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DANCING WITH THE STARS
Air Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-10:01 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#2601) "Episode 2601"
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IN ITS MOST COMPETITIVE SEASON EVER, 10 DRIVEN ATHLETES WILL GO TOE-TO-TOE AND VIE FOR THE COVETED MIRRORBALL TROPHY, ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC'S 'DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES,' APRIL 30

The Evening's Eliminations Will Be Based on Live Viewer Votes, Along With the Judges' Scores

Sports fans rejoice as one of the most competitive seasons of "Dancing with the Stars" ever fires up the scoreboard and welcomes 10 determined athletes who will take to the ballroom floor for their first dance, on the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes," MONDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

This season's lineup of athletes includes Olympic figure skaters, a former Los Angeles Lakers superstar, an NFL cornerback and a former World Series-winning Major League Baseball player, among others - all vying to win the coveted Mirrorball trophy. During their journey on the show, each one of them will reveal aspects of their lives and personalities off of their respective playing fields to uncover their true selves, their passions and what drives them to compete. Each couple will perform a cha cha, salsa, foxtrot or Viennese Waltz. At the end of the night, there will be eliminations based on judges' scores and live viewer votes cast during the show's live broadcast in the EDT/CDT time zones.

Each couple will dance to the following songs (in alphabetical order):

Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson - Cha Cha - "Sissy That Walk" by RuPaul

Arike Ogunbowale and Gleb Savchenko - Salsa - "Them Girls" by Whitney Myer

Chris Mazdzer and Witney Carson - Salsa - "Mr. Put It Down" by Ricky Martin featuring Pitbull

Jamie Anderson and Artem Chigvintsev - Viennese Waltz - "Feeling Good" by Avicii

Jennie Finch Daigle and Keo Motsepe - Foxtrot - "All-American Girl" by Carrie Underwood

Johnny Damon and Emma Slater - Foxtrot - "Centerfield" by John Fogerty

Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess - Cha Cha - "Finesse" by Bruno Mars

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lindsay Arnold - Cha Cha - "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" by Stevie Wonder

Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten - Salsa - "No Excuses" by Meghan Trainor

Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber - Foxtrot - "When You Believe" by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey

Hosted by two-time Emmy(R)-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, "Dancing with the Stars: Athletes" is the hit series in which athletes perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including head judge, Len Goodman, and dancers/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

For week one, the evening's eliminations will be based on live viewer votes cast during the show's live broadcast in the EDT/CDT time zones, along with the judges' scores. During the live season premiere broadcast in the EDT/CDT time zones at 8:00 p.m. EDT/7:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, April 30, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples, with these votes helping determine the couples who will move on to the next episode. This vote will be online only via ABC.com, will open at the top of the live show and end shortly after the last couple dances. Then, at the end of the episode, overnight voting will open for phone, ABC.com and Facebook, which will factor into the week two eliminations. Toll-free phone voting will be open nationwide from the end of the live show until 5:00 a.m. EDT/2:00 a.m. PDT on Tuesday. Online voting at ABC.com at http://dwtsvote.abc.go.com/ and on Facebook at http://bit.ly/2o1VO7b will open at the end of the live show and closes at 10:00 p.m. EDT/7:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday. During each voting window, when voting online at ABC.com or Facebook, viewers can reallocate their votes until the voting window closes.

"Dancing with the Stars: Athletes" is produced by BBC Studios. Andrew Llinares and Ashley Edens-Shaffer are executive producers. The show is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
6/1/05 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (fall 2018)
TIME SLOT:
mondays from 8:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
27 (??? episodes)
VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEB SITE
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, September 2018) "Dancing with the Stars" is waltzing its way into its upcoming season, and the new celebrity cast is adding some glitzy bling to their wardrobe, breaking in their dancing shoes and readying themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, as the season kicks off MONDAY, SEPT. 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. This season's lineup of celebrity dancers includes an "American Idol" mentor, the first-ever blind contestant to take part in the show, an alumnus from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a Duke of Hazzard, an Olympic Gold medal-winning gymnast and a Bachelor Nation favorite, among others.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Bruno Tonioli as Judge
· Carrie Ann Inaba as Judge
· Erin Andrews as Host (Season 18- )
· Len Goodman as Judge (Season 1-20, 22- )
· Tom Bergeron as Host
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Brooke Burke as Host (Season 10-17)
· Julianne Hough as Judge (Season 19-21)
· Samantha Harris as Host (Season 1-9)
CREW INFORMATION:
· Andrew Llinares as EP
· Ashley Edens-Shaffer as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· BBC Studios