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[07/27/05 - 12:00 AM]
Season 2 of "Dancing with the Stars" to Include a Weekly 30-Minute Results Show

[via press release from ABC]

SEASON 2 OF �DANCING WITH THE STARS� TO INCLUDE A WEEKLY 30-MINUTE RESULTS SHOW

Audience and Judges Will Be Voting on the Same Dances� Including the Finale!

When �Dancing with the Stars� returns to the ABC lineup this midseason, there will be more dancing, more dazzle and more episodes � specifically �results� episodes -- it was announced today by Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment. These episodes will allow the audience�s vote to be combined with the judges� scores so that everyone is voting on the same dances. This means that the dramatic eliminations will now come at the end of the results show.

Here�s how it works: as with the premiere season, each one-hour episode will feature the dancing pairs competing with two different dances (Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Tango, Jive, etc.) The judges will give their scores� and their comments! Overnight, viewers will be able to vote via phone lines and on ABC.com. Then, sometime before the next week�s full episode (time and airdate yet to be determined), the 30-minute results show will reveal which couple received the lowest combined score and is eliminated from the competition. This will include the finale. The couple that takes home the magnificent �Dancing with the Stars� trophy will be announced in the most highly anticipated results show of the season!

�We are so grateful for the fans� passion for the show,� said McPherson. �We heard their frustrations loud and clear about the voting process, so we�re adding the results show, letting them have the fullest possible participation.�

Richard Hopkins, BBC Head of Format Entertainment, added: �We will be making 2006 a ballroom blitz when Season 2 takes to the floor -- its going to be wall-to-wall glitz, bling and rhinestones, and now that the viewers can vote immediately to agree or disagree with the judges, the results shows will be unmissable events!�

A premiere date has not been set yet for the second season of �Dancing with the Stars.� During its premiere season, �Dancing with the Stars� emerged as the biggest summer hit of 2005. The broad-appealing unscripted series ranked No. 1 in its Wednesday 9 o�clock time period among Total Viewers, across each of the key adult demos (Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54), as well as among Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11. On average it towered over its closest competition in its hour (NBC) by 9.2 million viewers (16.8 million vs. 7.6 million) and by 143% in Adults 18-49 (5.1/15 vs. 2.1/6), and ranked as the No. 1 TV show on Wednesday night among viewers and young adults on all 6six of its telecasts.

The No. 1 TV series this summer, �Dancing with the Stars� also qualified as the most-watched summer series on any network in the last five years � since the inaugural season of �Survivor� in Summer 2000.





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