is not always widely known. For example, the oldest male celebrity in the competition was George Hamilton at 66; the youngest male celebrity so far was Mario at a spry 21 years old. The oldest female celebrity was Priscilla Presley, the widow of Elvis Presley at 62 years old. The other end of the spectrum found Sabrina Bryan at just 23 the youngest female celebrity. The oldest professional is Nick Kosovich at a mere 43 and Julianne Hough takes the prize for being the youngest at only 19. If you start looking at actual performance on the show there are several other interesting things to learn. Jerry Springer is the one celebrity with the greatest number of bottom 2 appearances. He appeared in the bottom 2 a grand total of four times before being eliminated. For professionals, Edyta Sliwinska has appeared in the bottom 2 a total of 12 times, however this is spread across all six seasons as Edyta is the only professional to appear in all six seasons. Celebrities who have never been in the bottom two include: Drew Lachey, Mario Lopez, Emmitt Smith, Helio Castroneves, Apolo Anton Ohno, and finally season six winner Kristi Yamaguchi. Professionals who have been in the bottom two the least includes Fabian Sanchez, Mark Ballas and also Julianne Hough whom has also won two different seasons as well. These three professionals have each found themselves in the bottom 2 a single time. Kristi Yamaguchi is the only celebrity to place First in a total of eight instances. However, on the other end, P. Miller, Jerry Springer, Marie Osmond and Clyde Drexler all appeared in last place four times each. The list could go on for miles, but finding the details that are actually interesting is not always easy. After all, who really cares that the tallest celebrity to participate was Clyde Drexler at 6'7" tall? Or that Marissa Jaret Winokur was the shortest at a tiny 5'0"? Most people instead are concerned with actual performances. As far as the most times champion for the professions both Julianne Hough and Cheryl Burke both win the prize after winning two seasons each. Additionally, Julianne enjoyed the thrill of being the youngest professional to win, being only 18 at the time of her first win and 19 at the time of her second. Alec Mazo who is also a winning professional was the oldest professional to win at 31 years old. For the celebrities themselves Apolo Anton Ohno was the youngest winner at only 25, while Emmitt Smith was the oldest at 37 years old. Looking over all of the seasons it is truly incredible just how diverse the group has been. While many of the professionals have remained the same throughout many seasons, there are constant changes in the celebrities that are sought. Trying to ensure that you are really looking over all of the true details and statistics is not always easy, but it can certainly be a lot of fun and when combined together with the thrill of the actual show can be a really great way to pass some time. "Dancing with the Stars": The Tour Trying to maximize the financial boost of the show as much as possible during the broadcast on October 25, 2006, it was announced that "Dancing with the Stars" The Tour was going to start embarking around the country. With the promise of many of the celebrities as well as professionals all combined together for a great performance at a location near you the tour started out quite small and managed to grow substantially as time went out. After three successful tours the empire has continued to grow and the results that ABC are finding is absolutely incredible. The first tour kicked off on December 19, 2006 in sunny San Diego, California and wrapped up after 38 different arenas on February 11, 2007. The first tour showcased celebrities Drew Lachey, Joey McIntyre, Lisa Rinna, Joey Lawrence and Harry Hamlin. The professionals involved in the initial tour included Cheryl Burke, Kym Johnson, Louis van Amstel, Edyta Sliwinska, and Karina Smirnoff. Rout two for the tour was a bit smaller with only celebrities Joey McIntyre, Apolo Anton Ohno, Drew Lachey, Joey Lawrence and Joey Fatone combined with professionals Julianne Hough, Cheryl Burke, Edyta Sliwinska and lastly Kym Johnson. The third tour, which started on December 18, 2007 and ran through February 10, 2008 was much larger and offered a much greater cast. This time the tour included Sabrina Bryan, Monique Coleman, Joey Lawrence, Wayne Newton, Marie Osmond, Drew Lachey, Mario Lopez, Joey Fatone and finally Helio Castroneves for celebrities. The professionals for this tour included Mark Ballas, Derek Hough for a brief period, Alec Mazo, Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Jonathan Roberts, Kym Johnson, Brian Fortuna, Karina Smirnoff, and Julianne Hough. Trying to really generate interest for the tour, it was really important that it not last too long. Additionally, it is also extremely certain that the show would limit the show dates to accommodate the very small amounts of time that is left open between seasons. "Dancing with the Stars" continuously starts a new season after only very short breaks, which leaves very little time for a tour. The overall tour has not been as successful as the actual television show; however, it is has still performed extremely well with most audiences. The last run of the tour was certainly the biggest with the largest cast participating from all three tours. One person who was obviously missing from the third tour was Melanie Brown the second place winner for season five. Due to a Spice Girls Reunion Tour, she was unable to participate in the tour and was forced to miss out completely. Additional problems can when professional Cheryl Burke started having problems with her appendix and was forced to withdraw from the show. While it is not quite time for the next tour to set out across the country, it will be extremely curious to see celebrities like Joey Lawrence and Drew Lachey will return again, after all they are the only two celebrities who have participated in all three tours. Trying to work out an ever growing cast may be a nightmare logistically, but for the audience it means an even bigger and better show than previously and is certainly well worth all of the time and effort to really get great seats. After all, how many other opportunities are presented to actually see "Dancing with the Stars" live? "Dancing with the Stars" Spinoff -- Bruno vs. Carrie Ann With all highly successful shows, you always find a few spinoffs' that appear to try and steal some of the thunder. With "Dancing with the Stars", the spinoff was designed to be between two of the judges and several contestants that the judges choose. The actual storyline was that Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli would each bet assigned to a group of talented individuals. Through the coaching of Carrie Ann and Bruno, the contestants would battle and vie to see which was truly the best at the end. The show was hosted by Drew Lachey the season two winner of Dancing with the Stars and first hit the airwaves on January 7, 2008. The season finale was concluded on February 18, 2008 and by most was considered to be an enormous flop. The contestants were pulled from several different locations around the country with auditions held in Nashville, Santa Monica and also New York City. A total of 14 contestants started off during the show, however two were cut from the show immediately. The final twelve contestants were divided up into teams and were assigned to work with either Bruno or Carrie Ann. Despite the success and popularity of "Dancing with the Stars" which both Bruno and Carrie Ann are involved with this show never managed to take off, in fact it pulled more viewers for the very first show than it managed to do for the season finale. The other spinoff's of "Dancing with the Stars" that have appeared have been a bit more successful, however they all follow the exact same format as Dancing with the Stars and also are actually classified as spinoffs of Strictly Come Dancing the British version of "Dancing with the Stars". While popularity had been hoped to tap into in order to make the Bruno vs. Carrie Ann a success it ended in complete failure. Luckily, for the judges the success of "Dancing with the Stars" and also the tour has managed to win over the hearts of enough people to keep them a job. While the pair works well together on television shows including Dancing with the Stars, overall they are not a highly desirable couple without the added concepts that "Dancing with the Stars" really brings. The actual format for the show was initially taken from the British television show Dance X. While the show has been popular in the United Kingdom, it has pulled substantially less attention. However, the show was not marketed as heavily as it could have, only having auditions in a total of three locations certainly worked to ultimately harm the show. In order to actually see a substantial show that provides the viewers desired it should have been pushed heavier in the initial stages and also in the follow up marketing. With this spinoff of "Dancing with the Stars" successfully squashed, it will be interesting to see the new formats that are tried and the new approaches that are demonstrated. The ultimate concept of finding a successful spinoff is not impossible. After all, "Dancing with the Stars" offers a huge amount of freedom and flexibility as well as great freedom of viewers to become personally invested in the show. Tapping into this potential is huge for allowing an additional show to be created that will actually start to win over the hearts of viewers as well. Some of the Most Popular Contestants While the show "Dancing with the Stars" has found huge amounts of success there are some contestants that are liked much more than others. A few of the contestants are extremely successful while some of the other contestants have found that they are not loved much by the judges, the viewers and ultimately their time on the show is shortened. While everyone has different opinions on the best contestants for the show, there are a few that are rather continuously listed as favorites. These favorites tend to bring the attention of the crowd, regardless of which dance style they are performing, do you think that your own personal favorite is included? Master P -- Who does not like the idea of watching someone step way out of their own personal comfort zone? Master P was a perfect example of this, going from bad boy rapper to ballroom dancer was a true stretch for him, but the couple managed to stick around and last a few weeks. Teamed up with Ashly DelGrosso in season two he was only on the show due to an injury of his son that found him filling in. Despite pulling out of his comfort zone, he managed to be the fourth pair of contestants to be eliminated that season. Jerry Springer -- This was an incredible experience, the man who went from being a City Council member, to the Mayor of Cincinnati to even moving onto his own television show. Coming to the "Dancing with the Stars" world seemed like just another strange choice for Jerry but proved to be fairly successful. During season three when he competed, he and his partner Kym Johnson came in fifth place. Heather Mills -- Everyone loves to hate this women and the time that she spent on "Dancing with the Stars" was certainly no exception. Being eliminated as the fifth couple Heather Mills and Jonathan Roberts managed to do quite well during the competition. As her claim to fame from marrying a former Beatle, she managed to bring very few fans to the actual show. Most who watched her time on the show were interested in seeing how quickly she would actually be booted off. Melanie Brown -- Dubbed as Scary Spice, this former Spice Girl brought her own unique style to the show. In the middle of a load of drama with ex Eddie Murphy, she managed to do extremely well during her brief time on the show. Combined together with Maksim Chmerkovskiy they pulled from her own performing background, as well as the professional ballroom experience that Maksim provided to the pair. Kristi Yamaguchi -- As one of the top figure skaters in the world, Kristi is certainly no stranger to competition. Paired together with Mark Ballas for season six she walked away with the title, as well as the hearts of many fans. Pulling on her own experience as a professional figure skater, she managed to breeze her way through much of the dancing competition. As a professional ballroom dancer, Mark Ballas enjoyed working with Kristi and they moved wonderfully together. As you can see, the popular contestants have come from a very large variety of backgrounds and have had the enjoyment of different lengths on the show. Pulling from experience in some other professional career, most of the popular contestants have been truly missed after being removed from the show early, but Kristi Yamaguchi has managed to go on to actually win her time on Dancing with the Stars which provided her and partner Mark Ballas with the trophy at the very end of the show. You might notice that someone that you felt was truly popular is missing, everyone of course has their own opinions but there are several different types of contestants who have made great impacts on the show who are not considered extremely popular. If you look beyond just those contestants, who are successful on the show and consider their entire popularity you no doubt will notice that most are not truly popular after all. Pulling Your Dancing Shoes Out to Audition Many people have wondered exactly how they could have their turn on the hit television show "Dancing with the Stars", but the fact of the matter is that it is extremely hard to actually get onto the show. While there are always new seasons created, the need to actually qualify is very important and there are no actual auditions that are used to cast the show. However, it is extremely important to realize that the show does not allow typical people to compete; rather the show is intended to be between a celebrity and a professional dancer. Because of the format of the show, it is critical that you either be a professional dancer or you be a celebrity of some form. The types of celebrities that have worked on the show is extremely varied but in general, the majority of celebrities that are used are not at the peak of their careers when they are invited to perform and compete on the show. For example, former contestants have included Kristi Yamaguchi, Steve Guttenberg, Priscilla Presley, Marie Osmond, Marlee Matlin, Melanie Brown, Jane Seymore and Jerry Springer to mention a few. As you can just imagine, there have not been a huge assortment of opportunities for each of these celebrities lately, however they are professionals of some form or another. Some of the stranger castings on the show include choices such as Master P the rapper and Floyd Mayweather the boxer who has ranged from the super featherweight to the light middleweight rankings. As you can see from some of the previous contestants there is very little that you can do to actually pull yourself out of the shadows if you are not already a celebrity in order to actually compete on the show. Most people find that the celebrities that are chosen for the show each year are a group of celebrities that have not been seen much for several years, which allows the show to serve as a bit of a coming out party for them in many ways. The fact that the show does not have any actual auditions makes it a bit of a disappointment to some fans, however since the contestants are required to compete against each other continuously in order to remain on the show many are happy with the outcome. Of course trying to make all of the contestants happy is never easy and there are some times when it is nearly impossible to have all contestants performing their very best. As the show continues along it is increasingly obvious that they enjoy pulling out celebrities that are not as well known, yet still recognizable in their own rights. By pulling many different celebrities from a large number of backgrounds it can work to ensure that everyone has someone that they are pulling for, which can be quite effective to ensure that all of the viewers of the show are happy with at least one contestant each year. Pulling the celebrities from a large variety also ensures that someone has something to offer, which while not always helpful for the dancing competition can be quite helpful in connecting with the audience and working to help pull the votes that are needed to remain on the show. This together with the guidance and assistance of the professional dancer that each celebrity is teamed with ensures that the show is still entertaining each week, while showcasing numerous celebrities from the varied backgrounds stepping very far out of their comfort zone. Overall, this can be extremely disappointing for anyone who is really interested in trying out for the show. It can however provide you with a few good reasons to just watch the show, but losing the ability to audition and only finding contestants due to casting decisions can be a huge blow for many that is not appreciated at all. But a new season can come along and at some point; the rules might change to allow normal people to audition for a spot with the professional dancers. Then again, it could be created by a spinoff that is developed in the future. "Dancing with the Stars" Contestants -- Where are they Now? Several of the contestants on the hit ABC television show Dancing with the Stars have had some great success pulling their careers back into the public spotlight. With a large number of celebrities getting renewed attention due to the show, many others are starting to look for new ways to revive their careers. With a large number of celebrities starting to appear in the spotlight more and more following their stints on the show it is a great ability for many to locate a rejuvenated career. Joey McIntyre has picked up quite a bit of publicity surrounding his performance. After successfully finishing in a third place finish for season one his band New Kids on the Block decided to create a reunion tour and also is working on promoting an album of new material that the group has recently released. From season two the biggest name to make a splash recently has been Tatum O'Neal who was recently in legal troubles after being arrested by police in California over drug charges. The only other member of the season two cast to spark a huge career boost has been Drew Lachey who has appeared in all three "Dancing with the Stars" The Tour as well as also stood in for the show's co-host while she delivered her baby. Mario Lopez in season three brought back the attention that had since waned from his A.C. Slater days on Saved by the Bell. By turning to Broadway to star in A Chorus Line, he has certainly seen a renewed spark of attention. For season four the biggest contestants ended up being Billy Ray Cyrus who is working to heavily boost his image as the father of Miley Cyrus the star of Hannah Montana. With plenty of publicity surrounding his teenage daughter he has made great advances in staying in the public spotlight, just not quite for his career per say. In the midst of season five Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls spent a large amount of time in a very public paternity dispute with actor and comedian Eddie Murphy as well as working to organize a reunion tour with the girl power group Spice Girls. All of the publicity that was extended also poured over to Floyd Mayweather Jr. who is nicknamed "Pretty Boy" and he made several appearances on shows that earned him additional publicity as well. With all of the celebrities involved in season six; it is rather quite on the home front. There have been so far no major attempts to really create massive amounts of publicity for the newest season. However, with the season just ending at the end of May it is extremely early into the summer to see exactly how the publicity that the contestants received will really pay out. For all of the attention that is drawn, many of the contestants disappear into the background once their time on the show is over. For all of the attention and all of the viewers that the show pulls, it is also important to stay on the show long enough to actually gather a good following in order to see real results in the publicity and careers of each of the contestants. With so much going on for a few of the contestants, it is true that the career really can see a huge boost after a great run on the show. "Dancing with the Stars" Around the World With the huge popularity that the show has received it is possible to find versions of "Dancing with the Stars" in several different countries. With the success sweeping the world the show is popping up in areas that it never would have before. While the original version is based out of the United Kingdom there have been franchises sold all around the world, which have further expanded the popularity of the show. Australia -- The show features four judges and has successfully finished seven seasons so far. The very first season started in late 2004 and has run up until late 2007 so far. Austria -- This version finds a total of three judges with two hosts handling the show. Season one hit the airwaves in the fall of 2005 and the show has so far enjoyed four successful seasons. Brazil -- Up against a history of five successful seasons, the show marches on further. Chile -- With the very first season starting on October 16, 2006, the show has been going strong ever since. A total of four seasons has so far been completed. China -- The first season hit the airwaves in the end of 2007. This was intended to mark the anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China from the United Kingdom. The show is released under a joint venture between Hong Kong's TVB and mainland's Hunan TV. Each station sends a total of five women and five men to the competition for a total of 20 competitors or 10 couples. The actual match-ups are handled by SMS voting before the show begins. Croatia -- Features two hosts and four judges the first season kicked off on December 2, 2006. The show began with eight couples paired together. Season two started on November 3, 2007 and again featured eight couples dancing together. Czech Republic -- Season one danced to begin during the winter of 2006 and season two started a year later in the winter of 2007. Each season featured eight couples and also four judges. Two hosts were also used for the show. Denmark -- After starting in the Spring of 2005, the series began with seven couples. At the conclusion of season four there were eleven couples competing. A Christmas Galla in 2007 featured six couples. There were three standard judges in the competition; however, occasional guest judges were used as well. Estonia -- Begun in the Fall of 2006 the show began with eight couples including several politicians and season two started on October 7, 2007. Finland -- Started in the Spring of 2006 it first featured eight couples partnered together. The second season also featured eight couples. However, when season three began in the Spring of 2008 it featured ten couples. Germany -- With season one started with eight contestants in April 2006 and season two began in May of 2006. Season two expanded to ten couples. Italy -- The first season aired on Autumn 2004 and featured a start of eight couples. For season two there was a total of twelve couples. Season three offered fourteen couples and season five offered again twelve couples. The Netherlands -- With a series first starting in the late summer of 2005. There have so far been a total of three full seasons and two additional specials. As you can see, this is just a small list and it has spanned a large percentage of the world.
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