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Dancing with the Stars: 2020 Premiere (S29EP1 ABC Mon 14 Sep 2020)

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2020 Premiere: Dancing with the Stars is back and better than ever with a new, well-known and energetic cast of 15 celebrities who are ready to add some glitzy bling to their wardrobe and break in their dancing shoes. The competition begins with a two-hour season premiere.

“Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts. The series, hosted by supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks, returns to the ballroom with a lineup of celebrities, including a GRAMMY(R) winner, a Bachelorette, a big-cat lover-turned-reality TV star and a pro-football legend, to name a few. The series averaged 9.1 million total viewers last season after 35 days of viewing across linear and digital platforms.

Throughout the first evening, the celebrity and pro duos will perform the time-honored dances that include the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Jive, Salsa or Tango.

For the show’s first broadcast of the season, there will not be a viewing audience vote, and only the judges will score the routines. Those scores will carry over and be combined with judges’ scores from week two, which also marks the first weekly live viewing audience vote of the season (via abc.com and SMS/text) – and the first elimination. The live votes will occur each week only during the live broadcast in the EDT/CDT time zones (but fans in all U.S. time zones may vote within that window).

Moving forward with each subsequent episode, the live vote combined with the judges’ scores will be revealed during the broadcast.

The celebrity cast and professional dancers are listed below.

Celebrities (along with dance styles and songs) include the following:
· head coach Monica Aldama (“CHEER”) dancing Foxtrot to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
· animal activist Carole Baskin (“Tiger King”) dancing Paso to “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
· Kaitlyn Bristowe (“The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette”) dancing Cha Cha to “Stupid Love” by Lady Gaga
· Super Bowl Champion Vernon Davis dancing Foxtrot to “All of Me” by John Legend
· TV and film actress Anne Heche dancing Cha Cha to “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
· Disney Channel actress Skai Jackson dancing Tango to “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj
· actress Justina Machado (“One Day at a Time”) dancing Cha Cha to “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
· Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean dancing Jive to “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
· Emmy(R) Award-winning host of “The Real” and sideline correspondent on “Holey Moley,” Jeannie Mai dancing Salsa to “Tell It to My Heart” by Taylor Dayne
· TV and film actor Jesse Metcalfe dancing Quickstep to “Part Time Love” by Stevie Wonder
· GRAMMY-winning rapper Nelly dancing Salsa to “Ride Wit Me” by Nelly
· TV host Nev Schulman (“Catfish”) dancing Foxtrot to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
· NBA superstar Charles Oakley (“The Last Dance”) dancing Salsa to “In Da Club” by 50 Cent
· actress Chrishell Stause (“Selling Sunset”) dancing Tango to “Raise Your Glass” by P!nk
· Olympic figure skater and on-air commentator Johnny Weir dancing Cha Cha to “Buttons” by The Pussycat Dolls

Professional dancers include the following:
· Brandon Armstrong
· Alan Bersten
· Sharna Burgess
· Cheryl Burke
· Artem Chigvintsev
· Val Chmerkovskiy
· Sasha Farber
· Jenna Johnson
· Daniella Karagach
· Keo Motsepe
· Peta Murgatroyd
· Pasha Pashkov
· Gleb Savchenko
· Emma Slater
· Britt Stewart

Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli will be joined by Emmy Award winner and six-time Mirrorball champion Derek Hough at the judges desk. Meanwhile, in light of current circumstances, Len Goodman will be unable to judge this season live in the ballroom, though he will still be a part of the show in a different capacity sharing his ballroom expertise from the UK.

Airdate: Mon 14 Sep 2020 at 8.00pm on ABC

Season 29 Episode 1